Films from Germany: The films in this section make use of the liberties offered to them - with an enthusiasm for new themes and narrations. All selected films have been nominated for the Hamburg Producers Award »German Cinema Productions«.
Current film work from Hamburg: Films made in Hamburg, as wide-ranging and cosmopolitan as the city in which they were shot and produced.
European cinema co-productions: The films in this section combine the characteristics of different national cinematographies and show how productive cross-border cooperation can be. All selected films are nominated for the Hamburg Producers Award »European Cinema Co-Productions«.
Political cinema: films with exclamation marks, strong interventions and irritations. On screen are feature films and documentaries that emphasize the political power of cinema. The films in this section have been nominated for the Political Film Award of the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung.
Cinema from the USA and Canada: This section is filled with creativity and vitality and has the courage to create extraordinary stories and aesthetics, whether studio or independent productions.
Film cultures from the Far East: Contemporary Asian filmmaking combines an uncompromising attitude that does not fear extremes. A cinema outside the comfort zones and for new visual stimulation.
Spanish and Portuguese-speaking cinema: The section shows current film productions from Portuguese and Spanish-speaking countries and is a showcase full of different styles, narrations and genres.
French-language films: The film countries France, Belgium and Quebec demonstrate year after year what excellent output is possible when talent, vision and independence come together.
Films from all over the world: Our cinematographic journey through the continents offers a plural side-by-side of different cinematic identities, languages and narratives.
European audience successes: What are our European neighbours laughing at or cheering up about? In this section, Europe presents its national Box Office hits and popular hits. The selected films are nominated for the COMMERZBANK Audience Award.
Television with format: in this section, TV productions are shown in cinemas before they are broadcast on television. Classical television films meet new forms of expression. The movies are nominated for the Hamburg Producers Award »German TV Productions«.
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 or subtitled in German in the cinema theater.