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31st FILMKUNSTFEST MV is postponed to late summer 2022!

Due to the pandemic, the 31st edition of the Schwerin Film Festival will take place from 30th August to 4th September 2022.

The 31st FILMKUNSTFEST MV, like last year’s anniversary edition, will take place at the Filmpalast Capitol Cinema and other venues, giving filmmakers and spectators the opportunity to meet in person and exchange ideas. Open-air performances with highlights from the overall programme are also planned in the courtyard of the famous Schwerin Castle, which were among the most visited events of the 30th edition of the festival.

“Our visitors, partners and sponsors can look forward to the usual high-quality and varied program at the end of August", says the Managing Director of FILMLAND MV gGmbH and Artistic Director of the Festival, Volker Kufahl.

The deadline for film submissions has also changed accordingly and is now 26th of June 2022 (directly possible on the FILMLAND MV homepage).

LEO – the award for Children and Young Audiences

In collaboration with the capital city of Mecklenburg-West Pomerania of Schwerin and the Evangelical youth organisation, FILMKUNSTFEST MV puts on the children and young audiences film competition to promote integration and participation. Children and young people from immigrant backgrounds and socially disadvantaged families are afforded the opportunity to see the films in the competition at reduced prices and outside the festival cinema. The City of Schwerin provides funds for that purpose and endows the LEO award for the children and young audience film competition with 2,500 euros in prize money.

"Cinema is an appealing recreational activity for young people of all social and ethnic backgrounds and successfully contributes to participation and integration in our society," says the artistic director of the festival Volker Kufahl.

Youth jury decides

Young people of various backgrounds decide which competition entry will receive this coveted award. Olaf Hagen of protestant youth organisation Sozial-Diakonische Arbeit – Evangelische Jugend in Schwerin prepares them for and accompanies them as they complete this task.