Press Releases

Welcoming the World to the 31 Filmfest Dresden

More than 500 Accreditations // Filmmakers from over 20 Nations among Guests // 5th Short Film Open-Air with 89 Films from over 30 Countries In one week, the 31 Filmfest Dresden is kicking off and presenting a highly diverse programme from 9 to 14 April consisting of 388 current international short ...

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31 Filmfest Dresden: Complete Programme and Festival Trailer Online

388 Films // Juries Filled // 29 Films in Children and Youth Programme // Ticket Presales Starting With a month to go to the start of the 31 Filmfest Dresden (9 to 14 April 2019), the complete programme and the festival trailer have now been released. A total of 388 short films are being screened in ...

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31 Filmfest Dresden: Competition Films Now Selected

76 Films from 38 Countries // Festival Focus: Animated Films & Hybrid Formats // Over €67,000 of Prizemoney Being Awarded In mid-April, the juries of the 31st Filmfest Dresden (9 to 14 April 2019) will again award the much-coveted "Golden Horsemen" trophies and special prizes for the best national ...

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Save the date: Press conference and preview of 31 Filmfest Dresden

The press conference of the 31 Filmfest Dresden takes place on 5 March at 11 am in the Filmtheater Schauburg Dresden cinema. Festival Director Sylke Gottlebe together with representatives of the selection committees are providing insights into this year’s festival programme and presenting current ...

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Foretaste of the 31 Filmfest Dresden: Transformations and Upheavals in the Special Programmes

Focus on Cuba // Invectivity in Short Film // Tribute to Derek Jarman // Christian Borchert Retrospective Until the 31st edition of Filmfest Dresden flickers across the silver screens from 9 to 14 April 2019 and lures film-loving audiences and interested media professionals to the capital of Saxony, ...

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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 "Golden Horseman" Sound Design, as well as the Saxon State Ministry for Science and the Fine Arts 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 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 32 FILMFEST DRESDEN is being held from 21 to 26 April 2020.