etc. – events.trainings.connections.

Since 2011, the section etc. - events. trainings. connections. section complements the film programme of the FILMFEST DRESDEN. This section is all about mediation, exchange and networking and offers opportunities to engage with current trends and topics in the film industry. Depending on the event, the offers are aimed both at accredited festival guests with a professional interest in short film and at the interested festival audience.

In addition to master classes, consultations, exhibitions and discussions, there are also workshops, such as the Visegrád Forum, which was launched in 2015 and focuses on the film scenes of Poland, the Czech Republic, Hungary and Slovakia.

The offers of this section are divided into three different areas: public events, specialised trainings and connecting networking events.

Meet the selection committee!

Wed, 19.4. - Fri, 21.4. 11:00 a.m. * Altes Wettbüro

Would you like to talk to the members of the selection committee in person and learn more about the FILMFEST DRESDEN selection process? Filmmakers, especially those who present their film in the competition, are cordially invited for a drink at Altes Wettbüro. The screening committee is very much looking forward to meeting the filmmakers behind the selected works.  


Film Association @ FFDD - Lusatia as a guest

Wed, 19.4. 16:00 Lusatian Shorts, 18:00 Reception * Klemperer Saal, SLUB Dresden

Together with the Sorbian-German Film Network ŁUŽYCAFILM, the Film Association Saxony invites you to the Filmstammtisch in the Klemperer Hall of the SLUB Dresden as part of the FILMFEST DRESDEN. Now in its third year, the event is once again dedicated to Sorbian filmmaking in Lusatia and presents a cross-section of current Sorbian film productions. In the presence of the directors, selected short films and a music video will be shown that deal with the loss, the return to and the rediscovery of Sorbian/Wendish identity in very different ways. Following the screenings and film discussions, there will be an opportunity for exchange and networking over drinks.

Please register by email to

Free admission, in German and Sorbian // Presented by the Saxony Film Association, Łužycafilm and the Foundation for the Sorbian People, with the kind support of SLUB Dresden.


Exhibition opening: The preserved view - film and sound treasures from Saxony

Wed, 19.4. 19:00 * SLUB, exhibition period: 20.04.2023-06.01.2024.  

Since 2019, the SAVE project (Safeguarding Audiovisual Heritage in Saxony) has been indexing and digitising moving images and sound documents recorded by local film amateurs, field researchers and artists for Saxon archives. "The Preserved View" presents the first results of an audiovisual historiography from below. Family portraits, travel impressions, footage of city festivals - the ordinary and the seemingly casual are transformed into touching testimonies of a non-standardised, curious gaze at a historical distance. In addition to small-format filmic finds from everyday life in Saxony from the 1920s to the 1970s, the multimedia exhibition also presents large-scale projections at eye level, the life of analogue 8mm everyday images up to digital long-term preservation within the framework of SAVE, as well as the forgotten speech letter technology.

Free admission, in German // Presented by Filmverband Sachsen and SLUB Dresden, with the kind support of Technische Sammlungen Dresden.


Sandwich Talks - meet the filmmakers

Wed, 19.4. - Fri, 21.4. 5:00 p.m. * Film Gallery Phase IV

The Sandwich Talks offer snacks as well as time and opportunity to discuss the competition films. In a discussion, filmmakers are invited to talk about their artistic and thematic approaches as well as answer questions about their works. Moderated by members of the selection committees, each Sandwich Talk will be dedicated to a different focus and will pick up on thematic or stylistic tendencies of this year's competition.

The following focal points have been set:

  • On Wednesday, 19.4: the families we choose
  • Thursday, 20.4: representing trauma
  • Friday, 21.4: self care

Free admission, in English // In cooperation with Filmgalerie Phase IV, with the kind support of VG Verbrauchergemeinschaft


Reception: Ballroom Studios

Wed, 19.4. 22:00 * Ballroom Studios

Hear, hear: film sound plays the leading role at this reception. This is the ninth year that Ballroom Studios has sponsored the Golden Horseman for best film sound, and this is to be celebrated with a musical evening. Expect live music and live soundtracks of films from the current festival programme. In addition, the award-winning films of the Golden Rider Film Sound of the last years will be presented. Come by, toast the film sound with us and let the glasses ring.

With accreditation // In cooperation with Ballroom Studios

Animation meet and mingle

Thu, 20.4. 14:00 * Altes Wettbüro

The regulars' table of AG Animationsfilm/ ASIFA GERMANY invites regional and international animation filmmakers to a relaxed exchange of ideas in a cosy atmosphere at the Altes Wettbüro. This is a great opportunity to get to know each other, to ask questions, to present your own projects and to chat with your supporters.

In cooperation with AG Animationsfilm


Discussion: Short film at school is feasible!

