For 8 years Olaf established and managed one of the very first Co-production Markets, the Mannheim Meetings, with an average of 60 projects per year. Since 2005, Olaf has served as Acquisition Manager with Bavaria Film International. Olaf has a M.A. in Literature and Communication Studies.
Bavaria Film International is an international distributor. The portfolio ranges from international box office hit RUN LOLA RUN (1998), the Academy Award winner NOWHERE IN AFRICA (2002), multiple European Film Award winner GOOD BYE, LENIN (2003), to Golden Berlin Bear winner HEAD-ON (2004), double Silver Berlin Bear winner SOPHIE SCHOLL – THE FINAL DAYS (2005) or creative documentary INTO GREAT SILENCE (2005). More recent hits were I SERVED THE KING OF ENGLAND and Silver Berlin Bear winner BEAUFORT (both 2007), CHERRYBLOSSOMS-HANAMI by Doris Dörrie and vampire drama LET THE RIGHT ONE IN as well as Cannes surprise hit MOSCOW, BELGIUM (all 2008), double Silver Berlin Bear winner EVERYONE ELSE and multi-awarded NOTHING PERSONAL (both 2009).
Latest acquisitions include BLACK BUTTERFLIES with Carice van Houten and Rutger Hauer, LENA by Christophe van Rompaey, Carlos Sorin’s THE CAT VANISHES, THE HEINEKEN KIDNAPPING with Rutger Hauer, London based neo-noir thriller I, ANNA with Gabriel Byrne and Charlotte Rampling, horror-farce EDDIE, THE SLEEPWALKING CANNIBAL, partly-animated romantic drama DEATH OF A SUPERHERO and Paris-set Michael Caine-starrer MR. MORGAN’S LAST LOVE.