The Filmfest München is considered Germany's most important summer film festival, featuring a host of global, European and German film premières. With roughly 200 films spanning a period of nine days, the event attracts around 80,000 visitors each and every year. Approximately 600 film journalists and over 1,000 insiders keenly anticipate the Filmfest München as a great meeting place for the industry’s movers and shakers.
Since 1983, a broad expanse of German, European and international film makers, media professionals and journalists have flocked to Munich every summer to exchange their ideas at the Filmfest, to present their own works or to report on the event itself. But it is not only insiders who convene here, given that the Filmfest – attracting 80,000 visitors annually – is predominantly a public festival by nature.
There was a 22 event strong line-up in 2019, including competitions such as Cinemasters, Spotlight, International Independents and Neues Deutsches Kino, during which various films were screened and awarded accolades by the presiding juries. Also, a Kinderfilmfestival (children's film festival) takes place every year, meaning that families are also warmly welcome.
In addition to those film screenings that are shown in various cinemas across the city, the programme also includes other interesting items such as the new international competition for “Narrative Virtual Reality”: “Virtual Worlds”, in which visitors can immerse themselves thanks to an interactive, 360-degree experience. This event represents a very special highlight for the festival as a whole, and is a real enrichment for those who enjoy experimentation, and who want to discover just how this blend of exhibition and sensory adventure works. Admission to the “Virtual Worlds” is free.
Many film fans make the journey simply to catch a glimpse of today’s international film stars while on the red carpet in front of the Gasteig (cultural center). Ralph Fiennes and Antonio Banderas were awarded the CineMerit Award in 2019, and French actor and director Louis Garrel received the newly-created Margot Hielscher Award, an accolade only given in recognition of work by outstanding international and national artists. It is an exciting prospect that so many famous personalities from the film industry will be taking to the “Filmmakers live” platform, in order to discuss together with film fans a range of different topics and screenings. This event is always free and open to the public.
The Filmfest München is a truly special event and the perfect opportunity to get to know the state capital from its culturally diverse, international side. It is also a wonderful chance to discover the city’s different art house cinemas, or to watch films from different genres at the Gasteig’s open air cinema – star-lit skies included.