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Sunday, 11/13/2011

The New Kids in Town

The 31st MUNICH INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF FILM SCHOOLS kicks off today.

The best young directors from 26 countries are arriving today for the filmschoolfest and as of tomorrow will be presenting their films to the public. They come from all over Europe but also from Australia, China, India, Argentina, Venezuela, Canada and the USA. The festival has altogether 50 films in competition that are vying for prizes totaling more than €40,000.

"We are presenting Munich audiences a selection of the best films that have been produced in the past months at film schools around the world," according to festival organizer Diana Iljine. "it's fascinating to see how inventive and creative these filmmakers jumpstart their careers."

Many film students who had their first encounters with a paying public here went on to greater things: Oscar winners Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck (The Lives of Others), Caroline Link (Nowhere in Africa) and such world famous filmmakers such as Nick Park (Wallace & Gromit) and Lars von Trier (Melancholia). That's just to name a few.

More than 280 films were submitted for this year's festival. Altogether 11 films in competition are from Germany, from the film schools in Potsdam, Berlin, Cologne, Ludwigsburg and Munich.
The festival commences with a gala opening night in the new Munich University of Television and Film. The three opening films are the black comedy Stevan M. Zivkovic, the animated film  Flamingo Pride from Potsdam as well as Viki Fick from Munich.

Writer-director-actor Sebastian Schipper heads an international jury that will present the many awards on Saturday, November 19th. Schipper, who is currently starring in the production of Ludwig II is the director of Gigantics, A Friend of Mine and Sometime in August and will be holding a masterclass entitled "pure hate - 60 minutes on how to regulate unable actors and making incompetent producers shut up".  It takes place on Wednesday, November 16th at 11 am in the Munich Filmmuseum and is open to the public.