Mannheim is the second-largest city in the German state of Baden-Wuttemberg after the state capital of Stuttgart. The city is home to major corporations including Daimler, John Deere, Caterpillar, ABB, Fuchs Petrolub, IBM, Roche, Reckitt Benckiser, Unilever, Phoenix Group, Pepperl+Fuchs, Siemens, and several other well-known companies. Mannheim's SAP Arena is home to German ice hockey record champions Adler Mannheim as well as well-known handball team Rhein-Neckar Löwen. Since 2014, Mannheim has been a member of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network and holds the title of "UNESCO City of Music". In 2020, the city was accepted in the Sufficiency level cities of the Globalization and World Cities Research Network (GaWC).

Mannheim Arts and Film Festival celebrates arts and creativity from all over the world in a city that can be considered a geographical center of Europe.

Prices are assigned monthly and our main event takes place every year in Mannheim. The September 2022 event is planned to take place at the beautiful and prestigious Maritime Mannheim.



Best Feature Film
Best Documentary
Best Short Film
Best Short Documentary
Best Music Video
Best Actress - Short Film
Best Actor - Short Film
Best Director - Feature Film
Best Director - Short Film
Best Actress - Feature Film
Best Actor - Feature Film
Commercial & Advertising
Stock video
Artist Short Film
Artist Feature Film
Comedy Short Film
Comedy Feature Film
Dance Film, Short
Dance Film, Feature
Environment and Climate, Short
Environment and Climate, Feature
Human Right
Food & Drinks
Gender equality, Rights, and Issues
Discrimination and Equality
Family and Children Friendly
Science fiction
Science and Technology
Best Trailer
Mobile Feature Film
Mobile Short Film
Mobile Documentary and Journalism
Experimental Film
Health and Medicine
Computer Graphics, Compositing, Effects, and Animation.
Student Film (discounted)

Winners and Special Mentions will receive a free certificate (pdf)

Rules for film submissions are:

1. A short film is any film with a run time under 40 minutes.

2. Films of all languages can submit, but the film must have English subtitles.

3. Mannheim Arts and Film Festival may use submitted promotional material for the promotion of the festival, but it is not guaranteed all accepted films will be promoted.

4. Mannheim Arts and Film Festival reserves the right to rearrange festival programming and location up until the day of the festival and does not accept any liability for costs associated with the change.

5. By submitting your film you authorize Mannheim Arts and Film Festival to show your film, or parts of it, at the festival.

6. No refunds will be given for submission.

7. Mannheim Arts and Film Festival is a celebration of independent filmmakers and is a place of creative encouragement.

8. Mannheim Arts and Film Festival accepts no responsibility for any damage, loss, liabilities, injury, or disappointment incurred or suffered by any person as a result of submitting a film to Mannheim Arts and Film Festival and its curation and all related events.

9. Multiple entries are allowed for each filmmaker, and each entry may be entered in multiple categories.