cinefest - Internationales Festival des deutschen Film-Erbes cf-Logo

30th International Film History Conference

Revolution, Restoration, and Transition
A Cinematic Reflection of Culture and Politics between 1789 and 1848

23 - 25 November 2017 daily 9:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
at the University Guest House (Rothenbaumchausse 34)

(Deadline: 1st of June 2017)


The era between the French Revolution of 1789 and the restoration of the royal order after the failure of the democratic revolution in Germany in 1848 has motivated and inspired both contemporary artists and literary figures between the late 18th century and the present.
The dynamics of this era are evident in the works of revolutionary writers such as Georg Forster and Georg Büchner. Living in Paris during the revolution, Heinrich Heine was disheartened by the situation in Germany while Schiller and Goethe transitioned from the “Sturm und Drang“ to a courtly aristocracy. During the Romantic era, both transfigurations of the past and sombre reflections of the present (E.T.A. Hoffmann) were found and similar developments also occurred in other European countries (Percy & Mary Shelley).
Filmmakers of the 20th century have used both the works and biographies of these authors as a blueprint to cope with their own realities under diverse regimes, discussing and assessing acute social problems under the disguise of "classical literature". These films actively expose an ever-present inner turmoil between culture and politics.
cinefest and the film conference are therefore able to offer a two-fold refraction of cinematic adaptations of artistic and literary works from a period of political unrest.

Possible Topics for the conference are:

The focus will be on artists and literature from the time and not on works which later depict and reflect the historical events. The approach should not be biographical (no lectures on the biographies of the artists or filmmakers). The conference will not deal with historical films or theatrical productions nor will it deal with films about the life of political persons (Napoleon, Queen Luise, etc.).
The presentations are limited to ca. 20 minutes, followed by a discussion. Conference languages are German or English.
Presenters will receive the festival catalogue as well as a free accreditation to the conference, which also entitles them to attend festival film screenings from 23-26 November.

Out-of-down presenters will usually be supported with a travel fund.
Following the conference, the presentation will be published in a book (deadline for the articles: 31 December 2017; Release date: Fall 2018).

You are welcome to send suggestions for presentations in form of an abstract (about 1500 characters) and a short biography to Deadline is the 1st of June 2017.

In preparation of festival and conference there will be an internal screening 11 - 14 May 2017 in Berlin.

The 30th International Conference of German Film Heritage is an integral part of the festival, where the topics of the festival will be deepened in presentations and discussions.

For more information please contact kongress(at)

to the top

For more information, please contact:

CineGraph e.V., Schillerstr. 43, D - 22767 Hamburg
Tel.: +49-(0)40-352194 / Fax: +49-(0)40-345864
email: kongress(at)

29th International Film History Conference (to the archive)
28th International Film History Conference (to the archive)
27th International Film History Conference (to the archive)
26th International Film History Conference (to the archive)
25th International Film History Conference (to the archive)
24th International Film History Conference (to the archive)
23rd International Film History Conference (to the archive)
22nd International Film History Conference (to the archive)
21st International Film History Conference (to the archive)
20th International Film History Conference (to the archive)
19th International Film History Confernce (to the archive)
18th International Film History Conference (to the archive)

The conferences 1988 - 2004

Deutsche Version

Trailer cinefest 2016

Support cinefest with a donation via PayPal


Chris Horak's Blog entry about the 29th International film History Conference

Flyer cinefest 2017

cinefest 2017 flyer (pdf)

Hans-Michael Bock received the Limina Prize for Cultural Achievement 2016

The Prize was awarded during FilmForum in Gorizia on 10 March 2016 pdf Limina Prize





cinefest is organized by: