The German Cinema New Talent Award for Best Film is endowed with 10,000 euros and awarded by Bavaria Film, Bayerischer Rundfunk and the DZ Bank. The prize is awarded to filmmakers for their first, second or third German-produced feature film with a minimum length of 79 minutes which premieres in the program of the Hof International Film Festival. An independent jury selects the winners.
The German Cinema New Talent Award 2023 goes to
RAW MATERIALS by Tuna Kaptan
In addition, a special commendation is given to: THE BOY WHO OWNS THE WORLD by Robert Gwisdek
Constantin Hatz graduated with a focus on photography and audiovisual media in Vienna. He then studied directing at the Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg and realized documentaries and feature films. He received several awards for his work, including the German Short Film Award and the German Cinema New Talent Award. His film "Forces" was invited to the "Perspektive Deutsches Kino" of the Berlinale and was awarded the Heiner Carow Prize.
Silvana Santamaria, German-Italian filmmaker and producer from Berlin, graduated in 2010 from the Film Academy Baden-Württemberg. She directed and produced films which were screened and awarded at major Film Festivals as Cannes, Venice, San Sebastian, Warsaw, Shanghai, DOK Leipzig, Rotterdam or Cairo. Santamaria is a member of the European Film Academy and one of 20 uprising European producers selected for the prestigious "Producer on the move" program at Cannes 2023.
Şafak Şengül started her acting studies at the Rostock University of Music and Drama, which she graduated in 2023. During her studies she was already engaged at the Staatstheater Hannover and shot several film projects, among others directed by Andreas Dresen. She was nominated for the German Cinema New Talent Award for her acting performance in "Clashing Differences" and by Theater Heute as "Young Artist of the Year".
Award of the City of Hof
This prize was first presented in 1986. The prize itself is an object from the Porcelain Academy in the city of Selb and is dedicated to persons closely connected to Hof and the festival. The awardees are generally not represented with a film in the official festival program during the year the award is presented.
The Jury Short Film Award of the City of Hof is determined by a jury consisting of three members for short films from Germany, Austria and Switzerland. For the Audience Short Film Award of the City of Hof, on the other hand, visitors can vote for all short films in the cinema as well as digitally at our streaming festival. The prizes are each endowed with Euro 2.500.
The Jury Short Film Award of the City of Hof 2023 goes to
CRAZY BLOOD by Can Tanyol as well as to MY ORANGE GARDEN by Anna-Sophia Richard
Filmmaker (documentary film) and screenwriter (feature film) from Munich. She has a penchant for milieu studies, intercultural themes, dramedy and children's films. Became well-known with "Summer in Orange" and "Vampire Sisters 1-3", various awards, currently in the cinema with "Thabo - The Rhino Adventure".
Denise M'Baye has been active in film and television since 2009 and now also as a podcaster. In 2022 she was awarded the Heimspiel Award for her role as Dr. Ellen Cooper in "The Ordinaries". In 2023, we will see her in the ZDF neo series "Was wir fürchten" (What we fear) as well as in the Netflix production "Die Liebeskümmerer" (The love carers) and the children's series "Mein Traum, meine Geschichte" (My dream, my story).
Juliane Pielot studied German language and literature and philosophy (Mag.) in Berlin and then started working in press relations with a focus on arthouse films and festivals. For the past five years she has been part of the German film distributor missingFILMs, which she manages together with Christos Acrivulis and Andreas Severin.
Audience Short Film Award
For the Audience Short Film Award of the City of Hof, you can cast your vote for all short films both in the cinema and at our streaming festival. Please rate a short film with one to five stars, five stars is the top rating.
Friedrich Baur Gold Award
The Friedrich Baur Gold Award is presented for the best direction in a first feature film by the Bavarian Academy of Fine Arts in memoriam Heinz Badewitz. The prize consists of a certified gold bar worth around 35,000 euros. In addition, the prize includes artistic advice for the development of a new film project over a period of one year. This year's mentor for the Gold Award is media artist Corinna Schnitt.
The Hermann and Bertl Müller Foundation, which is based in Hof, has been awarding the prize, endowed with 7,500 euros, since 2015 for the best feature-length documentary film from German, Swiss or Austrian production. The prize is designed in cooperation with the European Training Centre for Stonemasonry and Stone Sculpting in Wunsiedel according to a design by Mohamed Naguib. The Egyptian is an award-winning sculptor and lecturer at the University of Alexandria.
