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For the second year running the opening is held in the EWE Arena. This year's opening film "Oh Boy" is a true highlight, as it went on to win all of the German Independence Awards at the 19th Oldenburg International Film Festival. But the success was just starting here. Jan Ole Gerster's gem was invited to many more festivals and won several German Film Awards in 2013.





Head of the festival's first all female jury was a special guest: Oscar-winner Mira Sorvino brought some true star power to Oldenburg and received her own star on the OLB Walk of Fame. The retrospective went new ways, as for the first time a director and cameraman was honored in Phedon Papamichael. One of the festival's highlights was Butch Walker's prison concert. Walker attended the festival for the screening of a documentary about his life and work and played a rock show in the festival's JVA screening location.







The festival turns 18. An record-breaking audience of 1300 attended the Opening Night at the EWE Arena. The star on the OLB Walk-of-Fame went to Matthew Modine. Guests of honor were Ted Kotcheff and Roger Fritz and fittingly for an 18th birthday party the parties were legendary and the atmosphere was grand.

“Dr. Ketel” by Linus de Paoli received the jury award “German Independence Award – Bester Deutscher Film”. The “German Independence Award – Publikumspreis” went to “Happy New Year” by K. Lorrel Manning starring Michael Cuomo. Another highlight was the US-Spanish  co-production “The Way” by Emilio Estevez with stars Deborah Kara Unger and Yorick van Wageningen in attendance. “The Way“ is the first festival film shown in the Oldenburg Lamberti-Church. The audience was moved and showed their respect for the daring vision with standing ovations after the film.



The year of the frog: The municipal council slashes its support for the festival. Festival organizers and the incredible staff give everything and a bit more to make 2010 as good as previous years despite the cuts. On the first night of the festival it is apparent that they were successful. A stunning array of guests, an enthusiastic audience and an incredibly relaxed, creative and inspiring atmosphere the 2010 edition goes down as one of the best festivals so far. 

Jury-president Deborah Kara Unger enchants Oldenburg with her glamour and receives a star on the OLB Walk of Fame. Guests of honor Timothy Bottoms and Radley Metzger are charming gentlemen and entertaining stars and give the festival a touch of New Hollywood. The German Independecen Awards go to Paul Gordon and Philip Koch. Once again the Oldenburg audience and the festival's jury prove that they have a talent for spotting great indie art. 



A year of reflection. After the new features and huge names of the past years the festival turned its focus once again to the main feature: The films.

Always question for the nature of independent films, exploring the whole scope of the indie scene the festival’s lineup included gems like: Life is Hot in Cracktown, Snow White and Russian Red the award-winning Distanz.

It is good to see the festival not resting on its laurels but instead raising the bar for quality and originality year after year.





The stars never shone brighter in Oldenburg. For the 15th time Oldenburg called and everyone wanted to attend.

Seymour Cassel became immortalized on the Walk of Fame, LeVar Burton, Marius Müller-Westernhagen, Michael Wadleigh, James Toback and Michel Houellebecq made for several highlights each day.

The festival in Oldenburg has achieved a star-power and draw that few other indie-fests can claim and at the same time it retained its natural cool and laid-back atmosphere. The big winner 2008 was Emily Atef, whose “Das Fremde in mir” won all three awards. 




 The year of revolutions. Never before have there been more new features in the history of the festival.

Oldenburg prison is turned into an official festival cinema, a short film award is introduced, for two years the festival will host the Otto Sprenger Award and guest of honour Stacy Keach opens the Oldenburg Walk of Fame.

The new developments help define the festival’s profile and heighten awareness for its established qualities.




Just like independent cinema redefines itself continuously and creates a counterculture to usual film conventions the 2006 festival explored new ways, tested undiscovered terrain and created pluralities.

The selection ranged from Richard Linklater’s eagerly awaited Philip K. Dick adaptation A SCANNER DARKLY to the splendid Closing Night with the German premiere of Darren Aronofsky’s THE FOUNTAIN. The festival was thus able to showcase once again what it means to be an independent festival. Jerry Schatzberg received the honors of the retrospective as one the great directors of the New Hollywood, who is still lauded today in France for his remarkable European style.

Another aficionado of French cinema is Peter Fleischmann whom the tribute was dedicated to and who is one of the more enigmatic directors of the New German Cinema. The German Independence Awards went to Scott Dacko for THE INSURGENTS and Birgit Grosskopf for her debut PRINZESSIN.



No standstill despite prosperity. In 2005 the festival could have taken a relaxed attitude and reaped the rewards of years of hard work. Instead they chose to innovate once again, focussing parts of the programme on documentary and digital filmmaking. The city of Oldenburg returned to the screen once more, as producer/director Christopher Coppola used the festival to tour Oldenburg’s surroundings for an episode of his “Biker Chef”-series.

Luke Wilson and Ken Russel brought their star power to Oldenburg and were duly noticed by the media. The awards went out to Catharina Deus for “DIE BOXERIN” and Marcos Siega’s “PRETTY PERSUASION”. In 2005 neither jury nor audience had it easy to decide such was the quality of that year’s film crop.


The next big step. In its eleventh year the festival establishes its presence among the elite of German filmfestivals. The "German Independence Award - Best German Film" is presented by an international jury for the first time. Winner is Andreas Struck with "SUGAR ORANGE".

