cinefest - Internationales Festival des deutschen Film-Erbes

cinefest 2014
11th International Festival of German Film Heritage
Hamburg: 15 - 23 November 2014

organized by CineGraph and Bundesarchiv-Filmarchiv

in cooperation with the DFG-research project "History of the Documentary film in Germany (1945-2005)"

New Directions in Documentary Film

cinefest 2014 and the 27th International Film History Conference will look at trends that have developed in documentary films since the 1960’s, when innovations such as lightweight 16mm equipment and video started influencing the making of films. In addition, we will also investigate the interesting and controversial mixture between documentary and fiction which developed in later years.

Throughout the festival and conference, we will span the gap and look into connections between the classics of the 1960s and 1970s and modern day issues such as globalization, environmental degradation, food industries, and nuclear energy as well as influences the internet and social media have had on public opinion.

For an international perspective, influential films from Czechoslovakia, Great Britain, France, and other countries will be screened.


cinefest 2013
10th International Festival of German Film Heritage
Hamburg: 16 - 24 November 2013

organized by CineGraph and Bundesarchiv-Filmarchiv

Film censorship in Europe

"Überfall" (D 1928, Ernö Metzner)
Source: Filmmuseum Berlin - Deutsche Kinemathek / Sammlung Casparius

Since it first emerged as a popular medium, cinema has been subjected to censorship from a broad cross section of society. What started with small town police officers and narrow-minded teachers enforcing their opinions progressed to government institutions enforcing newly established censorship laws. Throughout history, changes in social structure as well as in sexual politics have directly influenced the limits of what was considered acceptable on the screen and repeatedly, political upheavals have sparked a tide of banned and forbidden films.

Cinefest 2013 will reopen famous cases of censorship, looking at films that were put under lock and key in a variety of situations: by the Nazis when they came to power in 1933, by the Communist party in East Germany, or by the Warsaw Pact states after their invasion of Czechoslovakia. Following the example of the BBFC – which has recently celebrated its centenary in London – we will examine the progression from film “censorship” to film “classification”.

CineGraph - Hamburgisches Centrum für Filmforschung e.V.
Schillerstr. 43, 22767 Hamburg
Tel: +49-(0)40-352194 / Fax: +49-(0)40-345864
email: info(at)

in Cooperation with
Kinemathek Hamburg - Kommunales Kino Metropolis
Deutsches Historisches Museum / Zeughauskino, Berlin
Friedrich-Wilhelm-Murnau-Stiftung, Wiesbaden
Narodní filmový archiv, Prag
FilmForum Udine/Gorizia
Filmarchiv Austria, Wien
Cinémathèque Suisse Lausanne / Filmpodium Zürich

with frienldy support from
absolutMedien, Berlin
Altoner Museum, Hamburg
Arte, Straßburg
Barefoot Wine
British Council, Berlin
British Film Institute, London
Budweiser Budvar
DEFA-Stiftung, Berlin
Deutsch-Tschechischer Zukunftsfonds, Prag
Deutsche Kinemathek - Museum für Film und Fernsehen, Berlin
Deutsches Filminstitut – DIF, Frankfurt
Due Baristi Espressobar, Hamburg
Filmmuseum Potsdam
Filmmuseum Wien
Hamburger Öffentlichen Bücherhallen
Hotel am Rothenbaum, Hamburg
Jugendinformationszentrum - JIZ, Hamburg
Omnimago, Ingelheim
Österreichisches Kulturforum, Berlin
Skoda Auto Deutschland GmbH
SK Limousines + Services, Hamburg
Slovenský Filmový Ústav, Bratislava
Slowakisches Institut, Berlin
Transit Film GmbH, München
Universität Hamburg – Institut für Neuere deutsche Literatur und Medienkultur

Media Partner: FilmDienst

CineGraph – Hamburgisches Centrum für Filmforschung e.V. is funded by the Hamburg Ministry of Culture.

After the event in Hamburg, parts of the film programme will also be shown in Berlin, Wiesbaden, Prague, Vienna and Zurich.

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cinefest in Wiesbaden

In March and April the Murnau Filmtheater in Wiesbaden will show part of the cinefest film programme. The programme is accompanied by the exhibition which we presented last November in Hamburg. more

cinefest in Prague

From March 13-18, the Ponrepo cinema in Prague will present part of the cinefest film programme more

cinefest 2014 flyer

from 15 - 23 November the 11th cinefest will take place in Hamburg. Flyer cinefest 2014



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