gff

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” 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 „Best Film”und „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” for UNCLE BOONMEE WHO CAN RECALL HIS PAST LIVES as “Best Film”

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

2011 Publikumspreis „Rushes Soho Shorts Festival 2011″ in London for HERMANN

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

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

2015 “Prix du Jury” at the Mauvais Genre Film Festival for THE BUNKER

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

2015 “Jury Award for Best Actor” – International Film at the Fantaspoa International Fantastic Film Festival (Daniel Fripan) for THE BUNKER

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

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

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

2017 Nomination for best first Feature “German Filmcritic Award” for THE BUNKER

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”-NOMINIERUNG 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 2006 DVD Champions Awards

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

2015 „Bundesverdienstkreuz am Bande”

Hana Geißendörfer

CEO | Producer

Hana was born in London to an English mother and German film maker father, Hans W. Geißendörfer. She enjoyed a European upbringing in Greece and England, graduating in 2006 with a BSc 1st class degree in Economics from Bristol University. She then undertook an MFA in Film Directing at the International Film School of Paris (EICAR), where she wrote, directed and produced her first short films, as well as production managing numerous short films for fellow students.

After leaving EICAR Hana moved to Germany where she worked as 1st and 2nd Assistant Director on a range of films and TV series and completed her third short film. In 2011 Hana was part of the Berlinale Talent Campus and selected for the Torino Film Lab Script & Pitch program. 2012 she took part in the IFS ‘International Producing’ as well as the Binger Film Lab Acting for Directors programs and started writing for the TV series ‘Lindenstraße’.

Hana then joined the family business and is now Managing Director and Producer at gff. Productions under Hana’s wing include ‘Lindenstraße’ and ‘Der Bunker’ by Nikias Chryssos, which premiered at the Berlinale 2015. Hana is drawn to international projects and aims to make European films, Brexit permitting…

Malte Can

Producer

Malte was born in Bremen to a German mother and Turkish father. He studied literature and theatre science in Hamburg and Istanbul before choosing a degree in International Producing at the Film Academy Ludwigsburg in 2008. During his studies he received the Hollywood Masterclass scholarship at UCLA as well as the VFF scholarship and produced a number of award-winning short films, documentaries and commercials. In 2010 Malte was selected for the Robert-Bosch Co-production program in Sarajevo and Sofia.

Malte finished his studies in 2012 graduating with his feature-length film “Vicious Dogs” (“Bissige Hunde”) directed by Alex Eslam in coproduction with Wiedemann & Berg Film and the TV channel Pro7/Sat.1. The award-winning thriller is currently being remade by LA-based production company XYZ Films. In 2012 he started working for H&V Entertainment as Executive Producer where he developed and produced several TV-movies including the crime series (“23 Cases”). After almost five years of working at H&V Entertainment he joined gff as a producer at the start of 2017.

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