Filmfest München offers unique experiences, unlimited emotions and international encounters.
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.
Even in times of the pandemic, FILMFEST MÜNCHEN took place both in 2020 in a pop-up version and in 2021 also as a presence festival, in each case with a reduced number of films but with film enjoyment on the big screen. In 2021, under the motto LIVE IN DER GANZEN STADT (LIVE IN THE WHOLE CITY), the festival was held from July 1 to 10, mainly in open-air locations but also in our festival cinemas, which fortunately were able to reopen right at the start of the festival.
In 2023, FILMFEST MÜNCHEN will take place from June 23 to July 1.
Berlin may be the best-known film festival in Germany, but for sunnier weather head to Munich in June. First held in 1983, it shows about 200 films and attracts starry guests such as Melanie Griffith, Michael Caine, Emma Thompson, Ralph Fiennes and Antonio Banderas. The Kinderfest strand welcomes young people to special screenings. As a city, Munich has more than enough to keep you busy, from 80+ museums to the famous beer gardens – perfect for discussing a day’s movie viewing.
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.
CineMerit Antonio Banderas 2019
The Spanish actor relaxes at his Filmmakers Live!
Hommage Ornella Muti 1990
The founder of the festival Eberhard Hauff is enchanted by Italian atress Ornella Muti.
CineMerit Bryan Cranston 2017
BREAKING BAD in Munich: TV-star Bryan Cranston takes his time greeting his fans.
Robert De Niro 1994
Hollywood legend Robert De Niro comes to Munich to present his film A BRONX TALE.
Charlotte Rampling 2011
The gorgeous British actress Charlotte Rampling has had many films at FILMFEST MÜNCHEN so far.
CineMerit Ralph Fiennes 2019
They are having fun: the British director and actor Ralph Fiennes and Festival director Diana Iljine.
CineMerit Melanie Griffith 2012
The WORKING GIRL star Melanie Griffith receives a warm welcome by her fans.
Arthur Jafa 2019
The afroamerican artist Arthur Jafa curates a section for FILMFEST MÜNCHEN called BLACK CINEMA - A PECULIAR VANTAGE.
CineMerit Mads Mikkelsen 2010
The Danish actor presents his new film VALHALLA RISING by director Nicolas Winding Refn.
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.
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.
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.
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.