Kitzbuehel Film Festival

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The Kitzbuehel Film Festival[1] is an Austrian international film festival focusing on emerging filmmakers that takes place in Kitzbuehel/Tyrol in the last week of August[2].[3] The Film Festival Kitzbuehel offers filmmakers from all over the world the opportunity for their works to be shown, discussed and promoted[4]. The festival comprises competitive sections for national and international dramatic and documentary feature films as well as short films and a group of out-of-competition sections, including the Spotlights, In Persona, Heimat, Mountain Sport Shorts and a Retrospective.[5] A particular emphasis is put on films from the EU, and starting in 2017, the Film Festival Kitzbuehel has entered partnerships with the Transilvania International Film Festival[6], the Sofia International Film Festival [7], and the Bolzano Filmfestival [8]


The Film Festival Kitzbuehel[9] was founded in 2012 by Michael Reisch, Kathryn Perotti, Nina Hipfl-Reisch, Mike Mayr-Reisch, Josef Obermoser and Roman Benedetto[10]. Since its first edition in 2013, the festival draws international participation.[11] Its location, the alpine town of Kitzbuehel, was previously mainly known for winter sports.[12] The festival programme later came include the "Drive-In Cinema" to show cinema classics as well as possessing the highest cinema in Europe (at 1.670 m), on Kitzbuehler Horn. In 2018 the Filmfestival started with screenings in the beautiful old town of Kitzbuehel, the "Kino in der Stadt" is for free and open to everyone. [13] In February 2016 the Film Festival Kitzbuehel was accredited by FIAPF (Federation Association Internationale des Producteurs de Films) as a competitive feature film festival.[14]

Script Lab ("Drehbuchklausur")

The script lab[15], held and organized by the FFKB Foundation, is a 20 day long screenplay writing workshop, where script writers can develop scripts and present work. The script lab is intended to give filmmakers from Austria and Europe a chance to work on their creations with colleagues, tutors and experts from the national and international movie industry, as well as to exchange ideas and to network.

Awarded Films


  • Best Narrative Feature Film - Adam (GER, ICELAND, MEX,USA)
  • Best Documentary Feature - Nos llaman guerreras(VENEZUELA,USA, MEX)
  • Beste Regie Österreich (ÖFI & FFKB Preis) - Heimweh (AUT)
  • Beste Regie Österreich (ÖFI & FFKB Preis) - Bruder Jakob, schläfst du noch? (AUT)
  • Best Short Film - Retouch (Iran)
  • Best Short Documentary - Unforgiveable (ITALY, USA, RWANDA)
  • Audience Award – der Minusmann: Die Doku (AUT)
  • Best Austrian Newcomer - Entschuldigung, ich suche den Tischtennisraum und meine Freundin (AUT)
  • Best Mountain Sport Short - Ya Mas - Snowmads in Greece (GREECE, AUT)
  • Retrospective and Honorary Award - Marie Bäumer







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  4. ^ m.b.H., STANDARD Verlagsgesellschaft. "Filmfestival Kitzbühel: Durch dunkle Nächte treiben".
  5. ^ Online, Tiroler Tageszeitung. "Preisregen bei Filmfestival Kitzbühel - Tiroler Tageszeitung Online - Nachrichten von jetzt!".
  6. ^ "Festivalul International de Film Transilvania".
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  8. ^ "Bolzano Film Festival Bozen 2018".
  9. ^ "Hier entsteht eine neue Internetpräsenz".
  10. ^ "Team – Filmfestival Kitzbühel".
  11. ^ Austria, Regionalmedien. "Filmfestival Kitzbühel eröffnet - dichtes, attraktives Programm".
  12. ^ "Hahnenkamm-Rennen 2018 - Kitzbühel". Kitzbüheler Ski Club (K.S.C.).
  13. ^ "Cinema above the clouds".
  14. ^ "FIAPF - International Federation of Film Producers Associations".
  15. ^ "Script Lab – Filmfestival Kitzbühel".
  16. ^ "Vardan Tozija's Amok wins top award at Austrian film festival".
  18. ^ "Painless" – via
  19. ^ "Tanja Mairitsch: Abgetauchte Filmwelt".
  20. ^ "Estonian Tiina Mälberg wins the best actress award in Spain". 2 June 2017.
  21. ^ "SWISS FILMS: Raving Iran".
  22. ^ "Lightningface".
  23. ^ "Mein blindes Herz" – via
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