Short films can get a theatrical release

Tips for STAYING INSIDE: Films are windows to the outside!

> Click here for the ONLINE FILM TIP OF THE WEEK (PDF)

There are many offers against the Corona-Koller on the Internet. We can experience the outside world through films that are accessible online. And not only can we watch these films, but we can also continue to work with them creatively and communicatively.

Customers of the media center can now make online films available to the participants of their digital educational event (e.g. distance learning, adult education, youth work ...) via a link. In this way, groups can watch films together and talk about them without all participants being registered as customers
(> Information on the new "Share online media" feature).

Many television stations have special offers for families and schoolchildren in their media libraries.

Because of the corona crisis, some film distributors and cinemas are offering their films intended for theatrical exploitation as video on demand (VoD) on the Internet in addition to the established streaming services - and thus partially support the cinemas and filmmakers involved financially.

Large US film studios also make the latest films available online at the cinema price: first Universal, then Warner Bros. and Sony Entertainment (> information on this).

Since many film festivals had to be canceled, 20 major festivals, including Cannes, Locarno, New York and Berlin, jointly organized the global online film festival WE ARE ONE. From May 29 to June 7, 2020, films that were intended for premieres could be seen on YouTube for free and without advertising - donations to fight the coronavirus were asked for. Many of the films can still be streamed on the> YouTube channel WE ARE ONE!

Further film festivals have been accessible on the Internet in recent months. Information and links to the online festivals can be found below: +++ RECOMMENDATIONS AND SPECIAL ONLINE FILM OFFERS +++.

On the video platform Youtube and other channels there are many individual and collective offers from religious communities, e.g. live streams of church services.

Numerous other videos can help at home for longer periods of time, e.g. fitness courses from sports clubs and much more.

Films on current topics can be accessed quickly and free of charge via video platforms.

For example, the> short film series "CORONA IN THE PROVINCE" is recommended, in which the filmmakers Robert Krieg and Monika Nolte (Krieg & Nolte) show on their Vimeo channel how different people in the German province deal with the corona pandemic.

But caution is also advised: right-wing extremist groups are increasingly using the corona crisis to spread disinformation, conspiracy theories and messages of hate via YouTube videos and social media (> Info).

Here you will find links to online film offers and tips for getting creative with films:


IMPORTANT LEGAL NOTICE: Films are usually protected by copyright. In order to watch films online, certain conditions must be met.

  • The media center of the Archdiocese of Cologne offers online films for streaming and download for registered customers who work full-time or voluntarily in the area of ​​the churches in the area of ​​the Archdiocese of Cologne for low usage fees. These films may not be shown publicly for educational purposes for commercial purposes!

    ! NEW: from now on customers of the media center can make online films available to the participants of your online educational event (e.g. in home schooling, adult education, youth work ...) via a link. In this way, groups can watch films together and talk about them without all participants being registered as customers
    (> Information on the terms of use for our online films).

  • School television programs are made available for streaming free of charge by television broadcasters for a limited period of time as part of school lessons.

  • Films can usually be viewed privately as Video on Demand (VoD) for a fee via streaming services such as Filmfriend, Kino on Demand, Sooner or Netflix. This sector has been developing rapidly in recent times and is becoming more and more diverse and differentiated thanks to many smaller and new providers.

  • The content of the media libraries operated by television broadcasters is often free of charge (especially that of the public broadcasters) but accessible for a limited time. Additional apps can also be used to download content (free of charge for public broadcasters with MediathekView, and for a fee for some private broadcasters).




