German awards to successful films

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BERLIN -- Artistically and commercially successful films were rewarded by the German Federal Film Board (FFA) at its annual Industry Tiger event Wednesday, with a cumulative 18.3 million euros ($28.5 million) handed out to an appreciative audience of distributors and producers.

Last year's most successful film, the kid's comedy "The Wild Soccer Bunch 4" that racked up 2.2 million admissions, received 1.5 million euros ($2.3 million), while animated toon "Lissy and the Wild Emperor" went home with 1.2 million euros ($1.9 million).

Til Schweiger's rom com "Rabbit Without Ears" managed a respectable third place with 1.5 million admissions and 900,000 euros ($1.4 million) in only 12 days of release at the end of 2007. The picture, which has since sold close to 6 million tickets, will collect again in 2009.

SamFilm, the producer of "The Wild Soccer Bunch 4," also received 1.46 million euros ($2.3 million) as most successful production company of 2007, followed by X-Filme Creative Pool ($1.6 million) and Constantin ($1.2 million)

Constantin Film managed to hold on to the title of most successful distributor of German films for the fourth year in a row, taking the 754,000 euros ($1.18 million) Industry Tiger prize. X-Filme took second place for 433,000 euros ($675.000) and Warner Bros. Germany netted 251,000 euros ($391.000) for its successful distribution of local-language films.

The criteria for the FFA-funds can be cultural (festival showings, awards), but most are tied to boxoffice performance. The funds are awarded in the form of a subsidy, which can be accessed by the companies for new projects.
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