From September 22nd to 26th 2021 the Filmfestival Münster takes place for the 19th time. Three competitions in the feature and short film sections, carefully selected side programs, media art exhibitions, film workshops for children and young adolescents as well as a symposium addressing alternative ways of filmmaking and Films from the Countryside are part of the program.

The oldest competitive festival in Westphalia, presented by the Filmwerkstatt Münster since 1981, has become firmly established within the festival scene over the last 40 years. Because of the warm and personal atmosphere and the closeness between filmmakers and the enthusiastic audience, it is held in high esteem. Special attention is turned to young talents – numerous filmmakers presented their early works at the Filmfestival Münster or won awards for the first time in their career here.

In the European Feature Film Competition, eight feature film debuts compete for the award for best directing (endowed with 5,000 Euro) which is awarded by an international jury.
The traditional Short Film Competition has ever since the first festival addressed filmmakers from Germany, Austria and Switzerland. For the first time it is open for films from all over Europe.
The section Focus NL features contemporary films from the Netherlands and is unique in all of Germany.

A total of four prizes, among them one audience award, are endowed together with 9.500 €.

Rules of entry European feature film competition

- Jury award endowed with Euro 5,000 for the best director

1. The festival selects the films to be shown in the competition.
To be considered for entry in the competition, a film must fulfill
the following criteria:
- The film must be a fictional feature film debut by the director.
- It must be a feature film intended for release on the cinema circuit.
- Production of the film must have been completed between January 2020 and June 2021.
- The film must be at least 70 minutes in length.
- The film must have not yet been released on the cinema circuit or on a streaming platform in Germany.

2. All the films selected will be shown in the original language.
The copy should be subtitled in German or, failing that, in English.

3. Every film submitted will be shown twice during the festival in Münster. The festival is free to screen the awarded film three times.

4. A European jury, consisting of at least three members and appointed by the festival team, will decide on the awarding. Those involved in the production or commercial exploitation of any of the competition films may not be part of the jury.

5. The jury’s verdict will be taken by simple majority. The discussions and the votes will proceed in confidentiality.

6. The award is endowed with Euro 5,000 and the sponsor will present the winning director with a cheque or by bank transfer for this amount.

7. The festival organisers expect directors to be present to introduce their films and the winner to personally collect the award during the award ceremony.

8. Video-DVDs or Blu-ray or streaming links for preview purposes must be delivered to the Festival Münster within the period of submission (by June 1, 2021) and will be retained for storing in the festival archives.

9. The transportation costs of the film copy to the festival will be charged to the sender. There will be no screening fee for submitted films that are selected for the competition.

10. For the duration of the festival the film will be insured at copy value. Insurance protection begins with the arrival of the copy at the festival office and ends on its leaving.

11. If a copy should be damaged, the sender must register that damage within one month from the end of festival. The festival will assume the cost of repair to a maximum amount equivalent to the manufacturing costs of a copy in the same format.

12. The sender is required to obtain permission from any third parties involved in the production to agree to the film being screened at the festival.

13. Registration for participation at the Filmfestival Münster 2021 will be deemed to entail acceptance of these rules of entry. The festival management is entitled to decide on any case not covered by the guidelines and to permit exceptions in special cases.

14. The screening copy must have arrived at the Filmfestival Münster by 15 August 2021 at the latest.

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Rules of entry European short film competition

- Jury award endowed with Euro 3,000 for the best short film
- Audience award endowed with Euro 1,000

1. The festival selects the films to be shown in the competition.
To be considered for entry in the competition, a film must fulfill
the following criteria:
- It must be a short film produced in one or more European countries, max. 30 minutes in length
- Production of the film must have been completed between
January 2020 and June 2021.
- All genres are welcome: live action, documentary, animation, music videos, experimental etc.

2. All the films selected will be shown in the original language. The copy should be subtitled in German or, failing that, in English.

3. Every film submitted will be shown twice during the festival in Münster. The festival is free to screen the awarded film three times.

4. A European jury, consisting of at least three members and appointed by the festival team, will decide on the awarding. Those involved in the production or commercial exploitation of any of the competition films may not be part of the jury.

5. The jury’s verdict will be taken by simple majority. The discussions and the votes will proceed in confidentiality.

6. The jury award is endowed with Euro 3,000 and the sponsor will present the winning director with a cheque or by bank transfer for this amount.
The audience award is endowed with Euro 1,000 and the sponsor will present the winning director with a cheque or by bank transfer for this amount.

7. The festival organisers expect directors to be present to introduce their films and the winner to personally collect the award during the award ceremony.

8. The transportation costs of the film copy to the festival will be charged to the sender. There will be no screening fee for submitted films that are selected for the competition.

9. No film may be withdrawn from the short film competition programme after its participation has been confirmed by the festival until 1 August 2021.

10. For the duration of the festival the film will be insured at copy value. Insurance protection begins with the arrival of the copy at the festival office and ends on its leaving.

11. If a copy should be damaged, the sender must register that damage within one month from the end of festival. The festival will assume the cost of repair to a maximum amount equivalent to the manufacturing costs of a copy in the same format.

12. The sender is required to obtain permission from any third parties involved in the production to agree to the film being screened at the festival.

13. Registration for participation at the Filmfestival Münster 2021 will be deemed to entail acceptance of these rules of entry. The festival management is entitled to decide on any case not covered by the guidelines and to permit exceptions in special cases.

14. The screening copy must have arrived at the Filmfestival Münster by 15 August 2021 at the latest.

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  • Philipp Bürge

    What a wonderful festival. Thank you for selecting my animated short film FLATMAN. I’ve spent a few lovely days in Münster to visit the festival. I can recommend it highly. The communication with the festival team was also very good.

    October 2019
  • Beatrice Aliné

    Gorgeous Festival! Very cozy nice old place with three cinemas, so no need to travel across the city for different screenings. Interesting selection of films in the categories. I had a really great time. Thank you for this experience!

    September 2019
  • Nicolaas Schmidt

    Münster inner city at a saturday rainy night is so intense, finest melancholic solitude. That experience between a perfect screenin talk and a wonderful festival hotel <3 Thank You!

    October 2017