International Filmfestival Mannheim-Heidelberg

Years running: 71 (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.

The Cutting Edge Talent Camp supports outstanding projects and talented filmmakers from Germany in their first steps towards international networking, recognition and production.


  • International Newcomer Award
  • Best Script Award
  • FIPRESCI Award
  • Ecumenical Award
  • Award of the Student Jury
  • Audience Award


  • whose premiere has not yet taken place or has taken place after September 19, 2020 and the films must have been completed in the 18 months prior to the festival (at the earliest in March 2020). 
  • The minimum length of submitted films is 61 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.

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. Sascha Keilholz

Selection Committee:

  • Dr. Sascha Keilholz

  • Frederic Jaeger

  • Hannes Brühwiler

  • Ursula Schöndeling

  • Lisa Niederauer







Official Website



IFFMH - Filmfestival Mannheim gGmbH
Kleiststr. 3-5
D- 68167 Mannheim

Phone: +49-6 21-48 92 62 11



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Dates & Deadlines
  • Opening Date
    May 01, 2021
  • Deadline
    May 31, 2021
  • Regular Deadline
    June 30, 2021
  • Event Dates
    11 — 21 November 2021
Categories & Fees
  • Deadline — €10
  • Regular Deadline — €25
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