Years running: 19 (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




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
  • Deadline
    February 28, 2018
  • Event dates
    6 — 10 June 2018
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