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34 Filmfest Dresden Roundup: “Back to Cinema” Festival Winner

12,900 Festival Visitors // 35 Filmfest Dresden from 18 to 23 April 2023 The 34 Filmfest Dresden came to a successful conclusion on Sunday night. With #backtocinema as its motto, between 5 and 10 April Filmfest Dresden attracted festival visitors numbering 12,900 to the 199 festival ...

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Award Winners at the 34 Filmfest Dresden

Prizes Worth €71,000 Awarded // HANDBOOK and IT IS NOT THE BRAZILIAN HOMOSEXUALS WHO ARE PERVERSE BUT THE SITUATION IN WHICH THEY LIVE Double Winners // Golden Horsemen for ANXIOUS BODY (France/Japan), HELTZEAR (Spain), TECHNO, MAMA (Lithuania) and more This Saturday evening, the award winners of ...

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34 Filmfest Dresden Starting Today

More than 400 Film Guests & Media Professionals Expected at Festival // Special Events on Ukraine // Open Air Programme Screenings Begin With its official opening this evening at 19.00, the 34th edition of Filmfest Dresden has started in the Filmtheater Schauburg festival cinema. From 5 to 10 ...

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34 Filmfest Dresden Announces Complete Festival Programme

355 Short Films / New Festival Venues / Juries Named / New Main Festival Partner: Film Nights on the Banks of the Elbe / Ticket Presales Start At yesterday’s festival programme press conference, Festival Directors Sylke Gottlebe and Anne Gaschütz together with members of the Selection Committees ...

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34 Filmfest Dresden Announces Competition Films

In the competition sections of the 34 Filmfest Dresden (being held from 5 to 10 April 2022), a total of 73 (co-)productions from 36 countries are in the running this year. The selection committees viewed more than 2,700 submissions and chose 34 contributions for the International Competition, ...

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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 up until 20,000 visitors, including more than 500 accredited media professionals.

Each year, more than 2,500 short films from 100 countries are submitted for selection in the Regional, National and International Competition sections. Prize money totalling over €70,000 is awarded in the National and International Competitions for animated and fiction films, together with seven special prizes. These include the DEFA Promotion Prize Animation, the ARTE Short Fiction Film Prize, the LUCA - Film Award for Gender Diversity, as well as the Saxon Promotion Prize, which is endowed with €20,000.

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 (EFA) and the Filmverbands 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 34 FILMFEST DRESDEN is being held from 5 to 10 April 2022.