Heinz Badewitz, the festival’s artistic director up to his untimely death in March 2016, was one of the pioneering initiators – it was due to his ties with the city of Hof that the first shorts program (which lasted all of 2½ hours) featuring his own productions as well as those of his co-film freaks was screened here way back in May 1967. This event went down in history as the First Hof Film Festival.
The legendary soccer match goes back to this matinee screening as well. Ever since, the FC Film World – festival staff and fans – has been playing the FC Hof International Film Festival, a selection of actors, directors and producers. In 1976, Brian de Palma was the first director to be honored with what has become the traditional retrospective; in this section, an internationally renowned director presents an overview of his work.