Lichter Filmfest Frankfurt International (14)


01 Jan 2021
Call for entries

31 Jan 2021
Festival closed

28 Apr 2021
Notification date

27 Apr 2021
02 May 2021


Leipziger Straße 9,  60487, Frankfurt am Main, Hesse, Germany

Festival description
Short film festival 20'<

Festival requirements
 Film festival
 Music Video
 Any Theme
 Does NOT have submission fees
 International Festival
 Online and Physical Location
 Production date: Any
 Production countries: Any
 Shooting countries: Any
 Director nationalities: Any
 Debut Films 
 School projects 
 Short Films  20'<
 Any language
 Any language
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Festival start: 27 April 2021      Festival end: 02 May 2021

The LICHTER Film Festival Frankfurt International is a celebration of and for film. Carried by a high-quality regional as well as international programme, it shines a light on the facets of film art that too often miss out in the everyday of cinema and television.

LICHTER was born from the local film scene. Founded in 2008 by a group of filmmakers and film fans, it has developed from an event for a few from a pledged community in a homemade cinema housed in a studio to an integral part of the (supra-)regional culture. The success proves the creators right. In 2017, LICHTER celebrated its 10th anniversary and proved once more how big the region’s need is to bring them, the audience, the creatives and guests from all over the world together.

The festival programme doesn’t just want to entertain. Every year, the curators make efforts in combining cinema and discourse. In addition to the regional short- and long film competitions, which give a space to the diverse filmmaking of the region, the international programme focuses on a theme that changes yearly. This theme captivates for more reasons than just its topicality, it also points toward socio-political questions to follow and continue debates outside of the film theatre. LICHTER already took on the themes “City”, “Revolution”, “Humour”, “Money”, “Truth”, “Chaos” and “Nature”. This year, the 13th edition of the festival revolves all around “Power”.

At the Intersection of Film and Other Artistic Disciplines
Following this, it seems even more important to search for and support intersections with other cultural institutions and artistic disciplines. The bridge between film, artistic means of expression and social dialogue makes LICHTER unique within German film festivals. Notable partners like the German Film museum or our partner cinema Mal Seh’n are not just venues, institutions such as the Cluster of Excellence Normative Orders of the Goethe University especially add to the content-related design of the extensive accompanying programme: In numerous workshops and discussions, we question the socio-political explosive force of the yearly theme in a number of different ways. Meanwhile, the LICHTER ART AWARD, launched in 2010, focuses closely on the field of video art and its current developments and directions on regional and international levels, while last-but-not-least the VR Storytelling Competition, first launched in 2017, dedicates itself to the varieties of alternative realities.

LICHTER Regional Short Film Award
LICHTER Regional Feature Film Award
LICHTER Audience Award
LICHTER VR Storytelling Award

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