The last Rendezvous of the HoF edition 2017 will take place on Sunday, 23 September 2018 at 12:30 pm. And that is pretty much exactly one month before to the kick-off of the 2018 Hof International Film Festival! So we are, so to say, BETWEEN SUMMER AND AUTUMN, which is the title of Daniel Manns’ debut feature, which he produced completely independently and without any film funding.

17-year-old Lena is the center of it all. She’s just finished school and still lives at home with her father and her older brother, Jonas, but she’s planning a long trip to Argentina. With her head full of plans, she meets Jonas’ new girlfriend one night in the kitchen. Eva is 24 and studies Social Education because she couldn’t think of anything else. An unusual intimacy arises between the two, an intimacy which turns Lena’s world upside down.

Daniel Manns portrays the challenges of a young generation at close range and with great realism. After the screening, we’ll speak to the director personally:

What? ZWISCHEN SOMMER UND HERBST with director Daniel Mann in attendance
When? Sunday, 23 September 2018 at 12:30 pm
Where? Central Cinema Hof, Altstadt 8
How much? 5 euros per ticket

Many thanks to Stefan Schmalfuß and Jessica Popp and their whole team at the Central Cinema for their continuous support. We also thank the distributor Salzgeber for allowing the screening to take place.

At the same place where the first screening of DER MOTIVATIONSTRAINER took place is also where the probably last cinema screening of the documentary about Jürgen Holler was held. On September 4th at 11:45 pm, the film will be broadcast on ARD. For Julian Amershi, one of the two directors in addition to Martin Rieck, it was (almost) as exciting as the world premiere at last year’s Hof International Film Festival. In the Central Kino in downtown Hof there were once again heated discussions – DER MOTIVATIONTRAINER shows that cinema lives on!

“We are very thankful to Hof for a lot of things: the attention the festival gave to our film opened a lot of doors. And even months after the premiere, Hof still continues to support its films and makes sure that one really feels taken care of as a filmmaker here.” Julian Amershi and Martin Rieck

HoF Festival Rendezvous – Catch up on films you missed or rediscover films! We’ll continue again soon …

On Sunday, 26 August 2018 at 7 pm, we will be screening – according to the FAZ – “one of the most interesting and relevant films about this country”: the documentary DER MOTIVATIONSTRAINER (75 min), which accompanies one of Germany’s most successful and controversial motivational trainers, Jürgen Höller, over the course of a year on a seminar tour.

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What unfolds is a weird trip through Germany’s multipurpose halls – and a trip through a country obsessed with self-optimization.

The camera is there when Jürgen Höller teaches his participants mental techniques and has them repeat mantras like “I love myself” and “I attract money like a magnet”.

The world premiere took place during the Hof International Film Festival last year. On 4 September 2018 the film will have its television premiere to a broad audience on ARD. But before the first broadcast, the film will have an exclusive screening one more time at the Central Kino in Hof. Julian Amershi will talk about the controversial premiere in Hof in 2017, which took place in the presence of the protagonist Jürgen Höller, and report on everything that has happened with the film since then: its turbulent but successful path from an expert audience to Germany’s first broadcasting program. One thing is for sure: today HoF will show the film that everyone will be talking about tomorrow. We can expect an exciting cinema evening!

And what a better way to escape the heat than a motivated cool down in the cinema!

What? DER MOTIVATIONSTRAINER by Julian Amershi & Martin Rieck
When? Sunday, 26 August 2018 at 7 pm
Where? Central Kino Hof, Altstadt 8
How much? 5 euros per ticket

Thanks to Stefan Schmalfuß and Jessica Popp from the Central Kino for their continuous support!

Hof Gold Prize of the Friedrich Baur Foundation

The Friedrich Baur Prize will be awarded within the framework of the Hof International Film Festival to a filmmaker for a debut feature film as the “Hof Gold Prize of the Friedrich Baur Foundation Awarded by the Bavarian Academy of Fine Arts in Memory of Heinz Badewitz”. Candidates are directors of debut films produced in Germany which have been officially selected for participation at the respective annual Hof International Film Festival.

The Friedrich Baur Foundation had already supported the Heinz Badewitz Award in the past two years and is now concentrating the prize money as of the 52nd Hof International Film Festival (23-28 October 2018) with the Hof Gold Prize.

