Founded in 1986, the filmfest is the oldest festival in Lower Saxony, Germany. Started by a handful of cinema enthusiasts it has developed into an audience festival for 25,000 visitors. Around 280 film industry professionals – filmmakers, actors, producers, composers, press – attend the festival to see about 170 full-length and short films on six screens. Since 2009 the festival operates its own cinema, the UNIVERSUM Filmtheater, with two screens for 87 and 207 seats.
Young European cinema of the highest standard is one of the trademarks of Braunschweig Int’l filmfest. “Music & Film” is Braunschweig’s second focal point, drawing attention to the sound of the moving images. International premières, cinéma d’auteurs, film concerts, retrospectives, tributes and four awards round off the filmfest’s profile, giving the audience and the press ample scope for new discoveries.
Braunschweig Int’l filmfest devotes itself to a long neglected aspect of cinema history and culture: the close relationship between film and music. Since 2002 we have invited famous film composers to present a selection of their films and talk about their work in a music master class. In cooperation with the Braunschweig State Orchestra, one of the oldest orchestras of the world, filmfest also showcases film concerts with new compositions.
With the European Actors Award »THE EUROPA« Braunschweig International Film Festival honors an actress or actor for his or her outstanding artistic performances and contribution to European film culture. In addition to the prize money of 15.000 Euros donated by main sponsor Volkswagen Financial Services AG, a bronze statue called EUROPA, will be awarded.
Authentic historic sights and old quarters, post-modern architecture, a rich cultural heritage, urban charm and expansive parks and natural landscapes – Braunschweig, the city of “Henry the Lion” and home of 257.000 inhabitants, unites the past and the future, the historic and the visionary, the traditional and the innovative.
Writer Wilhelm Raabe, composer Louis Spohr and mathematician Friedrich Gauß lived here and through them art, science and esprit developed. Braunschweig is home to the Herzog Anton Ulrich-Museum, the first public museum to open in Germany in 1754. Lessing’s “Emilia Galotti” premiered in 1772 as did Goethe’s “Faust I” in 1829. Since 1963 Lower Saxony’s only university for fine arts is located in Braunschweig.