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One Fine Day Films

ONE FINE DAY FILMS is an alternative production company founded in 2008 by German film director Tom Tykwer and Marie Steinmann-Tykwer. The initial idea behind the ONE FINE DAY FILM Project is to give African filmmakers an opportunity to write and produce their own stories and, under the mentorship of experienced filmmakers, reach an international audience on the big cinematic screen. Until now ONE FINE DAY FILMS and their Nairobi-based partner GINGER INK successfully produced seven feature films.


In cooperation with DW AKADEMIE, ONE FINE DAY FILMS trained over 1000 filmmakers from 21 African countries within their workshops in all departments of the moviemaking process.


DW Akademie, based in Bonn and Berlin, is the international centre for media capacity building of Deutsche Welle, Germany’s international broadcaster. Since the initial launch of its international training programme for developing countries in 1965, it has been involved in partnership projects all over the world. It has cultivated and developed its portfolio of cooperation projects to such an extent that it has become a paragon of the academy’s founding idea: “Media Development Around the World”.

GINGER INK, headed by Ginger and Guy Wilson, are based in Kenya, East Africa. They are a longstanding film service and production company working throughout the African continent.

Rushlake Media supports producers, rights holders and institutions finding their way and marketing their content in the changing landscape of film distribution

Since 2009, TFA has been the reference in festivals and alternative distribution worldwide. They connect film programmers to the best diversity of cinema: independent, award-winning and prestigious classics films.


Sarika Lakhani
Managing Partner / Producer

Born to a German mother and a Kenyan/Indian father, Sarika was raised in the South of Germany. She began her professional career as a production assistant and coordinator for Studio Babelsberg, followed by several national and international productions. Sarika studied Film Production from 2002-2006 at the German Film- & TV Academy (dffb) in Berlin, and completed a post-graduate program entitled “L`Atelier Masterclass”, a collaboration of the Film Academy in Ludwigburg and La Femis in Paris. During the Production of “Germany 09”, Sarika was approached by Marie Steinmann and Tom Tykwer to support their pilot project SOUL BOY. Today she is working as a producer for ONE FINE DAY FILMS, and is in charge of all operations.

Marie Steinmann


After finishing the Rudolf-Steiner School in `89, Marie studied Fine Arts and Graphic Design in Hamburg. She worked as a designer for several media agencies doing animation, web and graphic design. After living for two years in Dubai, she left the advertising behind and travelled the world for some time. Back in Berlin Marie worked for a science marketing agency where she organised fares, exhibition and scientific quiz shows for school kids around Germany.

Never leaving the art, Marie became a member of the Anno’s Africa Team in 2007 teaching art at several schools for children in the slums of Nairobi. In 2008, Marie and her husband Tom founded One Fine Day e.V. in Berlin and shortly after ONE FINE DAY FILMS GmbH.

Tom Tykwer

Tom Tykwer (born Mai 23, 1965) is a German film director, screenwriter, composer and producer. Born in Wuppertal (Germany), he moved to Berlin in the 1980s and worked as a projectionist and booker in various independent art house cinemas. Tom Tykwer is co-founder and partner of the Berlin based film production company X Filme Creative Pool GmbH (1994). His filmography as a director includes „Deadly Maria” (1993), „Winter Sleepers” (1997), „Run Lola Run” (1998), „The Princess and the Warrior” (2000), „Heaven” (2002), „Perfume – the story of a murderer” (2006) and „The International” (2009). In 2008 he co-founded the non-profit organization One Fine Day e.V. which promotes and supports artistic education in the ghettos of Nairobi (Kenya). Associated to this project evolved ONE FINE DAY FILMS.

Sara Bökemeyer
Finance / Administration

Sara entered the field of film production when she worked as a production assistant and -coordinator while she was still studying Cultural Science and Linguistics. After finishing university she went on being a production manager,  -accountant and junior producer on various national and international co-productions. She joined the ONE FINE DAY FILMS TEAM permanentely in 2017 after being on board as a mentor for production accounting on "Supa Modo".

Verena Kurz
Project Manager

Verena always desired to see as much of the world as possible while working in the fields she is passionate about. After high school, she decided to leave Germany and travelled to Australia and South-East Asia where she lived and worked for a few years. She later returned to Germany to study Cultural Science at Potsdam, Frankfurt(Oder) and Brno University. During that time she worked at two Berlin based event agencies being responsible for bookings, guest relations and general night management. After finishing her degree in 2013, Verena moved on to live and work in the Swiss Alps for a few month. She later worked as an associate event coordinator in Potsdam when being approached by Sarika to work for ONE FINE DAY FILMS.

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