16. up-and-coming Int. Film Festival Hannover

November 22 — 28, 2021

Out into the world!

This year there is a special online edition of the festival because of the pandemic. As we invited the filmtalents to Hanover in the past years, we now go out to visit them at their homes – virtually.

Our new features: we will stream the selected films from safe servers that you can only access with a personal registration. We will set up a festival studio in Hanover. There all festival contributions will be produced and broadcasted live by our team members and hosts. From there we will have live-talks with filmmakers. We will be able to get a glimpse of their world, their country and virtually connect them with other filmmakers. We will also have live talks with experts and the jury will be present to watch the whole program.

If the situation permits, we will have a award show live in Hanover at the end. We will invite the winning filmmakers to join digitally and show them on big screens. The whole show will be streamed internationally.

We will do everything in our power to create a warm and familiar atmosphere at the festival. And in 2023 we will hopefully have the next edition of the festival hopefully again live and in person in Hanover.


Deadline for applications: 1st of August 2021

The submission portal is open. For the next up-and-coming International Film Festival in November 2021, films of all genres and lengths can be entered for the competition. up-and-coming is a doscovery festival, a place to meet and a springboard for young talents up to the age of 27 years from Germany and all over the world.

The festival wants to show works that are imaginative, unusual, humorous, provocative and individual. The selection does not focus on technical perfection, but rather on originality and independence of the idea and its cinematic implementation.

Three important facts for the application:

  • We invite young directors not older than 27 years from all countries to submit their films (produced either alone or in groups). The age of the director in the year of production is decisive.
  • All works must have been completed after 1st of september 2019.
  • The participant guarantees that by using the film in the context of the up-and-coming Int. Film Festival Hannover 2021, no rights of third parties (picture, sound and music), including persons depicted in the film, are infringed.

You can find the exact rules with further information on the submission and the awards here.



Int. Film Festival Hannover
Postfach 19 67
D-30019 Hannover