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69th IFFMH: The Programme

The complete programme of the 69th IFFMH +++ More than 50 films in 5 sections +++ Exciting perspectives on the world, captivating dramas and shrewd comedies +++ 7 of 14 films in competition by female directors +++ Online offer at between Nov. 19 and 22

The programme of the 69th IFFMH is complete. The International Filmfestival Mannheim-Heidelberg (IFFMH) will take place from November 12 to 18, 2020 in cinemas in both cities. Immediately afterwards, from November 19 to 22, 2020, the Festival will be extended online for the first time on the online service IFFMH EXPANDED, in cooperation with Festival Scope and Shift72 ( – presales starting on October 28).

The selection of films benefits from submissions from 86 countries: “In this year, which is complex in every respect and which also poses great challenges for the IFFMH, we have succeeded in putting together a programme that illustrates the demands and ambitions of the Festival as well as its passion and internationality,” says Festival Director Dr. Sascha Keilholz.
More information about every film at the 69th IFFMH

Beginning | © Wild Bunch International

New Awards at the IFFMH

€25,000 for the main prize +++ €10,000 for the Rainer Werner Fassbinder Award for best screenplay +++ A total of €47,500 in prize money at the IFFMH

Starting in 2020, the IFFMH will award five monetary prizes in the international competition ON THE RISE. In addition to the traditionally non-monetary prize of the International Federation of Film Critics FIPRESCI, which has been awarded in Mannheim since 1960, and the Ecumenical Jury Prize worth €2,500 (since 1963), four new monetary prizes will be introduced starting in 2020. "The competition focuses on the works of outstanding talents," says Frédéric Jaeger, Head of Programme and Curator of ON THE RISE. "The fact that the new monetary prizes will make it possible, from this year on, to offer them concrete support as they work on their next projects is linked to a hope that is essential to ON THE RISE. We are thus looking to the future".
More details about the new prizes

The First Films of the Main Sections

Opening film and German premiere: The Death of Cinema and My Father Too; new films by Frederick Wiseman and Lav Diaz..

The 69th International Film Festival Mannheim Heidelberg (IFFMH) presents the first films of its main sections.

The feature debut of the exceptionally talented Dani Rosenberg, The Death of Cinema and My Father Too, will open the 69th edition of the IFFMH. Rosenberg’s father is the star of countless amateur films they lovingly made together. As they get ready to shoot their first big professional project, Dani’s own child is about to be born, while his father is nearing the end of a terminal illness. Rosenberg films his father one last time, this time as a documentary. At the same time, he shoots a fictionalised version of their farewell – and a fantasy of the originally planned project. The three levels merge together into a cinematic experience as unusual as it is personal. The Death of Cinema and My Father Too was part of the official selection of the Cannes Film Festival 2020.
More information about the first films of the main sections

The Death of Cinema and My Father Too | © Films Boutique

Le Deuxième Souffle – The Second Generation 1968-1983

New IFFMH RETROSPECTIVE pays tribute to and celebrates one of the richest periods in French cinema.

A highlight of the programme at this year's International Film Festival Mannheim-Heidelberg (IFFMH) will be the newly created RETROSPECTIVE. With Le Deuxième Souffle – The Second Generation 1968-1983, curator Hannes Brühwiler and festival director Sascha Keilholz focus on the second generation of the Nouvelle Vague and their contemporaries. Some of the films will be shown on 35-millimetre copies or in digitally restored versions.

"French cinema after 1968 is a cinema of upheaval. It documents a profound change in French society, at a time when political, social and cultural values are being questioned and renegotiated," says Brühwiler.
More information about the programme of the RETROSPECTIVE

Simone Barbès ou la vertu | © la traverse

Picture: © Weltkino

We will take place!

With new offers, young talents and in cinemas:

The 69th International Film Festival Mannheim Heidelberg (IFFMH) will take place between November 12 and November 22, 2020.

The IFFMH announces first details about the programme and the realisation of the festival‘s 69th edition: The audience can look forward to new sections and formats.

For one week a physical festival with a concentrated programme will take place in the cinemas of Mannheim and Heidelberg. This year, the debut features in the endowed competition ON THE RISE will be even more in the spotlight in order to support young filmmakers. Furthermore, the IFFMH will be offering a representative selection of the programme digitally over the last four days. This online extension enables viewers to catch up on films they missed due to reduced cinema capacities or travel restrictions. For the first time, representatives of the press and the industry will have access to the films via our partner platform Festivalscope for the entire duration of the IFFMH.

Due to the travel restrictions and distance regulations, the festival experience will change. The encounter between filmmakers and audience will partly shift to digital spaces. The works will celebrate their premiere in the cinemas and will then be available online for a limited period of time for a fee. "By limiting the time during which the films are available, setting a maximum number of tickets and the usage of geoblocking, we ensure that the films‘ chain of exploitation is not interrupted – thus expressing our solidarity with the filmmakers and other festivals. At the same time, we are able to offer the audience an expanded experience," explains festival director Dr. Sascha Keilholz.

The decentralized concept at eight different venues in both cities and significantly increased time intervals between screenings facilitate the implementation of distance and hygiene rules.

One highlight of the programme will be the newly created RETROSPECTIVE. While many television stations, cinemas and streaming services are increasingly restricting their offer regarding film history, the historical section is intended to counter-balance this tendency. Director Sascha Keilholz and curator Hannes Brühwiler consider this a special responsibility of the festival. "We need film history, just like history in general, in order to understand and to interpret the present. These films are exhilarating and inspiring works created for the big screen," says Keilholz. With LE DEUXIÈME SOUFFLE, Brühwiler and Keilholz focus on the second generation of the Nouvelle Vague and their contemporaries. Some of the films will be shown on 35 millimeter copies or in digitally restored versions. "In addition to established names such as Maurice Pialat, Jean Eustache and Philippe Garrel, there will be numerous surprises, newly rediscovered films," promises Brühwiler.

Another new venture is the CUTTING EDGE TALENT CAMP under the leadership of Zsuzsi Bánkuti. Here the next generation of promising filmmakers comes in Mannheim together with international experts of the industry. Exploitation strategies for current projects will be discussed and sustainable production approaches will be presented for future projects.

"Over the past weeks and months, we have been engaged in an intensive exchange of ideas in regional, national and international associations, with our sponsors and above all with the filmmakers, producers, distributors and viewers. We are convinced that we have found the best solution for everyone with the current offer," explains Keilholz.

We're Looking For Support!

For the months September to November we are looking for active support in several areas and are looking forward to your application!

- Guest and partnership management
- Event organization
- Media design and content management
- Ticketing

In addition to these jobs, we also offer two paid internships, which are available immediately and no later than September 1. One with a focus on programming organisation and one with a focus on festival operations.
You can find all current offers here:
Come join us!

IFFMH Media Data For 2020 Now Online

The IFFMH's programme brochure can be found everywhere in the region. In 2020 it will be available again in Mannheim, Heidelberg and the metropolitan region. We are looking forward to your and your advertisement bookings and the support of the festival, especially in this exceptional year. Of course we are also happy to accept your registrations if you would like to display the programme brochure. You can find all details on advertisement prices, deadlines and contacts here:
Media Kit IFFMH 2020

Thank You!

... for all the films that you've sent us for the competition ON THE RISE of our 69th edition. Our final programme will be announced in October.