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Wednesday, 10/30/2013

Lights, Camera, the New Generation of Directors!

The best emerging directors from around the world are in competition at the MUNICH INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF FILM SCHOOL

How does love work in times of facebook? How do you survive your own funeral? And what do light bulbs do when you turn them off at night? Three of 46 short films that were selected for competition at the 33rd MUNICH INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF DER FILM SCHOOLS.

Their makers are young directors from 32 film schools around the world. From November 17 to 23, they will be on hand in the Munich Filmmuseum to present their films to audiences in person. They will be competing for prizes totaling €50,000. An independent selection committee selected thirty-four fiction films, eight documentaries and four animated/experimental films. The festival's slogan is 'The Time is Now'.

"When if not now", commented Festival Topper Diana Iljine. "We're showing the best short films of a new generation of filmmakers. There's promising talent all around the world and we bring it to Munich. Audiences can witness the beginnings of amazing film careers live. That's what makes this festival so attractive."

Two participants of last year's festival, Talkhon Hamzavi from Switzerland and Mauro Mueller from the USA, have, in the meantime, been awarded Student Oscars for those films. Many of today's well-known directors screened their first films here at the festival: Lars von Trier (Breaking the Waves, Melancholia), David Yates (Harry Potter), Nick Park (Wallace & Gromit) as well as Oscar winners Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck (The Lives of Others), Caroline Link (Nowhere in Africa) and Susanne Bier (In A Better World).

This year, 75 film schools around the world submitted 247 films. In addition to films from North and South America, Asia and Australia, 10 European countries are represented. Six German films are also in competition.

Independent experts selected roughly one out of five submissions. The 2013 committee included Ewa Szablowska, art historian and curator of the New Horizons International Film Festival in Breslau, Alejandro Bachmann of the Vienna Filmmuseum Wien and Munich journalist and filmmaker Matthias Leitner.

The MUNICH INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF FILM SCHOOLS is one of the leading festivals of its kind in the world. In addition to the official competition, Hofbräu München awards its Trophy for the best beer commercial. The Nagelschneider Foundation's Climate Clips Award goes to the best short on climate change and sustainable energy. The Munich University for Television and Film presents special screenings of its students' latest fiction and documentary films as well as a special this year on new audiovisual advertising, SPOT ON.

The 33RD MUNICH INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF FILM SCHOOLS takes place from November 17 - 23 in Munich's Filmmuseum, St.-Jakobs-Platz 1.