International Filmfestival Mannheim-Heidelberg
Mannheim-Heidelberg International Filmfestival (German: Internationales Filmfestival Mannheim-Heidelberg), often shortened to IFFMH, is an annual film festival held jointly by the cities of Mannheim and Heidelberg in Baden-Württemberg. The festival was established in 1952. In Mannheim there are six cinema centres and 19 single cinemas.
The festival presents arthouse films of international newcomer directors. Established in 1952 originally in the city of Mannheim, it is the second oldest filmfestival in Germany (with the eldest being Berlin). Since 1994, it is held jointly by the cities Mannheim and Heidelberg, Germany. The festival takes place annually around November (2011: 10–20 November).
Festival profile 
Mannheim-Heidelberg International Filmfestival aims at industry professionals as well as the audience, with over 1000 professional participants and circa 60 000 people attending the screenings in both cities. Subsequent to each screenings there are public panel discussions with the film's representatives.
The festival presents films of independent newcomer directors and who are internationally widely unknown, focussing on arthouse and auteur films. The films selected must be premieres and thus films screened at Cannes, Locarno, Venice and any German festival are excluded.
In 2010, MANNHEIM MEETING PLACE was launched for the first time. The project succeeds the Festival's former co-production market MANNHEIM MEETINGS, focusing on the improvement of marketing opportunities of completed film projects. However, coporoduction meetings will still take place.
During the history of the festival, (debut) features of now famous directors such as Jim Jarmusch, Thomas Vinterberg, Bryan Singer, Atom Egoyan, François Truffaut, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Krzysztof Kieslowski, Lars von Trier, or Rahmin Bahrani were first introduced to an international public at the festival.
Competition and awards 
- Main Award of Mannheim-Heidelberg for the best fiction feature film with a minimum length of 70 minutes.
- Rainer Werner Fassbinder Prize for the best unconventionally narrated feature film with a minimum length of 60 minutes.
- Special Award of the Jury for the best film with a minimum length of 40 minutes. Or for an extraordinary performance as actor, writer, director etc.
- Special Mentions for a remarkable film with outstanding acting, photography, music, montage etc.
- Audience Award for the film most liked by the Festival audiense, regardless of genre and length.
- The International Film Critics Prize issued by FIPRESCI Jury
- The Ecumenic Film Prize issued by an Ecumenic Jury
- Recommendations Of Cinema Owners
Master of Cinema award 
In addition, since 1998 in sporadic intervals, the honorary Master of Cinema Award is issued to outstanding cineastic artist:
List of award winners 
- Newcomer of the Year - Main Award of Mannheim-Heidelberg Soote Payan (Final Whistle), Niki Karimi, Iran
- Rainer Werner Fassbinder Prize Lycka Till Och ta Hand om Varandra (Good Luck. And Take Care of Each Other), Jens Sjögren, Sweden
- Special Award of the International Jury Tiempos Menos Modernos (Not So Modern Times), Simón Franco, Argentina, Chile
- Special Mention of the International Jury When Yesterday Comes Hsiu-Chiung Chiang, Singing Chen, Wi-Ding Ho, Ko-Shang Shen, Taiwan
- Audience Award Now, Forager. A Film About Love and Fungi Jason Cortlund, Julia Halperin, USA, Poland
- International Film Critics' Prize Seenelkäik (Mushrooming) Toomas Hussar, Estonia
- Prize of the Ecumenical Jury Le Sac de Farine (The Bag of Flour) Kadija Leclere, Belgium, Morocco
- Special Mention of the Ecumenical Jury W Sypialni (In a Bedroom) Tomasz Wasilewski, Poland
- Recommendation of the Cinema Owners La Niña (The Girl) David Riker, USA, UK, Mexico, Now, Forager. A Film About Love and Fungi Jason Cortlund, Julia Halperin, USA, Poland & Silent City Threes Anna, Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg.
