Thorsten Schaumann is the new artistic director of the Hof International Film Festival

On 1 September 2017, Thorsten Schaumann will officially take over the artistic direction of the Hof International Film Festival. In the previous year, he already curated the 50th edition of the festival’s program together with Linda Söffker and Alfred Holighaus.

Thorsten Schaumann, born in 1968, brings long-standing experience from the industry with him. Through his work at Bavaria Film International he developed extensive national and international contacts to world sales agents, distributors and producers. At Bavaria Film International he was responsible for the sales and supervision of German and international films like Helmut Dietl’s ROSSINI, Tom Tykwer’s RUN LOLA RUN, Wolfgang Becker’s GOOD BYE, LENIN!, Caroline Link’s NOWHERE IN AFRICA, Sönke Wortmann’s THE MIRACLE OF BERN, Fatih Akin’s HEAD-ON, Hans-Christian Schmid’s REQUIEM, Volker Schlöndorff’s THE LEGENDS OF RITA, Doris Dörrie’s CHERRY BLOSSOMS – HANAMI, and Aki Kaurismäki’s THE MAN WITHOUT A PAST. During this time, Thorsten Schaumann established contacts with the filmmakers and developed a special sense for up-and-coming film talents and auteur films.

He was also a member of the board of the Association of German Film Exporters and was a founding member of the European Film Export Association with its headquarters in Paris. Additionally, he also has a profound commercial understanding through his studies in Economics.

Thorsten Schaumann is currently employed by Sky Deutschland as Director of Acquisitions Digital Rights & Rights Coordination. During his many years there, he has gained valuable experience in the fields of film rights, licensing, acquisitions and marketing, particularly in the field of new media: a area which the Hof International Film Festival intends to focus on the future. Ana Radica, Board Cine Center Hof e.V.:

“We are very happy to have been able to win over Thorsten Schaumann for the artistic direction for the Hof International Film Festival. He brings not only the best pre-requisites and competency, much more so he has been a long-time friend of the festival and will be a great addition in this executive position to our festival team. We are certain to be able to continue Heinz Badewitz’s legacy together with him.”

Thorsten Schaumann will be supported by the team which has already for many years helped to shape the festival and proved themselves once again in the past year: Rudy Tijo, Inge Hagedorn and Martin Scheuring.

Film submission started for the 51st Hof International Film Festival

The regulations of the 51st Hof International Film Festival, October 24th – 29th, 2017:

Film submission

A film can be submitted only if it will not be screened or broadcasted in Germany or released on any digital media or mass media before the end of the HOF FILM FESTIVAL. If a film already has a German distributor please inform us.

For viewing purposes, please send the completed » online entry form and a secure online viewing link. Please make sure that the link and the password remain active until October 24th. You can also submit a DVD or BluRay as viewing screener. Please fill out the online entry form and send the film material to:

Internationale Hofer Filmtage
Lothstraße 28
D 80335 München

Presented preview material will be returned to sender only on demand.
Deadline for entries: September 1st 2017 (Date of receipt)

Film material

We are open to any film genre, features or documentaries as well as short films. The films must be made available for the festival projection as DCPs. Other formats will not be screened. Please submit DCPs on data carriers and formats in accordance with the latest DCI guidelines.

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