We invite young film makers not older than 27 years from all countries to submit their films (produced either alone or in groups). The age of the film maker in the year of production is decisive. Applicants may enter one or more works.


1. August 2019


We do not charge entry fee.

submission online: Please fill out the entry form. Please note: films by submitters residing in Germany take part in the competition for the award 'Deutscher Nachwuchsfilmpreis' (German Newcomer Prize).

All postage for all submissions of preview material to the Hannover Festival must be paid by the submitter. The postage for the return of films selected for showing at the festival will be paid by the festival. Preview copies will not be returned. All shipments from non European Union member states must be sent with a customs declaration on the packaging stating the following: 'For temporary, cultural purposes only - no commercial value'.


For preview: please send a web-link to download the MP4 file (s.a. Vimeo, DropBox, WeTransfer...) or a MP4 file on DVD. There are no limits to subject or duration. All works must have been completed after 1. January 2018. If the original language of the film is neither English or German, the preview copy should be subtitled in one of these two languages. Otherwise an English or German dialogue list should be enclosed.

All films will be viewed by an independent pre-selection jury which will then compose the festival's competition program, both for the German and the international competition.
The selection criteria do not emphasize technical perfection but originality, autonomy of the concept and how the concept has been translated into film.


The up-and-coming Int. Film Festival Hannover will only accept the submission of a film if the submitter is the holder of all usage rights to the film necessary for the submission and use of the film within the competition. up-and-coming  reserves the right to demand appropriate proof of these rights and to reject the submission upon failure to provide it.

jury and awards

During the festival the jury will award three films the German Newcomer Prize (Deutscher Nachwuchsfilmpreis) and three films the International Young Film Makers Award. These prizes are an initiative of the up-and-coming festival and are awarded as a film comet (glass sculpture).

All decisions by the pre-selection jury and the festival jury are final and may not be contested. Film makers whose entries have been selected for competition will be informed by email only. Therefore, please make sure to provide a valid email address with your submission.

accommodation service for festival visitors

An accommodation service for festival visitors will provide assistance in finding accommodation.



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