Filmfest Hamburg

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Hamburg International Film Festival
LocationHamburg, Germany
Film titles141 in 2017
Directed byAlbert Wiederspiel

FILMFEST HAMBURG is an international film festival, the third-largest of its kind in Germany (after Berlin and Munich). It shows national and international feature and documentary films in eleven sections. The range of the program stretches from art house films to innovative mainstream cinema, presenting the first feature films of young unknown directors together with films by internationally established directors. In 2017 more than 40,000 people attended 250 screenings of 141 films.[1]

Albert Wiederspiel has been the director of the festival since 2003.


FILMFEST HAMBURG had various predecessors dating from the 1950s through to the 1980s. It was founded in late 1991 and first held in 1992. Academy Award winners and nominees such as Clint Eastwood,[2] Jodie Foster,[3] Christoph Waltz,[4] Atom Egoyan,[5] Julian Schnabel[6] and Tilda Swinton,[7] Dogma-founder Lars von Trier,[8] award-winning director Kim Ki-duk[9] and German directors such as Wim Wenders,[10] Fatih Akin, Andreas Dresen and Tom Tykwer attended the festival in the past.

Festival program[edit]

The program of FILMFEST HAMBURG is composed of the following permanent sections:

  • Freihafen - German-European films compete for the "Hamburg Producers Award for European Cinema Co-Productions".
  • Veto! – This section covers politically motivated film issues which are also awarded at the festival.
  • Voilà! – comprises films from French speaking countries.
  • Vitrina – comprises films from Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking countries.
  • Asia Express – showcases films from all parts of Asia.
  • Eurovisuell – comprises the box office hits from other European countries.
  • Transatlantic – shows contemporary English language-based North American cinema.
  • Kaleidoskop – is an overview of world cinema.
  • Hamburger Filmschau – dedicated to films by Hamburg-based filmmakers.
  • Große Freiheit – new German cinema.
  • Televisionen – shows German TV productions on the big screen.
  • MICHEL Kinder und Jugend Filmfest – is the section for children and adolescents.


Douglas Sirk Award[edit]

This award is presented annually since 1995 to a personality who has made outstanding achievements within film culture and film industry. It receives its name from director Douglas Sirk, born in Hamburg as Detlef Sierck.

Hamburg Producers Award for European Cinema Co-Productions[edit]

The Hamburg Producers Award for European Cinema Co-Productions will be awarded to the films in the section Freihafen (Free Port) which will feature German-European co-productions

  • 2014: "Lost in Karastan", German producers: Daniel Zuta, Brandstorm Entertainment AG; Georgian Co-Producer: Vladimer Katcharava, 20 Steps Production
  • 2015: "One Floor Below", German producers: Christine Haupt and Alexander Ris, Neue Mediopolis Filmproduktion GmbH; Romanian Co-Producer: Dragos Vilcu, Multi Media Est
  • 2016: "Scarred Hearts", German producers: Maren Ade, Jonas Dornbach, Janine Jackowski, Komplizen Film; Romanian Co-Producer: Hi Film Productions
  • 2017: "Arrhythmia", German producers: Eva Blondiau, Color of May; Russian Co-Producers: CTB Film Company, Mars Media Entertainment; Finnish Co-Producers: Don Films, Post Control

Hamburg Producers Award for German Television Productions (formerly: TV Producers' Award)[edit]

This award for German TV productions is endowed with 25.000 € provided by VFF, Verwertungsgesellschaft der Film- und Fernsehproduzenten mbH.

  • 2006: BurkertBareiss (Producer: Gloria Burkert and Andreas Bareiss) for "Ich wollte nicht töten", Germany. Directed by: Dagmar Hirtz
  • 2007: magnolia Filmproduktion (Producer: Babette Schröder) for "Kuckuckszeit", Germany. Directed by: Johannes Fabrick
  • 2008: Bavaria Fernsehproduktion (Producer: Astrid Kahmke) for "Machen wir’s auf Finnisch", Germany. Directed by Marco Petry
  • 2009: Bremedia Filmproduktion GmbH (Producer: Claudia Schröder) for "Mörder auf Amrum]]", Germany. Directed by: Markus Imboden
  • 2010: Wüste Film (Producer: Ralph Schwingel / Stefan Schubert) for "Etwas Besseres als den Tod", Germany. Directed by: Nicole Weegmann
  • 2011: d.i.e. film GmbH (Producer: Ulrich Aselmann) for "Tödlicher Rausch", Germany. Directed by: Johannes Fabrick
  • 2012: Aspekt Telefilm-Produktion GmbH (Producer: Claudia Schröder) for "Mörderische Jagd", Germany. Directed by: Markus Imboden
  • 2013: --
  • 2014: filmpool fiction (Producer: Iris Kiefer) for "Polizeiruf 110: Familiensache", Germany. Directed by: Eoin Moore
  • 2015: Calypso Entertainment GmbH (Producer: Brit Possardt) for "Frauen", Germany. Directed by Jan Ruzicka
  • 2016: ---
  • 2017: Polyphon Film- und Fernsehgesellschaft (Producers: Hubertus Meyer-Burckhardt and Christoph Bicker) for "Meine fremde Freundin", Germany. Directed by: Stefan Krohmer

