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With overall 49 films, the International Filmfestival Mannheim-Heidelberg, in it's 65th edition, concentrated on young, first master pieces of World Cinema, among them 30 newcomer films, complemented by eleven further new and little known cinematographic works of the current Independent Cinema and eight films in the children's film program. 

The festival welcomed nearly 400 international guests, among them actors, directors and producers from 34 countries. With 98 film talks after screenings in the Mannheim Stadthaus and the tent city in Heidelberg's Campbell Barracks, the audience participated enthusiastically in the festival. The strategy to focus on newcomer films and not let the attention being taken away by retrospectives or other accompanying programs, has become fully accepted by the audience. 

Celso R. Garcia


Six major changes have put their stamp on the International Filmfestival Mannheim-Heidelberg 2015: the entry of the international serial drama in its own additional competition, the extension of the festival to 16 days in order to offer our audience a third weekend to better take advantage of the festival and what it offers, new names for the most important Festival awards: “Grand Newcomer Award” and “New Creators Award” Mannheim-Heidelberg, a new section "World Cinema" to accommodate our audience, at least those in the audience who are not specifically looking for Newcomer-Films but for well-known actors or highly controversial issues, a new venue in Heidelberg, the Campbell-Barracks where, after the US military draw-out, the Südstadt Heidelberg has been revived, a programme section of the festival with special focus on films made in the surrounding region, and an invitation to all filmmakers from the region: send us your films.

Celso R. Garcia achieved for "The Thin Yellow Line" the "Grand Newcomer Award 2015“. Karianne Lund and Erik Skjoldbjærg won the "New Creators Award 2015" for the series "Occupied".

The Festival also organized the MANNHEIM MEETING PLACE for the sixth time this year under the direction of Julek Kedzierski.

Dimitry Rudakov


Under the management of Festival Director Dr. Michael Kötz, the newcomer film festival has continued to garner success and praise for this unique concept. Limiting the program to an intensively curated and hand-picked selection of a few important films enables us to achieve a level of quality that was confirmed as outstanding by audiences and industry professionals including 500 accredited film critics, producers and the filmmakers themselves. The festival registered 60,000 cinema attendances with over 50,000 tickets sold for the 39 films in the program. Just under 5,000 participants posed their questions directly to the directors in 90 film talks.

The highlights of the Festival, for the audience as well as for the industry professionals, were: the Grand Opening in Heidelberg with the film “Tous Les Chats Sont Gris” / “All Cats Are Grey” from Savina Dellicour, then the visit of director Uwe Janson to the start of the Festival in Mannheim with his film “Auf das Leben!” and of course the ceremony for the New Master of Cinema Award for Geoffrey Enthoven on November 12.

The Festival's “Newcomer of the Year 2014” is Dimitry Rudakov with "23 Seconds"- "23 Segundos".

The Festival also organized the MANNHEIM MEETING PLACE for the fifth time this year under the direction of Julek Kedzierski. 


"Tales of Life" - the topic of the 62nd International Filmfestival Mannheim-Heidelberg invited the audience to enjoy 52 movies from 27 different countries from all over the world.
The festival cinemas were frequented with over 60.000 visitors and 600 industry guests.
The Main Award of Mannheim-Heidelberg was given to Carlos Lechuga for his film MELAZA / MOLASSES (Cuba/France/Panama).


"Leben! Aber wie? That was written on the program booklets. This question shaped the program of the 61st International Film Festival Mannheim-Heidelberg 2012 and invited to find an answer together. About 28 films from 26 countries were presented. The program was complemented by a  special section, dedicated, amongst others, to Krzysztof Kieslowski's work.

This year, the main prize of Mannheim-Heidelberg was given to Niki Karimi for her film FINAL WHISTLE (Iran).

With enthusiasm the public wanted to watch new movies by completely unknown young theatre artists from around the world. The festival cinemas of Mannheim and Heidelberg were very well frequented: 58,000 visitors and 800 industry guests attended the 61st Edition of the festival in 2012.


In the section International Competition Mannheim- Heidelberg,15 films are shown, such as 18 in the section International Discoveries and 6 in Special Series.

At the 60th anniversary of the International Film Festival, the Master of Cinema Award  goes to Andreas Dresen, while the Main Award is received by Darragh Byrnes from Ireland for his film PARKED.

The international jury consists of: Granaz Moussavi, Iran – Frédérique Westhoff, Belgium – Hans Christoph Blumen, Germany


The Main Award of Mannheim Heidelberg goes to 10 1/2 by Daniel Grou from Kanada.  The Special Award of the International Jury goes to Siyah Beyaz (Black and White), Ahmet Boyac?o?lu, Turkey and the Rainer Werner Fassbinder Prize goes to Xun Huan Zuo Le (The High Life), Zhao Dayong, China.

