Selected German Film Festivals

Hof International Film Festival

Internationale Hofer Filmtage
Altstadt 8
95028 Hof
phone +49-92 81-8 54 40
fax +49-92 81-1 88 16

Artistic Director
Thorsten Schaumann

Year of Foundation 1967

Event Date from 26 October 2021 till 31 October 2021

Event Date

in Hof, Germany

Sections non-competitive; no definitive sections in general; new German and international features, short films and documentaries, retrospective; Hof Plus Industry Program, Speed Pitch

Category Feature, Documentary, Short, First Feature

Terms of Entry all lengths, all genres; productions may not be older than one year, no prior public screening in Germany, German subtitles welcome, but English subtitles accepted

Genre Comedy, Animation, Action, Documentary Films, Drama, Experimental, Family, Fantasy, LGBT, Music, Short Films


Format DCP

Registration Deadline Film Submission 30 August 2021
Speed Pitch: to be announced

Fees none

Attendance Figures 32,000

Participants of the Film Industry approx. 600 representatives of many German distributors and buyers of most TV stations; German producers, exhibitors, scouts of international film festivals

Prizes/Awards Award of the City of Hof
Promotion Award New German Cinema (Euro 10,000; best creative achievement in a German film)
Hof Gold Award in memory of Heinz Badewitz (Gold worth Euro 35,000 and one-year-mentorship for the director of the Best German Debut Feature)
Granit - Hof Documentary Award (Best German Documentary Feature, Euro 7,500)
City of Hof Short Film Awards (Jury Award DE/AT/CH 2,500 Euro; Audience Award 2,500 Euro)
Best Production Design/Costumes (awarded by Production Design Study of the HFF and the professional guild of art directors SFK)
Hans Vogt Film Award

Number of Films Shown 70-80 feature length films, approx. 50 short films

Media Coverage broad media coverage since most of the national dailies and TV stations publish summaries; daily reports in the regional media; print press: about 140 national and international journalists; TV: about 30-40 representatives; summaries in international trade papers

Evaluation Hof is among the most highly acclaimed festivals in Germany. It was founded in 1967 by Heinz Badewitz, who continued to be the festival's director until 2016, and immediately played an important role in the festival scene. It looks back on a long tradition, in particular of discovering young German talent directors, but also of following international directors' careers from early on. The most important element here is the focus on new German films, with numerous German premieres of international films selectively scheduled for Hof added to the mix. The festival program, the excellent guest service, the enthusiastic local audiences and the relaxed atmosphere in the small town make Hof a popular autumn meeting place for film lovers as well as the German film and television industry.
Special Event: Traditional football match with a team of prominent figures of the film business vs. a Hof team (Saturday 10.30am, at the Freie Turner football ground, just above Theresienstein).

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