Between 18 and 23 April, a total of around 16,100 festival visitors (2022: 12,900) came to 188 events in the 16 Dresden venues. Of these, around 8,950 people (2022: 7,700) found their way to the cinemas, which were once again completely free of restrictions. The open-air programme at the new venue on Schlossplatz attracted almost 5,000 people, almost twice as many as in the cold and rainy previous year. The events of the supporting programme etc. - events. trainings. connections. were attended by 2,150 interested people (2022: 1,350). Ten Golden Horsemen and six special prizes worth 72,000 euros were awarded at the festive awards ceremony on Saturday evening at the Filmtheater Schauburg.

Among the most successful events at the 35 Filmfest Dresden were the International, National and Central German Competition programmes. In the children's and youth film programme, the Kids 1 programme was, as usual, very popular. Among the special programmes, the programme RIPPLE EFFECT from the focus programme EXIT HAPPYLAND was particularly popular. Also well attended were the special programmes "Focus Québec," the retrospective THE SWEET WORD FREEDOM - THE LITHUANIAN UNDERGROUND FILMER ARTŪRAS BARYSAS (1954 - 2005), the International PANORAMA as well as the popular SERIOUSLY? WTF! - SURPRISE! SURPRISE? (CINEMA DIGESTIF 2) in the late slot at Thalia Kino and the NO TEA NO SHADE - FESTIVAL DRAG PARTY.

35 FILMFEST DRESDEN in numbers:

  • Date: 18 - 23 April 2023
  • Number of visitors: around 16,100, including over 500 professionals and 5.000 visitors at the Open Air programmes
  • 371 films from 66 countries
  • Competitions: 6 International and 4 National Programmes, 1 Central German Programme
  • Prize money: € 72,000
  • 188 events
  • 16 venues

Award Winners 2023

Find all the winners of 2023 here.

Catalogue 2023


Event recordings

Masterclass with Faiyaz Jafri: The Art of Wasting Time

Discussion: Exit Happyland

Self Care / Sandwich Talk #1