15 films are shown in the International Competition Mannheim-Heidelberg and 10 in the International Discoveries.

The international jury consists of: Cynthia Beatt, Germany - Clemens Klopfenstein, Switzerland  - Stefan Laudyn, Poland. 


Atom Egoyan, who presented his very first feature film at Mannheim in 1984, is awarded Master of Cinema 2009. Edgar Reitz presents two of his restored early works. After 40 years in the archives, Die Reise nach Wien and Die Stunde Null had suffered from massive damages. Under Reitz’ art direction dirt was removed and faded colours were restored. It also turned out that the distributor had cut out several scenes from the film.

"By restoring the film, not only a version was created that nobody had seen before; it is also an opportunity to rediscover an impressive, wonderful piece of new German film", says Dr. Michael Koetz, festival director.


For the first time, the International Filmfestival Mannheim-Heidelberg presents the Film Culture Award, honoring institutions, companies or individuals who have continuously rendered outstanding services to German film culture.


The Festival is moving: due to renovation of Mannheim's main festival venue Stadthaus, the International Filmfestival Mannheim-Heidelberg settles in tents by the shores of river Rhine.
For the first time, the films are shown also with German subtitles at the main venues of the cities Mannheim and Heidelberg.


Aleksandr Sokurov is honored Master of Cinema 2006. One of the anticipated highlights of the festival is the screening of a selection of five of Sokurov’s masterpieces: Taurus, Russian Ark, Father and Son, Moloch and Days of Darkness. For more than ten years Sokurov’s films were not allowed to be shown in the Soviet Union. His works include more than 30 pieces – feature films, documentaries and short films. In 1986, his films were eventually released. Meanwhile he has founded a master school of his own.


The Festival des deutschen Films (Festival of German Film), honoring innovative German films and filmartists, is founded on innitiative of the International Filmfestival Mannheim-Heidelberg. The festival takes place annually in the summer in the city of Ludwigshafen.


Two true Masters of Cinema: in 2004, the Festival awards Wim Wenders and Edgar Reitz with the honorary prize. 
Three student film programmes from the renowned London Film School are presented out of competition.


Five Women Reading Truffaut: paying homage to the art of auteur film, actresses Anna Thalbach, Leslie Malton, Carola Regnier, Johanna ter Steege and Nina Hoger are reading a text version of Day for Night, turning Truffaut's declaration of love to the cinema into an imagined film.
Raoul Ruiz is honored Master of Cinema.


The Distribution Market premieres at the Mannheim Meetings, taking place from 12 - 14 November. It is modelled on the successful concept of individual discussions of the Mannheim Meetings's Coproduction Meetings.
Zhang Yimou is Master of Cinema 2002.


The 50th anniversary of the festival is celebrated with over 60, 000 visitor and 1000 professionals. 

25 films are shown in the International Competition as well as 16 short films and 21 films in theInternational Discoveries. 

The symposium called The Art of Distribution introduces new distribution concepts for renting of Arthouse films. 

The anniversary programm Then & Now for the 50th birthday of the festival includes films by: 
Henning Carlsen Vera Chytilová, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Krzysztof Kieslowski, Jeanine Meerapfel, Jan Nemec, Volker Schlöndorff, Daniel Schmid, Adolf Winkelmann und Krzysztof Zanussi. 
For each director there are two films shown, one which made them famous in Mannheim and one current production. 

In the series called Mannheim Meetings Results 6 films are presented along with  5 films in the children's series and four pieces in the series New Turkish Films.   


The International Jury consists of: 

Vera Chytilova, Czech Republic - Henning Carlsen, Denemark – Toril Simonsen, Norway - Willmar Andersson, Sweden  - Werner Dütsch, Germany - Eckart Stein, Germany- Peter Lilienthal, Germany - Ruud Monster, Netherlands.


16 Films are shown in the International Competition, 5 Documentary Films and 12 short films as well as 14 in the series International Discoveries. 

Furthermore the programm includes 5 children's films; 3 new turkisch films; a special program of the Buenas Vistas. New films from South America; a showcase of the Korean Film Academy;a set of films from the Mannheim Meetings Results; a special showcase of the Art of Cinema with films by Daniel Schmid and Clemens Klopfenstein. 

The International Jury consists of : Peggy Chiao, Taiwan - Katayoon Shahabi, Iran - Jutta Brückner, Germany - Jan Erik Holst, Norway - Jean Lefebvre, Canada.


The Festival undergoes a complete makeover - but only in its appearance. Red and yellow become the official colours in all publications. 
From this year on, all publications are produced by the Festival and distributed free of charge.
Otar Iosseliani is honored Master of Cinema.


The Media Programme of the European Union officially supports the Mannheim Meetings.

