Dear visitors of the Filmfest,

What do you think of when you think of innovation in film? That an artificial intelligence like ChatGPT writes the screenplay or that software composes the film music? Innovation is about courageously breaking new ground, experimenting and testing boundaries. This is what the competition category Innovation stands for, in which the Bremen State Media Authority awards two prizes: the best narrative innovation and the best visual innovation. Behind each innovation are courageous and creative people who have more than earned their award. That is why we are very pleased that the Innovation Award has found its permanent place within the Filmfest Bremen. Enjoy Filmfest 2023 and be inspired by innovation, courage and the joy of experimentation!

Cornelia Holsten – Director of the Bremen State Media Authority

The International Competition Innovation stands for unusual and surprising narratives, the skilful use of technology, creative, sometimes idiosyncratic image design and themes that open up new worlds. Across all genres and formats, the films in this category seek artistic, technical and narrative experimentation and surprise their audiences. Far from the usual formats and narrative structures we are used to seeing on television or in the cinema, new experiences and perspectives can be gained here. An experiment worth getting involved in. From well over 200 submissions, the viewing committee has selected 16 shorter works and 9 longer ones – from staged documentaries to crossover opera-dance films, from experimental to footage, from animation to dystopian scenarios, the entries will compete for the following prizes:

Jury prizes


Best Narrative Innovation

endowed with 1.500 EUR, donated by the Bremische Landesmedienanstalt


Best Visual Innovation

endowed with 1,500 EUR, donated by the Bremen State Media Authority


Best Technical Innovation

endowed with 1,500 EUR


On 16 April at 7.30 p.m., the jury of experts for this section will announce the winning films in the Kleines Haus theatre will announce the winning films.

Till Derenbach


Managing Director and Producer Zeitsprung Pictures

Nicola Jones


MOIN Film Funding

Thomas Schäffer


Managing Director nordmedia

These are the nominated films:

Orphea in Love
No Exit
The Timekeepers of Eternity
The Children Of The Sleeping Giant
Third Body
Breaking Rachmaninoff
By The Throat
Teheran 2020 + Neverinland
Digital is better – Short Films Innovation 3
There’s no place like home (Subtitles: German)
Man:Machine:Matter – Short Films Innovation 1
There’s no place like home (Subtitles: English)
Who am I? – Short Films Innovation 2

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