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About us

Berlin-based LIGHTBURST PICTURES was founded in 2015. The company is run by Ufuk Genç, founder and managing director of well established post production house CINE CHROMATIX, that has already been largely producing and co-producing in the past years. Besides developing and producing local German films LIGHTBURST PICTURES acts as minority partner in international co-production. Compelling ideas, outstanding talent and promising artistic and/or commercial impact are key in our project selection.

The portfolio ranges from international art house films, such as Turkish-German co-production IVY (eng. Sarmasik) which premiered in competition of 2015 Sundance Film Festival, Spanish-German co-production LA NOVIA (eng. THE BRIDE) which earned 12 nominations at Goya Award 2016, to mainstream cinema like privately financed martial arts comedy PLAN B, which premiered at the Sitges festival of Catalonia in October 2016 and is distributed by 20th Century Fox Germany in Germany.

projects

Raspberries with Mustard

Drama – Feature Film

Director: Ruth Olshan
German / Dutch / Swiss / Luxembourgish coproduction
Year of production: 2021
Producers: Susanne Mann, Paul Zischler, Bady Mink, Alexander Dumreicher-Ivanceanu
Coproducers: Ufuk Genc, Anita Wasser
Film Funding: BKM, BAK, EDI, DFFF, Film Fund Luxembourg, Film- u.Medienstiftung NRW, Kuratorium Junger Deutscher Film, Netherlands Fund for Film
World Premier: 16th October 2021 at the Cinekid Festival in Amsterdam, Netherlands

Muhammed Ali
Documentary

Director: Ümit Köreken & Nursen Çetin Köreken
Film format: feature-length film
Turkish / German coproduction
Year of production: 2019
Producers: Nursen Çetin Köreken
Coproducer: Ufuk Genç
World premiere: 20th November 2019 (34e Entrevues Belfort)

Awards:

  • Entrevues Film Festival 2019: Nominee of GRAND PRIX JANINE BAZIN AWARD

Ark: The Nikola’s Code
Science Fiction – Feature Film

Director: Cui Lei
Chinese / German coproduction
Year of production: 2017
Producer: Cheng Liu
Coproducer: Ufuk Genc
Current status: in postproduction

Terra Nova

Drama – Feature Film

Director: Artur Ribeiro
Portuguese / German coproduction
Year of production: 2018
Producer: Ana Costa
Coproducers: Ufuk Genç
Release Dates: 22nd October 2020 (USA), 28th October 2021 (Portugal)
Film funding: IDM Südtirol, ICA Portugal

Awards:

  • SoHo International Film Festival 2020: 2 Nominations and FESTIVAL PRIZE BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ENSEMBLE – WORLD FEATURE
  • Portugal’s choice for the Oscar 2022 submission for Best International Picture

Love Between the Walls
Drama – Feature Film

Director: Florian Aigner
German / German coproduction
Year of production: 2018
Producer: Martin Heisler, Gabriele Simon, Maxim Juretzka, Jost Hering
Coproducers: Ufuk Genç, Andreas Eicher
In coproduction with: WDR, ARTE
World Premier: 7th November 2019
Film funding: Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, DFFF

Festivals: Hofer Filmtage 2019, Filmfest Biberach 2019, Heimat Europa Film Festival 2020, Stockholm Independent Film Festival 2021

The Accidental Rebel
Drama – Feature Film

Director: Randa Chahoud
German / German coproduction
Year of production: 2018
Producer: Clementina Hegewisch, Ufuk Genç
Coproducers: Andreas Eicher
World Premier 13th August 2020
Film funding: FFHSH, BKM, MDM, DFFF

Awards:

  • Catalina Filmfestival 2020 AWARD OF EXCELLENCE INTERNATIONAL FEATURE and BEST OF FEST BEST DIRECTOR INTERNATIONAL FEATURE FILM
  • Max Ophüls Festival 2020 5 Nominierungen und BEST YOUNG ACTOR, BEST UPCOMING ACTORS AND ACTRESSES and PUPILS JURY AWARD

