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Sunday, 11/17/2013


Starting today young directors from 18 countries present their latest films at the 33RD MUNICH INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF FILM SCHOOLS

The festival opens Sunday night (November 17th) with four short films from the UK, Canada, the USA and Germany. For the next week, young filmmakers from around the world will be in Munich's Filmmuseum to present their films in person to the public. They are competing for prizes totalling roughly €50,000 Euro.

"It's a significant look at the world's emerging directors", says Festival Director Diana Iljine. "A look at what moves this generation and how they focus on that in their work. And this year it's especially impressive. These young filmmakers are more than just good technically. They're enormously creative."

The Lord Mayor of Munich Christian Ude and Bavarian State Secretary Johannes Hintersberger will greet the young directors and more than 300 invited film industry guests at the opening night gala at the Munich University for Television and Film. The screening consists of four films from the program.

Noah by Canadians Patrick Cederberg and Walter Woodman deals with love in the age of chat rooms and social media. The visually original film takes place entirely on a screen during a young man's digital journey into the night.

Director Gabriel Gauchet from the UK shows an incident in a job centre in the UK in his film The Mass Of Men. The job seekers are at the mercy of the bureaucracy until one of them resorts to revenge with a highly unusual weapon.

Sleeplessness plagues a young woman in Endless Day. The film essay by Munich film school student Anna Ewert uses impressive images to convey the plight of a person whose day simply does not come to an end in a city that is sound asleep.

In the animated film Light Me Up, Louis, the youngest member of a family of light bulbs that lives in a used book store, dreams of a career as a stage spotlight. American directors Derek Dolechek and Ryan Walton shed light on the secret life of light bulbs.

This year 75 film schools around the world submitted 247 films. A panel of independent experts selected 46 films for competition. They come from the USA, Canada, Mexico, Singapore, Australia and Europe. Six German films are in competition from film schools in Berlin, Potsdam, Cologne, Ludwigsburg, Nuremberg and Munich.

An international jury will present the awards at a ceremony on Saturday, November 23. Jury president is British director Suri Krishnamma, who, as a film student, presented his first film at the 1986 Munich International of Film Schools. Among others, there are awards for Best Film, Best Documentary Film, Best Screenplay, Best Cinematography.

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