13th International Football Film Festival 11mm

Monday, 29 February 2016

The thirteenth edition of the 11mm International Football Film Festival will focus on the fiftieth anniversary of the controversial "phantom goal" at Wembley and the host nation of the 2016 European Championships, France.

The festival takes place from March 17 to 21, and for the first time films will be screened in three different cinemas: Babylon (Mitte), Filmtheater am Friedrichshain und im City Kino in Wedding. 11mm is proud to present more than 70 short and feature-length films dealing with football in all its social and cultural significance.

The opening evening spotlight on March 17 will be trained on Geoff Hurst's was-it-over-the-line-or-not goal at the 1966 World Cup final in Wembley. The festival will kick off with the classic GOAL! THE WORLD CUP (Great Britain, 1966, Technicolor), directors Ross Devenish und Abidin Dino's extensive look back at the 1966 World Cup in England, particularly the final in London's Wembley Stadium. In attendance will be 1966 German national players Horst-Dieter Höttges, Max Lorenz and Siggi Held.

Focus on France (in collaboration with DFJW)

Ahead of this summer's European Championships in France, the retrospective "Édition Spéciale: Football en France" - compiled in conjunction with the German French Youth Project (DFJW) - presents outstanding films from the Euro 2016 host country. The series, which will be screened at the City Kino of the Centre Français, kicks off on March 18 with LES REBELLES DU FOOT (Gilles Perez & Gilles Rof, Frankreich, 2012). In it, French football legend Eric Cantona tells viewers how five professional soccer players, including Didier Drogba and Sokrates, use their fame to protest against political injustice. The evening's special guests will be Célia Šašić (2015 German Women's Football Player of the Year), Dieter Müller (1976 European Championships Runner-Up), Daniel Cohn-Bendit (European Member of Parliament) and director Gilles Rof.

The Festival of Festivals

Thirteen years ago, when 11mm made its debut, it was the only football film festival in the world. Since then, cinema and sports fans all over the globe have been inspired by the idea and started events of their own. Reason to celebrate, which is why 11mm invited film festivals from various countries to come to Berlin. Nine of them will be represented at 2016 11mm.

11minimeter

The stage is set for the 11mm schoolchildren series 11 minimeter from March 14 to 18. The Filmtheater Friedrichshain and the City Kino of the Centre Français will be screening the best young people's football films for students at Berlin schools. VfL Wolfsburg defender Naldo is the honorary patron of the series. It the third time the Brazilian has graced 11mm with his presence.