I’d like to start off with a short quote: “Dear FILMSCHOOLFEST MUNICH, thank you very much for a wonderful festival. I had a great time... and I’m honored to have been able to show my film here.... I hope you remember me as a curling champion and anti-alcohol party girl!”
These words are from a thank-you card that a student sent us a few years ago after she’d been part of FILMSCHOOLFEST MUNICH for the first time.
Every year, we as a team take renewed pleasure in welcoming a large number of students from all over the world, in connecting them with the festival, the audiences, and the city. In going on excursions to show them typical Bavarian things, such as Eisstockschiessen — roughly translated as “curling”, though it’s not exactly the same — and observing the curiosity, amazement, and enthusiasm felt by, in this case, an Indian student upon encountering this initially unfamiliar pastime. And then, only a short time later, to a big round of applause from other students, she became a curling champion. An unforgettable moment!
These are the kinds of moments that matter: moments that create a connection between filmmakers. Moments that arise during screenings among directors from all over the world who’ve brought their stories to Munich to present them to an audience and talk about them. Serious films, comedic films, experimental films; films that are definitely poignant and that are capable of creating this or that unforgettable moment.
That’s the special quality that a festival can create: that unique vibe when different people from different backgrounds come together to have a shared experience and talk to each other about it.
We’re very pleased to finally able to hold the festival in person again. And we’re convinced that we’ll be able to create a unique vibe despite the challenges posed by the pandemic.
So you’re more than welcome to be a part of it!
And yes, we remember the curling champion and anti-alcohol party girl!