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. The initial idea behind the ONE FINE DAY FILM Project was 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 2020 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.
With climate change and COVID19 taking the center stage the past years, the team of ONE FINE DAY FILMS used the opportunity to rethink their activities. Taking environmental and pandemic aspects into consideration and in order to continue their work sustainably, the German NGO SOME FINE DAY Pix was founded in 2020.
ONE FINE DAY FILMS remains an independent production company, focused on producing and promoting high-quality content from the African continent.
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.
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 (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.
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".
After completing her A-levels in Germany, Verena embarked on a two-year work and travel journey to Australia and South-East Asia. Upon returning to Germany, she started studing Cultural Science at Potsdam, Frankfurt/Oder and Brno (CZ) before settling in Berlin to begin her career as a booker, event promoter and coordinator In 2013 Verena left Germany again to gain more experience in the event and hospitality sector near St. Moritz in Switzerland.
In 2015, she was approached by Sarika Lakhani to join ONE FINE DAY FILMS, where she coordinates the company's projects in Germany and Kenya.