Festival 2020

(Photo: Julia Reschucha)

We have had to wait for this moment for a long time! I am delighted to be able announce that the Festival will now take place in Cologne from 9 to 13 September!

Allow yourself to be inspired by the films and conversations on our thematic focus: After Reunification 1990|2020, meet strong and remarkable women in our queer desired! programme and find out who this year's award winners are. We look forward to welcoming you at our Festival cinemas: Filmforum NRW in Museum Ludwig, Odeon-Lichtspieltheater, Filmpalette, the main auditorium of KHM (Academy of Media Arts Cologne) and Filmpalast. A wide selection of films will also be screened again this year at Dortmund's Schauburg cinema.

One of the #consequences of corona is that the official Festival opening ceremony and award ceremony will take place on the same evening. We will begin on 9 September with the German première of Ines Johnson-Spain's documentary Becoming Black. Director Ines Johnson-Spain reconstructs her own family history: How can a person of colour be the child of white parents? In this self-portrait, she cleverly tells a previously untold chapter of German history. Becoming Black film is also a central film in this year's Festival Focus.

The prizes in the four competitions International Debut Feature Film Competition, National Competition for Women Directors of Photography, and the new competition Shoot – Award for Female Artists of the Academy of Media Arts Cologne and the ECFA Short Film Award – were selected by a jury in advance as a result of the pandemic. We will present the prizes on the opening evening and screen the award-winning films in the course of the four-day festival programme.

Details of the final Festival programme will be announced at the beginning of August.

- Dr. Maxa Zoller, Festival Director