- a happy and inspiring Whitsun festival! -


(1) Animated film for everyone:

> "OH, HOW BEAUTIFUL IS PANAMA" (the Holy Spirit changes the view)


(2) Feature film for everyone aged 14 and over:

> "KADDISH FOR A FRIEND" (the Holy Spirit brings people together, even in hopeless conflicts)


(3) Documentary film for everyone aged 14 and over:

> "THE NEW GOSPEL" (the Holy Spirit is with people who are despised and exploited)


> Our ONLINE FILM TIPS from the past few weeks (PDF)


> All online films on offer at the media center (download and streaming including licenses for non-commercial, public screening)



> Planet Schule (from SWR and WDR - many interesting online films for class and at home. Special offers during the corona-related school closure)


> Weltbild online video library (Weltbild has been offering a wide range of films for individual use without a subscription since June 2020)

> Watchbox (integrated in TVNOW, the platform of the RTL media group since 2019 - Watchbox has remained free of charge)

> Videoload (Deutsche Telekom)

> Spamflix (since 2020 also in Germany - specializing in unusual selected and little-known genre and cult films - use without subscription)

> Sooner (the new streaming service has been offering a very large repertoire of films and series in the arthouse and independent sector since August 2020, with a focus on European productions)

> Sky Store (due to the corona crisis, current films from Universal can be streamed here at the cinema price)

> sixpackfilm (the Viennese association / distributor specializing in experimental films offers its films during the Corona crisis at limited times on its vimeo channel)

> Salzgeber (the film rental company offers many of its films for rental or purchase on its vimeo channel)

> Online film (mainly German fiction, short and documentary films - cooperation with film festivals)

> Netzkino (free)

> Netflix

> MUBI Germany (specializing in art house films)

> Maxdome (ProSieben-Sat.1-Media-Group)

> Krieg & Nolte (the filmmakers Robert Krieg and Monika Nolte continuously collect short films on their Vimeo channel under the title "CORONA IN DER PROVINZ" that show how different people in the German province deal with the corona pandemic - free of charge)

> Cinema on Demand (supports local cinemas - the (especially arthouse) films are charged individually - for every fifth film you receive a cinema voucher that you can redeem as soon as the cinemas are open again)

> interfilm (the organizers of the International Short Film Festival Berlin (Interfilm Festival) and the International Short Film Festival for Children and Youth Berlin (KUKI) with distribution and sales offer with the #CoronaKino four short film programs against boredom - online, to rent and buy)

> Home of Horror (since May 2020 the platform of the company Leonine has been offering horror films and series for streaming with subscription)

> Grandfilm On Demand (highest film quality and support for cinemas in crisis: streaming offer from the film distributor "Grandfilm", which shares the income with independent cinemas)

> Google Play

> Filmarchiv Austria (in the digital home cinema, the Filmarchiv offers parts of its program intended for cinema screenings from Austria's cinematic heritage on the Internet - weekly changing programs)

> Filmfriend (can be used via local public libraries - free of charge with ID from a partner library)

> Filmtastic (since July 2020 the second platform of the company Leonine has been offering blockbusters, cult films and series of different genres for streaming with subscription)

> DocCollection (specializing in documentaries)

> Disney +

> Federal Agency for Civic Education - Mediathek (political documentation)

> Arthoust CNMA (since August 2020 the third platform of the company Leonine has been offering films from the arthouse and independent sectors for streaming with subscription)

> Arsenal 3 (the streaming offer of the Berlin Arsenal cinemas)

> Apple iTunes

> Anime on Demand (specializing in animes)

> Amazon Prime Video


> ARD media library (with access to the media libraries of the ARD stations including ONE, ARD-alpha, tagesschau24, phoenix)

> ZDF media library

> KiKa media library

> 3sat media library

> arte media library

> MediathekView (the program searches the online media libraries of the public broadcasters - contributions can be viewed and downloaded - MediathekView can be downloaded for free)

> TVNOW (media library / streaming service of the RTL media group with the channels RTL, VOX, RTLZWEI, NITRO, ntv, TOGGOplus and others - use is partly chargeable)

> Sat.1 media library (free)

> ProSieben media library (free)


> On December 17th, 2020, Port au Prince Pictures will bring Milo Rau's film "THE NEW EVANGELIUM" to the Internet as VoD - the cinemas will share in the proceeds. Online cinema tickets will be available from December 1st on the film's website

> "NEW STREAMINGDIENSTE 2020" (DIGITAL TELEVISION has put together a selection of streaming services that have been available in Germany since 2020)

