Wettbewerb der besten Nachwuchsregisseure beginnt
Young filmmakers from around the world have gathered in Munich for the 30th anniversary festival, which begins today.
A DAY OFF, a film about three Munich convicts soon to be released back into society, will open the fest Sunday night. The festival, one of the most important of its kind worldwide is celebrating its 30th anniversary. For the 30th straight year it is presenting the best films by up-and-coming directors from around the world.
"They're tomorrow's top directors", says festival director Andreas Ströhl. "If you look at the past three decades, you see that there have been many filmmakers here whose films just a few years later have been enormously successful." The German Oscar winners Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck (The Lives of Others), Caroline Link (Nowhere in Africa) and Florian Gallenberger (Quiero Ser) were here with their first films as well as participants like Lars von Trier (Antichrist), Nick Park (Wallace & Gromit) and many others who are now internationally acclaimed filmmakers.
The festival is screening 44 films from 26 countries. Most of the directors will be here in person to present their films. They come from Argentina to Singapore and from Finland to South Africa. Participating for the first time this year are students from film schools in Myanmar, Egypt and Albania.
These emerging filmmakers are competing for prizes totaling €51,500. In addition to awards for best film and best documentary, there are prizes for best screenplay, cinematography and production.
Among the films in this year's competition are The Confession from Great Britain, which won a student Oscar, and the American Student Emmy winner, Fiasco. The German films (12) come from film schools in Berlin, Potsdam, Cologne, Kassel, Ludwigsburg and Munich.
An international jury headed by Georgian director Dito Tsintsadze (Gun-Shy, The Man from the Embassy) will decide on the awards to be presented at the award ceremony on the evening of Saturday, November 20. The day before, on Friday, November 19 at the festival center, jury president Tsintsadze will hold a master class for students and the public on the challenges of filmmaking. Admission is free of charge.