Raus
Drama – Feature Film

Director: Philipp Hirsch
German / German coproduction
Year of production: 2016
Producer: Marcel Lenz
Coproducers: Ufuk Genç and Andreas Eicher
In coproduction with: SWR
World Premier: 17th January 2019
Film funding: MDM, nordmedia – Film- und Meidengesellschaft Niedersachsen / Bremen, DFFF

Festivals: 52.Hofer Filmtage 2018, Beijing International Film Festival 2019

In the Middle of the River
Drama – Feature Film

Director: Damian John Harper
German / German coproduction
Year of production: 2016
Producers: Jonas and Jakob D. Weydemann
Coproducers: Ufuk Genç, Andreas Eicher
In coproduction with: ZDF / Das kleine Fernsehspiel, ARTE
Film fundings: Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, MDM, Kuratorium junger Deutscher Film, DFFF
Premiere: 16th August 2018 – Farbfilm Verleih

Awards:

  • Munich Film Festival 2018: WINNER of YOUNG GERMAN CINEMA AWARD for SCREENWRITING

Plan B Scheiß auf Plan A
Martial Arts Comedy – Feature Film

Directors: Ufuk Genç and Michael Popescu
Privately financed German production
Year of production: 2016
Producers: Oliver Thau and Ufuk Genç
World premiere: Sitges 2016 – 49. International Fantastic Film Festival of Catalonia in October 2016
Release date: 08.06.2017

Awards:

  • Taurus World Stunt Awards 2018: Nominee BEST ACTION IN A FOREIGN FILM

Nirgendwo
Drama – Feature Film

Director: Matthias Starte
Geman / German coproduction
Year of production: 2015
Producers: Tobias Hermann and Jan Gallasch
Coproducer: Ufuk Genç
German premiere: 27.10.2016 – Polyband

Awards:

  • Zurich Film Festival 2016: Nominee for GOLDEN EYE BEST FILM IN FOCUS SWITZERLAND, GERMANY, AUSTRIA

Blue Bicycle / Mavi Bisiklet
Drama – Feature Film

Director: Ümit Köreken
Turkish / German coproduction
Year of production: 2015
Producers: Nursen Çetin Köreken
Coproducers: Ufuk Genç and Oliver Thau

Awards:

  • Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival 2016: WINNER of GOLDEN ORANGE for BEST FILM, NATIONAL FEATURE FILM AWARD for BEST SCREENPLAY, BEST DIRECTOR, BEST FILM
  • Berlin International Film Festival 2016: Nominee of CRYSTAL BEAR for GENERATION KPLUS – BEST FEATURE FILM
  • Sadri Alisik Theatre and Cinema Awards 2017: WINNER of SADRI ALISIK CINEMA AWARD for EKREM BORA PROMISING ACTOR AWARD

The Bride / La Novia
Drama – Feature Film

Director: Paula Ortiz
Spanish / German coproduction
Year of production: 2015
Producers: Alex Lafuente and Rosana Tomás
Coproducers: Ufuk Genç and Janosch Benz
World premiere: San Sebastian Film Festival 2015, section: Zabaltegi

Awards:

  • Goya 2016: 12 nominations, amongst others: BEST FILM, BEST DIRECTOR, BEST ACTOR, BEST ART WORK

Ivy / Sarmasik
Drama – Feature Film

Director: Tolga Karacelik
Turkish / German coproduction
Year of production: 2015
Producers: Elif Turhan and Tolga Karaçelik
Coproducer: Ufuk Genç
World premiere: Sundance Film Festival 2015, section: World Cinema Dramatic Competition

Awards:

  • East End Film Festival 2016: BEST FILM
  • Antalya Film Festival „Altin Portakal“ 2015: BEST FILM, BEST DIRECTOR, BEST SCRIPT, BEST MALE ACTOR

Creative Despite War
TV Documentary

Director: Rui Diaz
Film format: feature-length film
Geman / German coproduction
Year of production: 2014
Producer: Juan Camilio Cruz
Coproducer: Ufuk Genç

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