Hessen Film and Cinema Prize
The Hessen Film and Cinema Prize is awarded annually by the Hessian Ministry for Science and Art at the Old Opera House. The awards – Best Film, Best Documentary Film, Best Short Film, Hessian Screenplay Award, Hessian University Award, Hessian Culture Award for Commercial Cinemas and Hessian Culture Award for Municipal Cinemas – are worth a total of 185,000 Euros. Since 2007 the Hessen Television Prize (undoped) is given by the director of the Hessen Radio & TV station Hessischer Rundfunk (hr) in the categories Best Actress and Best Actor. In addition there is also a Honorary Award of the Hessian Prime Minister.


LUCAS Prizes
The juries, composed in equal parts of young film lovers and professionals from the field, award prizes in the 8+ and 13+ age groups for the best feature film (5,000 euros) and for the best short or medium -length film (2,000 euros). The SIR PETER USTINOV AWARD (2,000 euros) is also bestowed on an entry in the feature film category of the 13+ age group. In adiddion there is an unendowed Audience Award. A guest jury from ECFA (European Children’s Film Association) will be present. For more details on all the films in competition and winners, please visit


LICHTER Award and LICHTER Art Award
The Lichter Award, a bembel, will be awarded for the best regular-length film and best short flim. The bemels are donated with a prize money, that serves as inspiration for future film projects. MBF will give a sponsorship award that consists of 4,000 Euros in film engineering services and 500 Euros in cash for the best regular-length film. The best short film recieves 500 Euros in cash, donated by Hessen Film Fund as well as a participation in the screenwriting camp by Hessen Film Fund and two gift certificates for seminars at the Filmhaus Frankfurt. The winner of the LICHTER audience award recieves a price money of 2,000 Euro, donated by brewery BINDING ADLER. The LICHTER Art Award is an international competition for film and video artists. The content from the video works sent in range from conceptual to very ‘light’ visuals. The winner recieves a price money of 1,000 Euros. For more details on. all the films in competition and winners, please visit LICHTER Awards.


visionale Awards
visionale, the Hessian media festival for children, youth and professional filmmakers up to 27 years gives awards, that are worth a total of 6,000 Euros in 4 categories: age 0 – 14 years, 15 – 19 years, 20 – 27 years, Young Professionals. There is also a special prize awarded by Centre for Political Education of the State of Hessen.


Short Film Award – Young Cuban Film
Since 2009 the festival CUBA IM FILM gives the Young Cuban Film Award. A jury of jung film students values the entries of shorts, ducumentaries, experimantal and animation films from the festival Muestra de Nuevos Realizadores as well as entries from the International School of Film and Television (EICTV) in San Antonio de los Baños. The prize is donated with 500 Euro. Find out all about the festival on the website of Cuba im Film.