Filmfestival Münster 2019 - The European festival in the heart of Westphalia

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National and nationalist tendencies in numerous European states are constantly putting the European idea to the test - also on a cultural level. Against this background, the Filmfestival Münster would like to set an example for a diverse, cooperative Europe: The main competitions and programmes of the 18th edition of the festival, which will take place from 18 to 22 September in the Schloßtheater Münster, are for the first time aimed at productions from all over Europe.

MÜNSTER - Until 1 June filmmakers could submit their short and long works for the European Short Film Competition and the European Feature Film Competition. The incredible number of 1,300 films has arrived at the festival organizer, Filmwerkstatt Münster, and must now be viewed and evaluated.

"We are overwhelmed by the response to our call for entries", said festival directors Risna Olthuis and Carsten Happe, "but we also have respect for the enormous task of finding the right mix for a coherent, entertaining and committed festival programme". Eight films will be invited to the European Feature Film Competition, which will give new impetus to European cinema and captivate audiences with their exceptional narrative style and visual language - this year for the first time exclusively debut films. Around 40 to 50 films will be selected for the traditional short film competition, which was opened to productions from all over Europe for the first time in 2019. They will be presented in six competition programmes. Expert juries and the audience award prizes worth a total of 9,000 euros.

The unique focus with films and guests from the Netherlands documents that Europe is above all also a community of neighbours. It has been making the Münster Film Festival unmistakable in the German festival landscape since 1999. This year the homage to the legendary cameraman Robby Müller, who shot with Jim Jarmusch, Wim Wenders and Lars von Trier and was guest of honour in Münster in 2015, will be continued. Robby Müller passed away in 2018. The documentary "Living the Light" about his life and work, which director Claire Pijman presented for the first time at the Venice Film Festival, will also be shown in Münster in September together with Robby Müller's wife.

The entries in the competition section "Westfalen Connection" come from even closer neighborhoods. Here, ambitious films between classical narrative cinema and experimental forms will be shown, which either thematize Münster and Westphalia, were produced by filmmakers from the region or were shot here. Submissions for the Westfalen Connection are still possible until 1 July. All genres and themes are welcome. The only restriction is that the films must have been made in 2018 or 2019 and must not be longer than 30 minutes. A separate jury will select the winner. A prize money of 500 euros will be donated by the Westfalen-Initiative based in Münster.