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World sales company THE MATCH FACTORY is dedicated in bringing the finest in arthouse cinema to the international market.

Company Profile

World Sales company THE MATCH FACTORY is dedicated to bringing the finest in arthouse cinema to the international market. Since our founding in 2006, our passion has been to work with films of signature and vision from around the globe. THE MATCH FACTORY has built strong relationships with acclaimed directors and producers, while working simultaneously to discover promising new filmmakers with a powerful original style.

Founded by Michael Weber, Pandora Film's Reinhard Brundig and Karl Baumgartner, THE MATCH FACTORY already looks back to a tremendous track record: THE MATCH FACTORY's films received numerous awards on the most important film festivals. Amongst others, GRBAVICA by Jasmila Zbanic was honoured with the Golden Bear for Best Film at the Berlinale 2006. The same year, Bahman Ghobadi received his second Golden Shell Award in San Sebastian. In 2007, Fatih Akin's THE EDGE OF HEAVEN was awarded with the Prix Du Scenario at the Festival de Cannes. WALTZ WITH BASHIR by Ari Folman won the Golden Globe® for Best Foreign Language Film and was nominated for the Academy Award® Best Foreign Language Film in 2009.

In 2009, THE MATCH FACTORY showcased further highly anticipated titles like THE DUST OF TIME by Theo Angelopoulos, SOUL KITCHEN by Fatih Akin, ON THE PATH by Jasmila Zbanic or DESERT FLOWER by Sherry Horman, based on the world-bestselling novel. 

In 2010, AJAMI by Scandar Copti and Yaron Shani and THE MILK OF SORROW by Claudia Llosa have been nominated for the Academy Award Best Foreign Language Film ® (Oscar), BAL - HONEY by Semih Kaplanoglu was honoured with the Golden Bear at the Berlinale and Apichatpong Weerasethakul's UNCLE BOONMEE WHO CAN RECALL HIS PAST LIVES won the Palm d'Or at Festival de Cannes.

In 2011, SLEEPING SICKNESS by Ulrich Köhler won the Silver Bear for Best Director and IF NOT US, WHO by Andres Veiel the Prize of the Guild of German Art at the Berlinale. BACK TO STAY by Milagros Mumenthaler received the Pardo d'oro, along with the Pardo d'oro for Best Actress for Maria Canale at Festival del Film Locarno. Not to forget the presentation of films by such renowned directors as Aki Kaurismäki (LE HAVRE - Official Competition Festival de Cannes), Miranda July (THE FUTURE - Official Selection Berlinale 2011), Amir Naderi (CUT - Opening Film Orrizonti Venice Film Festival 2011), Yorgos Lanthimos (ALPS - Official Competition Venice Film Festival 2011) and many others.

2012 started off with two Silver Bears at Berlinale for Christian Petzold's BARBARA (Best director) and Bence Fliegauf's JUST THE WIND (Grand Jury Silver Bear), and the Alfred Bauer Prize for Miguel Gomes' TABU. At Cannes International Film Festival The Match Factory represented IN THE FOG by Sergei Loznitsa in Competition, Apitchatpong Wheerasethakul's new film MEKONG HOTEL, as well as Fatih Akin's documentary feature POLLUTING PARADISE. FILL THE VOID by Rama Burshtein won the Coppa Volpi for Best Actress in Venice, and the first Saudi Arabian feature film WADJDA by Haifaa Al Mansour received great attention since ist premiere in Venice Orizzonti Competition. Further world premieres, such as Margarethe von Trotta's HANNAH ARENDT or Sally Potter's GINGER AND ROSA rounded up The Match Factory's slate that year.

In 2013, The Match Factory had four films in Berlinale Competition, of which AN EPISODE IN THE LIFE OF AN IRON PICKER by Danis Tanović won two Silver Bears (Best Actor and Grand Jury Silver Bear) and PRINCE AVALANCHE by David Gordon Green won the Silver Bear for Best Direction. The Panorama title THE BROKEN CIRCLE BREAKDOWN by Felix van Groeningen turned out tob e one of the most loved films by critics and audiences in 2013, with numerous Awards like the Panorama Audience Award or the Europa Cinema's Label. In Cannes The Match Factory had OMAR by Hany Abu-Assad, THE LUNCHBOX by Ritesh Batra, THE OWNERS by Agustín Toscano and Ezequiel Radusky, and opened the Directors' Fortnight with THE CONGRESS by Ari Folman. More much anticipated world premieres were presented at the autumn festivals, among them VIJAY AND I by Sam Garbarski and WETLANDS by David Wnendt in Locarno, or in Venice Competition NIGHT MOVES by Kelly Reichardt and THE POLICE OFFICER'S WIFE by Philip Gröning, which won the Special Jury Prize, and Götz Spielmann's new film OCTOBER NOVEMBER in San Sebastián, to mention only a few. The Match Factory represents five Foreign Film Oscar entries this year.

Beside our slate of current films, we are proud to represent classics of the X-Filme library, Jim Jarmusch's library and the entire library of Aki Kaurismäki.



Michael Weber, Managing Director

Brigitte Suarez, Head of Sales
Jenny Walendy, Legal & Business Affairs
Thania Dimitrakopoulou, Sales
Julien Razafindranaly, Junior Sales
Sergi Steegmann, Festivals
Nadja Jumah, Marketing
Kristina Söll, Delivery
Zsuzsi Bánkuti, Acquisitions
Ute Hopp-Noller, Accounting
Geneviève Frankott, Accounting
Viola Fügen, Co-Productions
Maria Villares Zabalza, Assistant to M. Weber & Production
Pablo Ladera Otones, Assistant to delivery/marketing
Viktória Szabo, Assistant to marketing/delivery
Mario Raoli, Assistant to Legal & Business Affairs 

Balthasarstrasse 79-81
50670 Cologne / Germany
tel +49 221 539 709-0
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