The ownership of the Hof Galeriehaus has now been taken over by the Cine Center Hof e.V., the sponsoring organization of the Hof International Film Festival. On 19 June 2018, the board of the Cine Center and Dr. Karl Schmidt, previous owner of the property, signed the sales agreement. Thanks to the generous donations which came together through the crowdfunding campaign of the VR-Bank, the Cine Center could acquire the building. The Galeriehaus is to be preserved as a cultural location, which was of paramount importance to Dr. Schmidt and which the Cine Center can now guarantee. The chairwoman of the Cine Center Hof e.V., Ana Radica:

“It’s wonderful that we now have the Galeriehaus and and can redevelop it. We are very pleased that we were able to come to an uncomplicated agreement with Dr. Schmidt. It has always been our common goal to maintain the ‘primal cell’ of the Hof International Film Festival. This helped to build trust and provided the basis for a successful change of ownership. Now we can carry on with our plans.”

The deputy chairman, Andreas Walter, also added: “With this change of ownership, a circle is now completed.” The banker Dr. Karl Gerhard Schmidt was the first person to support the Hof International Film Festival when it all began back in 1967. He bought the building on the Sophienberg which then, under Werner Weinelt’s “direction” achieved cult status as the Galeriehaus and was for decades a meeting point for filmmakers during the festival.

And this is what the Galeriehaus is to become again.

Photo: After notarisation of the sales contract, left to right: Dr. Karl Gerhard Schmidt and the members of the board of the Cine Center Hof e.V., Christine Walther, Ana Radica and Andreas Walter.

HoF Filmtage Rendezvous – BERLIN EXCELSIOR mit Erik Lemke (Regie) und André Krummel (Kameramann)

It happened again on Thursday, 19 April 2018: another HoF Festival Rendezvous, this time with BERLIN EXCELSIOR. In the Central cinema, the documentary film was screened in the presence of the director Erik Lemke and cameraman André Krummel. And there were lively discussions after the screening, both in the cinema and in the Galeriehaus.

„We had really fascinating discussions until late in the night – audiences in Hof are extremely interested. And the impact the festival has on their cinematic curiosity is very evident.“ Erik Lemke

Von links nach rechts - Thorsten Schaumann, Erik Lemke (Regie), André Krummel (Kameramann) - Foto: Andreas Rau

„I always enjoy coming to Hof and certainly look forward to returning in the future.“ André Krummel

Once again, we would like to express our sincere thanks to Dr. Gisela Strunz and the Hermann and Bertl Müller Foundation as well as to Stefan Schmalfuß from the Central cinema.

Title photo: From left to right – Andreas Walter, Thorsten Schaumann, Erik Lemke (director), André Krummel (cameraman), Stefan Schmalfuß (Central cinema), Christine Walther, Dr. Gisela Strunz (Hermann and Bertl Müller Foundation) – Photo: Andreas Rau

The VGF Collecting Society is presenting its 25th anniversary VGF Young Producers’ Prize with an endowment of 60,000 euros at this year’s Hof International Film Festival on 26 October 2018. The highest endowed German award for up-and-coming producers had been previously presented within the framework of the Bavarian Film Prize. By presenting the award during the 52nd Hof International Film Festival (23-28 October 2018), the VGF Collecting Society is emphasizing its commitment and that of the Hof International Film Festival to the support of up-and-coming film talent.

The festival, which was founded in 1967, is to this day one of the most important platforms for young German cinema, is always open to new talent and helps this young talent find its way into cinemas. To support and honor this important task, the 25th VGF Young Producers’ Prize will be presented during the Hof International Film Festival.

“We are delighted that the 25th VGF Young Producers’ Prize will be presented this year during the 52nd Hof International Film Festival. Together, we are striving toward the common goal of supporting up-and-coming talent. The award ceremony at the Home of Films gives the filmmakers an ideal platform to make new contacts, not only for their current films, but also for their future work.” Thorsten Schaumann, Artistic Director of the Hof International Film Festival

Applications for the VGF Young Producers’ Prize may be submitted by up-and-coming German producers for their first, second or third theatrical feature (minimum runtime: 79 minutes) which will have a theatrical release in the year 2018. Applications must be submitted by 30 June 2018. Detailed regulations may be requested from the VGF or from their » website The award money is not appropriated and is intended to strengthen the equity capital of young production companies.

Previous winners of the award include such cinema hits as THE LIVES OF OTHERS and THE WILD SOCCER BUNCH, and most recently PRETTY FAR FROM OKAY by the Munich-based producer Helena Hufnagel of Cocofilms.

In addtion to the VGF Young Producers’ Prize, the VGF also awards office stipends at the Bavarian Film Center Geiselgasteig and supports the work of film academies. Established in 1981, the VGF is a collecting society authorized by the German Patents Office in accordance with the terms of the Copyright Administration Act. The aim of the VGF is to assert and exploit claims assigned to them and to film copyright holders by the Copyright Act and to uphold the rights to which they are collectively entitled, including for levies on electronic recording material and devices for private duplication, remuneration for the supplying of films for cable networks, as well as DVD rental.

… 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.

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: »

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HoF Filmtage Rendezvous – Tini Tüllmann zeigt FREDDY/EDDY

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 …

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.

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.

Director’s statement

Director’s statement