Claudia Dillmann, Director of the German Film Institute, has been awarded the Cross of Merit on Ribbon of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany.
Boris Rhein, Hessian Minister of Science and Art, presented the award to the Federal President on Wednesday evening during a ceremony at the German Film Museum in Frankfurt am Main. Minister Rhein paid tribute to Dillmann's many years of commitment to the German film heritage: "Claudia Dillmann has a special feeling for the future of film, which she has helped shape with great expertise, enthusiasm for the moving image and the passion to break new ground. Hessen as a film location owes a great deal to her and today's award is more than deserved. I congratulate her warmly on the award," Rhein said in his speech.
The film historian Hans Helmut Prinzler from Berlin gave the laudation: "Claudia Dillmann has rendered outstanding services to the preservation, development and accessibility of German film heritage for more than twenty years and at the same time opened up a view of the interrelationships in Europe. Since the merger of the German Film Museum and the German Film Institute, she has been director of one of the most important film institutions in Germany. Since the 1980s, Claudia Dillmann has worked in various capacities to anchor film as the seventh art form in cultural consciousness. As director of the Deutsches Filminstitut, she focuses her activities on the communication of national film heritage and on keeping works of film history visible even in times of the digitalisation of cinemas. It is committed to achieving a broad audience and a lasting appreciation of film culture through the digital availability of film classics and rarities. Cultural exchange is also at the heart of the goEast film festival in Wiesbaden, which she founded in 2000 and which has since become one of the most internationally renowned forums for Central and Eastern European film culture.
Claudia Dillmann recognized the importance of the Internet for cultural mediation early on and launched filmportal.de, the central and freely accessible online platform for German film, in 2005. In 2007, as President of the Association des Cinémathèques Européennes (ACE), she co-founded the Europeana European Internet culture portal. The European Film Gateway, which offers free access to hundreds of thousands of digitized documents on European film history, was also initiated by Claudia Dillmann.
The process of integrating the formerly municipal German Film Museum into the Deutsches Filminstitut was completed by Claudia Dillmann in 2006. Since then, she has been director of the merged institution in Frankfurt am Main. From 2009 to 2011 she was responsible for the extensive reconstruction of the building, which was supported by the City of Frankfurt, the State of Hesse and the Federal Government, including the complete redesign of the permanent exhibition. The Haus am Museumsufer, which received the 2012 Museum Award of the Sparkassen-Kulturstiftung Hessen-Thüringen, has since been attracting attention with sophisticated, innovative and popular exhibitions on topics such as cinematic surrealism, Fassbinder & Video Art, Film noir or Film & Games. The programme of the in-house cinema has also won many awards. In addition, Dillmann attaches great importance to a strong educational offer. Under her leadership, a separate department for film education and mediation was established, which already developed sensational new formats throughout Europe, such as the MiniFilmclub.
About the Person:
Claudia Dillmann, born in 1954, studied German language and literature, art history and theatre, film and television studies at the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University in Frankfurt am Main. She had already worked on the permanent exhibition before the opening of the German Film Museum in Frankfurt in 1984 and was subsequently involved in various exhibitions and projects at the museum. In December 1989 she brought the archive of film producer Artur Brauner into the collections of the Deutsches Filmmuseum, developed an exhibition from it and wrote an extensive catalogue.
1991 she became a permanent curator of the Filmmuseum, one year later its deputy director. In 1997 she moved to the management of the Deutsches Filminstitut and has been director of the merged institution since 2006.
From 1997 to 2014 Claudia Dillmann was a member of the board of the Association des Cinémathèques Européennes (ACE); from 2004 to 2012 as its president. Among the Europe-wide projects she has initiated are the online portal europeanfilmgateway.eu and the digitisation project on the First World War, EFG1914.
Claudia Dillmann is co-initiator of the master's programme "Film Culture", which the German Film Institute has been offering together with the Goethe University Frankfurt since the winter semester 2013. The focus of her film-historical work is on the film of the Weimar Republic and post-war German cinema. Most recently she was co-editor of the publication "Geliebt und verdrägt: Das Kino der jungen Bundesrepublik Deutschland von 1949 bis 1963" ("The Cinema of the Young Federal Republic of Germany from 1949 to 1963"), which also served as the catalogue for the internationally successful retrospective of the Locarno 2016 Film Festival co-organized by the German Film Institute. &nbnbsp;