New head of film finance at NRW Filmstiftung

Christina Bentlage to report to new head Petra Muller

BERLIN -- Indie producers looking to tap Germany's richest film board have a new name to put on speed dial: Christina Bentlage was appointed head of film financing at regional funding body Filmstiftung NRW Sept. 1, replacing Claudia Droste-Deselaers.

Bentlage will report to Petra Muller, the Filmstiftung's new boss, who also took over today. In her last job as head of Berlin's Medienboard, Muller used state subsidies to attract international shoots such as Quentin Tarantino's "Inglourious Basterds" and Roland Emmerich's "Anonymous" to the German capital. She's looking to do the same at the Filmstiftung and secure big budget bookings for local soundstages such as MMC Studios in Cologne.

The Filmstiftung has backed several high-profile projects in recent months, including David Cronenberg's "A Dangerous Cure," Lars von Trier's "Melancholia" and Nicole Kidman-starrer "The Danish Girl" directed by Lasse Hallstrom.

NRW's new top two will be looking to crack out the checkbook to entice similar big name features away from shoots in Babelsberg, Pinewood or Cinecitta.