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33 Filmfest Dresden Announces Competition Films

Two New Awards & Prize money of €70,500 // Key Themes: Search for Identity, Empowerment, Gender Issues // New Cultural Partnership with public broadcaster MDR Kultur A total of 63 (co-)productions – including 23 premieres – from 30 counties have been invited to the competition sections of the 33 ...

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33 FILMFEST DRESDEN to be postponed to 13 to 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 ...

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32 Filmfest Dresden Exceeds Expectations

17,200 Visitors at Festival Venues and Online // Save the Date: 33 Filmfest Dresden from 13 to 18 April 2021 Following the official awards ceremony on Saturday night, at which the nine Golden Horsemen and five special prizes worth €68,000 in total were awarded, the 32 Filmfest Dresden came to an end ...

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Winners of the 32 Filmfest Dresden

Prizes Worth €68,000 Awarded // MASEL TOV COCKTAIL Double Winner // Golden Horsemen for ZORG 2 (Estonia), THE PHYSICS OF SORROW (Canada), ABLAZE (Germany) This evening, the 32 Filmfest Dresden announced the winners of its National and International Competitions. During the awards ceremony in the ...

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32 Filmfest Dresden Kickoff

6th Short Film Open-Air on Dresden’s Neumarkt Square // 260 Film Guests and Industry Professionals Expected Almost four and a half months later than planned, the 32nd Filmfest Dresden is starting this evening in the Schauburg festival cinema. From 8 to 13 September a highly diverse programme ...

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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 2,000 short films from 100 countries are submitted for selection in the National and International Competition sections. Prize money totalling over €67,000 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 LUCA - Film Award for Gender Diversity, as well as the Saxon State Ministry for Culture and Tourism, 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 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 33 FILMFEST DRESDEN is being held from 13 to 18 April 2021.