For our newest edition of exground filmfest, we have assembled an impressive program for you as always, featuring around 200 productions – an international cross section of the cream of the cinematic crop from the years 2018/2019, drawn from over 2,500 short and feature film submissions and our own research visits to a great number of other festivals. And the biggest compliment you could pay us for our unpaid efforts would be to show up in the greatest possible numbers to share in this cinematic journey around the world with us. Ease back into the comfy theatre seats at Caligari FilmBühne and Murnau-Filmtheater, or come out to our new festival location in the Marktkirche crypt, and join us for our opening party with Brazil’s DJ MAM at Schlachthof. Let yourselves be carried away to other worlds and cultures and experience audience favourites from other festivals, and take advantage of the opportunity to enter into dialogue with the over 100 film guests that are expected to attend the festival. All of the documentaries, fiction feature films and short film competitions at noon, 3 pm, 5:30 pm and 8 pm at Caligari FilmBühne, and some in the 10 pm slot, will be shown in German language versions or with German subtitles – the same goes for all of the feature-length films of this year’s Country Focus on Brazil at Murnau-Filmtheater. Some of the films from the Country Focus will also be shown in select cinemas in Darmstadt and Frankfurt am Main. Here we would like to especially thank all of our co-operation partners and Kulturfonds Frankfurt RheinMain – without their generous support, this comprehensive look at Brazilian cinema and society would not have been possible.
On the subject of quotas: 50% of all competition films were directed by women – and in the rest of the program the rate is even 60%! This is not the result of any instructions to the selection committee, but instead a seal of quality!
To pull off the Herculean task that is exground filmfest, it takes the combined efforts of myriad external staff members, interns and over 100 helpers during the festival. That’s why we would like to express our warmest thanks to all those who have helped to make the festival a reality. That also goes for all of our supporters, sponsors, partners and friends of the festival whose financial support has made it possible for us to even think of putting on exground filmfest 32. A special thanks goes to the State Capital of Wiesbaden, the Hessian Ministry for Higher Education, Research and the Arts and to HessenFilm und Medien GmbH.
We look forward to ten eventful days full of new (cinematic) experiences!
Your team from exground filmfest