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Non-competitive movie sections

The non-competitive movie sections of the FILMKUNSTFEST Mecklenburg-Vorpommern are:

  • Guest Country,
  • Focus Baltic Sea,
  • NDR Special,
  • 'gedreht in MV' (made in Mecklenburg-Vopommern),
  • DEFA-Films,
  • Tribute to the Guest of Honour.

2021 Guest Country: Finland

In 2021 Finland will step into the spotlight as our guest country. Despite its relatively small population (5.5 million), Finnish cinema enjoys international success and boasts world-class filmmakers, first and foremost Berlinale and Cannes winner Aki Kaurismäki. Plans for the guest country programme include, among other things, a presentation of current Finnish cinema, events in cooperation with the internationally renowned Tampere short film festival and an exchange with Schwerin's twin town Vaasa.

Our neighbours: Focus Baltic Sea

FILMKUNSTFEST MV builds bridges between international and regional cinematic culture. The section FOCUS BALTIC SEA serves just that purpose, showcasing current feature films and short films from the eight countries along the Baltic Sea coast: Poland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Russia, Finland, Sweden and Denmark. Usually one exceptional, award-winning feature film and short film are selected per country and the makers are invited to Schwerin, which traditionally fosters a close connection to its neighbouring countries.

DEFA films: a presentation of East Germany's cinematic heritage

Exploring cinematic history is another important aspect of the festival. That is why we are again cooperating with the DEFA Foundation in 2021 to pay tribute to DEFA's cinematic heritage in a special programme. Among other things, we will present newly restored digital copies from DEFA's film inventory.

Regional filmmaking at a glance: "Gedreht in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern" (Shot in Mecklenburg-West Pomerania) / NDR Special

The sections "Gedreht in MV", which features films realised in Mecklenburg-West Pomerania and in some cases funded by the state of Mecklenburg-West Pomerania, and NDR SPECIAL, with productions from the state broadcaster, give festivalgoers a glimpse of the regional cinematic landscape and offer a cinematic perspective on the region.


For the tribute we dedicate a small retrospective featuring exceptional examples selected from our current honorary guest's filmography.


FILMKUNSTFEST MV's international programme also includes the French youth film festival CINÉFÊTE, which the festival has offered a platform for six years now. In collaboration with the Rostock Institut français, this section offers school classes in the region opportunities for lessons in French as a foreign language.

All programme sections of the 30th FILMKUNSTFEST MV are expected to be published two weeks before the festival starts in August 2021.