11mm Festival starts with a bang

Friday, 18 March 2016

A near sell-out crowd of special guests and cinephiles made their way across the grass carpet of the BABYLON cinema to attend the opening film of the 11mm International Film Festival. The event kicked off with GOAL! THE WORLD CUP (Britain, 1966 technicolor). The screening of the film marked the fiftieth anniversary of the 1966 World Cup in England and the controversial “phantom goal” of Wembley. Among the special guests in attendance were Horst-Dieter Höttges, Max Lorenz and Siggi Held, all members of the 1966 German national team.

The evening got underway on a musical note with a solo performance by Berlin’s Martin Tetzlaff. The editor-in-chief of 11 Freunde magazine served as the night’s charming emcee.

In coming days, festival-goers can look forward to fascinating line-up with numerous German and international premieres, films focusing on this year’s featured football nations, France and England, and a young people’s film series.

The short film competition: 11mm shortkicks
Topping off the festival at 7.30 PM on Monday, March 21, this year’s 11mm shortkicks jury will pick their favorite from nine short films as part of the shortkicks gala. Together with the audience, the jury will select the best short football film live on stage. The 11mm shortkicks gala will also feature a winner of the 11mm people’s choice award, the coveted GOLDEN 11.

Among the jurors this year are former German national, 1990 World Cup winner and TV football pundit Thomas Berthold and former German national and Wolfsburg assistant coach Ariane Hingst. We would like to express our sorrow over the sudden death on March 10 of the director of the Hofer Filmtage festival, Heinz Badewitz, who was to have taken part in this year’s shortkicks jury.