Festival 2020

(Photo: Julia Reschucha)

The IFFF was the first festival in North Rhine-Westphalia to open again after the summer's lockdown . And, it was a great success! We received a lot of gratitude and appreciation from our audience and guests for opening our festival in these difficult times. We had a lot of great, intense discussions ‚behind our masks‘ and the collective viewing experience in the corona-safe cinemas made the 2020 festival edition extremely special.

One of the consequences of corona is that the official Festival opening ceremony and award ceremony took place on the same evening. On the 9th of September we celebrated the German première of our opening film, of Ines Johnson-Spain's documentary Becoming Black.

The prizes in the four competitions International Debut Fiction Feature Film Competition, National Competition for Women Directors of Photography, and the new competition Shoot – Award for Female Artists of the Academy of Media Arts Cologne and the ECFA Short Film Award – were selected by a jury in advance as a result of the pandemic. The filmmakers received their awards online and offline and were grateful for the support.

Our queer programme took place in the Filmpalette Cinema, where a small but extremely interested audience watched this carefully curated programme.

'The quality of the talks and discussions has exceeded all my expectation’, says festival director Maxa Zoller. ‚What was special about this edition was that more than ever our films became the starting point for a common thinking about the status quo of our society – and how to change it. It was a fantastic week in Cologne. I thank my team, our guest and our audience very much.'