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Oldenburg Film Festival

30th Oldenburg International Film Festival September 13 - 17, 2023 

Rated among the top 5 Film Festivals worldwide for Independent Films by American film critic Chris Gore in his esteemed 'Ultimate Film Festival Guide', and ranked  Top 25 Coolest Festivals in the World« by MovieMaker, Oldenburg has fostered its success with a strong commitment to innovative and independent filmmaking.

Labelled ‘the European Sundance’ by Variety, Hollywood Reporter, and Screen International, amongst others, Oldenburg has evolved while preserving its intimate atmosphere and founding purpose: to celebrate and support the diverse voices and visions of independent filmmakers, to honor the creativity of the artists upon which the Festival depends, and to create a unique experience and inspiring meeting place for filmmakers, audiences, and media professionals.

The only festival in the world to play films in jail and invite festival guests with inmates.



The Oldenburg International Film Festival presents closing night gala and more highlights

The 30th Edition of the Festival marks a special Closing Night Gala with the world premiere of "Uppercut." Torsten Ruether's cinematic creation emerges as the American remake of his German indie drama "Leberhaken," which opened at the International Film Festival Oldenburg two years ago. Starring Ving Rhames and Luise Großmann. Other highlights have been announced.       ...

World Premiere of Eva Hassmann's "Willie and Me" to Open the 30th Anniversary Edition of the Oldenburg International Film Festiv

30th Oldenburg International Film Festival  13. - 17. September 2023   The German-born, LA-based actress Eva Hassmann will open the 30th Edition of the Oldenburg International Film Festival with the World Premiere of her directorial debut. On screen, Eva Hassmann stars alongside country music icon Willie Nelson and New Hollywood legend Peter Bogdanovich in his final performance. An homage to the legendary country singer, whose songs and lyrics were the inspira...

The 27th Oldenburg International Film Festival will be hosting “Living Room Gala” Premieres from Sep 17th

World Premieres Dominate as Oldenburg Honors Discoveries Amidst Crisis while Hosting “Living Room Gala” Premieres and pays homage to film fans. The 27th Oldenburg International Film Festival announces first program highlights. This year's program features an record number of world premieres by exciting filmmakers. Highlights of this year’s program World premieres and debut films dominate the program of the 27th Oldenburg International Film Festival. Six world pr...

The World Premiere “Puppy Love” by Michael Maxxis to open the 27th Edition of the Oldenburg International Film Festival

Michael Maxxis' feature debut “Puppy Love” will open the 27th Edition of the Oldenburg International Film Festival. The Canadian drama starring Hopper Jack Penn and Paz de la Huerta will celebrate its world premiere in Oldenburg. The 27th Oldenburg International Film Festival opens with another world premiere in Official Competition. Canadian filmmaker Michael Maxxis will be coming to Oldenburg with his feature debut “Puppy Love” and will celebrate the world...

The 27th Oldenburg International Film Festival announces first program highlights.

 27th Oldenburg International Film Festival September 16 - 20, 2020   World Premieres Dominate as Oldenburg Honors Discoveries Amidst Crisis while Hosting “Living Room Gala” Premieres and pays homage to film fans.  This year's program features an record number of world premieres by exciting filmmakers. First highlights of this year's program World premieres and debut films dominate the program of the 27th Oldenburg International Fi...

27th Oldenburg International Film Festival will run 16 – 20 September 2020

Oldenburg teams up with Pantaflix for a virtual festival segment, while the Film Festival comes home to film fans with a series of Living Room Gala premieres. Virtual, real, and emotional – the 27th edition of the Festival expands its discovery platform for young indie filmmakers with an ambitious digital segment, to be experienced by audiences digitally worldwide in addition to physical screenings in cinemas in Oldenburg. In alliance with current challenges, restrictions, ...

Jan-Ole Gerster opens Oldenburg International Film Festival for the second time, with Corinna Harfouch starring as »Lara«

Jan-Ole Gerster‘s breakout debut »A Coffee in Berlin« was the Opening Night film of the Oldenburg International Film Festival in 2012 – garnering him his first Best Film Award as it swept all awards, including Tom Schilling for Best Actor. He returns with his follow-up »Lara«, which will open this year’s festival. It’s been seven years since the atmospheric, black-and-white indie film »A Coffee in Berlin« created quite ...

The Oldenburg International Film Festival honors Burkhard Driest with a Tribute

The Oldenburg International Film Festival honors author, filmmaker and actor Burkhard Driest and is looking forward to an exceptional artist whose body of work was comprised of cinematic twists and turns Burkhard Driest is a hedonistic jack-of-all-trades: »One can study law during the day, but at night go over to the other side to learn all about it, too. One does not have to limit oneself to the ex-istence of a dour juror.« May 1965, at the age of 26, he ro...

Bella Thorne joins line-up, as First Features & Bold Cinema Dominate the 26th Edition of the Oldenburg Fest

  The actress, director, and LGBTQ activist will present the World Premiere of her latest directorial work, as two new Awards are added to honor Independent filmmakers     World Premiere by Bella Thorne The 21-year-old filmmaker made her screen debut at age six, and has since risen to global stardom. Attending Oldenburg to present the world premiere of her latest directorial work,“Him &Her”– a short film exploring the dynamics of dominance –s...

