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Braunschweig International Film Festival

Braunschweig International Film Festival focuses on young European cinema and film music. This audience festival presents ca. 300 films of all genres to an audience of 25,000. International premières, cinéma d’auteur, film concerts live to projection, retrospectives, tributes and four awards round off the filmfest’s profile, giving the audience, professional visitors and the press ample scope for new discoveries. The festival gives away four awards worth a total of EUR 25,000. The festival‘s main prize is the European actors award "The Europa“ for outstanding artistic performances and contribution to European film culture.
Braunschweig International filmfest devotes itself to the relationship between film and music. It invites famous film composers to present a retrospective of their films and talk about their work in a music master class. Michael Nyman, Jean Michel Bernard and Shigeru Umebayashi have all been guests in Braunschweig.
In cooperation with the Braunschweig State Orchestra the festival also showcases film concerts with new compositions, often as German premieres, such as The Artist with Oscar-winner Ludovic Bource, Blancanieves with Goya-winner Alfonso de Vilallonga or Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland.

With the European Actors Award The Europa worth EUR 10,000, the festival honours a European actress or actor for his or her outstanding artistic performances and contribution to European film culture. e.g. Mads Mikkelsen, Stellan Skarsgard and Isabelle Huppert have all received the prize in recent years.

The festival celebrates young European cinema with the audience award for European debut and second features, first awarded in 1999. The prize money of EUR 10,000 is equally divided between the director and the distributor or producer to support distribution in Germany.

Actress legend Hanna Schygulla is the patron of the French-German youth award for debut films, Kinema. Since 2007, a jury of five young French and German adults have selected the winner The award highlights the film cultural exchange between Lower Saxony and the French region Haute-Normandie started by filmfest in 2001.

The Leo short film music award, first awarded in 2003, for the best combination of image and sound in a short film is based on a jury decision, with the prize of EUR 2,000 rewarded the director and the composer equally;

Further programmes are: New International Cinema, New German Films, Sound on Screen (film music documentaries, concert films, musician portraits etc.), Short Matters!, programmes in cooperation with the Braunschweig University of Art, the Wolfsburg Museum of Art, special events and more.