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16. August 2022


With FILMFEST HAMBURG #ATELIER22, FILMFEST HAMBURG offers for the first time a creative working and dialogue space for film students from Germany and international debut filmmakers. 


In cooperation with Cannes’ Critics Week, the association of German film students and the Institut français, 16 film students from eight German universities to three directors whose debut films were screened in the renowned parallel section at this year’s Cannes Festival and will be shown in German for the first time at FILMFEST HAMBURG. The idea is to broaden the view of German film students internationally in dialogue with debut directors, whose real lives are usually closer to the students than those of established directors, and to strengthen and formulate visions of their own directorial debuts and their festival careers. The three-day atelier is also intended to be a space for networking among the film students.


The three selected debuts stand out for their formal realisation, visual power and emotional impact: Summer Scars by Simon Rieth (France 2022); Love according to Dalva by Emmanuelle Nicot (Belgium, France 2022) and The Woodcutter Story by Mikko Myllylahti (Finland, Denmark, Netherlands, Germany 2022). The exclusive screenings and subsequent talks with the directors will take place over three days as part of FILMFEST HAMBURG INDUSTRY DAYS at Studio Funk’s Mischkino.


The film students will also meet a delegate of Cannes’ Critics Week at FILMFEST HAMBURG #ATELIER22 to talk about their work and demands and the chances and difficulties of making the step from film school into the A-festival world.


Semaine de la Critique


As a parallel section of the Cannes Film Festival, Cannes’ Critics Week, founded in 1962, is dedicated to the discovery of young talents and shows their first and second feature films. Many renowned filmmakers including Ousmane Sembene, Jacques Audiard, Alejandro González, Ken Loach, François Ozon, Wong Kar Wai or most recently César Augusto Acevedo, Julia Ducournau, David R. Mitchell, Santiago Mitre, Jeff Nichols or Rebecca Zlotowski began their careers here. On the occasion of its 60th anniversary, Cannes’ Critics Week is organising cooperation events on all continents to present selected films from recent years. The programme for FILMFEST HAMBURG #ATELIER22 is organised together with the Institut francais and the Association of Film Schools. With the kind support of Studio Funk.


Films at a glance


Love according to Dalva

D & Scr: Emmanuelle Nicot

Belgium, France 2022



Summer Scars

D: Simon Rieth

Scr: Simon Rieth, Léa Riche

France 2022



The Woodcutter Story

D & Scr: Mikko Myllylahti

Finland, Netherlands, Denmark, Germany 2022



Participating universities


Deutsche Film- und Fernsehakademie Berlin

Film Academy Baden-Württemberg Ludwigsburg
Film University Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF

Hamburg Media School

HFBK Hochschule für bildende Künste Hamburg

ifs internationale filmschule Köln
Kunsthochschule für Medien Köln

University of Television and Film Munich

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