Jury-president and guest of honour Tim Blake Nelson presented his "THE GREY
ZONE" at a gala-event in the State Theatre. The audience award went to the Greek production "HARDCORE" by Dennis Illiadis. Another highlight was the retrospective, which featured the work of Andrzej Zulawski, whose filmmaking genius receives too little praise these days.


The 10th anniversary of the festival: it was a real celebration of a decade of independent spirit in Oldenburg. More films, stars and parties than ever and with Larry Clark a guest, who electrifies the masses. KEN PARK is one of most anticipated and most overrun films in festival history.

Filmfest Oldenburg continues the tradition to produce its own against-the-grain projects: 2003 it@@@s the Oldenburg-docu LET IT ROLL. The success
at the festival is only the first stop on a tour that includes locations such  as Berlin and Cannes. It was only fitting for an anniversary event to have truly great cinema: the guest of honour was Philippe de Broca and the epic, yet surreal NORTHFORK won the German Independence Award.


99euro-films make a comeback ? this time their international. The Oldenburg film-festival showcases its creative potential. THE EUROPEAN PROJECT brings together many long-time friends of the festival and in 2003 it is even invited to the prestigiou
s Locarno festival.

With the opening film the festival returns to its roots: MEIN BRUDER DER VAMPIR is dir
ected by Oldenburg-born Sven Taddicken. ANARCADIUM by Scott Thomas wins the German Independence Award, while the retrospective to Bernard Rose honours once again one of the great individualists of cinema history.


This festival saw the world-premiere of a truly unique film-experience: 99euro-films debuted at the festival and started their success-story from Oldenburg. ANAM went on to become the first German film to win the German Independence Award.

Ralf Huetners MONDSCHEINTARIF opens the festival and Jasmin Tabatabai attends the premiere together with the director. Jim McBride and Ben Gazzara are guests of honour: This years tribute and retrospective went to them. THE HOLE brought young British cinema to Oldenburg and Keira Knightley, who was just about to become famous, presented the film.






Benno Fuermann and Christiane Paul open the festival with FREUNDE. The Closing-night sees the German premiere of TITUS. In between there was a remarkable retrospective for one of Hollywoods greatest: William Wellman.

The tribute was done for Stacy Coc
hran and her innovative and uncompromising filmmaking. The highlight of the festival is a German movie: KANAK ATTACK draws a huge audience, and Bela B. Felsenheimer returns just for an hour, as he claims, but he stays for three full days of parties and becomes a close friend of the festival.


A year full of surprises: porn-queen Stacy Valentine turns some heads and almost creates a scandal as guest of the CLOSEUP ON LOVE-special. Asia Argento came for a movie and stayed for a gig with her band. Ärzte-drummer Bela B. Felsenheimer came, saw, stayed and keeps returning ever since.

John Gallagher and Mattew Modine are welcomed back in Oldenburg and the German Independence Award went to one of the most beautiful films of festival history: THE INVISIBLES. With the retrospective one of Europe's great but forgotten directors is rediscovered: the magnificent Harry Kuemel is guest of honour at the festival. 





Never before had there been more guests and never before were there more exciting films at the festival. It was the premiere of the German Independence Award and when Till Schweiger arrived, the roads to the cinema had to be closed down. Roberto Faenza, Seymour Cassell and Saskia Reeves attended the festival.

The Closing-night had an Oscar-winner with GODS AND MONSTERS and Hans Christian Schmid presented the fascinating 23. Steve Soderbergs OUT OF SIGHT saw its German Premiere in Oldenburg and Jon Jacobs enchanted the audience with his sexy southern-fairytale LUCINDAS SPELL. After five years the festival had made its way into the premiere league of German filmfestivals.



Friendships start to grow: John Gallagher is in Oldenburg with "THE DELI" he will return often as director, advisor and friend. Peter Koper attends the festival for the second time, and it won't be his last visit. He is one of the guests at the symposium "Independent knows no compromise".

RP Kahl stars in Oskar Roehlers SYLVESTER COUNTDOWN - one year down the road he will direct the opening film, later still the festival trailer and finally he supervises the 99euro-films. DIE MUSTERKNABEN can be seen in Oldenburg - the sequels will create a tradition. But the true highlight of the year was the Tim Hunter retrospective together with a tribute to Iciar Bollain. 


The stars grow bigger and the festival becomes more prolific. The attendance of Iris Berben adds a touch of glamour to the festival, which it will keep for the following years. James B. Harris and Matthew Modine are the celebrated guests of the festival and suddenly the film-world takes notice of the small town on the Hunte-river.

The films of 1996 tell a story of their own, as the list of highlights is longer than ever before: KIDS RETURN, HABIT, DIE MUTTER DES KILLERS and OMAHA - THE MOVIE are but the pinnacle of a masterfully programmed festival, which is just carving its niche in the international festival-scene.



"The second year is always the hardest" or so the saying goes. But Frank Oz comes to Oldenburg and Nicolette Krebitz and Jürgen Vogel represent young German cinema, and suddenly optimism turns into euphoria. This spirit helped to guide the festival into the realm of the first-tier festivals. The German premieres of HEADLESS BODY IN A TOPLESS BAR and DOLORES were the magnificent film-highlights of the second year. 






Year One? The future looks bright and promising. The festival starts full of energy and the conviction that everything is possible and succeeds to become a totally unique affair in Germany. Guest stars include Alex Cox and Maria Schrader. ROMEO IS BLEEDING and CROOKLYN are the highlights of the year. The sky is the limit for the young festival-organizers, who made the festival a success through hard work and believe in their dreams.