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Monday, 10/26/2015

ALMOST FAMOUS – The 2015 Program

  • The best new short films from tomorrow’s top directors in the Munich film museum (15. – 21. November 2015)
  • 52 films from 21 countries (some with well-known actors)
  • Free press accreditation and advance viewing starting now; press conference on November 4

 

We’re lifting the curtain again. For 35 years now, young filmmakers have been showing their latest short films at the Munich International Festival of Film Schools, now called Filmschoolfest Munich. "Their faces are still unfamiliar but we’re sure many of this year’s participants will go on to the big stages of Cannes and Los Angeles”, commented festival director Diana Iljine. “We are all looking forward to so much talent from around the world, to a week of great films and to meeting their directors! Here in Munich. Up close and personal. Almost famous.”

From November 15 – 21, film students from 21 countries will be on hand in Munich’s film museum to present their films in person to the public. The 52 short films in this year’s International Program were not just produced with high level professionalism but some, including "Berlin Troika" by Andrej Gontcharov and Michael Binz’ "Herman the German", feature well-known actors. The British short "Unleaded" stars Josef Altin ("Game of Thrones"). In "Euxine", director Tess Hutson cast actors from the Australian series "Neighbours". And Patrick Vollrath’s "Everything Will Be Okay" won a Student Oscar this year.

79 film schools from 37 countries submitted altogether 278 films for the international competition. The films selected come from Australia, Belgium, Bulgaria, Greece, Hungary, India, Israel, Japan, Mexico, Serbia, the USA and others. Germany is represented by four film schools. The filmmakers are competing for prizes worth roughly € 45,000. The films in the international competition were chosen by an independent selection committee. Its members this year included Olha Reiter, an executive director of the Lviv Film Commission and Film Fund, the Ukraine, Selina Ukwuoma, a script consultant from Great Britain and German film critic Michael Kienzl.

The Munich International Festival of Film Schools is considered one of the top festivals of its kind in the world. Golden Palm and Oscar winners like Lars von Trier ("Dancer in the Dark") and Caroline Link ("Nowhere in Africa") stood in the limelight here for the first time. The same goes for directors of photography Adam Arkapaw ("True Detective") and Eduard Grau ("Suffragette") who were here with their early films. Directors such as Asif Kapadia and Thomas Vinterberg, whose latest films "Amy" and "Far from the Madding Crowd" are currently playing in cinemas around the world, presented their first films to Munich audiences.

The festival takes place from November 15. – 21. in the Filmmuseum München, St.-Jakobs-Platz 1. The entire festival program is now online. A program booklet will appear on  November 4 as an In München supplement. Online ticket sales also commence on November 4.

 

Press Accreditation
Journalists can be accredited free of charge to the 35. FILMSCHOOLFEST MUNICH simply by e-mailing (name, company, contact info) to presse@filmfest-muenchen.de. Please note that only journalists who are covering the festival can be accredited. Accreditation deadline is November 6, 2015.

Press Conference - 35. FILMSCHOOLFEST MUNICH
Save the date! The press conference will take place in the Munich University for Television and Film (HFF) on Wednesday, November 4. You will receive a separate invitation.

Viewing Films
Members of the press can view films in advance online. Please send a list of films you are interested in to presse@filmfest-muenchen.de.