Internationale Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen

German film festivals
found AG Filmfestival

German film festivals found festival association


At their first meeting on 4 July in Kassel, Germany, more than 60 German film festivals (list below) joined forces to found a film festival association (AG Filmfestival). The aim of the association is to network with each other, to create better conditions for film festivals in Germany and, together with filmmakers and other associations, to strengthen and promote film culture. The founding members include the largest and oldest film festivals in Germany, film festivals from all regions and sectors.


Film festivals are at the beginning of the film exploitation chain; they define themselves both as part of the film industry and of the cultural practice of cinema and its mediation. In Germany alone there are around 400 film festivals, worldwide there are several thousand. In terms of scope and impact, German film festivals represent a substantial factor in the commercial exploitation of German films in the cinema, and their share in the theatrical exploitation of German productions will increase further in the coming years. In contrast to the dwindling number of cinema-goers, film festivals are experiencing a steady increase in demand. Film festivals play a central role in the efforts to make the theatrical exploitation of German films more attractive.


In a statement on the amendment of the Filmfoerderungsgesetz (FFG – German Film Promotion Act), the AG Filmfestival demands: "The amendment of the FFG must answer the question of how cinemas can be upgraded as an exploitation location for films and what significance cinemas should have in the future spectrum of exploitation contexts. Moreover, film festivals make a considerable contribution to the social upgrading of cinema spaces. As a result, cinemas also profit indirectly through cinema awards from the realisation of film festivals. However, in the amendment of the Filmfoerderungsgesetz the festivals’ voice has so far not been heard at all. In future, film festivals must be given greater consideration in the FFG, even though their viewpoint has many points of contact with the producers and cinema operators". (Quote Preamble Statement AG Filmfestival)


The next meeting of the AG Filmfestival will take place as part of DOK Leipzig (28.10 - 3.11.2019).


22 July 2019







Representing AG Filmfestival

Svenja Böttger – director Filmfestival Max Ophüls Preis

Dr. Lars Henrik Gass – director Internationale Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen



AG Filmfestival (dated 22 July 2019):


20minmax Internationales Kurzfilmfestival Ingolstadt

achtung berlin – new berlin film award

Berlin Lesbian Non-Binary Filmfest (BLN)

Braunschweig International Filmfestival

cinefest – Internationales Festival des deutschen Film-Erbes

Deutsches Kinder Medien Festival Goldener Spatz

DOK.fest München

DOK Leipzig


Duisburger Filmwoche / doxs! dokumentarfilme für kinder und jugendliche 

Essener Video Rodeo

European Media Art Festival, Osnabrück

exground filmfest

Favourites Film Festival

Festival des deutschen Films Ludwigshafen am Rhein

FILMFEST DRESDEN – International Short Film Festival


FilmFestival Cottbus

Filmfestival Max Ophüls Preis

Filmfestival Münster


Filmplus – Festival für Filmschnitt und Montagekunst

GENRENALE – Das Forum des Deutschen Genrefilms

German International Ethnographic Film Festival

INDEPENDENT DAYS|Internationale Filmfestspiele Karlsruhe

interfilm – international short film festival Berlin

International Short Film Festival Detmold

Internationale Hofer Filmtage

Internationale Filmfestspiele Berlin

Internationale Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen

Internationale Kurzfilmwoche Regensburg

Internationales Filmfest Oldenburg

Internationales Filmfestival Mannheim-Heidelberg

Internationales Frauenfilmfestival Dortmund / Köln

Internationales Kurzfilmfestival Landau – La.Meko

Internationales Nürnberger Filmfestival der Menschenrechte

Internationales Trickfilm-Festival Stuttgart

Kasseler Dokumentarfilm- und Videofest

KFFK / Kurzfilmfestival Köln


Kinofest Lünen

Kölner Kinderfilmfest Cinepänz

Kurzfilm Festival Hamburg

Landshuter Kurzfilmfestival

LICHTER Filmfest Frankfurt International

LUCAS – Internationales Festival für junge Filmfans


Neiße Filmfestival

Nippon Connection – Japanisches Filmfestival

Nordische Filmtage Lübeck

Open Air Filmfest Weiterstadt

OpenEyes Filmfest Marburg

Orscheler Filmfest

QUEER Filmfest Weiterstadt

Remake. Frankfurter Frauen Film Tage

SCHLINGEL – Internationales Filmfestival für Kinder und junges Publikum



Soundwatch Music Film Festival Berlin

UNDERDOX dokument & experiment

up-and-coming Internationales Film Festival Hannover

Werkleitz Festival

Werkstatt der Jungen Filmszene

Woche der Kritik

ZEBRA Poetry Film Festival