> Black Lives Matter: "BECAUSE WE ARE BLACK" (film documentation of the Wuppertal media project on the demonstration against racism in Düsseldorf on 06/06/2020 - freely available on Youtube)

> CORONA DIARIES - YOUNG FILMS AGAINST DOOM (web series of the media project Wuppertal - freely available on Youtube)

> "CORONA PANDEMIC AND RIGHT-WING EXTREME ONLINEPROPAGANDA" (JUGENDSCHUTZ.NET informs in a current PRAXIS INFO and a REPORT on strategies of right-wing extremist groups that are increasingly aimed at children and young people in social media and the corona crisis for targeted disinformation and dissemination of hate messages and conspiracy theories use April 2020)

> CORONA IN DER PROVINZ (The filmmakers Robert Krieg and Monika Nolte (Krieg & Nolte) continuously collect short films on their Vimeo channel that show how different people in the German province are dealing with the corona pandemic - freely accessible on Vimeo)

> Overview of the Archdiocese of Cologne about the possibilities of celebrating GOD SERVICES via livestream on television and the Internet

> Overview from about GOTTESDIENSTE in the livestream in the German (arch) dioceses

> "CONFERENCE ON FILM SELECTION IN VIRTUALITY. AND A SHORT FILM SERIES IN THE IMPROVISED CAR CINEMA." In the blog "EIGENTLICH ...", the Catholic Education Center in Cologne presents interesting events that were planned but had to be canceled because of the corona pandemic - or not at all: Jürgen Pach reports on film events that take place in the spring with a lot of creativity and improvisation could

> From June 13th to 28th, 2020: The 33rd BUNDES.FESTIVAL.FILM took place online (over the entire period on vimeo, Youtube and Facebook) and on June 13th live on site in the drive-in cinema at Carnaper Platz in Wuppertal (with Livestream on Youtube). The Bundes.Festival.Film annually presents the best productions of the federal competitions “German Youth Film Award” and “German Generation Film Award”. Participation was free of charge.

> From May 29 to June 7, 2020: 20 major international film festivals jointly organized the first global online film festival WE ARE ONE. The festivals of Cannes, Locarno, New York, Berlin, Toronto, Mumbai, Tokyo and many more. had teamed up to show films that were planned as premieres online via YouTube, free of charge and without advertising, only with the request for donations for the WHO and other organizations to fight the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2.

> From May 6th to 24th, 2020: The INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL DOK.fest Munich took place despite the corona pandemic! On the Internet! Many exciting competition films and events were open to everyone online. Tickets could be purchased individually at low prices and were valid for 24 hours from the first click. There were special offers for school classes, for example

> From 13th to 18th May 2020: The INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM DAYS OBERHAUSEN took place online! More than 350 short films, discussions and presentations, including the competition programs, were accessible. The festival pass cost 9.99 euros

> The JFC media center in Cologne recommends "short films for preschool children" that are available online (for private use)

> The online film magazine "Filmdienst" recommends "Children's films for Corona times" for streaming via various streaming services (by Stefan Stiletto, April 17, 2020)

> The "Filmdienst" recommends "Youth films against the Corona-Koller" for streaming (by Kirsten Taylor, March 27th, 2020)

> The "Filmdienst" shows "how German cinemas are preparing for a restart": "We are ready" (by Reinhard Kleber, May 4th, 2020)

> Overview of the "Filmdienst" about the 70th presentation of the German Film Prize on April 24th, 2020 (April 25th, 2020)

> The "Filmdienst" presents smaller, partly new streaming services with different focuses, part 1: "Des Kinos Wunderhorn" (by Fabian Tietke, April 2nd, 2020)

> The "Filmdienst" presents streaming services, part 2: "Everything but mainstream" (by Fabian Tietke, April 11th, 2020)

> The "Filmdienst" constantly offers the latest streaming tips and film tips from TV media libraries

> The film magazine "epd Film" constantly offers the latest streaming tips and film tips from TV media libraries

