CineMasters Competition

The Competition for Best International Film

Top films by acclaimed directors from around the world in competition for the ARRI/OSRAM Award.

CineVision Competition

The Competition for Best International Film by an Emerging Director

New directions. Up-and-coming international directors (with a first or second film) in competition for the CineVision Award.

CineCoPro Competition

The Competition for Best International Co-Production Involving German Co-Producers

German co-producers of international co-productions compete for the CineCoPro Award.


Movies to Die For

Red carpets, grand emotions, lavish productions and stars in front of and/or behind the camera.

International Independents

Eclectic Cinema: the Radical, the Unique, the Unusual

New encounters with outstanding filmmakers from around the world. Innovative, provocative cinema.

New German Cinema

World Premieres - Made in Germany

The very latest productions. Emerging filmmakers vie for German Cinema New Talent Awards in the categories Best Director, Best Producer, Best Actor & Actress and Best Screenplay.

New German TV Movies

TV Highlights

Outstanding TV movies of the upcoming season can be seen first on the big screen at Filmfest. The films in this section are in competition for the Bernd Burgemeister TV Movie Award.


The Family Section of FILMFEST MÜNCHEN

The best new feature films and shorts for kids from around the world. The public has the opportunity to vote for a favorite film to win the Kinderfilmfest Audience Award.


This section consists of sidebars (CineMerit, Retrospective, and Tribute) that focus on particular filmmakers and actors. The CineMerit Award honors outstanding personalities in the international film community for extraordinary contributions to motion pictures as an art form.

Open Air

Free Cult Movies

Festival atmosphere every night in the courtyard of the festival center. Every year a different topic.

Lights! Camera! Action!

Documentaries look at the world and sometimes at themselves. Filmmakers examine their own art: Unusual and creative.

Series Specials

Great new productions from Germany & all over the world.


Alongside the regular program, there are several special screenings like the Games Special or Yes!Yes!Yes Warholmania in Munich. Every year there's always a little something special.