Preserving the cinematic heritage of the GDR is one of the DEFA Foundation’s main responsibilities. This is not merely an administrative responsibility, but a challenging and multifaceted one. The following pages present the charitable foundation through its tasks, its difficult founding history, the various entities, and introduce the staff.
What is the DEFA Foundation?
The aim of the foundation, which was founded in 1998, is to preserve DEFA films and make them usable for the public, as well as to promote German cinematic art and culture.
It was founded nine years after reunification. In 1990, the first attempt at its founding failed because of a few hurdles. The cohesion of the film stock and the filmmakers’ wishes were always considered.