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Tuesday, 10/6/2020


This year, FILMSCHOOLFEST MUNICH is being held worldwide as a digital festival from November 12 to 22. It’s made possible by a partnership with the streaming platform PANTAFLIX.

This year actually marks the 40th anniversary of FILMSCHOOLFEST MUNICH. However, the circumstances caused by the pandemic do not permit a proper live anniversary celebration with international attendees at this time. That’s why this year’s edition of the festival will be held in the digital realm as FILMSCHOOLFEST MUNICH 39 ½. The festival period has been extended by three days, running from November 12 to 22, 2020. The complete program of films will be streamed worldwide.

Diana Iljine, festival director: “FILMSCHOOLFEST MUNICH thrives on young filmmakers from all over the world coming to Munich and publicly presenting their films to a large audience. Although the current situation prevents this, we will, even this year, be offering talented young directors a large and exciting platform on which to showcase their skills. This is precisely what our digital festival will enable. We are happy to have PANTAFLIX on board, a strong partner with whom we can carry out this festival online — worldwide, even!”

The technical framework is the dedicated cloud-based streaming service developed by PANTAFLIX, which includes highly scalable streaming internationally, management of access for accredited guests, and flexible ticketing.

“Unusual times call for clever cooperation. In partnership with FILMSCHOOLFEST MUNICH, we aim to afford filmmakers the broadest platform possible while offering film enthusiasts all over the world an unforgettable cinematic experience. A diverse offering of film culture meets innovative technology, creating a win-win situation,” says Rainer Knebel, CTO of PANTAFLIX AG.

The selection committee, consisting of Brazilian filmmaker Peter Azen, Russian film critic Ksenia Reutova, and Spanish media scholar Sandra Engler, has selected 50 films from 33 film schools in 21 countries from among 242 submissions. The feature, documentary, animated, and experimental films will vie in the international competition for awards having a total value of 35,000 euros.

In addition to the international competition, this year will again see the special “Climate Clips Award” competition (having a total of 9,000 euros in prize money) on the subject of climate change, as well as the HFF Specials (selected productions from the Munich University of Television and Film) and a supporting program.

The program of FILMSCHOOLFEST MUNICH 39 ½ will be announced on October 22, 2020 at [LINK]. Further information is already available on our social media channels (#fsfmuc): Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube.



Since 1981, the Munich International Festival of Film Schools has been an important meeting place for the celebrated film directors of tomorrow. Its founder, Professor Wolfgang Längsfeld, directed the festival until 2002; Diana Iljine has been its director since 2011. This is one of the world’s leading festivals for young filmmakers. Each year, film schools from all over the world submit current works by their students to be reviewed by a committee of experts. The 50 or so short fiction, documentary, animated, and experimental films the committee selects for the festival are screened in international competition, where they vie for lucrative prizes. These are awarded by an independent festival jury chaired by a distinguished individual. (Past jury chairs have included Marco Kreuzpaintner, Michael Ballhaus, Wim Wenders, and Götz Otto.) The program regularly includes special competitions (such as Climate Clips Award), HFF Specials (selections of current films from the Munich Academy of Television and Film), Q&As, and panel discussions. A key aspect of the festival, in addition to presenting the films, is enabling networking among filmmakers from around the world as well as with the film industry in Germany. Members of the International Film School Association have indicated in surveys that FILMSCHOOLFEST MUNICH (the International Festival of Film Schools) enjoys great popularity among its participants. FILMSCHOOLFEST MUNICH (the International Festival of Film Schools) is organized by Internationale Münchner Filmwochen GmbH, which also hosts the annual FILMFEST MUNICH. Further information:

About Pantaflix AG

PANTAFLIX AG (GSIN: A12UPJ, ISIN: DE000A12UPJ7) is a media and technology company with a clear growth strategy. Through the efficient integration of all Group divisions, the company achieves a high degree of integration with regard to the production, distribution, exploitation and marketing of films and series as well as their rights. In addition to the classic film production business PANTALEON Films, the music label PantaSounds, the production unit PANTAFLIX Studios and the creative agency Creative Cosmos 15 the cloud-based video-on-demand platform (VoD) PANTAFLIX is also part of the Group. The VoD-platform focuses on providing users with a tailor-made premium content offering via all relevant access channels. PANTAFLIX AG cooperates with renowned partners such as Amazon, Disney, Netflix, StudioCanal, Warner Bros. and others. The Group is represented in Berlin, Cologne and Munich. Further information is available at and