International Filmfestival Mannheim-Heidelberg

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International Filmfestival Mannheim-Heidelberg
Spielort Mannheim Stadthaus N1.jpg
Stadthaus N1, Mannheim
Location Mannheim and Heidelberg, Germany
Founded 1952
Awards Grand Newcomer Award Mannheim-Heidelberg/New Creators Award Mannheim-Heidelberg
Website www.iffmh.de


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.

The festival presents arthouse films of international newcomer directors. It is the second-oldest film festival in Germany (the oldest being Berlin). Since 1994 it has been held jointly by the cities of Mannheim and Heidelberg. The festival takes place annually around October.[1]

Festival profile[edit]

The International Filmfestival Mannheim-Heidelberg is aimed at industry professionals as well as cinema enthusiasts, with over 500 professional participants and approximately 60,000 visitors each year, it is one of the largest film festivals in Germany. After several screenings there are public panel discussions with the film's representatives (e. g. directors, actors or producers).

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 the MANNHEIM MEETING PLACE was launched. The project succeeds the Festival's former co-production market MANNHEIM MEETINGS, focusing on the improvement of marketing opportunities of completed film projects. However, co-production meetings will still take place.

During the history of the festival, feature films by 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[edit]

The main award of the International Filmfestival Mannheim-Heidelberg
  • Grand Newcomer Award Mannheim-Heidelberg for the best fiction feature film with a minimum length of 70 minutes.
  • Special Newcomer Award Mannheim-Heidelberg for the best unconventionally narrated feature film with a minimum length of 70 minutes. The prize can not be awarded ex aequo.
  • Special Achievement Award of Mannheim-Heidelberg for a film with the minimum length of 70 minutes, or for an extraordinary performance as actor, writer, director etc. This prize can be awarded twice if required.
  • Special Mentions of Mannheim-Heidelberg for a memorial film or special achievements like acting, photography, music, montage,etc. Up to three Special Mentions can be awarded.
  • New Creators Award Mannheim-Heidelberg since 2015, for the best creative and intelligent serial drama, which has not been broadcast.
  • The International Film Critics Prize given by the FIPRESCI Jury for a film of the competition.
  • The Ecumenic Film Prize given by the Ecumenical Jury for a film of the competition.
  • Audience Award of Mannheim-Heidelberg for the film most liked by the Festival audience, regardless of genre and length.
  • Recommendations of the Jury of Cinema Owners for a film of the competition which should be released theatrically in Germany.

Master of Cinema Award[edit]

In addition, since 1998 in sporadic intervals, the honorary Master of Cinema Award is issued to outstanding cineastic artist:

New Master of Cinema Award[edit]

In addition, since 2013, the honorary New Master of Cinema Award is issued:

List of award winners[edit]

2014[edit]

2013[edit]

  • Newcomer of the Year - Main Award of Mannheim-Heidelberg Melaza (Molasses), Carlos Lechuga, Cuba, France, Panama
  • Special Award of Mannheim-Heidelberg Madariinid (Tangerines), Zaza Urushadze, Estonia, Georgia
  • Special Award of the International Jury Før Snøen Faller Before Snowfall, Hisham Zaman, Norway, Germany, Iraq
  • Special Award of the International Jury Ghaedeye Tasadof (Bending the Rules), Behnam Behzadi, Iran
  • Special Mention of the International Jury De Nieuwe Wereld (The New World), Jaap van Heusden, Netherlands
  • Audience Award Mandariinid (Tangerines), Zaza Urushadze, Estonia, Georgia
  • International Film Critics' Prize Drift Benny Vandendrissche, Belgium
  • Prize of the Ecumenical Jury Hemma (Home) Maximilian Hult, Sweden/Iceland
  • Recommendation of the Cinema Owners Razredni sovražnik (Class Enemy) Rok Biček, Slowenia, Mandariinid (Tangerines) Zaza Urushadze, Estonia, Georgia & Cyanure (Cyanide) Séverine Cornamusaz, Switzerland, Canada

2012[edit]

  • 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.

2011[edit]

2010[edit]

  • 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

2009[edit]

  • 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

2008[edit]

  • 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

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