International Debut Feature Fiction Film Competition

The Amazing Catfish
Mex 2013, Dir: Claudia Sainte-Luce

Five Germany premières compete for €10,000 prize

A total of eight exceptional debut feature films will be screened in Cologne, having been short-listed from the 120 international film debuts of the last two years. Of that eight, the festival proudly presents five of them as firsts for Germany – including, as the opening film, the award-winning tragicomedy Los insólitos peces gato (The Amazing Catfish) from Mexico. The other nominees come from Austria, Chile, France, Romania, Russia, Senegal and Spain. Mostly seen against the backdrop of the global economic crisis, shot with stunning visuals and told with surprising concision, these are stories of childhood, family, identity and belonging.

As for the jury in 2014, the festival team is delighted to have gained the services of Kim Yutani, programmer at the Sundance Film Festival, Turkish director Pelin Esmer (THE PLAY, 10 TO 11, WATCHTOWER) and German actress Julia Hummer (GESPENSTER, TOP GIRL).

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