gff is an independent film and television production company based in Cologne and Munich. The company was founded in 1982 by writer, director and producer Hans W. Geißendörfer. Besides a large number of German and international productions ranging from commercial to arthouse that have won many awards (including the Palme D’Or, German Film Award and Grimme Award), the ARD weekly TV series Lindenstrasse (since 1985) is our most known format with well over 1,600 episodes to date.

We develop and produce fictional formats for the big and the small screen and aim to create unique entertainment that gives audiences an intense and exciting experience. We turn good ideas into impactful stories. Our films and series have strong visions, are made by storytellers with something to say and should give us something to reflect on. We like to think outside the box and have a global audience in mind.

What matters to us most is that we identify with the story, not what it is classified as. Our current development slate therefore spans different genres from post-apocalyptic sci fi to dark comedy, poetic love stories and bold thrillers. Linearly told or recalled by an untrustworthy storyteller. In real time or spanning decades.
We like challenging projects and working with up and coming talent that sometimes find it hard to get heard, but are often worth listening too.

1988 „Bambi” for LINDENSTRASSE

1993 „Golden Globe”-Nomination for JUSTIZ

1998 „Goldene Kamera” for LINDENSTRASSE

2005 „LOLA” for “Best Camera/Art Work” for SCHNEELAND

2005 Festival des Films du Monde in Montreal: „Special Jury Prize” for SCHNEELAND

2005 Festival international du film de montagne in Autrans: „Special Jury Prize” for SCHNEELAND

2008 “Max Ophüls Preis” for „Best Film” and „Best Film Score” for „SELBSTGESPRÄCHE”

2008 Locarno International Film Festival: „Leopard” for “Best Actor” to Tayanc Ayaydin in PAZAR – DER MARKT

2008 Ghent Film Festival: „Best Film” for PAZAR – DER MARKT

2008 Antalya Film Festival: Awards for „Best Screenplay”, „Best Actor” and „Best Costume Design” for PAZAR – DER MARKT

2008 International Short Film Festival Berlin: „Best Youth Short” for PLAY TIME

2010 Cannes International Film Festival: „Golden Palm” as “Best Film” for UNCLE BOONMEE WHO CAN RECALL HIS PAST LIVES

2010 Short Film Festival in Palm Springs: „Best Live Action Short over 15 minutes” for HERMANN

2011 Rushes Soho Shorts Festival in London: Audience Award for HERMANN

2011 Asian Film Awards in Hongkong: „Best Film” for UNCLE BOONME WHO CAN RECALL HIS PAST LIVES

2015 Fantastic Fest: “Next Wave Award” for “Best Film” for THE BUNKER

2015 Mauvais Genre Film Festival: “Prix du Jury” and “Prix du Jury de la Critique” for THE BUNKER

2015 Fantaspoa International Fantastic Film Festival: “Jury Award for Best Actor” for Daniel Fripan for THE BUNKER

2015 Lund International Fantastic Film Festival: “Honorable Mention” for THE BUNKER

2015 Ithaca International Fantastic Film Festival: “Best Director” for THE BUNKER

2016 La Mano Festival: “Best Film” for THE BUNKER

2017 German Filmcritic Award: Nomination for “Best First Feature” for THE BUNKER

2018 Nomination for International Emmy in the category TV-Movie/Mini Series for TOTER WINKEL (BLIND SPOT)

Hans W. Geißendörfer

CEO | Producer

  • Born April 1941 in Augsburg
  • University student in Marburg, Erlangen, Vienna and Zurich from 1962 to 1967 reading German studies, theatre studies, psychology and African languages
  • Active in student theatre. First 16 mm documentaries and underground films
  • Travels in Europe, Asia and Africa after university. 1968 first assistant directorship under George Moorse
  • 1969 directorial debut: „DER FALL LENA CHRIST” (TV b/w, 90 min.)

1970 „Filmband in Gold” for JONATHAN

1976 „Filmband in Silber” for STERNSTEINHOF

1978 „Filmband in Gold” for DIE GLÄSERNE ZELLE

1979 „OSCAR”-Nomination for DIE GLÄSERNE ZELLE

1982 „Filmband in Silber” for DER ZAUBERBERG

2001 „Adolf-Grimme-Preis in Gold”, creator and producer of LINDENSTRASSE

2001 „Bobby” – Media award by the federal Lebenshilfe association for particular merit in gaining recognition for disabled people within society

2004 „Preis für Dialog und Toleranz” awarded by the charity Deutscher Päritätischer Wohlfahrtverband

2006 „Lifetime achievement award” as part of the DVD Champions Awards

2011 „Ehrenbiber” 33. Biberacher Filmfestspiele for his lifetime achievement

2015 „Bundesverdienstkreuz am Bande”

Hana Geißendörfer

CEO | Producer

Malte Can


Ismael Feichtl

Line Producer

Thomas Manzke

Head of Accounting & Finance

Christiane Krämer

Assistant to producers

Fabienne Segarek

Team Assistant

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