Cinema in Prison
»Oldenburg is the only film festival in the world that lists a correctional facility as a regular screening venue, allowing cinema-loving prisoners to enjoy films alongside festivalgoers. (No escape attempts have been made to date.)«
- MovieMaker Magazin, The 25 Coolest Film Festivals in the World
Oldenburg is the only festival in the world which annually screens part of its regular program is an actual prison environment. The concept behind this is not only to offer the inmates a unique cultural experience but also to offer the general public a glimpse into the daily routines of prison life while sharing the common language of film. The festivals aims to raise awarness of incarcerated individuals and build bridges between their world and the outside, as upon their release back into society we will all be neighbors.
The opening of the prison screenings will open on the festival friday at 2 am. Tickets for the prison screenings can only be purchased at the official booking office. Due to security reasons persons attending the prison screenings must identify with their ID card. Furthermore, a form agreeing to a security check by the prison staff has to be signed. Tickets are available until the day before the screening.