Full cinemas, many guests, a great atmosphere and political statements: Taking stock of the 56th Hof International Film Festival

    HoF IFF atmosphere at Scala cinema

    The 56th Hof International Film Festival can rejoice in its success. Audiences are returning to the cinema.

    An increase in cinema admissions of 40% compared to 2021 puts film back in focus, evidenced by full cinema auditoria and the more than 700 accredited trade visitors and press representatives, twice as many as last year. The motto this year was "SOCIETY – Change as Opportunity", illustrated by the multifaceted programme with its 126 films - 75 features and documentaries, and 51 shorts.

    “The great family festival of cinema is over. We saw full auditoria, happy faces and many emotional moments. This year, Hof Film Festival was all of that. Personal encounters are important, direct exchanges send important signals. Those were sent in particular by the Iranian director Donya Madani and Mariia Shevchenko from the Ukraine. Two strong women who impressed us with their courage, demonstrating what cinema can achieve. They are role models in their commitment to freedom for women and all people who are persecuted and oppressed. We are always strongest together!”

    Thorsten Schaumann
    Artistic director
    HoF IFF live at Scala cinema

    Hybrid Normality

    Hof Film Festival reached out to its audiences and, with HoF on Demand, created a platform to attract additional guests to the event. In addition, barrier-free participation was enabled for all those who could not come to Hof for various reasons. Most of the films were available for individual viewing on HoF on Demand after the German premieres, nationwide as well as for accredited persons, so constituting an additional superregional offer for all those interested in film.

    With the HoF Live streaming channel, via YouTube as well as our homepage, Hof Film Festival offered an up-to-date communication interface from 10 a.m. to midnight. A varied programme was presented - up to 7 hours of self-produced and partly interactive content per day, such as director talks, panels, trailers, etc. Our Film Festival presence on TikTok was also launched, with its own storyline and a new look.

    GRANIT - Hof Documentary Award 2022


    The traditional match between FC Hofer Filmtage and FC Filmwelt, which all spectators considered high class and full of variety, ended 4:5.


    • Total duration 13 days (six days in-person event plus7streamdays with almost all films on demand),
    • an average of 14,000 visitors in Hof's cinemas over six days, signifying an increase of 40% by comparison to the previous year,
    • the same number of premieres as in previous years,
    • films available with Q&As online after their cinema premieres,
    • presentation of ten prizes totalling 70,000 euros.
    • A superregional audience could be reached through the HoF on Demand platform, an offer for not-yet-Hof-fans,
    • approx. 7,200 film downloads on HoF on Demand by accredited and non-accredited viewers,
    • Retro-homage to Roland Reber+Kollektiv,
    • OUT OF THE BOX with three unusual independent projects as world premieres,
    • HoF PLUS accompanying programme: 35 public events in five days, master class on the topic of documentary film, interviews with more than 100 filmmakers and social media clips recorded,
    • our own HoF Streaming channel: 11 hours live streaming each festival day, 7 hours produced per day of our own content relating to the festival, 3,500 plays on the HoF YouTube channel, more than 52,000 visits to the streaming channel and the Filmtage website,
    • all recorded live streams on the Filmtage YouTube channel.

    We would like to thank all our guests for this exciting and, above all, emotional 56th Hof International Film Festival. Special appreciation goes to our many sponsors and supporters.

    We are looking forward to the 57th Hof International Film Festival from 24th to 29th October 2023!