About Filmfest München

Welcome to FILMFEST MÜNCHEN, Germany’s largest summer film festival, which screens some 200 films annually. Countless filmmakers come to Munich from all over the world to present their latest work in person and interact directly with audiences in a relaxed summertime setting.

Emma Thompson
Emma Thompson,
FFMUC 2018
Louis Garrel
Louis Garrel,
FFMUC 2019

Filmfest München offers unique experiences, unlimited emotions and international encounters.

Diana Iljine, Festival Director,
Filmfest München
Diana Iljine
Diana Iljine,
FFMUC 2019
Fatoumata Diawara
Fatoumata Diawara,
FFMUC 2016
Bong Joon Ho
Bong Joon Ho,
FFMUC 2019

FILMFEST MÜNCHEN is also a major event for representatives of the film industry, who come together to exchange ideas and initiate new projects. This is the place to explore the whole spectrum of contemporary global cinema, from independent gems to star-studded German and international films.

Not even the pandemic will prevent us from inviting you to enjoy movies on the big screen. The next edition of the festival will be held, mainly outdoors, from July 1 to 10. Here’s wishing you lots of viewing pleasure!

THE HISTORY OF Filmfest MÜNCHEN

Summer, sun, and Munich: what better setting could there be for a film festival? FILMFEST MÜNCHEN was an idea that simply had to happen. In the early 1980s, a group of filmmakers sought to create an internationally appealing platform especially for German films. The first FILMFEST MÜNCHEN was held in 1983, with Eberhard Hauff as director and a first-rate program of films that had an international component. Bill Forsyth’s tragicomedy LOCAL HERO, screened at the Gloria Filmpalast at Stachus, was the first of 82 films to be shown that year. Today, around 200 films are screened at festival theaters as world premieres or as European or German premieres. Succeeding Eberhard Hauff and Andreas Ströhl, Diana Iljine has directed the festival since August 2011. She and her team present the best of contemporary cinema each year.

Renowned actors and actresses including Melanie Griffith, Michael Caine, Ellen Burstyn, Bryan Cranston, Emma Thompson, Ralph Fiennes, and Antonio Banderas have graced the festival in recent years, while leading directors such as Sofia Coppola, Lucrecia Martel, Alexander Payne, and Bong Joon Ho have also come to Munich to see their work honored in retrospectives. Of all festivals, FILMFEST MÜNCHEN screens the most world premieres of German films. These have included such works as OH BOY by Jan-Ole Gerster and ALLES IST GUT by Eva Trobisch, both of which went on to receive multiple awards.

50 COUNTRIES

150 FILMS

460 SCREENINGS

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Young audiences also appreciate what’s on offer for them at the Kinderfilmfest and the FILMFEST MÜNCHEN youth events. The “New German TV Movies” section, very popular as well, puts selected German television productions on the big screen well before their broadcast date, with the film team in attendance. Under the direction of Diana Iljine, television series were presented in theaters for the first time, and the Series Special held in cooperation with Seriencamp has become a regular feature. With the CINEVISION and CINEMASTERS competitions, the festival supports up-and-coming filmmakers as well as established filmmakers. The lucrative CineCoPro Award honors outstanding co-productions that have had German involvement.

 

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In 2013, international game developers flocked to Munich for a Game Special. Since then, individual events at the festival have been dedicated to the world of video games. Collaborations with other cultural institutions in the city have often made it possible for the festival to present series with specialized themes. These have included award-winning artist Arthur Jafa’s highlights of “Black Cinema” (2019, in cooperation with Museum Brandhorst) and spectacular 360-degree virtual-reality experiences (“Virtual Worlds”, 2019, in cooperation with the Bavarian Film Centre).

FILMFEST MÜNCHEN is truly one of a kind. Nowhere else can you see so many stars so up close and personal.

Frankfurter Allgemeine

In all these ways, FILMFEST MÜNCHEN is extensively engaged with both the past and present of cinema while continually looking ahead to its multifaceted future.