Some travelers head to Hamburg for the romantic, winding canals, and maritime bliss. Others come to see what lies inside ‘the gateway to the world,’ a token label once given to Germany’s second-largest city.
Then there are those who flock to Filmfest Hamburg, a prestigious festival in its 25th year, which highlights national and international films across ten permanent and multiple annually-changing categories.
Aside from taking place in one of the most beautiful city’s in the world, Filmfest Hamburg has become a household name for its star-packed premieres, elevated arthouse cinema, and cutting-edge mainstream films.
Hamburg Film Festival genuinely is for ordinary folk. For ten days every autumn, around 140 German and international feature films and documentaries are screened in ten locations and seen by over 40,000 fans. All are world, European or German premieres, and most are introduced by the film makers themselves, Q&A included.
What’s more? The festival’s namesakes include Academy Award winners such as Jodie Foster, Clint Eastwood, Christoph Waltz and Tilda Swinton, as well as directors such as Wim Wenders, Fatih Akin, Andreas Dresen and Tom Tykwer.
So navigate the Filmfest Hamburg scene with your eyes wide open. You never know who you might see, especially for less than 10 euros a screening. Additional ticket and programming information is available online.