Years running: 67 (since 1952)

International Filmfestival Mannheim-Heidelberg

International film festival in Mannheim.


The International Filmfestival Mannheim-Heidelberg is one of the oldest filmfestivals in the world - and the second oldest in Germany. For nearly 60 years it has been a forum for the art of cinema, for films with a personal signature - the author film.

During the history of the festival, debut features of now famous directors such as Jim Jarmusch (1980), Thomas Vinterberg (1997), Bryan Singer (1993), Atom Egoyan (1984), François Truffaut (1959), Rainer Werner Fassbinder (1969), Wim Wenders (1969), Krzyszof Kieslowski (1975), Lars von Trier (1984), Matias Bize (2003) or Ramin Bahrani (2005) were first introduced to an international public.

There are competitive and non-competitive programm. Subsequent to each screenings there are public panel discussions with the film's representatives.

MANNHEIM MEETING PLACE - the project, focusing on the improvement of marketing opportunities of completed film projects. 


  • «Grand Newcomer Award Mannheim-Heidelberg» For the best fiction feature film with a minimum length of 70 minutes
  • «Special Newcomer Award Mannheim-Heidelberg» For the best unconventionally narrated feature film with a minimum length of 70 minutes
  • «Special Achievement Award Mannheim-Heidelberg» For an outstanding performance as actor, writer, director, d.o.p. etc. Minimum length of the film is 70 minutes
  • «Special Mentions of Mannheim-Heidelberg» For a remarkable film or a special achievement like acting, photography, music, montage, etc. 
  • The «Audience Award of Mannheim-Heidelberg» for the film most liked by the audience of the festival
  • FIPRESCI-Jury: «The International Film Criticsʻ Prize»
  • Ecumenical Jury: «The Ecumenical Film Prize»

A Jury of Cinema Owners will recommend films for theatrical release


  • Submitted films must have been completed during the 18 months preceding the Festival.
  • The minimum length of submitted films is 70 minutes.
  • Films submitted especially for competition are not allowed to have been screened publicly in German cinemas or broadcast on German television before the Festival. Furthermore, the films are not allowed to have participated in the official program of Berlinale, Cannes, Venice Competition and Locarno Competition nor at any other German festival.
  • The festival gives priority to European Premieres.

Documents and Other Requisite Items

  • Submit either a DVD or an Online Screener (i.e. Vimeo-Link) for the selection process, along with the completed entry form and the required materials
  • E-mail for sending Online Screener:
  • A dialogue list in English or German must accompany the DVD submitted for entry

Subtitles language: English and/or German

Premiere Requirements

National premiere required.

Jury and Organizers

Festival director — Dr. Michael Kötz

Selection Committee:

  • Dr. Michael Kötz,
  • Dr. Josef Schnelle,
  • Günter Minas,
  • Rüdiger Suchsland.







Official website



International Filmfestival Mannheim-Heidelberg Collini-Center, Galerie, Collinistr. 1

Phone: 0621 – 10 29 43


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Dates & Deadlines
  • Deadline
    July 15, 2018
  • Event dates
    15 — 25 November 2018
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  • Deadline — free
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