The 54th Hof International Film Festival took place as a Double Feature Festival. The 54th Hof International Film Festival took place as a Double Feature Festival. For the first time at a festival in Germany, all films (71 feature films and 54 short films) were presented twice. They were not only shown in the cinemas in Hof, but could also be viewed online throughout Germany under “HoF on Demand”. The online program was even available for 13 days, a week beyond the six-day physical festival.
The reason for this novelty, like so many other things in this crazy year, was the Corona pandemic, which since March has severely restricted cultural events. So, the HoF festival team offered a dual festival as a result.
In addition to films, discussions and talk rounds were also streamed. Each day, the festival produced almost six hours of its own content and, as the first festival ever, its own late-night talk show, GastHoF, with interactive audience participation and many interesting guests.
There was a special on the theme of “Leaving home … coming home” with three films by the Austrian filmmaker Ludwig Wüst. Prizes were awarded to RIVAL by Marcus Lenz (German Cinema Talent Award), TOPRAK by Sevgi Hirschhäuser (Hof Gold Prize) and KING BANSAH AND HIS DAUGHTER by Agnes Lisa Wegner (GRANIT Hof Documentary Film Award – in this competition Monika Pirch also received an Honorable Mention for her film HALDERN POP). The Award of the City of Hof went to the 37-year-old Berlin-based director, author and actor Axel Ranisch, while the Hans Vogt Award went to filmmaker Emily Atef, who presented her crime thriller JACKPOT at the festival. The VGF Young Producers’ Prize went to producer Lena Vurma of dragonfly films for ADVENTURES OF A MATHEMATICIAN.