We hope that you are well and healthy, that is the most important thing right now. Our festival team has moved to the home office. We communicate almost daily via computers and laptops and can still be contacted as usual. There is a lot to discuss, research and plan right now. The festival year is completely disorganized, there are cancellations and postponements worldwide.
At this point in time, we are assuming that our festival will take place from 24 September to 3 October 2020, but we do not know how the situation will develop in the next days, weeks and months. We are in contact with the authorities, with cinema operators in Hamburg, with distributors and colleagues from other festivals, and we are thinking about new possibilities and ways of how to organize and prepare for the festival in new and creative ways.
We very much hope that after Easter there will be an outlook on how things will continue. This whole situation is very challenging for us, but what gives us support, inspires and touches us are the many large and small initiatives of agencies, distributors and cinema marketers, with which they support Hamburg's creative scene and cinemas during this time.
Stay healthy and we hope to see you again soon face to face!
Your Albert Wiederspiel and the FILMFEST HAMBURG team