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In ten sections, FILMFEST HAMBURG shows national and international feature films and documentaries as world premieres, European or German premieres. The programme spectrum ranges from sophisticated art house films to innovative mainstream cinema.

Große Freiheit

Curtain up for German cinema: from idiosyncratic to elaborate, this section brings together the debuts of young talents and the latest films by experienced directors.


Asia Express

Sometimes spiritual, sometimes rebellious, the filmmaking from East and Southeast Asia presents itself as usual polyphonic and heterogeneous.



Our selection with exclamation marks is not satisfied with the current state of the world and is entirely dedicated to political cinema.



News from overseas: Our programme window for films from the USA and Canada features the crème de la crème of North American auteur and independent cinema.



In our display for Spanish and Portuguese-language cinema, there are no limits to narrative and aesthetic diversity. There is room for everything from bank robber films to silent film collages.



Francophone contemporary cinema encompasses the film countries France, Belgium and Québec and offers cinematic highlights by renowned filmmakers as well as many new discoveries.


Welcome to world cinema! Our cinematographic journey across the continents stops in countries like Bulgaria, Iceland, Jordan or even Sudan and is a reservoir of the most diverse stories.



We bring TV productions to the cinema even before they are broadcast on television. Classic TV dramas meet series formats.


MICHEL Children’s & Youth Film Festival

The festival within the festival: The children’s and youth section MICHEL shows German and international feature and animated films in their original version, which are spoken live in German in the cinema hall and also subtitled in German.


Hamburger Filmschau

Films “Made in Hamburg”, as colourful and cosmopolitan as the city in which they were shot or produced.

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