MUSIC & FILM
Founded in 1986, the Braunschweig International Film Festival is the oldest festival in Lower Saxony, Germany. Started by a handful of cinema enthusiasts it has developed into an audience festival for 27,500 visitors. Around 280 film industry professionals – filmmakers, actors/actresses, producers, composers, press – attend the festival to see about 250 full-length and short films on eight screens. Since 2009 the festival operates its own cinema, the UNIVERSUM Filmtheater, with two screens for 80 and 207 seats.
Young European cinema of the highest standard is one of the trademarks of BraunschweigIFF. “Music & Film” is Braunschweig’s second focal point, drawing attention to the sound of the moving images. International premieres, cinéma d’auteurs, film concerts, retrospectives, tributes and four awards round off the festival’s profile, giving the audience and the press ample scope for new discoveries.
BraunschweigIFF devotes itself to a long neglected aspect of cinema history and culture: the close relationship between film and music. Since 2002 the festival invites famous film composers to present a selection of their films and talk about their work in a music master class. In cooperation with the Braunschweig State Orchestra, one of the oldest orchestras of the world, BIFF also showcases film concerts with new compositions.
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