The history of 11MM also includes various trips to major football events - the festival has been "on tour" at home and abroad for the past 18 years. On the occasion of EURO 2012, we presented our film festival in Kharkiv, the second largest city in Ukraine, as part of the cultural supporting program. For us this was an unforgettable stay. We enjoyed not only the great hospitality, the wonderful audience talks in the cinema, the 2:1 of the German team in the preliminary round match against the Netherlands and especially, as part of a colorful team, a friendly match against the Ukrainian national team of authors. Afterwards we talked about (football) culture in both countries and the common European future. In the best of moods and full of hope. Now the city is in ruins, it is so bitter.

In the face of war, the term "home" takes on a special meaning. This year's 11MM issue is primarily about "football as home". Linked to the themes of identity, migration and kicking in the provinces. "The standing area at the SV Freistadt canteen is a part of my home. Beer, sausage and whiners integral part. And this place in my homeland can always be sure of my affection, despite many a disappointment," speaks Wolfgang Steininger, member of this year's Grand Jury and football-mad founder of the enchanting "Heimatfilmfestival" in Upper Austria.

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