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32 Filmfest Dresden Announces Complete Programme

338 Films // Themes: Trauma, Female (Short) Films // Juries Filled // Ticket Pre-Sales Start Three weeks before the festival start, Filmfest Dresden has released the complete programme for its 32nd edition, which is running from 8 to 13 September in a hybrid format. The total of 338 films in the ...

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32 FILMFEST DRESDEN is postponed to 8 to 13 September

Against the background of the current situation regarding the novel coronavirus, the festival team, in coordination with the main sponsors, has decided to postpone the 32 Filmfest Dresden to 8 to 13 September 2020."We very much regret that the festival cannot take place in April ...

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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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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.