Film Leben Festival


Years running: 22 (since 2000)

Film Leben Festival

International short film festival.



  • Sustained development of cinema, screenings & workshops and promoting new talents in this area;
  • Create new Public for the medium film;
  • Promote the interchange of experiences between the participants in the event;
  • Elevate the skills of the participants;
  • Promote the city of Ilmenau as a quality cultural tourism destination;
  • Offer a quality cultural event accessible to every individual.


The jury has the disposition of the following prizes:

  • Best Film of the Festival. The best short film of the festival gets a prize money of 1000 €.
  • Best Film in each of the 8 Competition Categories.
  • The audience award — the audience will vote for their favorite film of the festival

The audience will vote for their favourite film of the festival. 


  • Film Leben Festival can only accept films that have been finished after June 1, 2016, and do not exceed the length of 20 minutes.
  • Every entrant can submit more than one film, as long as every film is in separate categories. Though, one film may not be submitted in multiple categories.
  • Submissions are to be made via Reelport.

Selection formats: mov, avi, mpg, flv, mp4 or other formats, after consultation with the Film Leben Festival team. 

Audio language: original

Subtitles language: English or German

Premiere Requirements

No premiere requirement

Jury and Organizers

Nathalie Ziomek (FESTIVAL MANAGER)

Angelique Wezel (FESTIVAL MANAGER)




Official Website



Kulturelle Koordinierung e.V.
TU Ilmenau
PF 100565
98684 Ilmenau

Phone: +49 176 56 90 55 00


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Dates & Deadlines
  • Opening Date
    March 01, 2021
  • Deadline
    April 15, 2021
  • Notifications
    June 15, 2021
  • Event Dates
    8 — 11 June 2021
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