Critics' Choice Award[edit]

The Political Film of the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung[edit]

The Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung is awarding this prize at FILMFEST HAMBURG for the first time in 2013. Films aspiring to provide a political message are competing for the prize money of 5,000 euros.

Art Cinema Award[edit]

The Art Cinema Award was established by the Conféderation Internationale des Cinémas d'Art et d'Essai (CICAE). Films that have a German distributor can be nominated. Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein is contributing 5,000 € to the award in support of PR measures by the German distributor.

NDR Young Talent Award[edit]

In 2012 the NDR (Norddeutscher Rundfunk) sponsored the NDR Young Talent Award with a prize money of 5,000 €.

Commerzbank Audience Award[edit]

The audience gets to decide by public vote which of the competing films in the Eurovisuell section is their favorite and receives a prize money of €5,000, donated by the Commerzbank.

MICHEL Award presented by MICHEL Kinder und Jugend Filmfest (part of FILMFEST HAMBURG)[edit]

The Hamburgische Kulturstiftung and the Rolner Stiftung fund this award since 2013 with prize money of 5,000 €. A jury made up of children selects the children's and youth films for this international competition.

  • 2003: "Das geheimnisvolle Fräulein C.", Canada. Directed by: Richard Ciupka
  • 2004: "Station 4", Spain. Directed by: Antonio Mercero
  • 2005: "Der Schatz der weißen Falken", Germany. Written and directed by: Christian Zübert
  • 2006: "Don", Netherlands. Written and directed by: Arend Steenbergen
  • 2007 "Rot wie der Himmel", Italy. Directed by: Cristiano Bortone
  • 2008 "Hey Hey, hier Esther Blueburger", Australia. Written and directed by: Cathy Randall
  • 2009 "Glowing Stars", Sweden. Directed by: Lisa Siewe
  • 2010: "Spork", USA. Directed by: J.B. Ghuman Jr.
  • 2011: "Ways to Live Forever", Great Britain/Spain. Written and directed by: Gustavo Ron
  • 2012: "Stay!", Netherlands. Directed by: Lourens Blok
  • 2013: "Felix", South Africa. Directed by: Roberta Durrant
  • 2014: "The Contest", Denmark. Directed by: Martin Miehe-Renard
  • 2015: "Little Gangster", Netherlands. Directed by: Arne Toonen
  • 2016: "Fanny's Journey", France/Belgium. Directed by: Lola Doillon
  • 2017: "1:54", Canada. Directed by: Yan England

Sichtwechsel Film Award[edit]

Since 2017, the German Foreign Office honors directors who create films across national and cultural borders with a prize money of 10,000 €.

  • 2017: "The Future Perfect", Germany/Argentina. Directed by: Nele Wohlatz.

Former Awards[edit]

Montblanc Script Award[edit]

Endowed with 10.000 € sponsored by Hamburg-based company Montblanc. The award is granted as part of the "Northern Lights" section to a fiction or documentary film either produced or set in Hamburg or Schleswig-Holstein.

Foreign Press Award[edit]


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  2. ^ "Clint Eastwood receives 'Douglas-Sirk-Preis' in Hamburg".
  3. ^ "Jodie Foster receives 'Douglas-Sirk-Preis' at Filmfest Hamburg". imdb.
  4. ^ "Filmfest Hamburg 2007: Highlight of second week". Hamburger Morgenpost. Retrieved 2007-09-30.
  5. ^ Gordon, Bonnie J. (2008-09-08). "Atom Egoyan to be honored in Hamburg". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2008-09-08.
  6. ^ "Julian Schnabel receives Douglas Sirk Award". Hamburger Abendblatt. Retrieved 2010-08-24.
  7. ^ Carpenter, Cassie (2013-10-03). "Tilda Swinton receives Douglas Sirk Award". Daily Mail. London. Retrieved 2013-11-12.
  8. ^ "Hamburg Film Festival's screens movies from 30 countries". Der Stern. Retrieved 2005-09-08.
  9. ^ Roxborough, Scott (2012-08-24). "Kim Ki-duk to Receive Hamburg Film Festival's Douglas Sirk Award". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2012-08-24.
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