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Sunday, 11/15/2015

The Curtain Goes Up For Young Directors

  • The 35. Munich International Festival of Film Schools is officially opened.
  • Starting Monday, Nov. 11th, young filmmakers from 21 countries will be presenting their films in person in the Munich film museum


The 35thMunich International Festival of Film Schools opened on Sunday evening with four shorts from Bulgaria, the UK, Switzerland and Germany. At the opening night, festival director Diana Iljine and the new president of the Munich film school HFF, Bettina Reitz, greeted the young filmmakers and roughly 300 invited guests. Munich mayor Josef Schmid officially opened the festival. “Munich is very proud to the host of this important festival for emerging talent. Munich’s worldwide reputation as a center for culture and cinema depends on such international flagship events. It’s no exaggeration to say that the Filmschoolfest is one such highlight.”

Three films from this year’s competition were screened as well as the Student Academy Award winner “Nocebo” by Lennart Ruff (HFF München) as well as a music clip by Piet Baumgartner. The others were the animated film “Traffic” by Milen Halyov from the National Academy for Theatre and Film Arts in Sofia, Lisa Gerig’s documentary “Zaungespräche” (“Conversation Over The Fence”), a production of the Zurich University of the Arts about detained refuges in Switzerland awaiting deportation and Luke Davies’ spellbinding “Unleaded”, made at the Met Film School in London. Piet Baumgartner from Switzerland, whose film “Inland” is in competition, presented his music clip to the single “Through My Street” of Zurich musician Rio Wolta.

In all 52 films in ten blocks are being screened at the film museum. Eight are from Germany, from film schools in Berlin, Cologne, Ludwigsburg and Nuremberg. All films are competing for prizes worth almost €50,000. The winners are decided by an independent international jury consisting of jury president director Marco Kreuzpaintner, actor Thure Lindhardt, cultural affairs journalist Nil Varol, last year’s winner Anaïs Ruales and Neil Fox, a programmer from the Edinburgh International Film Festival.

In addition to the official competition are the awards from Hofbräu München for the best beer commercial and the Nagelschneider Foundations Climate Clip award for the best clip on climate change and renewable energy. docuvillage and Filmschoolfest are also jointly presenting six short documentaries made during the course of a workshop with Israeli and German students in Israel. There will be also be a Masterclass with Prof. Ram Loevy, writer and director on the subject “The Borders between Fiction and Documentaries”.

“The festival offers a fascinating look at current filmmaking worldwide. These emerging directors are extremely professional and have such a variety of perspectives and sensibilities", commented festival director Diana Iljine. “We’re looking forward to exciting exchanges, not just in Q&As after the screenings but also in seminars, masterclasses and parties."