We are proud to announce the Award winners of the 26th IFFI:

International Feature Fiction Competition for the Prize of the Province of Tyrol (5.500,- EURO): The Unseen, Perivi Katjavivi

International Documentary Competiton for the Prize of the Town Innsbruck (3.000,- EURO): Mirr, Mehdi Sahebi

Audience Award sponsored by Innsbruck Marketing (1.000,- EURO): Arreo, Nestor Tato Moreno

Südwind Prize (1.000,- EURO):
Wolf and Sheep, Shahrbanoo Sadat

Prize of the University of Innsbruck (400,- EURO): The Beast, Daina O. Pusic

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We are looking forward to today’s ROOF TOP CINEMA at 9 pm  at Hotel Nala. It is shown “66 Kinos” by Philipp Hartmann.

Important info: This event will take place even if it is raining!

Today, tomorrow and on Friday our Cinema Brunch takes place at 11am at Machete-Burrito Kartell (opposite of the Leokino). In a nice atmosphere, with coffee and cakes, we are going to talk about films with our international guests.

WED, 24. May: Cinema Brunch
Moderation: Alissa McCallum
Guests: Milos Radovic und Patricia Ramos

THU, 25. May: Cinema Next Brunch
Moderation: Dominik Tschütscher
Guests: Tereza Kotyk und Shahrbanoo Sadat

FRI, 26. May: Cinema Brunch
Moderation: Daniel Pöhacker
Guests: Khatuna Kahundaze und Medhi Sahebi

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Here’s a picture of yesterday’s pre-opening at the University of Innsbruck. It was shown the film BINTOU by Fanta Régina Nacro (also screening on WED, May 24th at 11:30 am Leokino 1 and at 8pm Cinematograph)

We proudly present this year’s award sculptures made by the tyrolian artist Alois Schild!

The sculptures are named “HOFFNUNGSVOLLE STRAHLENQUELLEN” and they symbolise the power, the meaning, the necessity and the importance of the film makers throughout the world, their destinies, their sufferings, their amours and their calls; the film makers who take us with them into their life…

Have you already seen our new and official festival trailer? 😀 Thanks to Lukas Ladner for the great video!

This year for the first time we are hosng a free filmscreening at the University of Innsbruck as a pre-opening-event of the IFFI- International Filmfestival. Students of Comparative Literature are organising this event as part of their course.

OPEN-AIR-FILMSCREENING: “BINTOU” by Fanta Régina Nacro (2011)

The event takes place from 3pm-10pm

Here you can find the official Facebook-Event. 

IFFI goes Great Britain! Our beautiful IFFI-posters went on a long journey this year and even made it to London! 😀

For all friends of Greece – here a Making-Of of the film “Worlds Apart” by the greek director Christopher Papakaliatis (2015).

The movie is shown May, 23rd, 9pm at Cinematograph.

Here the official trailer:

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At this year’s IFFI we are proud to present a special guest at our festival opening: Austrian Cellist Lukas Lauermann who is known for playing in bands like Soap&Skin, Donauwellenreiter, A Life A Song A Cigarette, Ritornell and iris electrum. At the festival opening (May, 23rd) he will hold a concert for us.

More information about this musician ist to be found on his official website.

Good to know: We have an offer for you from our mediapartner “Die Presse” – it’s possible to read this newspaper three weeks for free (print and online).

You can order “Die Presse” here.

“An extremely dark piece”

TOWN IN A LAKE (Original title: ‘Matangtubig’) by Jet Leyco (2015)

Town In A Lake deals with very real issues such as rampant political corruption and media sensationalism in the Philippines. Jet Leyco portrays small town life spectacularly and highlights how a small community deals with tragedy. A balance act between dream and nightmare!! Running in our Spotlights Section!

Rotterdam Filmfestival 2017 Voices

Here is an interview with director Jet Leyco that we found in an online blog on Philippine Independent Cinema.

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This year’s country focus lies on Kyrgyzstan, therefore the festival is going to present four movies made by Kirghiz directors:

  • CENTAUR by Aktan Arym-Kubat (2017)
  • DER ROTE APFEL by Tolomus Okeev (1975)
  • DER WEISSE DAMPFER by Bolotbek Samsiev (1976)
  • THE SKY OF OUR CHILDHOOD byTolomus Okeev (1966)

Additionally a short film special is included in the fesitval program!

