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Monday, 10/27/2014


The best new films by students from around the world at the 2014 Munich International Festival of Film Schools (November 16 - 22, 2014)

The unexpected can happen anywhere. On a Chinese houseboat, in the jungle of East Timor, in faraway galaxies or at Sunday dinner. Unpredictable stories about smugglers, hair fetishists and carrots that focus on human trafficking, the search for immortality on death row and the facades of the perfect family.

These are just some of examples of the 46 films in competition at the 34th Munich International Festival of Film Schools. From November 16 to 22, young directors from around the world will be on hand to present their films, in person, to the public in the city's Filmmuseum. The program consists of 36 fiction films, 5 documentaries and 5 animated films from altogether 22 countries.

"'Expect The Unexpected' is this year's theme, so be ready!", explained Festival Director Diana Iljine. "We are showing the cream of the crop by creative young filmmakers and they will be here in town. This is where friendships as well as future projects begin. A fantastic atmosphere."

This year 83 film schools submitted 254 films for the international competition. The films that were accepted come from the Americas, Asia, Australia and thirteen European countries. Eight films from six films schools in Germany are in competition.

The films were selected by an independent selection committee consisting this year of Nil Varol, a TV executive (Kulturzeit), Rossella Rinaldi, a journalist and project manager at Filmitalia, and Greg de Cuir, curator at the Alternative Film/Video Festival in Belgrade. The three film experts praised the high quality of the submissions: "It's very exciting to see a talented new generation of artists take shape," remarked Greg de Cuir. "We have rarely seen such a collection of strong work."

The Munich International Festival of Film Schools is one of the most respected student film festivals in the world. Many of today's successful directors had their first public screenings in Munich, among others Lars von Trier (Nymph()maniac), David Yates (Harry Potter), Lone Scherfig (Riot Club), Susanne Bier (Serena), as well as German directors Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck (The Lives of Others), Caroline Link (Nowhere in Africa), Florian Gallenberger (John Rabe) and Sönke Wortmann (Maybe… Maybe Not).

The Filmschoolfest takes place November 16th to 22nd in the Munich Filmmuseum, St.-Jakobs-Platz 1. The complete program is now online at A program supplement will be in the November 5th issue of IN München. Online ticket sales begin November 13th.