Thu, 20.4. 15:00 * Goethe-Institut Dresden

Far too few teachers are aware of the enriching potential of short film in the classroom. This medium, which has an affinity for young people, is not given the space it deserves either in initial or in-service training. Short film is fun and has a lot to tell. In order for teachers to be able to use its potential, they need to encounter short films during their studies and try out ways of conveying them. Knowledge about sources of supply is just as necessary as good teaching material that is easily accessible. Actors in teacher training talk about needs and concrete offers.

Presented by AG Kurzfilm - Federal Association of German Short Film


Mix & Match - Industry Get-Together

Thu, 20.4. & Fri, 21.4. both at 4:00 p.m. * in front of the Schauburg

This is a good opportunity to get to know other festival guests from the industry over snacks and drinks. On Thursday, representatives of the special programmes - curators and participating filmmakers - will introduce themselves, and culinary specialities from their respective regions of origin can be tasted. On Friday, Mix&Match offers a stage for the initiative "Talking Shorts", representatives present will introduce the initiative and look forward to an exchange with you.

With accreditation // In cooperation with Talking Shorts, kindly supported by SODEC (Québec)


Industry rendezvous with Dresden-based film institutes

Thu, 20.4. 17:00 Fishbowl "Working conditions of the independent scene", followed by reception * Goethe-Institut Dresden

The industry rendezvous (Branchentreff) has become a tradition as a platform for regional filmmaking and offers a special opportunity for exchange on current topics. The discussion "Working Conditions of the Independent Scene" opens this year's Branch Meeting with questions about the significance, adaptability and crisis resistance of cultural funding in the field of film. How do the current crises affect working conditions on the ground? How can we learn from the consequences of the current crises, how can the independent scene be better secured financially? After the discussion, the film institutions based in Dresden jointly invite you to a reception.

With invitation or registration by email to, in German // Presented by AG Kurzfilm, Deutsches Institut für Animationsfilm (DIAF), schmalfilmtage, Filmverband Sachsen, MOVE IT! Film Festival and FILMFEST DRESDEN

Consulting for filmmakers: with shorts we're here for the long haul!

Fri, 21.4. 11:00 * Phase IV

How do I organise my festival submissions? What strategies make sense? How can AG Kurzfilm support filmmakers? What funding is available for short films in Germany? How does the FFA's reference funding for short films work? Jutta Wille and Jana Cernik, directors of AG Kurzfilm, will answer these and other questions and at the same time talk with filmmakers about their working conditions.

With accreditation, in German // Presented by AG Kurzfilm - Federal Association of German Short Film


Discussion: Connecting Talents

Fri, 21.4. 13:00 * Hole of Fame

As the name suggests, the aim here is to connect up-and-coming short film talents, especially from different countries and regions, and to show how co-productions can be made successful. Filmmakers report on their experiences with international cooperation and provide helpful insights into funding systems. The focus will be on co-productions between Saxony and neighbouring countries.

Free admission, in English // Presented by the Saxony Film Association


Discussion: What's the point of Trigger Warnings?

Fri, 21.4. 15:00 * Hole of Fame

For three years now, FILMFEST DRESDEN has been publishing trigger warnings for the festival's programmes to draw attention to particularly violent images and content. Trigger warnings have experienced a wide media and political reception in recent years and provoke heated debates, also in the festival industry. Some see trigger warnings as limiting discussions, prejudging interpretations of films and complaining about oversensitivity. Others see trigger warnings as a form of consideration that does not require much effort but can be a considerable relief for those affected.

Free admission, in English // In cooperation with Talking Shorts, Weiterdenken - Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung Sachsen e.V.: This measure is co-financed by tax funds on the basis of the budget passed by the members of the Saxon State Parliament.


Discussion: Exit Happyland

Fri, 21.4. 18:30 * Hole of Fame

Exit Happyland" aims to address dominant narratives and stereotyping images, but also to show alternatives. It is about making diversity visible at a time when right-wing populism is growing stronger. To what extent can art and culture, can film be a place of social negotiation? What does an alternative, anti-racist film production look like that takes migrant realities and perspectives of BIPoC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour) into account? What conditions are needed in the film industry to make diversity even more visible?

Free admission, in English // In cooperation with Weiterdenken - Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung Sachsen e.V.: This measure is co-financed by tax funds on the basis of the budget passed by the members of the Saxon state parliament.


Get-Together: How safe are Spaces?

Fri, 21.4. 20:30 * Hole of Fame

Enabling participation - that is often one of the major goals of many cultural institutions, political initiatives or social commitment. Of course, this requires spaces and opportunities where everyone can feel safe from experiences of discrimination, especially marginalised groups. The term safe space describes the attempt to create an inclusive environment, free from discrimination. But what exactly does that mean, what constitutes a Safe Space and what are the limits of the concept? Moderated by Leo Lentz (QNS), we invite you to have a drink and talk about it. Different approaches will be presented and experiences with the Safe Spaces concept will be shared.

