Press Releases

28 FILMFEST DRESDEN: the award winners

Prize-Winners of the 28th FILMFEST DRESDEN 2016 Dresden, 16.04.2016 – During the festival week from 12 to 17 April, 61 short animated and fiction films competed under the critical eyes of the specialist juries for the total of nine "Golden Horsemen" awards for the best animated and fiction films, in ...

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A Simple Day, Mladen Nestorov, BUL, 1980

28th FILMFEST DRESDEN: "Films for Security" Retrospective

First ever premiere outside Bulgaria: Film footage from the Bulgarian secret service archive Film screening and panel discussion in Gedenkstätte Bautzner Straße memorial building, the former Stasi headquarters in Dresden Curators and guests: Diana Ivanova, Claus Löser, Nicki Pawlow, Lutz Rathenow ...

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Barfuß und ohne Hut, Jürgen Böttcher, GDR, 1965 (c) DEFA-Stiftung, Christian Lehmann, 2016

28 FILMFEST DRESDEN tribute to Juergen Boettcher

28 FILMFEST DRESDEN Honouring Jürgen Böttcher  Two tribute programmes for 85th birthday of the important DEFA documentary filmmaker and painter Evening event on 14 April in the Albertinum atrium: Film screening, discussions with the artist, exhibition Special festival focus on photo animation ...

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28 FILMFEST DRESDEN: focus on photo animation

28th FILMFEST DRESDEN: Photo Animation Special From the single image to the photo sequence: Animation films with photos In-depth symposium, retrospective and 4-day workshop Curators: Gusztáv Hámos, Katja Pratschke and Thomas Tode Dresden, 07.03.2016 – Photographs are non-moving documents of time, ...

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28th FILMFEST DRESDEN: Competition Films & Jury Members Selected

28th FILMFEST DRESDEN: Competition Films & Jury Members Selected 61 short animated and fiction films in the National and International Competitions Top-name jury members: Top-name filmmakers expected in Dresden: Oscar® winner Adam Elliott in the running for a Golden Horseman with his new film ...

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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.