The Bastalavista is a Genre Film Festival established in Hannover (Germany) in 2019. The festival is founded and run only by two people: Wiebke and Johannes Thomsen, the two owners and operators of the awarded LODDERBAST movie theater in Hannover, with 28 seats on 39 squaremeters the smallest movie theater in the world and one of a kind with homemade food and more than 100 different craft beers.

The festival defines the "genre" film as science-fiction, fantasy, horror, action, thriller, mystery or dark comedy including forward-thinking, experimental and dark interpretations of the traditional film genres.

Starting on 29.05.2020 the Bastalavista is conquering the LODDERBAST movie theater for 17 days and more than 80 screenings, showcasing a varied selection of contemporary international genre films.


- a carefully and passionately curated festival film program
- a committed, curious and knowledgeable jury of filmmakers, distributors and genre film enthusiasts
- a vibrant, cozy and laid-back festival atmosphere in a unique venue
- valuable networking opportunities
- delicious food and ice-cold beer
- glory, fame and ... yeah, there will be money for the winners


01.08.2019 - 29.02.2020: Film Submission Period
01.03.2020 - 05.03.2020: Late Deadline
05.03.2020 - 10.03.2020: Very Late Deadline
10.03.2020 - 15.03.2020: Ultimate Deadline

01.03.2020 - 31.03.2020: Film Selection And Notification Period
If your film is selected, you’ll be sent all the necessary documents.

29.05.2020 - 14.06.2020: Bastalavista International Genre Film Festival 2020
The award ceremony will be held on 14.06.2020

THE BAST (Awards)

THE GRAND BAST (Jury Award - 2.000€) is awarded to the best full-length genre film (>70 min.).

THE MID BAST (Jury Award - 1.000€) is awarded to the best medium-length genre film (30-70 min.).

THE SHORT BAST (Jury Award - 1.000€) is awarded to the best short-length genre film (<30 min.).

THE AUDIENCE BAST (Audience Award - 1.000€) is awarded to the audience’s favourite festival film.


Please carefully read our 7 BASTALAMANDMENTS before submitting your film. It is not customary for the Bastalavista Festival to pay screening fees. By submitting your film you agree to this.

(Festival Competition Requirements)

1. Your film should be GENRE or -related.
2. Your film should have been finished after 01.01.2018.
3. Your film must not have had a theatrical release in Germany.
4. Your film must not have had a Blu-ray or DVD release in Germany.
5. Your film may be short, medium or long.
6. Your film must be subtitled (English or German) if the Original Language Version is not English or German.
7. Your film has to be submitted until 15.03.2020 to be part of the competition.

…you will be notified between 01.03.2020 and 31.03.2020 via email.
…you must own the rights to your film and all of its components by the time of the Bastalavista Festival.
…you are responsible for delivering your exhibition copy (Blu-ray or MP4 File) and other materials, such as trailer, screener link, press stills, and press-kit - by deadline.
…we would love to welcome you at the Bastalavista.