Free admission, in German // In cooperation with LAG Queeres Netzwerk Sachsen


Tiny Desk Lectures: Action Spaces - Archive of the Avant-Garde and FILMFEST DRESDEN as guests at Galerie Raskolnikow

Fri, 21.4. 19:00 * Kunsthaus Gallery Raskolnikow

The Aktionsraum 1 (Munich, 1969-70) and the Galerie Oben (Karl-Marx-Stadt, 1979-87) formed melting pots for oppositional criticism and radical actions in East and West. Although active at different times, they were regarded as focal points for non-conformist artists who held up a mirror to a conservative and dictatorial society. The exhibition (21.4.-26.5.2023) shows films and works from the collections of both venues in dialogue. In our Tiny Desk Lectures we welcome contemporary witnesses to talk about the relationship between film, performance and action art - among others with Alfred Gulden (film director, Aktionsraum 1), Gunar Barthel (gallery owner, Galerie Oben) and Birgit Hein (filmmaker, film scholar).

Free admission, in German // In cooperation with the Archive of the Avant-Garde - Egidio Marzona (Dresden State Art Collections) and Galerie Raskolnikow, with the kind support of the Sächsischen Landesbeauftragten zur Aufarbeitung der SED-Diktatur.

ARTE Brunch

Sat, 22.4. 11:00 a.m. * Altes Wettbüro

As a long-time award sponsor, the television station ARTE invites you to the festival brunch. Industry representatives can use the morning to get together, exchange ideas and network over brunch.

By invitation // Presented by ARTE


City walk: DD Postcolonial

Sat, 22.4. 11:00 a.m. * Meeting point at the Schauburg

(Post)colonial and racist power structures still have an impact today, yet colonial history is hardly mentioned in Dresden's historical self-image. DRESDENpostkolonial wants to counteract this and deals with Dresden's colonial history, documents it and carries out educational work critical of racism and postcolonial in the form of city tours, workshops and lectures. DRESDENpostkolonial invites you to a city walk (1.5 - 2h) to tell the untold stories of Dresden's Neustadt, to show perspectives of resistance and to draw attention to global inequalities.

Free admission, in English // Presented by DRESDENpostkolonial


Exhibition opening: Special exhibition Jochen Euscher

Sat, 22.4. 13:00 * Dresden Technische Sammlungen

Jochen Euscher (1926 - 2008) is a typical representative of post-war German animated film: with a great deal of creativity and diligence, he not only built up his own film studio in Hamburg, but also helped to create the economic miracle, for the demand for moving images was huge with the advent of television. His animated films, produced as a freelance producer, lay the foundation for a decades-long collaboration with television, for which he regularly provided broadcast formats with title credits, animated montages and image animations. The DIAF is presenting Eusher's estate in a special exhibition in the Technical Collections, which will be opened as part of the Filmfest Dresden.

Free admission, in German // Presented by the German Institute for Animated Film (DIAF), with the kind support of the City of Dresden and the Saxon State Ministry for Science, Culture and Tourism.


Big Names, Small Talks

Sat, 22.4. 14:00 * Altes Wettbüro

For two hours, important representatives of the short film industry will answer questions and discuss concerns. In a speed-dating process, big names from the television editorial department, festival organisation, production and film funding can be met and contacts made. The biggest challenge: it has to be kept short; only ten minutes are available for the personal conversations.

The list of interview partners can be found HERE. We kindly ask you to register by 21 April and inform us of the interlocutors you would like to meet by sending an e-mail to


Masterclass with Faiyaz Jafri: The art of wasting time

Sat, 22.4. 16:00 * Schauburg Chaplin

Actionlessness, wordlessness, slowness, alienation, transcendental cinema in the short animation format? Faiyaz Jafri talks about the importance of procrastination in the creative process and the deconstruction of linearity. Art is suffering, and that's okay. This is a cinematic masterclass on making boring long films in short film format.

Free admission, in English // In cooperation with Weiterdenken - Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung Sachsen e. V.: This measure is co-financed by tax funds on the basis of the budget passed by the members of the Saxon State Parliament.


No Tea No Shade - Festival Drag Party

Sat, 22.4. 22:00, shows 00:00 and 01:00 * groovestation

This year FILMFEST DRESDEN is serving up an Eleganza extravaganza to not only DRAGULATE all the winners, but also to celebrate a successful festival. Get ready to conquer the dance floor with Drag King Magnus Mandel (Dresden) and the QT*BiPOC collective QueerBerg (Berlin)! With DJ Mamede (Berlin) and Noë (Dresden, Leipzig). Because dancing is what? Fundamental!

Admission €10 VVK/evening box office (€5 evening box office for people in drag), free admission with accreditation.

In cooperation with GrooveStation, with the kind support of the Gender Competence Centre Saxony / FrauenBildungsHaus Dresden e. V., LAG Jungen- und Männerarbeit Sachsen e. V., LAG Queeres Netzwerk Sachsen e. V.