05. - 12.06.24           De

About us

Festival Focus

The International Filmfest Emden-Norderney is an independent film festival primarily for European feature, documentary and short films, with a program focussing on north-western European and German language productions / co-productions. 

The Festival intends to promote the interest in European film culture, and to, in particular, increase the mutual understanding and cooperation not only at European, but also at national and regional level through the screening of strongly committed contributions on social, political and cultural topics. Set against this background the International Filmfest Emden-Norderney also wishes to present audio-visual productions that adequately reflect Lower Saxony both as a region and as a media location.

International Filmfestival Emden-Norderney

Located close to the UNESCO Wadden Sea World Heritage at the North Sea, the International Filmfest Emden-Norderney is a true festival for the public and has established an enthusiastic audience for true-to life and story-driven films for its 24.000 visitors. The festival's main focus is on current feature-length productions and shorts from northwestern Europe. Over the years the IFF Emden|Norderney has become a well-adopted, heartwarming festival with an exceptionally good reputation among visitors and the industry.

More than 100 films on 8 screens are being presented by film makers from all over Europe who follow our invitation to share their films with our audience. The International Filmfest Emden-Norderney is one of Germany's most recognised audience festivals and increasingly developing into a highly-regarded meeting place for numerous representatives of the German and North-West European film industry.

A large part of the films in competition will receive their German premieres here in Emden or on the island of Norderney. To present the films to our local audiences the festival has been providing German subtitles for a great number of films. 

Big variety

The main focus of the programme is on current film productions from northwestern Europe. Due to its extensive programme of new British and Irish films, the International Filmfest Emden-Norderney has also come to be regarded as a showcase for UK productions in Germany.

The programme of films on offer includes new films from German-speaking countries, portraits of directors and actors, international highlights and discoveries as well as short films, and is completed by a programme of children’s and family films.


Prize money totalling € 60,500 will be awarded over the course of the Festival with the audience deciding on the winners of the film competitions. The Screenplay Award, with its purse of € 12,000, will be decided on by a selected jury of experts in close cooperation with the renowned Grimme Institute.

The extensive programme will be supplemented by workshops, film conversations, talk shows and gala events for the opening and awards ceremony.

Personal Atmosphere

Over the years the International Filmfest Emden-Norderney has acquired an excellent reputation, not least thanks to its warm, very personal atmosphere and a particular closeness between film-makers and its enthusiastic audiences.

The International Filmfest Emden-Norderney was founded in 1990 and takes place every year in June.