33 FILMFEST DRESDEN to be postponed to 13 till 18 July

Against the backdrop of the Corona Protection Regulation of the Free State of Saxony, the festival team, in consultation with the main sponsors, has decided to postpone the 33 Filmfest Dresden from April to the new date of 13 to 18 July 2021. 

"Planning to keep the original festival date in April is simply too uncertain and risky due to the pandemic effects," festival director Sylke Gottlebe explains the decision. "Therefore, we are responsibly venturing a new postponement to celebrate the 33rd festival edition together with the audience in the Dresden venues. In terms of organisation, we also plan to take advantage of the open-air season and offer more outdoor events."

Film programme

The film programme includes in its usual scope the selection for the National and International Competition, the Children's and Youth Programme as well as the Special Programmes. Screenings are planned in the familiar venues in Dresden, such as the Schauburg, the Programmkino Ost or the Thalia Kino, in compliance with hygiene regulations. The Open Air is also planned to take place on Dresden's Neumarkt during the festival week.

In addition, other possibilities adapted to the conditions, such as open-air solutions in the cinemas, are being discussed. E.g. the use of Schauburg's new courtyard cinema is an option, if it is completed by the deadline. 


Do I have to re-submit my film?

The programme of the 33 FILMFEST DRESDEN will remain the same. You do not have to re-submit your film.


My film was selected for the National/International Competition. Is it still nominated?

The competition programmes of the 33 FILMFEST DRESDEN will be taking place as announced. If there are any changes to the programme, you will be notified ASAP.


Until when do I have to send in the screening copy of my film if my film is selected?

Our programme preparations will continue regardless of the postponement. As soon as we notify you that your film has been selected, please send the screening copy to Sebastian Wagner by 1 March: wagner(at)filmfest-dresden.de


When can I get accredited?

Due to the postponement of the festival, our accreditation period starts on 18 April. We will inform about this via our digital channels as well as via our guest centre.


What happens if the festival date in July cannot take place due to continuing corona-related conditions?

We keep an eye on current developments and will react in time if there are no signs of an improvement in the situation.

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