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Friday, 10/21/2011

Meet tomorrow's star directors today

The Best Films by the World's Emerging Directors

The countdown for the 2011 Munich International Festival of Film Schools has begun. From November 13 - 19, the best young filmmakers from around the world will converge on the Bavarian capital to present their latest films to the public. This talented new generation of directors is bringing exciting fiction films, gripping documentaries and impressive animation pictures. Join them in the Munich Filmmuseum.

The festival is taking place for the 31st time. Diana Iljine is the new executive director of the Internationale Münchner Filmwochen, which not only puts on the film school festival but Filmfest München as well, Munich's annual international film festival.

Every year more and more film students apply for the competition. This year, 81 film schools from 41 countries have been selected to participate - that's 11 more than last year. More than 280 films were submitted altogether.

"The worldwide interest in the festival is immense", says Diana Iljine. "And the quality of the films submitted is very high. There are a lot of very talented young directors coming."

Responsible for selecting the films for this year's competition were festival programmer Myriam Alexowitz from Cologne, Arte executive Katja Ferwagner from Munich and actor, producer and festival director Arben Zharku from Kosovo.

With awards totaling over €40,000, the MUNICH INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF FILM SCHOOLS is one of the best endowed student film festivals in the world. In addition to the official competition, the Nagelschneider Foundation's Climate Clips Award (and €5000) goes to the best short film dealing with climate change and renewable energy.