Selected German Film Festivals

Filmfestival Max Ophüls Prize

Filmfestival Max Ophüls Preis
Europaallee 22
66113 Saarbrücken
phone +49-6 81-90 68 90
fax +49-6 81-9 06 89 20

Festival Director
Svenja Böttger

Program Director
Oliver Baumgarten

Year of Foundation 1980

Event Date from 16 January 2022 till 23 January 2022

Event Date

in Saarbrücken, Germany

Sections Competitions: German-Language First to Third Fiction Feature Films), Documentary Features, Midlength Fiction Films, Short Films;
Out of Competition: National and International Programs, Watchlist, Classics, Visions, Spotlights: Berlinale Perspektive & Cottbus

Category Documentary, Feature, Short

Terms of Entry productions must have been completed in 2021/22; feature fiction/documentary films: 1st-3rd film by an upcoming director, ca. 65 min and more; short films: ca. 25 min. or less, midlength films: ca. 25-65 min; world and German premieres only (exceptions possible for feature films), only they can be awarded the Max-Ophüls-Prize; no prior commercial distribution in Germany; competition: only for directors of German-language countries; no subtitles necessary

Genre Comedy, Drama, Documentary Films, Short Films


Format DCP

Registration Deadline 31 October 2021

Fees none

Attendance Figures 44,000

Participants of the Film Industry around 1,000 German producers, representatives of German distributors and German medium-scale festivals, exhibitors, non-profit organizations

Prizes/Awards Max Ophüls Prize (Euro 12,000 for the director, Euro 12,000 for the producer and Euro 12,000 support for the distributor who releases the award-winning film in Germany, Austria, or Switzerland within a year after the festival)
Best Newcomer Actor and Actress (Euro 3,000 each)
Film Prize of the Saarland Prime Minister for Best Director (Euro 5,500, plus Euro 5,500 distribution grant)
Screenplay Award (Euro 13,000)
Audience Award Feature Films (Euro 5,000)
Audience Award Documentary Films (Euro 5,000)
Social Significance Award (Euro 5,000)
Documentary Award (Euro 7,500)
Short Films - Jury Award (Euro 5,000)
Short Films - Audience Award (Euro 5,000)
Midlength Films - Jury Award (Euro 5,000)
Midlength Films - Audience Award (Euro 5,000)
Youth Jury Award (Euro 2,500)
Award of the Ecumenical Jury (Euro 2,500)

Number of Films Shown approx. 180 feature and short films

Media Coverage 600 journalists in total (international, national, regional print, radio and TV); broad coverage in regional media, summaries in national dailies and trade papers, summaries in quite some movie magazines of private and public broadcasters, reports in the media of the participating countries

Evaluation Saarbrücken is one of the most interesting platforms for the new generation of German-speaking filmmakers. The prestigious competition receives a great deal of well-deserved attention from prominent industry representatives such as commissioning editors from TV stations, producers looking for talents, along with independent distributors. The explicit inclusion of films from German-speaking countries has led to a corresponding international echo from Switzerland and Austria.

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