Since the first International Film Festival in 1974 one of the main concerns of the Film Initiative Wuerzburg has been not only to bring well-known filmmakers to Wuerzburg but also to provide a platform for newcomers and to promote them. For several decades, this support has also been provided in the form of cash prizes. The jury is the audience. Corona and moving the festival to the Internet should not change this. That is why we are sticking to the three prize categories in 2021 and thank the sponsors very much for continuing to be part of it!
This year we are declaring all festival films to be competition films. The audience will have the opportunity to vote for the respective film in the course of online streaming. Please make use of this opportunity as the winners of the various categories will be determined exclusively by the audience.
Here’s how the voting works: At the beginning of the credits, a box with five stars and a request to vote appears on your screen. By assigning stars you can vote as follows:
***** excellent | **** very good | *** good | ** so-so | * bad
You can change your rating at any time during the 24 hours in which you can stream the film. The winners will be announced a few days after the end of the online festival via our homepage and social media channels.
The best feature film is awarded for the 33rd time; the prize money of € 2,500 is provided by VR-Bank Würzburg. Fourteen feature films take part in the competition.
For the 18th time an audience award is offered among the five documentary films in competition; the prize money of € 1,500 is provided by Vogel Communications Group.
The best short film will be awarded for the 26th time. The prize money of € 1,000 is provided by Würzburger Hofbräu GmbH. All nine short films of the short film program take part.