1.) This is a discovery festival, a place to meet and a springboard for young talents up to the age of 27 years from Germany and all over the world. Important: Please don't forget to indicate the year of birth of the director in your submission. The age of the director in the year of production is decisive.
2.) Applicants may enter one or more works.
3.) There are no limitations regarding the subject or duration of your film.
4.) Completion Date: after the 1st of september 2019.
5.) There are 2 categories a film can be submitted to: the international competition for films from all countries except Germany and the national competition for films only from Germany.
6.) The director and the team of each selected film are invited to a meeting with the audience and all members of the jury.

This year there is a special online edition of the festival because of the pandemic. The new format gives us the opportunity to add new features: we will stream the selected films from safe servers that you can only access with a personal registration.

We will set up a festival studio in Hanover. There all festival contributions will be produced and broadcasted live by our team members and hosts.

From there we will have live-talks with the filmmakers. We will be able to get a glimpse of their world, their country and virtually connect them with other filmmakers. We will also have live talks with experts and the jury will be present to watch the whole program.

If the situation permits, we will have a live award show live in Hanover at the end. We will invite the winning filmmakers to join digitally and show them on big screens.The whole stream will be internationally.

As we invited the filmtalents to Hannover in the past years, we now go out to visit them at their homes – virtually.

We will do everything in our power to create a warm and familiar atmosphere at the festival as ever.

And in 2023 we will hopefully have the next edition of the festival live and in person in Hannover.

The festival is both a German and an international competition. Each selected film and its director will be introduced by the festival presenters.

At the end of the festival, the jury will award prizes: 'UP-AND-COMING INTERNATIONAL FILM AWARD' in the international competition and 'Deutscher Nachwuchsfilmpreis' (GERMAN NEWCOMER AWARD) in the national competition.

For the first time there will be the 'up-and-coming Audience Film Award'.

The philosophy of this festival is: Just be yourself. trust yourself. Have your own visions and create without limitations.

We invite young directors not older than 27 years from all countries to submit their films (produced either alone or in groups). The age of the director in the year of production is decisive. Applicants may enter one or more works.

All works must have been completed after the 1st of september 2019. If the original language of the film is neither English or German, the film should be subtitled in one of these two languages. Otherwise an English or German dialogue list should be enclosed.

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

The participant guarantees that by using the film in the context of the up-and-coming Int. Film Festival Hannover 2021, no rights of third parties (picture, sound and music), including persons depicted in the film, are infringed.

Overall Rating
  • Warsaw Film School highly recommends this amazing film festival, and we are very greatful that our young filmmakers from the short film "RECHARGE" had a possibility to attent the festival. Best Regards from Warsaw.

    December 2019
    Response from festival:

    Thank you and hope we'll continue our contact.

  • Christian Schwarz

    We had a great Time at up-and-coming. Best moderator ever!

    December 2019
    Response from festival:

    Danke Christian! Wir geben das Moderationslob weiter.

  • Fantastic festival! Very well-organised, cool venue and a great selection of films!

    December 2019
    Response from festival:

    Danke lieber Franz! Es war uns eine Freude, dich dabei gehabt zu haben. Bis bald und alles Gute für deine Filmarbeit.

  • Timon Reidelstürz

    Awesome and inspiring international Filmfestival. Thank You.

    December 2019
    Response from festival:

    Danke Timon!

  • One of the best experiences I've had. Excellent organization and personal.

    December 2019
    Response from festival:

    Hello Rodolfo, thank you very much. We're very happy about your feedback. It gives us energy and is the incentive for the next edition of our festival, which will take place in november 2021. We'd be happy to meet you there with a new movie. All the best for your film work.