ON THE RISE

ON THE RISE

  • ON THE RISE is the international competition of the IFFMH. First to third films of outstanding directors compete in it for the official awards of the festival.

ON THE RISE presents a selection of the most exciting films of filmmakers that are currently at the beginning of their career: The programme is diverse and open for different perspectives, genres and styles. The films can be ambivalent or straightforward, work with elements of the genre film, they can be realistic or fantastic, they can follow in the steps of the classic auteur cinema or explore hybrid forms. They all share one common thing: They allow us to catch a glimpse of the future of cinema.

The international competition with its 18 fictional feature films is the core of the festival and continues the IFFMH’s rich tradition as a platform for outstanding directorial talents. The former newcomers of Mannheim-Heidelberg include François Truffaut, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Wim Wenders, Jim Jarmusch, Angela Schanelec, Atom Egoyan, Thomas Vinterberg, Derek Cianfrance, Hong Sang-soo and Guillaume Nicloux.

The films of the competition compete for six awards, selected by four juries and the audience.