Interview - "Is That You?" director Rudy Riverón Sánchez, Gabriela Ramos and Jorge Enrique Caballero

(Rudy Riverón Sánchez, Gabriela Ramos and Tania Gomez on day 2 of the festival, photo courtesy of Christian Scholz / Oldenburg Filmfest) By LINDSAY R. BELLINGER   Cuban culture is often portrayed as exotic and vibrant, filled with lively music and sun-kissed faces. If you were to walk into a screening of "Is That You?" (¿Eres tú, papá?) expecting a happy-go-lucky experience you'd be sorely mistaken. Cuba has finally become the...

Don't Tell Me You Can't Sing - international premiere of Sabine Timoteo's debut film

(Still from "Don't Tell Me You Can't Sing". Courtesy of Filmfest Oldenburg) By LINDSAY R. BELLINGER   Sabine Timoteo is a well-known actress in her native Switzerland. She also co-wrote the Philip Gröning film "Mein Bruder heißt Robert und ist ein Idiot" (My Brother's Name is Robert and He is an Idiot), which premiered in competition at Berlinale this year. This time she wears the director's hat for an avant-garde film that starts ou...

Review of Petrus Cariry's poetic film The Boat (O Barco) - European premiere

  Still from "The Boat" (Photo courtesy of Filmfest Oldenburg) By LINDSAY R. BELLINGER   "Almost nothing comes through the sea and almost nothing leaves." These lines begin Petrus Cariry's exquisite film "The Boat" (O Barco). Set in a far-flung fishing community in Brazil, the ferocious waves speak before any images even grace the screen. So begins this curious fable. Ana (Samya De Lavor), a mysterious woman washes ashore shortly bef...

King of Beasts world premiere - An interview with documentary filmmaker Tomer Almagor

(Photo courtesy of Christian Scholz / Filmfest Oldenburg)   By LINDSAY R. BELLINGER    ...

Interview with Torsten Neumann about the last 25 years as Oldenburg festival director

By LINDSAY R. BELLINGER   There was a long wait, but I finally got a chance to sit down with Oldenburg Film Festival director Torsten Neumann to discuss the 25th year of this very special film festival, what one of the director's described as "punk rock" or a "punch to the face", but in a good way. It was such a treat to sit down and discuss films with someone whose passion about films oozes from his pores.     Torsten Neumann pre...

VIDEO - Torsten Neumann is Dr No - from FECTRE (Film Festival Executive Comedy Thriller Revenge and Exploitation)

  FROM OLDENBURG WITH LOVE - 25. Internationales Filmfest Oldenburg 2018 from Filmfest Oldenburg on Vimeo.   The super trailer for Oldenburg has been Produced & Directed by Torsten Neumann and Deborah Kara Unger ...

Award winners of the 25th Oldenburg International Film Festival and Closing Statement

      The 25th edition started with several premieres: on Wednesday the opening gala for the first time took place in the congress center. With the European premiere of Sarik Andreasyan‘s  “Unforgiven”, it was also the first time that a film from outside of Germany opened the festival. Numerous stars on the red carpet being cheered by hundreds off and also provided a great kickoff.   Not blockbusters or mainstream productions, but ambitious and ...

VIDEO - A Tribute to Piers Handling

The 2018 Toronto International Film Festival is Piers Handling’s 37th as a key member of the TIFF team — and his 25th at the helm. It is also his last: Piers will retire this fall, turning his expertise to future projects following one final TIFF Cinematheque series, The Great War on Film, which marks the centenary of the WWI Armistice. Piers joined the Festival as a programmer in 1982, and later served as Artistic Director for seven years before becoming Director & CEO in 1994...

AMBIANCE - The Oldenburg Festival Photo Gallery

Well deserved rest for the team after a stunning 25th anniversary edition of the festival. more pictures ...

VIDEO - Oldenburg Tributes to Bruce Robinson and Keith Carradine

The Festival Gala at the 25th Oldenburg International Film Festival: Presenting the Awards to the Tribute and Retrospective Honorees Keith Carradine and Bruce Robinson; followed by the screening of Tomer Almagor's documentary "King of Beasts". Tributes to Bruce Robinson and Keith Carradine ...

Party at the Railway Station

Torsten Neumann does it all...even being the DJ for the party on Saturday after the Tribute Awards. ...

VIDEO - Visit to JVA Oldenburg Jail with festival guests

This festival is the only festival in the world to play films in jail and invite festival guests to watch a film with inmates. ...

VIDEO - Interview / no Interview with Keith Carradine in Oldenbburg

The bubblegum machine gets the chance to have a chat with Keith Carradine in the Festival TV #nointerview by SCHWARZSEHER. The actor has be honoured with a star on the Oldenburg Walk of Fame and with a tribute for his formidable screen presence in films such as "Nashville" (Robert Altmann), "Pretty Baby" (Louis Malle) and the series "Dexter".   ...

"Unforgiven" Opening Film at Oldenburg: An Interview with the Filmmakers

    By LINDSAY R. BELLINGER   In cooperation with Nordwest Zeitung this article also appeared on their website: http://,2,2016854326.html   "Unforgiven", the new film from Armenian-Russian director Sarik Andreasyan was the the opening film of Oldenburg International Film Festival this year. We had a packed house for this aff...


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