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32 Filmfest Dresden: Press conference cancelled until further notice

As part of the tightened measures to stem the spread of the novel coronavirus, bars, clubs and cinemas in Saxony will be closed from Thursday, 19 March until 19 April. As a result, we will also have to cancel our press conference, which was planned for 24 March at the Schauburg Film Theater, at ...

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32 Filmfest Dresden: Competition Films Finalised

Themes: Climate crisis, consumption and capitalism critiques, gender issues // prizemoney in excess of €67,000 With a total of 70 films, including 14 world and German premieres, the competition programmes for the 32 Filmfest Dresden (21 to 26 April 2020) have now been finalised. The selection ...

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Outlook on the Special Programmes at the 32 Filmfest Dresden: Tracing the Unspeakable

More than 2,900 entries // Omer Fast tribute // Retro: Female directors in East German GDR // Focus Québec // Press conference on 24 March From 21 to 26 April, Filmfest Dresden is again inviting film-loving audiences and interested media professionals to the state capital of Saxony for an exciting ...

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Positive Conclusion to the 31 Filmfest Dresden

Over 18,000 Visitors // Surge in Ticket Sales // Enthusiastic Response to the Special Programmes // 2020 Festival Date: 21 - 26 April After the ceremonial awarding of the eleven Golden Horsemen trophies and the three special prizes at a total value of €67,200 on Saturday evening, the 31 Filmfest ...

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Award Winners of 31 Filmfest Dresden 2019

Prize Money Worth 67,200 Euros Awarded // MY LITTLE GOAT by Tomoki Misato (Japan, 2018) Awarded Twice // Golden Horsemen for Regional Productions SEALAND and IKTAMULI This evening, the 31 Filmfest Dresden announced the winners of the National and International Competition sections. A total of eleven ...

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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.