North Rhine-Westphalian exhibitor Gerd Politt has become the latest prominent figure in the German media scene to file for insolvency proceedings.

The insolvency affects his screens in Soest and Recklinghausen and the five-screen Cineworld complex in Luenen, which only opened its doors in 2001 and has served since then as the venue for the annual Kinofest Luenen in November.

According to German press reports, the complex's landlord Harpen AG, the Luenen town council and Filmstiftung NRW are working on the assumption the festival will still go ahead as originally planned from November 13-16.