For the first time, a Master of Cinema Award is presented to outstanding creators to the Art of Cinematography. Theodor Angelopoulos is the first director honored as Master of Cinema in Mannheim-Heidelberg.




The Project Market becomes an integral part of the Festival and is renamed Mannheim Meetings. At this point, only Pusan, Rotterdam and New York holds coproduction markets.



The section International Discoveries is added to the official selection of the Festival. Film projects from Latin America are presented at the newly established Project Market, aimed at German producers and distributors.



An Exclusion List is introduced for entries: films screened at Cannes, Venice, Locarno and any festival in Germany cannot be submitted to the International Competition section.


For the first time, the Festival is held jointly in the cities of Mannheim and Heidelberg, renaming it toInternationales Filmfestival Mannheim-Heidelberg. State Secretary of Sciences, Research and the Arts Brigitte Unger-Soyka and Assistant Secretary of State Weber-Mosdorf establish a film fund for the State of Baden-Württemberg and plead for higher benefits.
SchauPlatz presents a section called Cinema at War - Films that Intervene, directly bearing reference to the ongoing war in former Yugoslawia.


The Festival reaches a critical stage: due to financial shortages, the City of Mannheim consider to abolish the Festival. It is only by virtue of Peter Kurz (Head of SPD Party), Lutz Beutling (Co-Director of the Festival) and Director Michael Kötz (and some other lucky circumstances) that the International Filmfestival Mannheim survives. Also, the Organisation Management of Christian Berg plays a vital part in the quest for a solution. At the end of the Award Ceremony of the42. International Filmfestival Mannheim, the Lord Mayors of Mannheim and Heidelberg announce the marriage of of their two cities for the purpose of organising the festival jointly.


SchauPlatz in 1992 is called Love Stories. The iconic "Filmeye" is replaced by the Fingerprint Logo. Dr. Michael Kötz, Art Director of SchauPlatz, becomes the Festival's First Art Director and replaces retiring Fee Vaillant, who had been directing the Festival since 1974.


The section SchauPlatz is introduced. It is aimed to be a Forum for the Art of Cinema. It does not only include films, but lively discussions, theatre plays and essays about certain topics. The first SchauPlatz is being held under the motto Hunger for Meaning (a sentence by Alexander Kluge). With the 40. edition, the Festival changes its name to International Filmfestival Mannheim.


The last edition of the Internationale Filmwoche Mannheim takes place in Oktober. Fee vaillant announces her retirement after the following year and her successor Dr. Michael Kötz, film critic from Frankfurt/Main.


The penultimate Filmwoche Mannheim attracts more than 30,000 people. As a special event, a workshop concerning intercultural dialogue takes place.


On the initiative of Mannheim's Lord mayor Gehrhard Widder the Main Award of the Festival is doubled in endowment to 20,000 DM.


Hanns Meier, administrational director of Mannheim's national theatre and co-director of the Internationale Filmwoche Mannheim, dies. For more than 26 years he has helped to shape the profile of the festival and secured its existence. By the end of 1987, Lutz Beutling is appointed to succeed Meier.


More than 24,000 visitors are counted in 135 films.


Again, heavy budget cut-backs threaten the existence of the Festival. Fee Vaillant and Hanns Meier are on the verge of resigning. Protest forms in local and national media, and the cut-backs are being revised. Not least the festival enjoys great popularity.



Since 1982 an exhibition with drawings and paintings of Pier Paolo Pasolini has toured through Germany, Austria and Switzerland. For the Festival, the pieces are displayed at the Abendakademie in Mannheim alongside a retrospective. The programme is part of the Italienische Kulturtage in Mannheim.



In 1982, a Retrospective Chinese Film is presented at the Festival.


Rainer Werner Fassbinder presents his only documentary film Theater in Trance at the Festival.


Jim Jarmusch's Parmanent Vacation is awarded the Festival's Josef von Sternberg Award. Fun fact: the film was not taken into account at the first selection process and belatedly was officially selected by a so-called "Nachlese-Jury".



Grigory Aleksandrov, assistant to director Sergey Eisenstein, presents the reconstructed version of his mentor's unfinished film Que viva México from the 1930s.



Retrospective on African-Arab Film takes place with discussion panels accompanying the programme.


Long waiting lines in front of the cinemas when German director Jörg Gföhrer presents Günter Wallraff's undercover investigation at the editorial department of German yellow paper Bild Zeitung.


More than 600 accreditied guests celebrate the 25. edition of the Festival. However, empty seats announce the imminent years of crisis.


Two years after the death of Festival Director Talmon-Gros the succession is official: Fee Vaillant, Hanns Meier and journalists Henning Harmssen (the latter solely in 1975) form the new board of directors of the Internationale Filmwoche Mannheim.


