AG Filmfestival

At their first meeting on July 4 2019, in Kassel, Germany, more than 60 German film festivals joined forces to found a film festival association (AG Filmfestival). The aim of the association is to network with each other, to create better conditions for film festivals in Germany and, together with filmmakers and other associations, to strengthen and promote film culture. The founding members include the largest and oldest film festivals in Germany, and festivals from all regions and sectors.

Film festivals are at the beginning of the film exploitation chain; they define themselves both as part of the film industry and of the cultural practice of cinema and its mediation. In Germany alone there are around 400 film festivals, worldwide there are several thousand. In terms of scope and impact, German film festivals represent a substantial factor in the commercial viability of German films in the cinema, and their share in the theatrical promotion of German productions will increase further in the coming years. In contrast to the dwindling number of cinema-goers, film festivals are experiencing a steady increase in demand. Film festivals play a central role in the efforts to make the theatrical exploitation of German films more attractive.

In a statement on the amendment of the Filmfoerderungsgesetz (FFG – German Film Promotion Act), the AG Filmfestival demands: “The amendment of the FFG must answer the question of how cinemas can be upgraded as a viewing and promotion location for films and what significance cinemas should have in the future spectrum of commercial viability contexts. Moreover, film festivals make a considerable contribution to the social upgrading of cinema spaces. As a result, cinemas also profit indirectly through cinema awards from the realisation of film festivals. However, in the amendment of the Filmfoerderungsgesetz the festivals’ voices have so far not been heard at all. In future, film festivals must be given greater consideration in the FFG, even when their viewpoint has many points of contact with the producers and cinema operators”. (Quote Preamble Statement AG Filmfestival)


AG Filmfestival (dated 10 August 2022):

20minmax Internationales Kurzfilmfestival Ingolstadt

abgedreht! – Hamburgs junger Film

achtung berlin – new berlin film award

Afrika Film Festival Köln

AFRIKAMERA – Zeitgenössisches Kino aus Afrika

Ake Dikhea Roma Filmfestival

Around The World in 14 Films Festival

Berlin Feminist Film Week

Berlin Lesbian Non-Binary Filmfest (BLN)

Biberacher Filmfestspiele

Biennale Bavaria – Festival des neuen Heimatfilms

blicke.filmfestival des ruhrgebiets

Braunschweig International Film Festival


Bundesfestival junger Film

cinefest – Internationales Festival des deutschen Film-Erbes

CINEMARE Internationales Meeresfilmfestival Kiel

Darßer NaturfilmFestival – Verleihung Deutscher NaturfilmPreis

der NEUE HEIMAT film

Deutsches Kinder Medien Festival Goldener Spatz

DOK Leipzig

DOK.fest München

dokKa – das Dokumentarfestival

Dokville Branchentreff


Duisburger Filmwoche / doxs! dokumentarfilme für kinder und jugendliche

Essener Video Rodeo


European Media Art Festival, Osnabrück

exground filmfest

Favourites Film Festival

Festival des deutschen Films Ludwigshafen am Rhein

Filmfest Bremen

FILMFEST DRESDEN – International Short Film Festival



FilmFestival Cottbus

Filmfestival Max Ophüls Preis

Filmfestival Münster

Filmfestival Türkei Deutschland


Filmkunstwochen München

Filmplus – Festival für Filmschnitt und Montagekunst

Filmschau Baden-Württemberg

FILMZ – Festival des deutschen Kinos


FiSH Filmfestival im StadtHafen Rostock

Filmfest FrauenWelten

Französische Filmtage Tübingen | Stuttgart

Freiburger Filmforum – Festival of Transcultural Cinema


Furora Film Festival

GENRENALE – Das Forum des Deutschen Genrefilms

German International Ethnographic Film Festival

goEast – Festival des mittel- und osteuropäischen Films

GREEN SCREEN – Internationales Naturfilmfestival Eckernförde

Human Rights Film Festival Berlin

INDEPENDENT DAYS|Internationale Filmfestspiele Karlsruhe

Indisches Film Festival Stuttgart

interfilm – international short film festival Berlin

International Short Film Festival Detmold

International Uranium Film Festival (IUFF) Berlin

Internationale Filmfestspiele Berlin

Internationale Hofer Filmtage

Internationale Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen

Internationale Kurzfilmwoche Regensburg

Internationales Filmfest Emden-Norderney

International Filmfestival Cologne

Internationales Filmfest Oldenburg

Internationales Filmfestival Mannheim-Heidelberg

Internationales Frauenfilmfestival Dortmund / Köln

Internationales Kurzfilmfestival Landau – La.Meko

Internationales Nürnberger Filmfestival der Menschenrechte

Internationales Trickfilm-Festival Stuttgart

Internationales Trickfilmfestival Wiesbaden

Jetzt oder Nie Filmtage Friedrichshafen

Jüdisches Filmfestival Berlin & Brandenburg

Jugendfilmpreis Baden-Württemberg

Kasseler Dokumentarfilm- und Videofest


Kinofest Lünen

Kölner Kinderfilmfest CINEPÄNZ

Kurzfilm Festival Hamburg

Kurzfilmfestival Köln

Landshuter Kurzfilmfestival

LICHTER Filmfest Frankfurt International

LUCAS – Internationales Festival für junge Filmfans


MOVE IT! Filmfestival für Menschenrechte und Entwicklung

moving history – Festival des historischen Films

Musikfilmtage Oberaudorf

NaturVision Filmfestival

Neiße Filmfestival

Nippon Connection – Japanisches Filmfestival

Nordische Filmtage Lübeck

Open Air Filmfest Weiterstadt

OpenEyes Filmfest Marburg

Obscura Filmfestival

Orscheler Filmfest

QUEER Filmfest Weiterstadt

Remake. Frankfurter Frauen Film Tage

SCHLINGEL – Internationales Filmfestival für Kinder und junges Publikum


Seriencamp Festival & Conference

SoundTrack Cologne

Soundwatch Music Film Festival Berlin

Studierenden Film Festival Sehsüchte

Stummfilmfestival Karlsruhe

Stuttgarter Filmwinter

styxX – queer short film festival


SWR Doku Festival

Unabhängiges FilmFest Osnabrück

UNDERDOX dokument & experiment

up-and-coming Internationales Film Festival Hannover

Werkleitz Festival

Werkstatt der Jungen Filmszene

Woche der Kritik

XPOSED International Queer Film Festival Berlin

ZEBRA Poetry Film Festival