Years running: 40 (since 1982)

up-and-coming Film Festival Hannover

International festival for young film-makers.


In 1982 the festival first ran its projectors under the name First Federal Film Festival for Pupils in Hannover, Germany. In celebration of the tenth festival in 1999, up-and-coming went global and became an international competition for works by the young generation of film makers from the ages of 7 to 27.  The festival is intended as a forum for the exchange of experience between young film makers, the audience, professional film makers, producers and media educators. It takes place every two years (odd years) and presents works which are new, fresh, outrageous, imaginative, unusual, humorous, provocative and unconventional. The festival encourages experiments in content, style and form. Here, production values are secondary to imagination and ideas.

All films will be categorized into three age groups: up to 16, 17 to 22 and 23 to 27 years of age.



During the festival the jury will award three films the German Young Film Makers Prize and three films the International Young Film Makers Award. These prizes are an initiative of the up-and-coming festival and are awarded as a glass film comet.


  • Young people from all countries must be 27 years old or younger in the the year of production;
  • There are no limits to subject or duration.
  • All works must have been completed after 1. January 2018. 
  • Applicants may enter one or more works.
  • Subtitles language: English, German

The following has to be received in Hannover:

  • a filled in entry form,
  • a MP4 file on DVD or as a web-link to download (s.a. Vimeo, DropBox...). 
  • materials for the festival catalog (text and photos).

The selection criteria do not emphasize technical perfection but originality, autonomy of the concept and how the concept has been translated into film.

An accommodation service for festival visitors will provide assistance in finding accommodation.

Premiere Requirements

No premiere requirement




Official website



Int. Film Festival Hannover
Lange Laube 18
D-30159 Hannover

Phone: +49511661102

Fax: +49511393025


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Dates & Deadlines
  • Deadline
    August 01, 2019
  • Event dates
    21 — 24 November 2019
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There are no limits to subject or duration.

  • Deadline — free
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