- Main Award of Mannheim-Heidelberg Parked, by Darragh Byrne, Ireland
- Rainer Werner Fassbinder Prize Un Cuento Chino (Chinese Take-Away), by Sebastián Borensztein, Argentina
- Special Award of the International Jury Le Vendeur (The Salesman), by Sébastien Pilote, Canada
- Special Mention of the International Jury Rah Raftan Rouye Rail (Walking on the Rail), by Babak Shirinsefat, Iran; Laurent Capelluto for his performance in Fils unique (My Only Son), Miel van Hoogenbemt, Belgium and Piotr Niemyjski, director of photography, Lęk wysokości (Fear of Falling) by Bartosz Konopka, Poland
- Audience Award Un Cuento Chino (Chinese Take-Away), by Sebastián Borensztein, Argentina
- International Film Critics' Prize Le Vendeur (The Salesman), by Sébastien Pilote, Canada
- Ecumenical Film Prize Bein Hashmashot (Dusk), by Alon Zingman, Israel
- Recommendations of Cinema Owners Bein Hashmashot (Dusk), Alon Zingman, Israel; Elle ne pleure pas, elle chante (She's not crying, she's singing), Philippe de Pierpont, Belgium and Un Amor (One Love), Paula Hernández, Argentina
- Main Award of Mannheim-Heidelberg 10½, by Daniel Grou, Canada
- Rainer Werner Fassbinder Prize Xun huan zuo le (The High Life), by Zhao Dayong, China
- Special Award of the International Jury Siyah Beyaz (Black and White), by Ahmet Boyacioglu, Turkey
- Special Mention of the International Jury Act of Dishonour, by Nelofer Pazira, Canada and Alicia Vikander for her performance in Till det som är vackert (Pure), by Lisa Langseth, Sweden
- Audience Award Eva y Lola by Sabrina Farji, Argentina and Hold om mig (Hold me tight), by Kaspar Munk, Denmark
- International Film Critics' Prize awarded by the FIPRESCI Xun huan zuo le (The High Life), by Zhao Dayong, China
- Ecumenic Film Prize Hold om mig (Hold me tight), by Kaspar Munk, Denmark
- Recommendations of Cinema Owners Till det som är vackert (Pure), Lisa Langseth, Sweden; Win/Win, Jaap van Heusden, The Netherlands and Planes para manana, Juana Macías, Spain
- Main Award of Mannheim-Heidelberg Postia Pappi Jaakobille (Letters to Father Jacob), Klaus Härö, Finland
- Rainer Werner Fassbinder Prize Miss Kicki, Hakon Liu, Sweden
- Special Award of the International Jury Demsala Dawî: Sewaxan (The Last Season: Shawaks), Kazim Öz, Turkey
- Special Mention of the International Jury Jonathan Parker for (Untitled), USA and Séverine Cornamusaz for Coeur Animal (Animal Heart), Switzerland
- Audience Award Nurse.Fighter.Boy, Charles Officer, Canada
- International Film Critics' Prize Coeur Animal (Animal Heart), Séverine Cornamusaz, Switzerland
- Ecumenic Film Prize Coeur Animal (Animal Heart), Séverine Cornamusaz, Switzerland
- Recommendations of Cinema Owners Retorno a Hansala (Return to Hansala), Chus Gutiérrez, Spain; (Untitled), Jonathan Parker, USA and Nurse.Fighter.Boy, Charles Officer, Canada
- Main Award of Mannheim-Heidelberg' Lluvia (Rain), Paula Hernández, Argentina
- Rainer Werner Fassbinder Prize' Un roman policier (A Police Romance), Stéphanie Duvivier, France
- Special Award of the International Jury Másik Bolygó (Another Planet), Ferenc Moldoványi, Hungary
- Special Mention of the International Jury Isabelle Blais for outstanding performance in Borderline, Canada; Lee Chi Yuan for Luan Qing Chun (Beautiful Crazy), Taiwan and K. M. Madhusudhanan for Bioscope, India
- Audience Award Amanecer de un sueño (Awaking From a Dream), Freddy Mas Franqueza, Spain
- International Film Critics' Prize Borderline, Lyne Charlebois, Canada
- Ecumenic Film Prize Borderline, Lyne Charlebois, Canada
- Recommendations of Cinema Owners 14 kilometros (14 Kilometers), Gerardo Olivares, Spain; Borderline, Lyne Charlebois, Canada, Les murs porteurs (Cycles), Cyril Gelblat, France