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Friday, 10/12/2012

New Prize for Emerging Filmmakers

The world's best up and coming directors will be competing at the MUNICH INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF FILM SCHOOLS for, among others, the newly created Wolfgang Längsfeld Award.

For the 32nd time, the best emerging directors from around the world will be converging in Munich from November 11 to 17 and competing for numerous well-endowed prizes. They will be on hand in Munich's Filmmuseum that week to present their latest film to the public and the festival jury.

The Wolfgang Längsfeld Award will be presented for the very first time. It serves to commemorate the founder and longtime director of the festival who passed away this year. "The Munich International Festival of Film Schools was Wolfgang Längsfeld's baby, and he nurtured it well", says current festival organizer Diana Iljine. "He supported young filmmakers his entire life and realized how important it is in the industry to have international contacts. The entire festival team is very happy about this award because it honors his memory."

Längsfeld, professor at the Munich film school, was the artistic director of the festival from 1981 to 2002. The award is sponsored by former students and friends who have formed a non-proft organization, the "Freundeskreis Wolfgang Längsfeld e.V." The award is for Most Original Film and the winner receives €5000.

That brings the total worth of festival prizes to over €45.000, making the MUNICH INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF FILM SCHOOLS one of the most highly endowed festivals in the world for student films. The desire to participate is correspondingly high.

Young directors from 72 film schools in 34 countries have answered the call of this year's motto "Go For Munich" and submitted 229 films from the most respected film schools in Europe, the Americas, Asia, Australia and Africa.

Which films will be invited to Munich is decided by an independent committee of film experts. This year they are: the director of the International Comedy Film Festival in Berlin, Beatrice Behn, festival curator Wiktoria Pelzer of the Crossing Europe Film Festival in Linz and film expert Theo Tsappos of the Swedish Film Institute.