FILMSCHOOLFEST MUNICH has begun
On Sunday, November 13, 2022, the 41st FILMSCHOOLFEST MUNICH held its opening gala with some 300 invited guests attending.
Over an entire week, 40 short films by students from all over the world will now be screened in the international competition. Each of these is eligible to receive any of ten lucrative awards next Saturday, November 19. More info on the prizes and juries can be found here.
Festival director Diana Iljine also invited students and the public to attend the free supporting events, including a master class by jury chair Ildikó Enyedi — which, like all the events at the festival, is being held at the University of Television and Film Munich (HFF). “A festival is always about making contact and exchanging ideas. Take advantage of this opportunity. You will definitely find inspiration.”
Munich’s vice-mayor, Katrin Habenschaden, warmly welcomed the international guests to the Bavarian capital and addressed the young filmmakers: “I firmly believe in the power of moving images to bring us together to reflect on our society and to develop visions for our future.” And addressing all those in attendance, she continued, “On that note, I would like to thank you all for sharing my passion for film and for coming together here in Munich for this year’s wonderful Filmschoolfest.” Ministerial Director Dr. Michael Strepp from the State Ministry of Digital Affairs opened the festival, emphasizing that films have the power to inspire us and motivate us to strive for a better world.
The opening ceremony also included the presentation of the first awards. Film students and trainees from all over the world again had the opportunity in 2022 to submit their films to the Climate Clips Award, a special competition held this year for the 15th time by the Nagelschneider Foundation for Research on Sustainable Energy in cooperation with the festival. The call was again put out for original and creative short films on the topic of climate change and sources of renewable energy. The first prize (3,000 euros) went to Alper Bozkurt from the UK for THE LAST SHADE. The second prize (2,000 euros) went to Christian Léon from Colombia for ONCE UPON A TIME: EARTH, and the third prize (1,000 euros) went to Vahid Omidi from Afghanistan for FISHERMAN. The festival is very pleased to have a special competition on this important topic and thus to start off the week-long festival with content relevant to the future. The jury’s statement can be found here.
At the reception that followed in the HFF foyer, the international and national festival guests and industry representatives, along with the host university and policymakers, had an initial opportunity to exchange ideas and raise their glasses to a successful start to the festival.
The Award Ceremony will be held on November 19 (by invitation only).
Tickets are available at filmschoolfest-munich.de and via München Ticket (individual tickets: 6 euros / festival pass: 30 euros).