Selected German Film Festivals

Five Lakes Film Festival - International Festival of Central-European Films

Fünf Seen Filmfestival
Bahnhofplatz 2
82131 Gauting
phone +49-81 51-97 18 02

Festival Director
Matthias Helwig

Year of Foundation 2007

Event Date from 24 August 2022 till 04 September 2022

Event Date

in Starnberg, Seefeld, Herrsching, Germany

Sections Five Lakes Competition, Newcomers Film Competition, Horizons Competition, Documentary Competition, Short Film Competition, Audience Award Competition, Young Generation Competition, Short Plus Competition, Children & Youth Films, Focus, Retrospectives

Category Documentary, Feature, Short

Terms of Entry Five Lakes Competition, Documentary Competition, Horizons Competition: films from Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Central Europe, longer than 70 min, not yet released in German cinemas, not older than two years
Short Film Competition: short films from Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Central Europe with a length up to 20 min
Young Generation/Short Film Plus: mid-length films from Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Alpine region, with a length of 20-60 min

Genre Children & Youth, Comedy, Animation, Documentary Films, Drama, Short Films

Subtitles English subtitles recommended German subtitles recommended

Format Blu-ray, DCP

Registration Deadline 15 April 2022

Attendance Figures 20,000

Participants of the Film Industry mostly national, but also some international directors, producers and actors from the presented films, Munich-region industry participants, selected high-profile guests

Prizes/Awards Five Lakes Film Award (Best Feature, Euro 5,000)
Five Lakes Screenplay Award (Euro 3,000)
Documentary Award (Euro 3,000)
Audience Award (Euro 2,000)
Horizons Film Award (Euro 2,000)
Perspektive Film Award (Euro 2,000)
Short Film Award "Golden Firefly" - Audience Award (Euro 500)
Short-Plus-Award (Best Short 20-60 Minutes) - Audience Award (Euro 500)

Number of Films Shown around 100 feature films, 30 short films

Media Coverage broad coverage in the regional and Bavarian media (TV, radio, newspapers), also some national trades and magazines

Evaluation Also active as a theatrical exhibitor in the five-lakes-region south of Munich focusing on arthouse productions, it’s the festival director’s intention to present a diverse selection of international films and productions from Central Europe without theatrical distribution. The ambitious program, the short distance to Munich and the scenic setting around the lakes attract many local, German and some international industry guests who present their films to an open-minded public.

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