German Film and television producer
Born November 15, 1960
, German Film and Television Producer, has primarily worked as on-air promotion producer for the German broadcaster RTL 2 and German-French broadcaster Arte. From 1996 until 2002 he was part of the management at the production and service companies Taunusfilm and CineMedia, where he started out as assistant to the general manager and later became executive for production and acquisition.
At Taunusfilm, he oversaw all international production activities including the L.A. office of Taunusfilm International, while at CineMedia he was involved in the acquisition of films such as “What Women Want », starring Mel Gibson.
Christoph’s producing credits at that time included: critically acclaimed Little Senegal, which in 2001 was selected for the Foreign Film Language Oscar, Lubov and other Nightmares, Sundance 2002, as well as Planet B, The Antman and Planet B, Detective Lovelorn, both Berlin 2002, Official Selection, Perspective of German Cinema.
In 2003, Christoph joined forces with Axel Moebius to produce with their own company Thoke + Moebius Film (TMF).
At TMF, Christoph has been able to produce or co-produce a slate of ten titles such as Tropical Malady from Apichatpong Weerasethakul, a major arthouse sensation which got the Jury Price in Cannes 2004 (jury presidency: Quentin Tarantino) and was selected as best film of the year 2004 by Cahiers du Cinema.
Other titles at TMF include Bruno Dumont’s Twentynine Palms, Venice 2003, Official Competition, Buffalo Boy, official entry from Vietnam for Best Foreign Language Film category at the 78th Academy Awards and Wedding Chest, official entry from Kyrgyzstan for Best Foreign Language Film category at the 79th Academy Awards.
In total, Christoph’s films have been officially selected for more than 400 festivals and garnered more than 70 awards around the globe.
In 2007 Christoph founded the production outfit Mogador Film, from where he is going to produce for the local and international market. The first project hasl been: Le Silence de Lorna. The film has been directed by Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne, got selected for Official Competition in Cannes 2008 and was awarded price for best script (jury presidency: Sean Pean), Christoph was been acting as German co-producer.
Tutoring, Panels and Consultancy
Since 2005, Christoph has been involved in different aspects of media training to name for example:
- Panelist at the Rotterdam Lab with Jani Thilgtes, Rotterdam International Film Festival 2005,
- Panelist on “International Producers in Europe” with Karl Baumgartner and Marco Müller, eDit 8. Filmmaker’s Festival, Frankfurt 2005,
- Member of the Pedagogic Staff and Production Tutor, Meda Films Development,
- Production Tutor, M.F.D., Marrakech 2006, 2007 and 2008, http://www.mfd.ma
- Project Consultant for Babylon Feature Film Project Development Workshop,
- Rotterdam 2007 and Cannes 2007, http://www.babylon-film.eu and
- Moderator for Producers Network, Festival de Cannes 2007.
- Production Tutor, Film Business School, Ronda 2008
Christoph Thoke is member of the German Film Academy (www.deutshe.filmakademie.de).