The GRANIT - Hof Documentary Award 2023 goes to
FRANK MEYER by Leonhard Hofmann and Riccardo Dejan Jurkovic
In addition, special commendations are given to the films:
TUMULT is a Berlin-based directing duo consisting of Paola Calvo and Patrick Jasim. Their first feature-length documentary LUCHADORAS celebrated its world premiere at the prestigious SXSW and won several awards, among others at TIFF, SEMINCI, Nottingham as well as HoF.
They are currently preparing their second feature length documentary and are also producing shorter formats. Inspired by their Latin American and Arab roots, empowerment stands as a dominant theme in their work.
Franziska Schönenberger, writer and director, explores the idea of home, family and belonging in her stories. In cooperation with Jayakrishnan Subramanian she produced the documentaries AMMA & APPA and DIE SCHATTEN DER WÜSTE as well as the two award-winning short films RETTAI JADAI - DAS MÄDCHEN MIT DEN ROTEN SCHLEIFEN and MY MIRROR (HoF 2020).
The Bild-Kunst Award for Best Costume Design and Best Set Design was founded in 1997 as an award for the best production design by the "Film and Television Production Design" course at the HFF Munich. In 2010, the award was expanded to include the prize for "Best Costume Design", awarded by the Association of Professional Groups for Production Design and Costume Design (VSK). In addition, the Kulturwerk Foundation of VG BILD-KUNST was acquired as the main sponsor. Since then, the two prizes have been endowed with € 2,500 each.
The Bild-Kunst Award 2023 goes to
Carola Pizzini for Best Costume Design in WOODLAND
The Hof Critics Award will be awarded at the Hof International Film Festival to a feature film debut from Austria, Switzerland or Germany. The award recognizes a director and the production company that creatively explore innovative avenues and/or address socially relevant issues.
The Hof Critics Award for the Best Direction 2023 goes to
Robert Gwisdek for THE BOY WHO OWNS THE WORLD
The Hof Critics Award for the Best Production 2023 goes to
Susanne Gottlieb is a culture and film journalist from Vienna whose texts have been published in the daily newspapers Der Standard, Kleine Zeitung, Wiener Zeitung, NZZ am Sonntag, in the magazines TV Media, Filmbulletin, The Gap and Cineuropa. Other guest articles have been written for Kino Zeit, Talking Shorts, Ubiquarian and DMovies. She works in the cinema team and as an exhibition assistant at Metro Kino Kulturhaus and has collaborated on catalogs for the Zurich Film Festival and Locarno Film Festival. She holds degrees in journalism and theater studies.
Holger Heiland lives as a freelance author and journalist in Berlin. His film and cultural criticism appears in Jungle World and Die Presse (Vienna), on the portal Kunst + Film and his own blog weltwundern.net. At the Humboldt University in Berlin, he teaches creative writing to students of linguistics in practical seminars. His film "Tangled" (2000), for which he was responsible for writing and directing, screened at film festivals worldwide. In 2022 his first novel "Vom Wetter reden und vom Tod" (Talking about the weather and death) was published, in 2023 the novella "Vom Ordnen der Dinge" (On ordering things).
Teresa Vena is a film critic and curator. She writes for various print and online media such as NZZamSo, Filmbulletin and Cineuropa. In 2022, she took over as co-editor-in-chief of the Swiss film trade magazine Cinébulletin. In addition to her work as a critic, she develops thematic film series. She founded the film cycle "Magnificent Films!", which presents films from the Netherlands and Flanders, and the Festival Film: Switzerland. Her fields of interest and research are the film landscapes of German-speaking countries, Latin America and Asia.
Pharos Shiver Screen Award
The PHAROS SHIVER SCREEN AWARD will be presented to a film from the genres of thriller, horror, action, science fiction, etc. and is endowed with 2,500 euros. The award is international in scope and can be for a short or first or second feature-length film. The prize is supplemented by mentoring and an option for world distribution through The Playmaker Munich.
The Pharos Shiver Screen Award 2023 goes to the film
Christian Pfeil manages several cinemas in Jena, Gera and Munich. He has received several awards for his dedicated cinema work. He still works as an actor and takes on teaching activities, for example at the HFF Munich, the Babelsberg Film University and the CICAE Arthouse Cinema Training & Mentoring at the Venice Film Festival.
Romain Roll is International Industry Project Manager at the Grossmann Fantastic Film & Wine Festival in Slovenia. He is a co-founder of BIF-Market and has been working in various fields of the genre film industry for almost 40 years. As an actor, he can be seen in Paul Burrow's thriller "Nature Morte" and in Hélène Cattet & Bruno Forzani's "The Strange Color of your Body's Tears".
Ramona Sehr from Munich shot five short films during her directing studies at the HFF Munich. "Pan" was awarded the Starter Film Prize in 2018. Already during her studies she was active as a writer in writer's rooms.