“Cinema begins with D.W. Griffith and ends with Abbas Kiarostami”. – Jean-Luc Godard

Abbas Kiarostami was an important Iranian film director who passed in July 2016. Therefore this year the IFFI dedicates a hommage to Kiarostami in showing three of his masterpieces: “Through the Olive Trees”, “Life, and Nothing More” and “Certified Copy”.

Yesterday our freshly printed festival programs arrived!

We are proud to announce that the IFFI festival program 2017 is now officially online! We hope you enjoy our diverse films from all over the world.

In our International Documentary Competition you will see Mirr, directed by Mehdi Sahebi, whom we are glad to welcome to the 26th IFFI in Innsbruck.

The documentary depicts the story of Binchey, a traditional peasant farmer from Mondulkiri, who was expelled from his land – like hundreds of thousands of farmers in Cambodia. Together with Binchey and other villagers, film director Mehdi Sahebi stages the story of this confiscation of the land and its ramifications.

Einer der nie müde wird Filme zu machen, ist der Serbe Goran Paskaljevic, der heute seinen 70. Geburtstag feiert. Im letzten Jahr hat er den in Indien gedrehten Film „Dev Bhoomi“ (Land der Götter) beim größten amerikanischen Filmfestival in Toronto präsentiert.
Im Moment arbeitet er an einem Film über einen 8-jährigen syrischen Flüchtling, der in Italien von einer Frau adoptiert wird, die ihren Sohn verloren hat. „My name is Mohamed“ wird in der Nähe von Viterbo mit römischer Unterstützung gedreht.
Goran Paskaljevic, seit vielen Jahren Stammgast bei Innsbrucker Filmfestival, wurde mit dem Film „Das Pulverfass“ (1998) über die Gewalt in Serbien weltbekannt. Seine filmische Ausbildung erfuhr er in Prag, in der Zeit des Prager Frühlings, wo er auch Jiri Menzel, letztes Jahr beim Bozner Filmfest, dieses Jahr in Innsbruck Stargast, kennenlernte.
Was die beiden verbindet ist die humoristische herangehensweise an Filme, die sich politische Probleme zum Plot machen. Große Retrospektiven widmeten ihm das Museum of Modern Arts in New York und das British Film Institut.
Letztes Jahr organisierte das Austrian Film Archiv in Zusammenarbeit mit dem IFFI die erste große Schau im deutschen Sprachraum von Paskaljevics Filmen. Der Hauptdarsteller von „Das Pulverfass“ Lazar Ristovski ist Stargast des Internationalen Filmfestivals Ende Mai in Innsbruck, wo er seinen jüngsten Film „Train Driver’s Diary“ präsentieren wird. Paskaljevic lebt mit seiner Frau Christine in Paris.

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Train Driver’s Diary is a 2016 Serbian drama film directed by Miloš Radović, which we will show in this year’s International Feature Fiction Competition.

It is an honour to welcome no less than two internationally renowned personalities of the film in Innsbruck! Both the director Miloš Radović and the leading actor Lazar Ristovski will visit the IFFI in May!

In our International Feature Fiction Competition for the Prize of the Province of Tyrol worth 5.500€ we will show Viejo Calavera (Dark Skull), directed by Kiro Russo. The Bolivian film was set to premier at the Locarno Film Festival 2016 in Switzerland.

A strikingly authentic and atmospheric drama set among the often literally subterranean lives of workers in the tin mines of Bolivia!

Our team is more than delighted to welcome co-producer and cinematographer Pablo Paniagua as a guest at the IFFI in May!

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In our International Feature Fiction Competition 2017 you will see

ANIŞOARA

directed by Ana-Felicia Scutelnicu.

“…a clear-eyed, unsentimental, and verygently liberating homage to all the girls of timesgone by and all the girls of times to come… “(Jessica Kiang, Variety)

The Unseen, written and directed by Perivi John Katjavivi, looks to tell ‘The Unseen’ stories of post-colonial Namibia.

It is the story of three young people as they navigate spaces, both emotionally and physically, in modern day post-colonial Namibia – spaces that are normally ‘unseen’.

The film will be shown in our International Feature Fiction Competition. Curious about the director’s views and stories? Exclusively meet Perivi John Katjavivi in May at the IFFI!