This year, our programme committee had the wonderful yet challenging task of putting together ten competition programmes from over 2,000 submitted films, which thematically complement and challenge one another.

Building on our opening film 16 Sunrises, which looks at the future of humanity and society from a global perspective with the greatest possible distance – namely from outer space – 49 documentaries, feature films and animations will dig even deeper into this year’s core theme:
A future that has a fateful affect on someone because it unfolds differently than expected or hoped. A future we cannot foresee because life in the here and now is already (too) complex. A future that is simply decided for us, in which money plays a greater role than responsibility for the environment or humanity. Or a utopian future which seems to be more desirable than the present or past, in which technological progress can solve all our problems.

This year’s submissions, and thus our programme selections, reflect a broad spectrum of discussions on this topic. What they all have in common is an urgent objective and clear position. We are thrilled to present so many films with pressing messages and substantial food for thought at this year’s festival, not just for your viewing pleasure but also to initiate discussions.