Hof International Film Festival is one of the important German festivals – for many, HOF, with its festival director Heinz Badewitz, is the most important springboard of the German film industry. Not for nothing did Wim Wenders coin the term “Home of Films” as a synonym for the Hof Film Festival. The festival shows around 100 – 120 films every year in the autumn and thus reflects the new international and national productions. With approximately 30,000 visitors in six days, Hof Film Festival achieves success with the public and the film industry every year.
The history of Hof Film FestivalIn 1967, Hof Film Festival took place for the first time, with a two and a half hour short film programme in the Regina Cinema. “Because I come from Hof, I knew a cinema operator there, and he provided us with a hall,” says festival director Heinz Badewitz. Just a year later, in 1968, the film festival was extended to three days and international films were included. From 1976, the film festival took place on three screens in the Central Theatre and also showed a retrospective for the first time with a guest, the American director Brian de Palma. In 1999, an additional screen was added to the venues; the Scala cinema was added. Since then, all the local cinema operators in the town of Hof have been involved in the festival. Since 2006, Hof has been a meeting point for filmmakers and the public for six days, instead of five.
The objective of the Hof Film Festival was, right from the start, that the festival would form a platform for directors to show their films, without prizes, without a jury; a meeting point for filmmakers to bring their latest films directly to the public, and a forum for young German film, in particular. Nevertheless, there are now some prizes; the “Award of the City of Hof”, the “German Cinema New Talent Award”, the “Eastman Award for New Talents” and the “Award for the Best Setting and Costume”.
Dates for 2019:
- 22nd to 27th October