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Wednesday, 10/27/2010

Films That Get Under Your Skin

The program of the 30th Anniversary festival - 44 films in competition

Young directors from 26 countries are competing for awards worth more than € 50,000 at the 30th Munich International Festival of Film Schools from Nov. 14 - 20. Forty-four films were selected for competition - 32 short fiction films, 8 documentaries and 4 animated films.

"These emerging filmmakers from around the world really have a lot to offer. They're not just extremely well made. Many of them really get under your skin", commented Andrea Wink, chief programmer of the exground filmfest in Wiesbaden and a member of this year's festival's independent selection committee along with Lucie Peetz of the Stuttgart International Animated Film and Swedish producer and festival curator Thom Palmen.

"They're in touch with the zeitgeist", Andrea Wink went on to say, "and they're dealing with hot topics - from the clash of different cultures to child abuse, from media sensationalism to the search for personal happiness in a worldwide crisis."

70 film schools from around the world submitted roughly 270 films. The competition will be screening films from North and South America, Asia, Africa and thirteen European countries. Germany has 12 films in competition. Andrea Wink: "Germany submitted a lot of exceptionally good films this year."

Most of the directors will be in Munich to present their films in person. They follow in the footsteps of many now famous filmmakers who got their first reactions from audiences at this festival. Some of them are: Lars von Trier (Antichrist), Michael Caton-Jones (Rob Roy), Nick Park (Wallace & Gromit), Hans Weingartner (The Edukators) and later Oscar winners Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck (The Lives of Others), Caroline Link (Nowhere in Africa) and Florian Gallenberger (Quiero Ser).