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The International Film Festival Mannheim Heidelberg (IFFMH) is a film festival with a focus on discovering newcomers, celebrating innovation and setting new trends in the film industry. The first to third fictional feature films of young and upcoming talents from all over the world compete in the section ON THE RISE for the International Newcomer Award, the Best Script Award, the FIPRESCI Award, the Ecumenical Award, the Award of the Student Jury and an Audience Award. The minimum length of the submitted films is 61 minutes.

The 69th edition of the festival is scheduled to take place from November 12th to November 22nd, 2020.

Films can only be submitted for the competitive section ON THE RISE. The films must have their German premiere at the IFFMH. The festival gives priority to European and/or international premieres. The world premieres of the submitted films must have taken place after September 19th, 2019.

Submissions are open from May 1st, 2020, 0:00 am (CET) until July 15th, 2020, 11:59 pm (CET).

No Fee for 2020: Filmmakers and festivals are currently facing an unusual amount of uncertainty and particularly strenuous work processes due to the pandemic SARS-CoV-2 and the consequent health and safety regulations established in various countries and regions. At this time it is impossible to predict how the screening process for the 69th IFFMH's film programme will develop and whether we will be able to complete it. As a consequence and sign of solidarity in these uncertain times we have decided to waive all entry fees for the current call.

If you have any questions regarding the submission process, please contact Felix Rieger (Coordination Programme & Acquisitions) at


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