From November 12 to 18, it’s that time again: FILMSCHOOLFEST MUNICH is going into its 42nd round! As every year, we present the most exciting films by up-and-coming directors from all over the world. 40 films from 26 countries — presented in ten programs of short films — will be screened in the International Competition this year. At our “Festival of Future Storytellers”, you’ll discover and even meet the great filmmakers of tomorrow today.
The program put together by our selection committee is full of energy — just like the artists themselves, who perform an invaluable cultural service in difficult times and come here to talk to audiences. In their works, the directors express their very individual view of the world — at times emotional, at times gripping, at times entertaining. From rousing short films to stirring documentaries and intricate animations, there really is something for everyone.
A place to engage in dialogue
FILMSCHOOLFEST MUNICH has always been a place where people from different cultures can come together and freely engage in dialogue — which in these times is more important than ever, as the festival thrives on a diversity of perspectives.
As every year, the 42nd FILMSCHOOLFEST MUNICH is expecting numerous guests. Yahav Winner will, however, not be among them. The young Israeli director is no longer able to present his film THE BOY in person. On October 7, 2023, he was among the victims of the terrorist attack by Hamas.
The festival team wishes to express its most heartfelt condolences to his relatives. We do not presume to be able to fully understand the political situation or even the suffering of those affected. However, the situation in Israel and Gaza has also been fueling hateful rhetoric in Germany, providing fertile ground for anti-Semitism and racism against Muslims. As a festival, we oppose this clearly and unequivocally.
Specials and supporting program
This year for the first time, the Filmschoolfest will also be presenting the European Film Academy’s short film reel, as the very first screening after its nominations are made and prior to the European Film Awards in December among distinguished guests. There will also be two specials featuring selected works by students from our host institution, the University of Television and Film Munich (HFF). For language enthusiasts, we have a Spanish- and a French-language program of films on offer. And for young audiences aged 14 and up, we’re again offering a free program for school classes.
The lineup is rounded off by a number of fascinating supporting events that are open to all interested members of the public free of charge, from a master class with cinematographer Luca Bigazzi, to a panel discussion with producer Ingo Fliess on German Oscar candidate “The Teachers’ Lounge”, to an exploration of how diversity can be sustainably implemented in film schools. And in an Adobe master class, new AI-powered features for content creation will be presented.
The festive conclusion of the festival is the Award Ceremony, at which outstanding films are honored and thus often lay the foundation for successful careers. The ten awards in the International Competition — representing a combined total of around 35,000 euros — are awarded by a distinguished international jury of five persons chaired by Aslı Özge.
Schedule and tickets
Tickets (7 euros, 35 euros for a festival pass) are available from November 6 online in our Webshop as well as via München Ticket, and from November 13 at the box office in the Festival Center at the University of Television and Film Munich (HFF), which is also the venue for all screenings and events.