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Tuesday, 10/19/2010

Festival Celebrates Anniversary

For the 30th time, the Munich International Festival of Film Schools will be screening the best films by emerging directors from around the world.

It's the festival's 30th anniversary and once again, from the 14th to the 20th of November, it will be presenting the best student films of the year. "Over the past 30 years, the festival has become one of the most prestigious of its kind", according to organizer Andreas Ströhl. "Of course that means high expectations which we will again do justice to."

Since 1981, the festival has screened more than 3500 films from almost every country on earth. Approximately 3200 film students have come to Munich, many of whom have gone on to international careers. Among the film student who presented their first films at the Munich festival are German Oscar winners Caroline Link, Florian Gallenberger and Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck and other such internationally acclaimed directors such as Lars von Trier, Thomas Vinterberg, Susanne Bier, Nick Park and many others.

Talented directors from the best films schools in Europe, North and South America, Asia, Australia and Africa will be coming to attend this year's anniversary festival. Almost 270 films were submitted from 37 countries. The independent selection committee selected only 15%.

The jury members this year are Andrea Wink, festival director of the 'exground filmfest' in Wiesbaden, Lucie Peetz, programmer at the Stuttgart International Animation Festival and Thom Palmen, film producer and festival curator from Sweden. The festival takes place from November 14th to 20th at the Munich Filmmuseum.

The Munich International Festival of Film Schools presents awards worth roughly 
€ 50,000, making it one of the best-endowed festivals for student films in the world. In addition to the international competition, there are two special competitions. His Royal Highness, Prince Luitpold of Bavaria, the owner of the Schlossbrauerei Kaltenberg awards the König Ludwig Trophy (and €10,000) fort he best König Ludwig beer commercial. The Nagelschneider Foundation holds a special competition for the best Climate Clip, shorts on climate change and sustainable energy.