About the “Filmwochenende”


Have you been wanting for a long time to  watch a German Western once again? Are you more interested in an Ukrainian film adoption of a novel in black and white than in the latest blockbuster? Are you carried away by an insight into the strange world of homeless artists in Romania?

You can answer all these questions with ‘”yes” ? Some other film genres offside mainstream come into your mind? Well,  then you are at the right place: The "Internationale Filmwochenende Würzburg" (International Film Weekend) is one of the oldest and most diverse film festivals in Germany. It was founded in 1974 by a handful of volunteering enthusiasts and does not accept any thematical limits or stereotypical thinking. Würzburg thus becomes home of the world of film during the four festival days: from the French screen epic on equal footing with Hollywood productions to the South Korean horror film, from the no-budget family drama out of Germany through the US-American independent blaxploitation film to the Armenian love ballad in black and white: Whether motion picture, documentary or children’s film – all genres have their place at this festival.
One distinctive feature of the event are film presentations by the producers themselves. Consequently the audience is in the position to inquire more, to join a conversation and to comprehend the films and understand the produder`s motivation. A further characteristic of the "Internationale Filmwochenende Würzburg" is its familiar atmosphere and the closeness to the guests from the film industry. The festival’s aim is to surprise its audience with films, perspectives and views far away from the normal standard cinema listings of a medium-sized town as Würzburg.

One aspect didn’t change since 1974: up to now the film festival is organized exclusively by voluntary work. Considering 10.000 visitors within four days, approximately 50 film shows and a number of special events, the “Filmwochenende” might claim to be the largest event of its kind in Germany.