Film Festivals in Munich

Festivalzentrum Gasteig beim Filmfest München, Foto: Filmfest München/Bernhard Schmidt
Foto: Filmfest München/Bernhard Schmidt

Filmfest München
The Filmfest München takes place in late June/early July every year: eight days and nights all about actors, directors and storylines, featuring World Cinema as well as German films. American Independent films are shown alongside German Feature films and TV movies, new cinematic discoveries from around the world and international, European and German premieres. The programme is completed by retrospectives, tributes and special screenings. The festival honours a personality from the world of international cinema with the CineMerit Award. Prize winners include Geraldine Chaplin, Milos Forman and Jacqueline Bisset. A number of other awards honour and support young and promising film makers.

Fantasy Filmfest München
Fantasy, Science Fiction, Horror films and Thrillers: for a few weeks in July and August every year you can dive into the fascinating, sometimes scary world of fantasy films in Munich. The two cinemas taking part are City Kino and Cinema. 

International Shortfilm Festival - Bunter Hund
Founded less than ten years ago, the Munich Shortfilm Festival is getting more and more popular. It is open to more experienced filmmakers as well as to beginners. And what makes this festival very special: the audience is the jury. Every visitor evaluates the films he watched. This way not necessarily the most professionally shot films make it to the finals, but those films loved by the audience for unusual ideas, cool stories or unique styles.

The International Festival of Film Colleges
The Film museum and the Munich College for Film and Television hold an international festival of film colleges every year in the last week of November. An independent jury of experts selects films from Film Colleges and presents them to boost creative interaction between young film makers from all over the world and the public. Prizes are awarded to competitors from Germany and abroad. Apart from the film programme, other events take place to help students to establish international networks and connections.

This international festival of documentary films was held in 1985 for the first time and has attracted almost all internationally renowned documentary film makers. An independent international jury awards the Bavarian Television Documentary Film Prize, worth 10.000 EUR and it is open to international competitors. The festival is especially dedicated to films from regions where economic and political factors make it extremely difficult to produce documentary films. A new section offers a stage for new films from Bavaria - including films produced by non-professionals and newcomers.




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