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Heino Deckert

Heino Deckert

Germany

Production

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Decision Maker 2011
Decision Maker 2009

biography

Heino Deckert is producer and managing director of ma.ja.de. filmproduktion based in Leipzig and Berlin and holds a share in Blinker Filmproduktion based in Cologne as well as running Deckert Distribution, a distribution company for documentaries.

He was born on June 23rd 1959. He has studied law in Berlin and was student at the German Film and TV Academy Berlin (DFFB). Upon graduating he founded in 1991 the production company ma.ja.de. Filmproduktion.

In 1995 Mr. Deckert founded d.net, an informal union of six European colleagues joining forces to exchange ideas and initiatives. Since the establishing of d.net the producers finished more than 30 internationally co-productions together and became a significant player on the international film market.

Heino Deckert produced more than 50 documentaries, among them several films by Thomas Heise as well as Staub (Dust) by Hartmut Bitomsky that had its international premiere in 2007 at the International Film Festival in Venice. Close to Heaven by Titus Faschina has been the only German film in the international competition at DOK Leipzig 2010.

As a co-producer ma.ja.de. was involved in The 3 Rooms of Melancholia by Pirjo Honkasalo which won two prices in Venice 2004, and in Rabbit à la Berlin by Bartek Konopka and Piotr Rosolowski which was nominated for an OSCAR for Best Short Documentary in 2010. His latest production, ¡Vivan las Antipodas! by Victor Kossakowsky, premiered at Venice Film Festival 2011.

The catalogue of Deckert Distribution includes titles like: Chavez – Inside the Coup, The 3 Rooms of Melancholia, Citizen Havel, Recipes for Disaster, Blockade or Rabbit à la Berlin.

In 2005 Heino Deckert founded ma.ja.de. fiction and produced his first fiction film in 2006 with documentary filmmakers Peter Brosens and Jessica Woodworth. The film Khadak was premiered in Venice and won the Lion of the Future. Altiplano, Brosens’ and Woodworth’s second feature film, premiered at Semaine de la Critique Cannes in 2009. Documentary filmmaker Sergei Loznitsa’s feature debut My Joy was selected for the main competition in Cannes in 2010. Heino Deckert lectures on production and distribution of documentaries and is Eurodoc group leader.

Heino Deckert was the chairman of the European Documentary Network (EDN) from 2006-2008.

company profile

Since 1991 the company has been involved in a number of successful collaborations with many renowned directors from both Germany and abroad. They include Sergei Loznitsa, Pirjo Honkassalo, Vitalij Manskij, Hartmut Bitomsky, Viktor Kossakovsky and Thomas Heise, who are among their respective countries most famous filmmakers.

ma.ja.de. has produced more than 70 documentary films so far. They have been premiered at renowned international festivals such as Berlinale, Venice, Rotterdam, Visions du Réel in Nyon, Cinema du Réel in Paris, IDFA Amsterdam and DOK Leipzig.

In 2005 ma.ja.de´s growing involvement in international feature film production led to the founding of ma.ja.de fiction. The projects are being forged under the banner „Documentary filmmakers go feature“, which will allow for very distinct points of view.
The first ma.ja.de fiction film production was Khadak by Peter Brosens and Jessica Woodworth. At its world premiere at the 2006 Venice Film Festival Khadak was awarded the “Lion of the Future” for the best feature film debut. Altiplano the second promising feature film project by the two filmmakers was premiered at the 48. Semaine de la Critique in Cannes 2009.

My Joy by Sergei Loznitsa was chosen for the Cannes competition and celebrated its premiere in May 2010.

Blood Countess by Ulrike Ottinger with Tilda Swinton as the leading character is in the financing phase. ma.ja.de is based in Leipzig and has a second office in Berlin, is involved in the Blinker Filmproduktion in Cologne and implies it’s own worldwide distributor, Deckert Distribution.

ma.ja.de. is one of the few German film production companies producing documentaries that for years now have won international film festival awards, and proved themselves worthy of cinema acclaim and worldwide sale. Since 1991 the company has been involved in a number of successful collaborations with many renowned directors from both Germany and abroad. They include Sergei Loznitsa, Pirjo Honkasalo, Victor Kossakowsky, Hartmut Bitomsky and Thomas Heise, who are among their respective countries‘ most famous documentary filmmakers. Between 2004 and 2008 ma.ja.de. produced more than 30 documentary films. One of the latest production Revue by Sergei Loznitsa had its premiere in Rotterdam last year and has been shown in 15 international film festivals since. In Cracow Revue won the Golden Horn Award for the best documentary. Staub by Hartmut Bitomsky which had its premiere at the International Filmfest in Venice 2007 in the competition section Orizzonti started in February 2008 in the German cinemas. Thomas Heise’s Material premiered at the Berlinale 2009 and won the Documentary Festival in Marseilles that year. More recently ma.ja.de‘s growing involvement in international feature film production led to the founding of ma.ja.de fiction. The projects are being forged under the banner „Documentary filmmakers go feature“, which will allow for very distinct points of view. The first ma.ja.de fiction film production was Khadak by Peter Brosens and Jessica Woodworth. At its world premiere at the 2006 Venice Film Festival Khadak was awarded the „Lion of the Future“ for the best feature film debut. Altiplanothe second feature film project by the two filmmakers had its premiere in Cannes 2009 (Semaine de la Critic). Other feature film projects by Sergei Loznitsa (You, My Joy) and Thomas Heise (Good Friday is a Friday) are in production and development.