Dear film lovers,
in a year of anniversaries (70 years of Schloßtheater, 75 years of filmclub münster, even the Peace of Westphalia is already 375 years ago) the 20th edition of the Münster Film Festival seems rather modest, but behind it there are also more than forty years under the sign of film art and young filmmakers as well as encounters, discoveries and a passion for films beyond the mainstream and established structures.

We on the festival team have sifted through more than 1,000 films, from one-minute miniatures to full-length features from almost every country in Europe, to filter out a programme that we believe both represents the most exciting new voices in filmmaking in the region, in Germany and Europe, and traces social issues and moods that invite discussion and debate. We cordially invite you to join us!

European First Feature Film Competition

The European First Feature Film Competition is being held for the tenth time since 2005, and for the third time only debut films by young directors are competing for the prize for best director, which is awarded by an international jury and comes with €5,000 in prize money. … more

European Short Film Competition

The heart of the Filmfestival Münster offers a colorful mix of animated films, documentaries and short feature films from 12 different countries – from Finland to Portugal… more

Westfalen Connection

In the Westfalen Connection section, the best film of the region will be chosen for the fifth time – this year for the first time in two competitions. As before for short films with a maximum length of 30 minutes and now also for longer contributions … more

Focus NL

The country focus, which is unique in Germany, with films from the Netherlands is dedicated this year, just like our European First Feature Film Competition, to a small but fine selection of first-time films. … more


This year, the late-night selection pays homage to Italian thriller cinema – the “Giallo”. What initially began in Italy at the beginning of the twentieth century as a criminalistic pulp novel with a yellow cover (Ital. giallo = yellow), was produced for the screen in rows from the 1960s and especially in the 1970s due to rapidly growing popularity … more

Film education & Networking

Two further events revolve around the topics of film education and networking, one in cooperation with the Netzwerk Filmkultur NRW, the other together with Filmservice Münster.Land.