|when:||November 16th - 26th, 2023|
D-68161 Mannheim, Germany
|deadline:||June 30th, 2023|
|entry form:||Online Submission|
Every year thousands of visitors are attracted to the biggest film festival in Baden-Wuerttemberg – the International Filmfestival Mannheim-Heidelberg. Among 1.000 international film festivals it is the seven oldest one and also to all professional experts the most well-known film event in Baden-Wuerttemberg. As a “Newcomer Festival“ it is specialized in discovering new talented arthouse directors and renowned for its top-flight selection – “It's quality not quantity that counts“ as its motto - that is limited to about 50 films, which indeed have to be real premieres.
Most of the time, the newcomers of Mannheim-Heidelberg don't remain unknown and have international success after a few years time, as for example Jim Jarmusch, Atom Egoyan, Wim Wenders, Thomas Vinterberg, Derek Cianfrance, Lou Ye, Hong Sang-soo, Rafi Pitts or Guillaume Nicloux, who started their world fame as beginners in Mannheim-Heidelberg.
In spite of the appreciation of the profession, Mannheim-Heidelberg always remained a real festival for the audience at the same time.
The International Film Festival Mannheim-Heidelberg has a long tradition of introducing film artists of the future and their aesthetic language to the world. The festival offers an inspiring environment for talented new filmmakers and showcases heretofore unknown talents each year who are all driven by their increased awareness, a strong personal vision and a powerful ambition.
Submitted films must not have been screened at the big festivals like Cannes, Venice, Berlin or at any German film festival. The minimum length of films to be submitted is 70 minutes.
- Master of Cinema
With the Master of Cinema Award, the International Filmfestival Mannheim-Heidelberg honors directors who as authors have promoted the art of cinema both uncompromisingly and with artistic innovation, cinema artists who have created an author cinema with its own signature. This award is given to auteurs who create works of film art opposed to films which should be understood without a problem by everybody. Films that stand out from mainstream cinema like marvels of poetic "enchantment of reality" (Dr. Michael Kötz), auteur films that have the right to allow as much character as possible, free from all prototypes.
- Grand Newcomer Award Mannheim-Heidelberg
The International Filmfestival Mannheim-Heidelberg is a newcomer-festival for the creative international author’s film. Films submitted especially for competition are not allowed to have been screened publicly in German cinemas or broadcast on German television before the Festival. Furthermore, the films are not allowed to have participated in the official program of Berlinale, Cannes, Venice Competition and Locarno Competition nor in any German festival. An independent International Film-Jury awards the following prizes for films Grand Newcomer Award Mannheim-Heidelberg for the best fiction feature film with a minimum length of 70 minutes.
- Talent Award Mannheim-Heidelberg
For the best unconventionally narrated feature film with a minimum length of 70 minutes. Special Achievement Award Mannheim-Heidelberg For an outstanding performance as actor, writer, director etc. Minimum length of the film is 70 minutes. Special Mentions Mannheim-Heidelberg For a remarkable film or a special achievement like acting, photography, music, montage, etc..
- Special Jury Award
- Audience Award for the film most liked by the audience of the Festival
- FIPRESCI-Jury The International Film Critics‘ Prize
- The Ecumenical Film Prize. A Jury of Cinema Owners will recommend films for theatrical release.