Hamburg Film Festival
From: Thursday, September 27 2007, 11:00 am
to: Thursday, October 4 2007, 5:30 pm
Filmfest Hamburg is a competitive international film festival which annually screens around 100 features, along with 30 or so shorts, at the Abaton, 3001, Zeise, Metropolis and Cinemaxx cinemas in Hamburg.
The festival focuses on first-time movies by new directors - often ones which have yet to find a distributor in Germany. European, Asian and Australian films are the festival's traditional staples, but it promotes local work as well and also screens previews of Hollywood studio movies. The winner of the main award is voted for by the audience, and the festival also gives out the Douglas Sirk prize for outstanding contributions to the world of film.
The festival is split up in various categories: German and international animation films are on show at KinderFilmfest, while Deluxe puts the spotlight on another country every year. Eurovisuell presents the films that have been most successful with European audiences and Filmszene Hamburg features films that are either about, set in, or made in Hamburg. Vitrina is a showcase for Spanish and Portuguese-language productions, while Voilą! features Francophone films.