Selected German Film Festivals

Braunschweig Film Festival

Internationales Filmfest Braunschweig
Neue Str. 8
38100 Braunschweig
phone +49-5 31-7 02 20 20
fax +49-5 31-70 22 02 99

Program Manager
Karina Gauerhof

Year of Foundation 1986

Event Date from 01 November 2021 till 07 November 2021

Event Date

in Braunschweig, Germany

International Competition

Sections Feature Competition "Heinrich Award" (European Debuts and Second Features), New International Cinema, New German Films, Green Horizons, Music and Film, Close-up of Actors and Directors, Retrospectives, Short Films, Beyond Section, Home Match Section, Midnight Talks, Exhibitions

Category Documentary, Feature, Short, First Feature

Terms of Entry feature competition: over 70 min, completed in 2020 or later, no previous commercial theatrical screening/TV broadcast; short film competition: up to 15 min, completed in 2020 or later, thematic sections "Music & Film", "Green Horizons"; KINEMA Award: first or second films produced for theatrical exhibition (fiction and documentaries), over 70 min, French or German language, European productions, completed in 2020 or later
Home Match: films with a relation to the Braunschweig region
in general, all lengths, preference is given to films completed in 2021 that are German or world premieres

Genre Music, Animation, Comedy, Drama

Subtitles English subtitles recommended

Format DCP, Blu-ray, HD QuickTime

Registration Deadline early: 31 March 2021 (shorts 10 Euro, features 25 Euro)
regular (shorts): 31 May 2021 (15 Euro)
regular (features): 30 June 2021 (30 Euro)
late (short films): 30 June 2021 (25 Euro)
late (features): 28 July 2021 (40 Euro)

Attendance Figures 25,000

Participants of the Film Industry around 280 professional visitors (filmmakers, actors, producers, composers, press)

Prizes/Awards Heinrich (Audience Award, Euro 10,000; split between director and distributor/producer)
Europa (European Actors Award, Euro 15,000)
KINEMA French-German Youth Award (Euro 2,000)
White Lion (Lifetime Achievement Award)
Black Lion (Best Film "Beyond" Section)
Four Golden Lime Trees Award (Best Film "Home Match" Section)

Number of Films Shown ca. 170 short and feature films

Media Coverage about 80 accredited journalists, mostly local and regional print press

Evaluation The Braunschweig Filmfest is a popular audience festival which is frequently utilized by arthouse distributors as a platform for pre-premieres of upcoming highlights. While the Heinrich Award, including prize money in the amount of Euro 10,000 is highly coveted, press response is primarily regional. The festival is well established and audience-oriented. Focus: European films, German-French exchange, film music, previews and films without German distributors.

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