International Filmfestival Mannheim-Heidelberg

The Mannheim-Heidelberg International Film Festival (German: Internationales Filmfestival Mannheim-Heidelberg), often referred to by the German-language initialism IFFMH, is an annual film festival established in 1952 hosted jointly by the cities of Mannheim and Heidelberg in Baden-Württemberg, the southwest region of Germany.

International Filmfestival
Mannheim-Heidelberg
Spielort Mannheim Stadthaus N1.jpg
Stadthaus N1 in Mannheim, the main festival venue, pictured here in 2014 for the 63th IFFMH
LocationMannheim and Heidelberg, Germany
Founded1952
AwardsInternational Newcomer Award Mannheim-Heidelberg
Artistic directorSascha Keilholz
Websiteiffmh.de

The festival focuses on arthouse and auteur cinema produced by international newcomer directors, and historically it served as a springboard for many experimental filmmakers from cinemas that have been overlooked by Western audiences. It is the second-oldest film festival in Germany, behind only the Berlinale. Originally held in Mannheim, since 1994 is co-hosted by Mannheim and Heidelberg, two neighboring cities which are less than 20 kilometers away from each other. The festival usually takes places in October or November.

The last edition, the 70th IFFMH, was held in November 2021, and the next edition is scheduled to take place on 17–27 November 2022.[1]

Festival profileEdit

The International Filmfestival Mannheim-Heidelberg is aimed at industry professionals as well as cinema enthusiasts, with about 300 professional participants and approximately 50,000 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 for the International Competition.

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 François Truffaut, Helke Sander, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Kalthoum Bornaz, Jim Jarmusch, Shelley Saywell, Atom Egoyan, Krzysztof Kieślowski , Bryan Singer, Guillaume Nicloux, Lou Ye, Rafi Pitts, Thomas Vinterberg, Derek Cianfrance, Luca Guadagnino and Rahmin Bahrani were first introduced to an international public at the festival.

Competition and awardsEdit

 
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.
  • Talent 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 Jury 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, and montage. Up to three special mentions can be awarded.
  • The International Film Critics Prize given by the FIPRESCI Jury for a film of the competition.
  • Prize of the Ecumenical Jury 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 AwardEdit

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

New Master of Cinema AwardEdit

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

List of award winnersEdit

2021Edit

  • Grand Newcomer Award Mannheim-Heidelberg Il Buco, Michelangelo Frammartino, Italy
  • Rainer Werner Fassbinder Award – Best Screenplay Zero Fucks Given, Julie Lecoustre and Emmanuel Marre, France/Belgium
  • Rainer Werner Fassbinder Award – Best Screenplay - Special Mention Haruhara-san's Recorder, Kyoshi Sugita, Japan
  • FIPRESCI International Film Critics' Prize The Sleeping Negro, Skinner Myers, USA
  • Prize of the Ecumenical Jury My Night, Antoinette Boulat, France/Belgium
  • Award of the Student Jury The First Fallen, Rodrigo de Oliveira, Brazil
  • Audience Award The First Fallen, Rodrigo de Oliveira, Brazil

2020Edit

  • Grand Newcomer Award Mannheim-Heidelberg My Mexican Breztel, Nuria Giménez Lorang, Spain
  • Rainer Werner Fassbinder Award – Best Screenplay Single Cycle, Zhang Qi, China
  • Rainer Werner Fassbinder Award – Best Screenplay - Special Mentions Come Closer, Saskia Walker and Ralf Walker, Germany; Beginning, Dea Kulumbegashvili, Georgia/France
  • FIPRESCI International Film Critics' Prize My Mexican Breztel, Nuria Giménez Lorang, Spain
  • Prize of the Ecumenical Jury Una promessa, Gianluca and Massimiliano De Serio, Italy/France/Belgium
  • Prize of Ecumenical Jury - Special Mention The Slaughterhouse, Abbas Amini, Iran
  • Award of the Student Jury Lorelei, Sabrina Doyle, USA
  • Award of the Student Jury - Special Mention Shithouse, Cooper Raiff, USA
  • Audience Award Lorelei, Sabrina Doyle, USA

2019Edit

  • Grand Newcomer Award Mannheim-Heidelberg (ex aequo) The Grizzlies, Miranda de Pencier, Canada; On The Roof, Jirí Mádl, Czech Republic
  • Talent Award Mannheim-Heidelberg Under the Turquoise Sky, KENTARO, Japan/Mongolia
  • Special Award Mannheim-Heidelberg End of Sentence, Elfar Adalsteins, Iceland/Ireland/USA
  • FIPRESCI International Film Critics' Prize Under the Turquoise Sky, KENTARO, Japan/Mongolia
  • Prize of the Ecumenical Jury Rona Azim's Mother, Jamshid Mahmoudi, Afghanistan/Iran
  • Special Mention of Mannheim-Heidelberg The Grizzlies, Miranda de Pencier, Canada
  • Recommendations of the Jury of Cinema Owners The Grizzlies, Miranda de Pencier, Canada; On The Roof, Jirí Mádl, Czech Republic; Good Morning Son, Sharon Bar Ziv, Israel

