"If you continue to only focus on pure cinema in this day and age, you are not really doing film art full justice. We have to add a touch of intelligent sensuality to the world of images – with all our passion and know-how.” Dr. Michael Kötz.


The International Film Festival Mannheim-Heidelberg has a long tradition of introducing film artists of the future and their aesthetic language to the world. The festival offers an inspiring environment for talented new filmmakers and showcases heretofore unknown talents each year who are all driven by their increased awareness, a strong personal vision and a powerful ambition.

Master of Cinema
With the Master of Cinema Award, the International Filmfestival Mannheim-Heidelberg honors directors who as authors have promoted the art of cinema both uncompromisingly and with artistic innovation, cinema artists who have created an author cinema with its own signature. This award is given to auteurs who create works of film art opposed to films which should be understood without a problem by everybody. Films that stand out from mainstream cinema like marvels of poetic "enchantment of reality" (Dr. Michael Kötz), auteur films that have the right to allow as much character as possible, free from all prototypes.

Grand Newcomer Award Mannheim-Heidelberg
The International Filmfestival Mannheim-Heidelberg is a newcomer-festival for the creative international author’s film. Films submitted especially for competition are not allowed to have been screened publicly in German cinemas or broadcast on German television before the Festival. Furthermore, the films are not allowed to have participated in the official program of Berlinale, Cannes, Venice Competition and Locarno Competition nor in any German festival. An independent International Film-Jury awards the following prizes for films Grand Newcomer Award Mannheim-Heidelberg for the best fiction feature film with a minimum length of 70 minutes.

Talent Award Mannheim-Heidelberg
For the best unconventionally narrated feature film with a minimum length of 70 minutes. Special Achievement Award Mannheim-Heidelberg For an outstanding performance as actor, writer, director etc. Minimum length of the film is 70 minutes. Special Mentions Mannheim-Heidelberg For a remarkable film or a special achievement like acting, photography, music, montage, etc..

Special Jury Award

Audience Award Mannheim-Heidelberg
for the film most liked by the audience of the Festival

The International Film Critics‘ Prize

Ecumenical Jury
The Ecumenical Film Prize A Jury of Cinema Owners will recommend films for theatrical release.

The prize category NEW MASTER OF CINEMA is being awarded for the first time at the 62th International Film Festival Mannheim-Heidelberg. The re-naming of this renowned prize is like a recollection of the festival?s origins. The tradition goes back to the early 60s, when young filmmakers still had no forum to connect with each other. While in the past mainly forerunner of the international writer-director films were awarded, the focus is increasingly set on newcomers from all over the world nowadays. The award concentrates on the newcomers worldwide, with real premières, mostly the first ones in Europe. The films are chosen due to high-quality criteria: real talents, real discoveries. Because how many of these newcomers will direct a second or even a third and fourth film? We live in times of consisting launches, new starts, of a media industry which is literally running the new talents into the ground, tests and then dismisses them. It is the exact opposite of sustainability and actually an enormous waste of young talents. The new honor prize should point at this particular situation and annually award a great new director talent who has made it and has countered the trend towards the exploitation of newcomers; who has made it to move on with his or her work.


2008 – 2011