MOIN Filmförderung Hamburg Schlwesig-Holstein

Everything hygge

10.07.2024 | Funding decision Director's Cut

At its latest meeting, the Director's Cut Committee of MOIN Film Fund supported 16 projects with more than 700,000 euros. Among them: the social horror film "Hygge" by Hamburg Media School graduates Lena Fakler and Zarah Schrade and the documentary "Cinema Popular" by Hamburg filmmaker Philipp Hartmann.


The near-future reality TV show Hygge (363,000 euros, Klinkerfilm Production, Hamburg) is the subject of the film of the same name by Directors duo Lena Fakler and Zarah Schrade: Levi and her partner Minu take part in a reality format that promotes a life in cosy island homes and small families. While Minu quickly feels at home, Levi finds it difficult to integrate into everyday life on the show. At some point, she decides to escape and find happiness beyond the fence that surrounds Hygge. Twelve days of filming are planned in Hamburg and Schleswig-Holstein. Shooting starts in October. The script is also by Fakler and Schrade. The film is being made as part of the "Nordlichter" programme for young talent by NDR, nordmedia and MOIN Film Fund.

The filmmakers Philipp Hartmann from Hamburg and Danilo Carvalho from Brazil deal with political cinema in their new documentary Cinema Popular (90,000 euros, Flumenfilm, Hamburg): the historical expedition of a German naturalist through Brazil is told from the perspective of the locals 200 years later.

In Elephants in the Fog (65,000 euros, zischlermann filmproduktion, Lübeck), filmmaker Abinash Bikram Shah tells the story of Pirati, who is the matriarch of a community of transgender women in a small Nepalese village in the middle of a forest. Editing and post production will take place in Hamburg. The international co-production Life in the Shadows (30,000 euros, Jyoti Film, Hamburg) by Director and Script Writer K.D. deals with the consequences of a bomb attack at a school. A further 30,000 euros will go to A Hole in the Wall (Inselfilm Produktion, Berlin) by Hamburg-based Director and Script Writer Arjun Talwar. The documentary is a poetic and humorous reflection on loss, home and European migration policy. In Bond of Hopes (30,000 euros, brave new work, Hamburg), filmmaker Ljuba Todorova poses the question of what it means to be a teenager in today's world.



  • Bojkow (20,000 euros, mairafilm, Hamburg) Directors/Script: Antje Hubert

  • Less bad is not good (20,000 euros, Rejell, Hamburg) Directors/Screenplay: Matthias Freier

  • Print is Dead (20,000 euros, Filmbuffet Nordost, Hamburg) Directors: Tom Fröhlich; Script: Michael Throne, Tom Fröhlich


  • My Stolen Planet (18,000 euros, Little Dream Pictures, Hamburg), Directors/Script: Farahnaz Sharifi


  • FilmRaum Openair Cinema 2024 (6,000 euros, FilmRaum, Hamburg)

  • Firaki-FilmClub (2.500 euros, FilmRaum, Hamburg)

  • Postcard campaign and website 2024/2025 (4,100 euros, Lichtmeß, Hamburg)

  • Relaunch print/editorial design (4.950 euros, Filmtheaterbetriebe Hans-Peter Jansen, Hamburg)

  • SchanzenKino Openair 2024 (8,000 euros, SchanzenKino73 / Outdoor Cine, Hamburg)

  • Zündstoff 2024 (5,000 euros, 3001 Kino, Hamburg)

An overview of all funded projects can be found here.

The funding decisions were made on 5 June 2024: Sarah Blaßkiewitz, Vanessa Ciszewski, Gabor Greiner, Timo Großpietsch, Britta Knöller and Helge Albers..

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