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XXI. cinefest 2024

More than Tell and Heidi.
German-Swiss film relations
November 15 – 24, 2024

37th International Film History Conference

20. – 23. November 2024
Call for Papers!

Silent film concert

ADIEU, MASCOTTE (GER 1929, Wilhelm Thiele)
featuring Lilian Harvey, Igo Sym, Harry Halm
Film screening on March 8th at 7:00 p.m. at the Metropolis Cinema in Hamburg.
Musical Accompaniment: Marie-Luise Bolte
An event of the German-French cultural festival Arabesques in cooperation with CineGraph – Hamburgisches Centrum für Filmforschung e.V. and cinefest as well as the Friedrich-Wilhelm-Murnau-Stiftung in Wiesbaden.

cinefest in Wiesbaden

From January 14th 2024, the Murnau-Filmtheater in Wiesbaden will show a selection of the film programme from the XX. cinefest
Attention! MUSIC … Between Film Comedy and Musical

cinefest in Prague

From 4. – 14 März 2024 the Ponrepo cinema in Prague will show a selection of the film programme from the XX. cinefest
Attention! MUSIC … Between Film Comedy and Musical,
supplemented by further films and presentations.

cinefest in Koblenz

From 14. – 17. March 2024, the Odeon-Apollo-Cinema in Koblenz will show a selection of the film program from the XX. cinefest
Attention! MUSIC … Between Film Comedy and Musical,
supplemented by other films.

The Festival



Movies belong in the cinema! A permanent partner of cinefest is the Metropoliskino in Hamburg, where the festival films - many still as 35mm copies - shine in the light of the screen!

cinefest geht online


In 2023 there will be an online version of cinefest again. In addition to the cinema program, some films will also be shown in the virtual cinema hall of the Metropolis cinema, Metropolis+. Participation in the conference is also possible via live stream.


The 36. International Film History Conference is an integral part of the cinefest in Hamburg. It will take place from 22. (opening) to 25. November 2023. Speakers and participants from germany and abroad will deepen the theme of the festival in presentations and discussions (conference languages: German or English). A hybrid event with both physical presence and online streaming is planned.


In accordance with its multimedia orientation, the festival offers discussion forums on technical, cultural, economic, legal, archival, and film historical topics in cooperation with professional associations and media representatives.


Two honorary awards will be presented at the festival: the Reinhold Schünzel Award for many years of service in the care, preservation and dissemination of German film heritage to one or more persons. The Willy Haas Award, award for an important international publication on German-language film or film in Germany.


cinefestregularly presents silent films with live musical accompaniment.


Our guests at cinefest


As a preview of the cinefest, the Abaton cinema will show Reinhold Schünzel's musical comedy classic Viktor und Viktoria (1933) on November 7th, 2023 and the musical Ich war noch niemals in New York (2018/19, Philipp Stölzl) on November 14th, 2023.


Also in 2023 there will be a cinefest encore at the Lichtmess Cinema again: Tommy (1974/75, Ken Russell) am 28.11.2023.


Following the events in Hamburg, parts of the film program will go on tour to Berlin, Wiesbaden, Prague, Vienna and Zurich.


The festival will be accompanied by an extensive catalog with contemporary reviews of the films, thematic and overview texts and a biographical encyclopaedia.


Following the International Film History Conference, the presentations will be published in written form in the CineGraph-Book series by edition text+kritik. With this book series, the research results are made accessible to a wide audience.

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