… including in the categories “Best Picture” and “Directing” – amaaaazing! THE SHAPE OF WATER had its German premiere at the 51. International Hofer Film Festival and can be seen in cinemas now!

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VR-Bank Bayreuth-Hof übergibt € 54.690 aus der Crowdfunding-Aktion für das Galeriehaus.

Acquisition of the Galeriehaus, the nucleus of the Hof International Film Festival, secured

The VR-Bank Bayreuth-Hof has collected donations via its crowdfunding platform for numerous projects, but the proceeds which came together for the Galeriehaus were the highest ever. Bernd Schnabel, board member of the VR-Bank, handed over a check for €54,690 to Christine Walther, Andreas Walter and Thorsten Schaumann of the Cine Center Hof e.V. team.

„We are very pleased that this campaign has made it possible for the tradition of the Galeriehaus in Hof to continue.“ Bernd Schnabel

The campaign had a “fantastic run,” said Andreas Walter and thanked the almost 250 donors. Thorsten Schaumann, artistic director of the Hof International Film Festival, expressed his “incredible respect” to everyone who participated. The next step is to finalize the sales contract with the current owner of the Galeriehaus, Dr. Karl Gerhard Schmidt. In order to maintain the Galeriehaus as a cultural venue, the Cine Center Hof e.V. is planning extensive renovations after the purchase of the building.

Photo (Annie Sziegoleit): Thorsten Schaumann, Andreas Walter and Christine Walther (Cine Center Hof e.V.) with Bernd Schnabel and Liska Kemnitzer (VR-Bank).



After the world premiere at the 51st Hof International Film Festival the film had its theatrical release on 22 February 2018. Since then TASTE OF LIFE and team have been on cinema tour. Check out where and when: » www.geschmackvonleben.com

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HoF Filmtage Rendezvous – Tini Tüllmann zeigt FREDDY/EDDY

HoF Festival Rendezvous – let’s do it again

The Hof International Film Festival presents about 130 movies during 6 days – cinema intense! But of course, movies are not only shown in Hof during the festival. The whole year through you can see great movies beyond the mainstream. Under the motto HoF Festival Rendezvous – let’s do it again you can see selected movies from the last festival during the year. This is a great way to refresh memories and increase the thrill of anticipation for the 2018 edition.

“Cinema is, again and again, always a great experience. Cinema is Hof, Hof is cinema and deservedly so our Home of Films!” Thorsten Schaumann

Catch up or make new discoveries – Enjoy! To be continued within short …

Successful Crowdfunding Campaign for galeriehaus Hof

The acquisition and survival of the long-established “galeriehaus” has been secured. And the Cine Center Hof e.V., as the organizer of the Hof International Film Festival, would like to express its sincere thanks to all the supporters of the crowdfunding campaign by the VR Bank Bayreuth-Hof eG. Within three months’ time, 227 supporters donated 54,690 euros under the motto “together we can do more”.

„Thank you to all donors! It is of utmost importance for us to maintain the galeriehaus as a cultural and spiritual entity of the Hof International Film Festival. For this reason, we would like to acquire and renovate this reasonably priced building.“ Andreas Walter, Deputy Chair of the Cine Center Hof e.V.

For the last almost 50 years, the galeriehaus in the heart of Hof has existed in its current form. Since its opening, it has established itself as a location where the arts and enthusiasm meet. Heinz Badewitz was also a regular guest at the galeriehaus and a close friend of the in 2017 deceased proprietor Werner Weinelt. The Cine Center Hof e.V. would like to support this nucleus of the Hof International Film Festival in the tradition of Werner Weinelt.

Successful year for the 51st Hof International Film Festival

When the final film of the 51st Hof International Film Festival rolls this evening, the new artistic director Thorsten Schaumann can look back on six successful festival days which complement the past years.

“The last six days have been crazy. The cinemas were full and the audiences enthusiastic. We had great conversations, and not only following the screenings. I was so happy to have so many guests come to the festival and am grateful for their trust in me. The HoF PLUS program came over very well and the expectations soared from event to event. And here I would like to particularly mention the phenomenal success of our midnight screenings for short films, ‘shortStories’. I am so very happy that this new concept was so well received.” Thorsten Schaumann

With some 30,000 occupied seats in the cinemas and around 12,000 tickets sold, the 51st Hof International Film Festival is in a top position. Packed cinemas, the well-attended framework program HoF PLUS, numerous guests – filmmakers, producers, distributors, commissioning editors and the press, not to mention the awards, parties, sausages and soccer.

Axel Ranisch about his film WALDLUST

Director’s statement

The Bild-Kunst Award goes to Madeleine Schleich and Lara Scherpinski

Award winner’s statement

Alexandra Dean about her film BOMBSHELL: THE HEDY LAMARR STORY

Director’s statement

Alfred Holighaus about the RAIDERS OF THE LOST AUDIENCE

SPIO President’s statement

Club talk about WALDLUST

Club talk with the director Axel Ranisch and his commissioners Lisa Bitter & Annalena Schmidt

Sunday | 11:15 | Club

Moderation: Moritz Holfelder

Special screening: ICH, JUDAS

Judas. His name stands for betrayal: His story is one of guilt without pardon. He is the only enemy for whom there is no love, the most hated, the most persecuted and demonized: Judas, Jesus’ disciple who betrayed God’s son with his kiss and delivered him unto the cross.

Ben Becker takes on this role. He subjects himself to the anathema of a 2000 year old curse and defends Judas with a text by Walter Jens, after which nothing is as it seems.

In 2016, Ben Becker had the idea of recording ICH, JUDAS in order to present and bring understanding of “his” Judas to a wider audience. Ben Becker was able to convince two renowned production companies with his project, Apollo-Film and Rekord Film, and with the German-Turkish director Serdar Dogan, he found the ideal companion for the realization of his film idea.

The special screening of ICH, JUDAS:
151 | Sun. | 11:00 | Central

Recording from the Berlin Cathedral on 18 March 2017
Direction & enactment: Ben Becker
Film direction: Serdar Dogan
Color | 87 min | D | 2017
Stereo | German original version