From April 20 – 25 the 22nd International Short Film Festival will take place in the Schauburg cinema, the Thalia cinema and the Kleines Haus theatre. 38 films are battling it out in the International Competition and 31 in the National Competition for the much coveted Golden Horsemen. The most entries have come from Germany, followed by France, Great Britain, Spain and the USA. For the first time ever, films have also been submitted from Peru, Vietnam and Swaziland. Because of most of the films are not translated this festival is also open to non German speakers.
Filmfest Dresden was founded in the spring of 1989 and since then has developed from being a forum for banned or rarely screened feature films into a well positioned international festival for short films. Fictional and animated shorts up to a maximum of 30 minutes compete here in various categories. Filmfest Dresden is Europe’s best endowed short film festival with prizes and awards worth €59,000. In addition to the competition sections, the festival week provides an extensive range of special programmes with documentaries and experimental films, a children’s programme, retrospectives and numerous country-based programmes as well as a supporting programme with panel discussions, master classes and workshops. Filmfest Dresden does not regard itself as merely an event for media professionals. Rather it is and foremost a festival that welcomes the general public in Dresden and the neighbouring regions.
More info and the festival program can be found here.