Hof Gold Prize of the Friedrich Baur Foundation

The award consists of a certified bar of gold weighing in at one kilogram of pure gold (current market value approximately 35,000 euros) packaged in an elegant box. A certificate will also be issued with the justification of the selection of the award winner as well as the previous statue of the Heinz Badewitz Award.

The Film and Media Arts Department of the Bavarian Academy of Fine Arts will annually select a mentor who will choose the respective award winner. Additionally, the mentor will advise the award winner for the duration of one year in the development of a new film. For 2018, the director Edgar Reitz (whose films include HEIMAT, HOME FROM HOME – CHRONICLE OF A VISION, among others) has taken on mentoring responsibilities.

The “Hof Gold Prize of the Friedrich Baur Foundation Awarded by the Bavarian Academy of Fine Arts in Memory of Heinz Badewitz” offers filmmakers and producers additional motivation and a financial basis for the development and creation of new film projects. Directors whose debut feature films have been produced in Germany are eligible for participation. Films may be submitted until 3 September 2018 via the » entry form.

“The Hof Badewitz Gold Prize of the Friedrich Baur Stiftung, which will be awarded by the Bavarian Academy of Fine Arts, combines two things: it offers the award winners a financial cushion enabling them to work independently, and through the mentoring principle, also opens doors to the market. This combination is a sustainable concept and is truly unique.” Thorsten Schaumann, Artistic Director of the Hof International Film Festival

The prize will be awarded at the end of the festival on Saturday, 27 October 2018 during a special event.

Title photo – from left to right: Thorsten Schaumann, Edgar Reitz, Gold Prize mentor 2018, Dr. Georg Freiherr von Waldenfels, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Friedrich Baur Foundation, Bernhard Sinkel, Head of the Department of Film and Media Arts at the Bavarian Academy of Fine Arts. Photo: Hof International Film Festival / Benjamin Klob

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

„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

Unbelievable but true: the Filmtage Rendezvous continues. This time we’re doing it again with special guests and their documentary film BERLIN EXCELSIOR in the presence of the director Erik Lemke and the co-author André Krummel.

When: Thursday 19.04.2018
Time: 7 p.m.
Where: Central Kino 3, Hof

“I am very much looking forward to a great evening with great guests. The director Erik Lemke and the co-author André Krummel will be coming again to Hof to present their documentary film BERLIN EXCELSIOR and discuss with the audience after the end of the screening. This will be a Rendezvous you don’t want to miss.” Thorsten Schaumann

The whole evening wouldn’t be possible without strong support: Dr. Gisela Strunz and the Hermann and Bertl Müller Stiftung, who made it possible to invite the filmmakers, and Stefan Schmalfuß from the Central – we thank them sincerely for their generous support. See you at the cinema!

Director: Erik Lemke
Documentary | D | 2017
87 min | Dolby 5.1

The anonymous concrete construction “Excelsior” is just a stopover for many of its inhabitants. Soon, life will get better and everyone tries to get ahead in his own way: with “Invisible Make-up”, the 49-year-old Michael wants to re-connect with his previous success as a call boy. Claudia’s days as a dancer are over, but a series of new photos are supposed to help her get back on stage. Norman wants to help others find happiness with his start-up “ChangeU” and help himself to a new sportscar. Hardly anyone can escape the temptations of success.

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!

Director: Guillermo del Toro
Feature film | USA | 2017
123 min | Dolby 5.1

THE SHAPE OF WATER is a poetic love story, set against the backdrop of the Cold War era in America around 1963. In the hidden high-security government laboratory where she works, lonely Elisa is trapped in a life of isolation. Elisa’s life is changed forever when she and her co-worker Zelda discover a secret classified experiment.

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: »

Director: Roland Reber
Feature film | D | 2017
85 min | Stereo

What does life taste like? For the happy-go-lucky Nikki, the answer is clear: like sperm. And with great pleasure, she savors it every chance she gets. She operates a video blog and drives all around in search of people and their stories.

WALDLUST by Axel Ranisch

If you have a LUST for the WALD – sorry this is our best proposal for the translation – on Sunday 4 March 2018 at 20.15h turn on “das Erste” channel. However, the “Axel Ranisch Show” before WALDLUST cannot be repeated as it happened exclusive and live only before the world premiere at the last Hof International Film Festival.

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