> The film show (Kira Brück, film priest Christian Engels and André Sander present current (cinema) films in entertaining YouTube videos - at the moment it's more about streaming films, tips on using media in the family and background information on current film events)

> Vision Kino, the network for film and media literacy, has put together ideas: "Activities for the home"

> The German Filminstitut Filmmuseum (DFF) offers an online program with streaming tips, film culture for families, film blog, virtual exhibitions, videos and links during the corona crisis)

> The sports lesson of the association "ALBA BERLIN" (daily new fitness videos on Youtube for the age groups KiTa, elementary school and high school)


Watching movies is fun. But it is even more fun to continue to occupy yourself with what you have seen and to be creative yourself.

In the following, we will introduce you to a few methods that are suitable for getting on the track of the subject of the film or its aesthetics.

Some methods can be practiced alone (e.g. painting pictures, developing a different plot or making a film yourself with a mobile phone, tablet, etc.)

Other methods can be used, for example, to share the impressions and interpretations of the film watched together in the family. An exciting feature of the medium is that everyone sees a film with his or her own eyes and relates to different previous experiences and interests ...

Of course, methods can always be changed and adapted to personal preferences and different films.

+++ Methods for individuals or small groups +++

  • Paint a scene

    Individuals or participants (PT) recreate the picture or scene that they remember most or that they like best. If several participants take part, it can be interesting to discuss afterwards whether the pictures match or differ from the impressions of the others.
  • Design a movie poster

  • Inventing alternative courses of action or a continuation of the film story

    A story outline (a brief description of the events and scenes) or a script can be created for this purpose. A storyboard (sketchy visual representation of crucial scenes) can also be drawn.

    Of course, you can also shoot your own film. Recording and editing short scenes is relatively easy with a mobile phone, smartphone or tablet. An animated film can also be rotated using these means in stop-motion technology (toy figures or the like are recorded in individual images so that the sequence creates the impression that the figures are moving).

+++ Methods for groups at home (family), at school, in online conferences, etc. +++

  • Role play dialogue

    The participants each take on the role of a film character. After a short preparation time, the participants come into contact with one another in their roles within the framework of the film plot or in another, invented situation and present a dialogue scene.

  • Fictional interviews as role play

    Each small group interviews a character who is related to the plot in the form of a role play.

  • Observation orders

    Before the film is viewed, different assignments are distributed (e.g. "How does a certain film character behave"?) And then compiled and discussed.

  • Characterization of the main characters

    In short key words, the family members each characterize a main person on a sheet or an index card. The categories are given, e.g. name, age, interests, special character traits, special experiences. The individuals introduce their main character to the others.

  • Relationship diagram

    The names of the main characters are written on a poster at a large distance from each other. Prepared images or the index cards / sheets created in a previously developed characterization (see above) can also be attached to the poster. In the vicinity of these names or pictures, the participants write the names of the people (or stick a picture) who are related to them. The intensity and type of relationship can be made visible through the distance or through short texts on the connecting line.

  • Mind map on important terms of the film plot

  • Talk show / panel of experts on a topic of the film

    The participants play different roles: a moderator and several experts from different areas of society and with different specialties and opinions.

    After a limited preparation time, the talk show will be staged. The moderator leads the discussion, ensures that speaking times are evenly distributed and that the airtime is filled.
  • Writing conversation / blog on a question raised by the film (can possibly also be practiced online with participants who are not in the same place)

    For example, "What happens if a film character behaves differently than the film suggests at a specific point in the plot?": A participant begins and writes an (everyday) situation in at most two sentences on a piece of paper and gives it further.

    The next participants add subsequent events in up to two sentences each, so that a causal chain of events results in a curious story.
  • How does the film go on?

    The action is continued individually or collectively (e.g. in a writing conversation, see above).

(...) many other ways to continue to deal with the film you have seen are conceivable.

For even more methods / didactic tips on specific films and topics, we recommend our> film work aids.

We wish you a lot of fun with the films and hope that you will get through the time of the corona crisis well!

Your media headquarters team