Bavaria Film City

Days of Glamour in the Hollywood of Bavaria

Bavaria Film City provides event planners with a cornucopia of ideas for VIP events with glamour factor, from dinner on original film sets to film workshops for groups.

The Bavaria Film City in Grünwald near Munich Celebrates its Centenary

100 years of film history make the Bavaria Film City in Grünwald near Munich a place of magical attraction for cineastes: International stars like Sophia Loren, Oskar Werner, Liz Taylor, Peter Ustinov, Liza Minelli, Sammy Davis Jr. and Tony Curtis stood in front of the camera here, and top-ranking directors including Alfred Hitchcock, Billy Wilder, Orson Welles, Stanley Kubrick, Claude Chabrol, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Wolfgang Petersen and Wim Wenders produced masterpieces of the cinematic art in Hollywood on the Isar. Legendary films include "Cabaret", which won eight Oscars, "Das Boot" and the "The Never Ending Story".

At the beginning, the Münchner Lichtspielkunst AG, or Emelka for short, was founded in 1919 as the Bavarian answer to the Ufa, founded two years earlier in Berlin. The first film studios were built in the Geiselgasteig district of Grünwald and soon afterwards the Emelka was the second largest film enterprise in Germany. Today, Bavaria Film is one of the major players in the German film and television industry and the Bavaria site covering 30 hectares is one of the largest and most successful film studios in Europe.

Since 1981 the Bavaria Film City has been attracting thousands of film fans with original film sets and interactive guided tours. In the FILMSTADT ATELIER (Film City Studio), the new anniversary attraction, the focus is on 100 exciting and eventful years of film history. Bavaria Film City provides event planners with a cornucopia of ideas for VIP events with glamour factor, from dinner on original film sets to film workshops for groups.

 

Ready to shoot – Film Star for a Day

Does the HR department want to bring out your creative side and does the managing director want a chance just for once to develop his soft skills? Then let's get going to shoot in the studios of the Bavaria Film City. Just working together on the original film script, which is how the one-day film workshop begins, reveals unimagined creative talents. Once the storyboard is ready, the roles and tasks are assigned, costumes are given out, and the equipment and props are prepared. During filming, the guests can not only act in front of the camera, but also join in as camera or sound assistant.

After shooting, the film is cut professionally and the sound added, which gives enough time for the VIP guided tour included in the price around the Bavaria site, or for an individual supporting programme (at an extra charge). The climax is the premiere of the film in the small Bavaria Film City cinema. The film team can then take a copy of the film back home with them. This version of the workshop is for a maximum of 20 people and lasts eight hours. The second option is for up to 25 people attending a half-day workshop. They can then choose between two exciting stories that have already been prepared. Multiple workshops running in parallel can be organised for larger groups.

 

Film Dinner with a Hollywood Flair

If the Executive Dinner is meant to really impress the guests, a fitting location would naturally be the staterooms of the Munich Residence. A shame, however, that food and drinks are not allowed in these sumptuously furnished rooms. Thank goodness there is an opulent alternative in the Bavaria Film City: For a film about the fairy-tale king Ludwig II, the winter garden and the audience chamber of the king served as models for the film set which can be hired for events and gala dinners.

Decidedly more rustic is the set of the live action filming of "Asterix & Obelix Take On Caesar", with a Roman arena including crocodile pool and torture machines. The volcanic cave and steam engine of the set of the live action filming of the classic children’s book, "Jim Button and Luke the Engine Driver", take the guests on a magical journey back into their childhood. On the other hand, the atmosphere of the visual effects studio is cool and clean, whereas the Western Saloon is the perfect setting for a party with a Wild West flair. There is room for up to 24 people in the saloon and up to 100 in the SFX studio or the Residence.

 

Events for VIPs

To complete the cineastic-culinary experience, an exclusive tour with VIP guide can be arranged. Here the visitors plunge into the exciting atmosphere of the studio, see film sets from the very beginnings to current productions, can try out their forecasting skills in a replica of a television weather studio, or stand in as a model for a studio make-up artist. There is even a pyrotechnician who digs deep into his box of tricks and explains how they work with fire, explosions, firearms, chemicals and fake blood during filming. The VIP guided tours can also be booked without the dinner.

 

 

Photos: Bavaria Filmstadt

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