Press Releases

Festival Management Restructure at FILMFEST DRESDEN

The international short film festival FILMFEST DRESDEN has appointed a new Festival Director from 1 July. Sylke Gottlebe is assuming the management conducted to date by Karolin Kramheller, Katrin Küchler und Alexandra Schmidt.  "Over the last seven years, the festival has developed in an ...

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Prize-Winners of the 29th FILMFEST DRESDEN

Dresden, 08.04.2017 – Amid much excitement, the Awards Ceremony for the 29th Filmfest Dresden was held this evening. With the happy winners of this year’s festival present in the Kleines Haus des Staatsschauspiel Dresden venue to receive their prizes for the best short films. A total of nine ...

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Kick-off for the 29th FILMFEST DRESDEN

Dresden, 03.04.2017 – Short films on the silver screen: Tomorrow, the 29th FILMFEST DRESDEN kicks off and is luring local and international short film fans as well as numerous specialist media visitors to its festival screenings, special events and receptions from 4 to 9 April once more. One special ...

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Barrier-free, Inspiring, Window on the World: Programme Finalised for the 29th FILMFEST DRESDEN

Dresden, 07.03.2017 – This year’s FILMFEST DRESDEN is ready to roll and is now presenting its programme for the 29th edition. From 4 to 9 April, the audiences and short film fans have more than 200 festival sections, panel discussions and numerous events about all aspects of short film waiting for ...

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Workshop on accessible filmmaking

Filmfest Dresden International Short Film Festival is offering film professionals the unique opportunity to attend a professional training programme during its 29th festival edition. The workshop „Widening the Frame“ led by Michael Achtman, a practitioner with years of experience in inclusive ...

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About FILMFEST DRESDEN – International Short Film Festival

FILMFEST DRESDEN, which was founded in 1989, is counted among the most renowned and best endowed short film festivals in Europe. Each year over the six festival days in mid-April, it brings the latest short film productions from Germany, Europe and the world to the cinema screens in the capital of Saxony, and attracts 20,000 visitors, including more than 500 accredited media professionals. Prize money totalling €66,000 is awarded in the National and International Competitions for animated and fiction films, together with four special prizes. These include the DEFA Promotion Prize Animation, the ARTE Short Fiction Film Prize, the "Golden Horseman" Sound Design, as well as the Saxon State Ministry for Science and the Fine Arts Promotion Prize, which is endowed with €20,000.

Each year, more than 2,000 short films from 100 countries are submitted for selection in the National and International Competition sections.

In addition to the competitions, the festival also has an extensive range of special programmes which focus on specific themes and countries, as well as retrospectives and film programmes for children and adolescents. Since 2012, the festival’s "etc. - events.trainings.connections" section has also organised panel discussions, talks, workshops, exhibitions and receptions for media professionals attending the festival as an addition to the film programmes.

FILMFEST DRESDEN is listed as an official reference festival by Germany’s main film funding body, the FFA. It is a member of AG Kurzfilm, the federal German short film association, the European Film Academy and the Filmverband Sachsen e.V., the film association in Saxony, as well as being involved in the Netzwerk Kultur Dresden local culture network, the WOD initiative for a cosmopolitan Dresden and the Kulturloge Dresden, which brings culture to low income individuals.

The 29th FILMFEST DRESDEN is being held from 4th to 9th of April 2017.