2018Edit

  • Grand Newcomer Award Mannheim-Heidelberg Orange Days, Arash Lahooti, Iran
  • Talent Award Mannheim-Heidelberg The Fireflies Are Gone, Sébastien Pilote, Canada
  • Special Award Mannheim-Heidelberg to the actor Christian Malheiros, Socrates, Brazil
  • Special Mention Mannheim-Heidelberg to the actress Vivian Wu, Dead Pigs, China
  • FIPRESCI International Film Critics' Prize Orange Days, Arash Lahooti, Iran
  • Audience Award (International Competition Newcomer Films) Tazzeka, Jean-Philippe Gaud, France/Morocco
  • Prize of the Ecumenical Jury Orange Days, Arash Lahooti, Iran
  • Recommendations of the Jury of Cinema Owners The Fireflies Are Gone, Sébastien Pilote, Canada; Tazzeka, Jean-Philippe Gaud, France/Morocco; Orange Days by Arash Lahooti, Iran

2017Edit

  • Grand Newcomer Award Mannheim-Heidelberg See you in Texas, Vito Palmieri, Italy
  • Special Newcomer Award Mannheim-Heidelberg Wailings in the forest, Bagane Fiola, The Philippines
  • Special Achievement Award Mannheim-Heidelberg to Sabit Kurmanbekov for the film Returnee, Kasachstan
  • Special Mention of Mannheim-Heidelberg to Alejandro Andujar for the film The Watchman, Dominican Republic
  • Special Mention of Mannheim-Heidelberg to Shady Srour for the screenplay to Holy Air, Israel
  • Special Mention of Mannheim-Heidelberg to Cezmi Baskin for the film Murtaza, Turkey
  • Audience Award (International Competition Newcomer Films) Life beyond me, Olivier Peyon, France/Uruguay
  • Audience Award (International Competition Newcomer Films) Zer, Kazim Öz, Turkey/Germany
  • FIPRESCI International Film Critics' Prize Zer, Kazim Öz, Turkey/Germany
  • Prize of the Ecumenical Jury Life beyond me, Olivier Peyon, France/Uruguay
  • Recommendation of the Jury of Cinema Owners Holy Air, Shady Srour, Israel, Origami, Patrick Demers, Canada, While we live, Mehdi Avaz, Denmark

2016Edit

  • Grand Newcomer Award Mannheim-Heidelberg Reseba- The Dark Wind, Hussain Hassan Ali, Irak, Germany
  • Special Newcomer Award Mannheim-Heidelberg Wedding Dance - Kasap Havasi, Cigdem Sezgin, Turkey
  • Special Achievement Award Mannheim-Heidelberg to the actress Rimma Zyubina The Nest of the Turtledove, Ukraine
  • Special Achievement Award Mannheim-Heidelberg to the actor Majid Potki Another Time, Iran
  • Special Mentions of Mannheim-Heidelberg Train Driver's Diary, Milos Radovic, Serbia
  • Audience Award (International Competition Newcomer Films) Train Driver's Diary, Milos Radovic, Serbia
  • Audience Award (International Competition Newcomer Films) Moon Dog, Philipp John, Ireland
  • FIPRESCI International Film Critics' Prize To keep the light Erica Fae, USA
  • Prize of the Ecumenical Jury The Nest of the Turtledove Taras Tkachenko, Ukraine
  • Recommendation of the Jury of Cinema Owners Calico Skies Valerio Esposito, USA, Moon Dogs, Philipp John, Ireland, Train Driver's Diary Milos Radovic, Serbia

2015Edit

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2010Edit

  • 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
  • FIPRESCI International Film Critics' Prize Xun huan zuo le (The High Life), by Zhao Dayong, China
  • Prize of the Ecumenical Jury Hold om mig (Hold me tight), by Kaspar Munk, Denmark
  • Recommendations of the Jury of Cinema Owners Till det som är vackert (Pure), Lisa Langseth, Sweden; Win/Win, Jaap van Heusden, The Netherlands; Planes para Mañana, Juana Macías, Spain

2009Edit

  • 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 ; Séverine Cornamusaz for Coeur Animal (Animal Heart), Switzerland
  • Audience Award Nurse.Fighter.Boy, Charles Officer, Canada
  • FIPRESCI International Film Critics' Prize Coeur Animal (Animal Heart), Séverine Cornamusaz, Switzerland
  • Prize of the Ecumenical Jury Coeur Animal (Animal Heart), Séverine Cornamusaz, Switzerland
  • Recommendations of the Jury of Cinema Owners Retorno a Hansala (Return to Hansala), Chus Gutiérrez, Spain; (Untitled), Jonathan Parker, USA; Nurse.Fighter.Boy, Charles Officer, Canada

2008Edit

  • 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; K. M. Madhusudhanan for Bioscope, India
  • Audience Award Amanecer de un sueño (Awaking From a Dream), Freddy Mas Franqueza, Spain
  • FIPRESCI International Film Critics' Prize Borderline, Lyne Charlebois, Canada
  • Prize of the Ecumenical Jury Borderline, Lyne Charlebois, Canada
  • Recommendations of the Jury of Cinema Owners 14 kilometros (14 Kilometers), Gerardo Olivares, Spain; Borderline, Lyne Charlebois, Canada; Les murs porteurs (Cycles), Cyril Gelblat, France

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Internationales Filmfestival Mannheim-Heidelberg". IFFMH. Retrieved 9 August 2022.

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