FAQ Audience

Welcome to the FILMFEST MÜNCHEN.  Summer is here and the 40th festival edition is about to start. Here you can find all the most important information about the FILMFEST MÜNCHEN.

Dates & festival locations

The festival will be held from Friday, June 23 to Saturday, July 1, 2023.

This year, the festival center is located at the Amerikahaus on Karolinenplatz. There you can pick up your accreditation, buy tickets at the festival box office, and visit our festival lounge. The Filmmakers Live! talks will also be held there, as will various film screenings.

In 2023, our long-standing partnering cinemas will be back: great German and world premieres will once again be shown in the ASTOR Film Lounge im ARRI, the Gloria Palast, the Rio Filmpalast, the Filmtheater Sendlinger Tor, the Filmmuseum, the University of Television and Film Munich (HFF) and the City/Atelier Kinos from June 23 to July 1.

Furthermore there will be seven screenings at the gorgeous open air location Kino, Mond & Sterne.

You’ll find an overview of participating venues here. If you click through to a venue’s individual page, you’ll find the address, information on refreshments and accessibility, and directions if using public transportation.

You’ll find an overview of the complete program here. The screening times and locations are given on the pages that provide details of the individual films.

No. FILMFEST MÜNCHEN is happy to be able to provide a shared eyperience by the public in the cinema.

You can download this year’s timetable listing all the film screenings and Filmmakers Live! talks here.


  • As usual, it’s possible to purchase tickets for Filmfest screenings both online and in person at ticket agencies. We recommend using the Filmfest Webshop whenever possible.
  • Online: Clicking on the button labeled “Tickets” on any page of the Filmfest website describing a current film will take you to the Filmfest Webshop. Tickets go on sale online on Friday, June 17.
  • Offline: Starting June 20, tickets will be sold at the Filmfest box office at the Festival Center at the Amerikahaus. Opening times of this and other Filmfest box offices are listed here. Please note that not all Filmfest venues have a Filmfest box office. Individual tickets are also sold at München Ticket’s official outlets. If you have specific questions, please contact our ticketing department at ticketing@filmfest-muenchen.de. You’ll find further information here.

You’ll find an overview of ticket prices and categories here.

Schoolchildren, college students, retirees, persons in the Federal Volunteer Service, the unemployed, welfare recipients, and persons with disabilities may purchase tickets at the reduced price of €8.70 (plus a €1.20 service fee; one reduced-price ticket per screening). An ID card and/or proof of eligibility must be presented at the Filmfest box office and/or upon admission to the screening.

To order tickets from the Filmfest Webshop, you must have an account, which you can create for free during the ordering process.

Please note that the premium area of the website is not the same as the Webshop, where you can buy tickets. The login window for the premium area of the website looks like this:


The login window for the Webshop, where you can buy tickets, looks like this:


No. Logging in to the premium area of our website allows you to create your own festival planner, but not to buy tickets. To buy tickets, you must log in to the München Ticket Webshop.

In the ticket shop for redeeming Filmfest Packages, you must log in using your customer number, not your e-mail address. If you bought tickets last year, München Ticket has this number on file. Please check the e-mails you have received from München Ticket thus far.

If you have not yet redeemed all your vouchers, you’ll receive an e-mail from München Ticket with a voucher for the remainder. Please then add as many tickets as possible to your shopping cart at the same time and redeem them.

Not all venues this year will have a Filmfest box office. There are evening box offices at the City/Atelier Kinos, the University of Television and Film Munich (HFF), and the Rio Filmpalast. You can still purchase tickets on the day of the screening at the Filmfest box office at the Festival Center in the Amerikahaus (June 24 to June 30) — provided the screening is not sold out, of course. All information about the opening hours can be found here.

Yes. You’re free to choose any seat at all screenings.

Yes: if the tickets are bought through the Filmfest Webshop, this is not a problem. Place the tickets you wish to order in the shopping cart and then click on the header in the shop to return to the films. Then you can add tickets for additional films. When you’re finished, you can complete the order by logging in and paying once.

Our Filmfest Webshop accepts payment by MasterCard, VISA, PayPal or SOFORT Überweisung (instant bank transfer).

At Filmfest box offices, you may choose to pay in cash or using MasterCard, VISA, or an EC card.

No, movie tickets may not be returned or exchanged.

Tickets are not personalized and are therefore transferable. The only data recorded relate to the transaction.

You may purchase tickets to the CineMerit Award Ceremony.

You’ll find detailed information regarding tickets for wheelchair users and individuals accompanying them here.

P&I stands for “press & industry”. The morning screenings are only for accredited individuals. The public is therefore unable to buy tickets to these screenings.

If you place your cursor over the grayed-out “Tickets” button, a message will appear telling you that no tickets are available, but that there might be a remainder the day before the screening.

Yes. This year, you are again able to buy packages of 5, 10, or 20 tickets. You’ll find further information here

Films & program

In order to allow for an authentic film experience, the films are always shown in their original language. Foreign-language films are screened with German or English subtitles. Please consult the detailed page of the film you’re interested in for information on the language and subtitles offered. In some cases, the language versions indicated in the printed magazine may no longer be current, so please check the website.

