Constantin Film AG has been a symbol of quality and success for nearly 40 years and has made a crucial contribution to the development and renown of the German film both at home and abroad. The company, which belongs to Highlight Communications AG, is the most important independent German maker and distributor of productions in the entire field of audio-visual fiction and non-fiction. Company activity is based on the five pillars of film production/procurement of rights, TV production, film distribution, home entertainment and licence trading/TV exploitation.
Constantin Film AG has released 39 of the 100 most successful German films of the last 15 years, including four of the Top 5: MANITOU’S SHOE (11.7 million viewers), DREAMSHIP SURPRISE – PERIOD 1 (9 million), SUCK ME SHAKESPEER (7.3 million) and FACK JU GÖHTE 2 (7.7 million). The film highlights of recent years include the outstanding Bernd Eichinger production “Perfume - The Story of a Murderer”, the Oscar®-nominated production “Downfall” and the Oscar®-winning “Nowhere in Africa”, as well as self-productions and co-productions “The White Massai”, “The Wave”, “The Baader-Meinhof Complex”, “Vicky the Viking”, "Look Who’s Back" and the globally successful “Resident Evil” series.
The movie year of 2015, with five films reaching audience figures of a million or more, was one of the most successful in the history of Constantin Film AG: In addition to “Frau Müller muss weg”, “Famous Five 4” und “Ostwind 2”, the bestseller adaptation “Look Who’s Back” and “Fack Ju Göhte 2” filled movie theatres across Germany in the autumn of 2015. With a total audience of 7.7 million, “Fack Ju Göhte 2” had the best audience figures of 2015 and even managed to outperform its predecessor.
The current Constantin Film release schedule also promises some great movie enjoyment with international blockbusters such as the sixth and final part of the “Resident Evil” series (opens on 26 January), first-class family entertainment such as Andreas Dresen’s reinterpretation of the classic “The Legend of Timm Tyler” (opens on 2 February) and the third part of the popular “Ostwind” series (opens on 27 July), exciting literary adaptations such as Helene Hegemann’s “Axolotl Overkill” (opens on 29 June), “Das Pubertier” (opens on 5 October) with Jan Josef Liefers and Heike Makatsch and “Dieses bescheuerte Herz” (opens on 21 December) starring Elyas M’Barek, and some great comedies such as the fourth part of the Eberhofer crime series, “Grießnockerlaffäre” (opens on 10 August) and Bülent Ceylan’s movie debut “Verpiss Dich, Schneewittchen” (opens on 21 September).
In addition to self-productions and co-productions in the film segment, Constantin Film is also constantly expanding its spheres of action: in these times of popularity for serials, the company is going with the times and developing its own serial productions for various exploitation platforms. The beginning was made in January 2016 with the internationally produced series “Shadowhunters”, based on the bestselling fantasy series “The Mortal Instruments” by Cassandra Clare, which is being shown on the American Freeform channel (formerly ABC Family) and exploited outside the US via streaming portal Netflix. The second season of the successful series started at the beginning of January 2017.
The business reports of Constantin Film AG from previous years can be viewed at www.highlight-communications.ch.