Walter Talmon-Gros, artistic director of the Filmwoche since 1961 dies during the film selections in 1973. Fee Vaillant, then treasurer of the Film Club in Germany and co-worker at the Festival's Programme Department, and Hanns Meier, Head of Organisation Department, fill his gap, first intended for a year. But with an unsuccessful search for a successor, both continue, Meier until his death in 1986 and Vaillant until 1991.


More than 38,000 visitors are counted in 1972, as well as 189 journalists from 23 countries.


Films from 23 countries are presented. 53 thereof in competition. For the first time the festival takes place in the Planken-Lichtspielen in Mannheim, consisting of two cinemas with 1,500 seats altogether.

The international jury consists of:

Stephen Dwoskin, Great Britain - Richard Erny, West Germany - Kurt Gloor, Switzerland - Roland Klick, West Germany - Janusz Majewski, Poland - Felix Mariassy, Hungary - Barbara Stone, USA.


The 20. edition carries the motto Festival between Two Worlds.The selection committee in 1970 is elected by all participants of the previous year. Its meetings are public. 197 films from 24 countries are submitted.

The international jury consists of:

Ralph Stephenson, Great Britain - Peter Bokor, Hungary - Fritz Falter, West Germany- Peter W. Jansen, West Germany - Boleslaw Michalek, Poland - Martin Schaub, Switzerland


John Lennon and Yoko Ono cancel their visit in Mannheim. Their film Rape has not been screened in competition (as expected), only at the side bar Informationsschau. Altogether, 57 films were screened in 1969, with 32 of them being German films. A retrospective Der Junge Film Schwarzafrikas (New Films from Sub Saharan Africa) with 15 films and a workshop takes place, a symposium titled Jugend und Film (Youth and Film) and a round table concerned with contemporary challenges in film distribution (Das Vertriebsproblem) initiated by Kuratorium Junger Deutscher Film.

The International Jury in 1969: Vera Chytilova, CSSR - Peter Fleischmann, West Germany - Werner Herzog, West Germany - Gordon Hitchens, USA - Abacar Samb, Senegal.


The prize money, that is decided at the so-called Mitternachtsstammtisch, shall be donated to the Vietcong in order to obtain bicycles. However, Jean-Marie Straub, winner of the Main Award, is giving the money for a new film project.


The Mannheim Declaration addresses against a new Film Funding Law: the signatories (amongst them Josef von Sternberg) oppose the bill through which - five years after theOberhausen Manifesto - New German Cinema would have been lead back to conventionalism.


In the Jury: Bernardo Bertolucci, Josef von Sternberg has lively discussions at the so-called Mitternachtsstammtisch, Jiri Menzel win the Main Award (and later the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film).



Prime Minister (and later Chancellor) Kurt Georg Kiesinger opens the Festival.


A year of success: Fritz Lang as Jury President, the number of accredited guest skyrockets to 737, including Joris Ivens and Marcel Reich-Ranicki. All notable German newspapers report on the Festival.


Vera Chytilova, Jan Nemec, Jiri Menzel and Hynek Bocan bring the Czech New Wave to Mannheim.


Theodor W. Adorno takes part in a panel discussion about New Cinema. TheMitternachtsstammtisch is established.


The Festival is now called Internationale Filmwoche Mannheim and takes place in October (instead of May). Walter Talmon-Gros becomes new art director and Hanns Meier co-director of the festival. Both shall shape the Festival's future profile.


For the first time, the International Federation of Film Critics (FIPRESCI) issues an award at the Festival.


"A positive catastrophe", says director Dr. Kurt Joachim Fischer - about the fact that 265 guests were accredited, but 560 actually arrived at the Mannheimer Kultur- und Dokumentarfilmwoche.


For the first time there is a competitive section and awards - the Mannheim Ducat, awarded by an international jury.


The Festival showcases 160 films from 17 countries, such as Le mystere Picasso by Henry Georges Clouzot.


Local media awards one of the first prizes: the Kritikerpreis der Mannheimer Presse.


There are no awards yet given in Mannheim, but Special Mentions.


Dr. Kurt Joachim Fischer, director, and Dr. Eckhart (President of the Filmclub) are honored with theSchiller Plakette of Mannheim.


Most popular film in 1953: Affenkinder ("Monkey Babies") by Frankfurt's director of the zoo Bernhard Grzimek. 


On May 26, the first Kultur- und Dokumentarfilmwoche Mannheim opens its gates to 20,000 guests who enjoy watching 130 films mainly from Germany, Western Europe and the United States.


On August 22, Lord Mayor of Mannheim, Hermann Heimerich, sends a letter to the city's Cultural Office, assigning them to prepare "Cultural and Documentary Film Weeks".