All of the films of the Kinderfilmfest are shown in the original German or are dubbed into German.

The German film ratings (FSK) can be found on the pages that provide details of each film. Please note that many films have not yet been rated and are thus automatically released for ages 18 and up, regardless of content. The films of the Kinderfilmfest are of course given a rating and a corresponding recommendation (FSK 0, recommended for ages 6 and up, and so on). You’ll find an overview of all the films that have been rated here.

Yes, this year there will again be a printed magazine, which will be distributed across town starting on June 16. It will of course also be available at the Festival Center.

Our popular Filmmakers Live! talks will be held again this year, but at the Amerikahaus. No tickets are necessary for these events. Admission as long as seats last. The Filmmakers Live! talks will be recorded and put online for anyone interested who is unable to attend.

Yes, for our birthday edition we selected a few films from the last four decades for which you don't need a ticket and which are free of charge.

Here you can find all these screenings.

First come, first served.

  • In partnership with the GRETA app, we are providing inclusive versions of the following films: BEYOND SILENCE, CLASHING DIFFERENCES.
  • The audio description and extended subtitles for the screenings are provided via the GRETA app. After installing the app and downloading the audio description or extended subtitles to your smartphone (Android or iOS), you can enjoy the inclusive versions. The prerequisites are your own smartphone with the app installed and headphones. You’ll find more information here.

The runtimes of the respective films at the various screenings are always identical. There are no different cuts. The different runtimes listed for different screenings of the same film may result from short films or award ceremonies being held before the film screening and whose duration has been included in the total duration of the event.

Attending the festival

Admission is usually 30 minutes before each screening. At our open-air location, Kino, Mond & Sterne, you can take your seat any time after 8:00 pm. To avoid disruptions, we ask that you arrive on time. No one will be admitted after the screening starts.

Our open-air film screenings will be held even if it rains. Screenings are canceled only when there is a severe weather warning from the German Weather Service. Please find out before you come whether such a warning has been issued. Please always dress according to the weather conditions that have been forecast. It is not a problem to bring umbrellas, blankets, and heavy jackets. Rain is not a sufficient reason for a ticket refund. Please also note that you are not allowed to consume food and drink you’ve brought along. However, you will have the opportunity to purchase a wide selection of food and beverages at the location.

For current information about the screenings, consult the website of Kino, Mond & Sterne.

The pages describing the individual venues contain information about their accessibility. You’ll find an overview of the venues here.

A film premiere naturally includes guests. Whenever their schedules and any travel stipulations allow, some of the cast and crew will attend. This is especially expected to be the case for German productions. We’ll keep you up to date on this on our website and social media channels.

If members of the film team are present, it will of course be possible to ask questions. If no guests are able to attend, a pre-recorded Q&A with the director will sometimes be shown before the screening.

Please note, that the unauthorized recording of motion pictures has consequences under criminal and civil law. Personal recordings during events, however, are permitted. To avoid misunderstandings, please refrain from carrying recording devices. Please also turn off your smartphone during the screening.

Audience Award

At this year’s festival, you will of course again be able to vote for the Bayern 2 and SZ Audience Award.

This year we use the voting tool Votemo to determine the audience award winning film. For this, you will find QR codes on the cinema screen and in the cinema halls, which you can scan and vote for the film right away. You can still vote for the film up to one hour after the screening. Take the opportunity and give us your assessment of all the films.

You only need to enter your e-mail address if you wish to participate in the competition.

Premium area & newsletter

To access the new premium area, you’ll need to register. To do so, simply go to the premium icon in the upper right corner next to the FILMFEST MÜNCHEN logo and click on “Register now”. All you need is your e-mail address and a password of your choice, which must contain 8 characters, including a special character. After that, you’ll receive an e-mail at the address you’ve provided. Click on the confirmation link in the e-mail and you’ll be able to log in to the premium area. You’ll find detailed information here.

  • All festivalgoers can log in to our premium area and create their own festival planner. To do so, please use the little flags to bookmark films on the pages offering details of the individual films. In the premium area, under “My favorites”, you’ll then find a clearly arranged schedule with all the titles you’ve selected. You can also export this to your personal digital calendar.
  • Badge-holders will find additional information about the films (Rights & Sales) as well as ways to contact fellow festivalgoers from the industry (Who is here).

All festivalgoers can log in to our premium area and create their own festival planner. To do so, please use the little flags to bookmark films on the pages offering details of the individual films. In the premium area, under “My favorites”, you’ll then find a clearly arranged schedule with all the titles you’ve selected. You can also export this to your personal digital calendar. You’ll find detailed information here.

No, this function is currently not available on our website. To purchase tickets, please go to the pages offering details about the individual films or go directly to our Webshop.

Please be sure to check your spam folder to see if the confirmation e-mail is there. You can only be registered for the newsletter if you click on the confirmation link.