Cologne-based production outfit Filmpool has been accepted as the 21st member of recently-launched German producers pressure group Film 20. Current members include Kinowelt Medien, Senator Entertainment, Producers AG, Claussen + Woebke Filmproduktion and Constantin Film.

Filmpool has an annual output of more than 200 hours of television programming and won the Prix Italia last year for the TV movie Schande. The company has just finished shooting a picture directed by Andreas Kleinert based on the lives of environmental activists Petra Kelly and Gert Bastian. The company is currently negotiating with US partners for the financing of three international projects.

Film 20 secretary general Georgia Tornow suggested that the number of Film 20 member companies is not likely to exceed 25.