Münster Film Festival 2021 // September 16 to 26 in the Schloßtheater

The Münster Film Festival cooperates with the Provincial Film Days and the Africa Film Festival Cologne.

Film fans in Münster can look forward to an extensive festival in September at the Schloßtheater: three festivals have joined forces to offer film art, discussions and premieres from the region, Europe and Africa.

Before the 19th edition of the Münster Film Festival opens on September 18, the “Provincial Film Days,” organized by Filmservice Münster.Land and Die Linse e.V., will highlight equal opportunities for filmmakers and the potential of web series with film screenings and panel discussions on the evenings of September 16 and 17.

This year, the Münster Film Festival is extended to nine days and shows short and long films from the region, Germany and all over Europe in three competitions and numerous supporting programs from September 18 to 26. The focus is on up-and-coming films and exciting discoveries away from the mainstream. The festival is dedicated to the future of cinema on various levels: a symposium will highlight perspectives for the continuation and renewal of the cinema and festival experience, and youth and young adults are also invited to actively participate in the festival.

But there will also be a look back, because in 2021 the Filmwerkstatt and the Filmfestival Münster (in the early days still called “Filmzwerge”) will be 40 years old. An anniversary program with award-winning short films from 19 festival editions that have taken place in Münster since 1981 recalls the eventful history of the festival and also offers a journey through time in which the themes and aesthetics that moved young filmmakers in their respective times and brought them to expression become visible.

In cooperation with the Münster Film Festival, Die Linse e.V. is also showing a selection of the program from the Africa Film Festival Cologne from September 20 to 26 in the Schloßtheater. With feature films and documentaries, short film programs as well as film discussions with the directors, an impression of an extremely diverse film culture is conveyed, which is still seen far too rarely in this country.

The Münster Film Festival is sponsored by the Ministry of Culture and Science of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia, the City of Münster and the Cultural Foundation of the Sparkasse Münster.

We would like to thank the Ministry of Culture and Science, which this year compensated for a funding gap at short notice through a generous special grant. Special thanks go to the staff at the Ministry, the State Chancellery and the representatives from state politics (including Thomas Nückel and Oliver Keymis), who have stood up for the interests of the film festival in this context.