FILMthuer – Horizons 2020

Thuringian Short Film Festival


Non-commercial short film festival for filmmakers from Thuringia

Open competition for all topics and genres

Festival without an entry fee


Organizer: FILMthuer e.V. in Jena as part of

Bundesverband Deutscher Film-Autoren e.V. (BDFA)





18/9/20 - Lichthaus Kino Weimarschool films (media education)

19/9/20 - Lichthaus Kino Weimar freelance filmmakers / film students

10/10/20 - Kino im Schillerhof Jena – young and hobby filmmakers



  • Only non-commercial films by authors living in Thuringia or by members of the BDFA film club in Thuringia are permitted
  • Films up to 20 minutes   
  • Film language German or with German subtitles
  • Youth-endangering contents, pornographic, extremist and racist films with discriminatory content will immediately be disqualified



Until 30 Juni 2020 via the registration form on the new website

After submitting the form, an upload link for your film will appear. The file needs to be cinema screening quality (preferred format h.264 and mp4). A preview copy of an unfinished cut must be marked as such! Please send one or two film stills along with each film.




Submitters / authors / project managers are responsible to not violate third-party rights in the case of using ideas, images and sound from external services. The author of the film declares that the film is free of third-party rights and gives his/her consent that excerpts, trailers and film stills can be used for press and marketing. Award-winning films may be shown in non-commercial best-of programs. The author agrees that films will be saved and names will be published in program and result lists.


Jury and awards

Films will be selected by the festival organizer for respective competition programs based on their quality and diversity aspects. The grand prize is called "Goldene FILMthuer" (for school films "Schüler-Oskar"). Special awards are also available in various categories. A jury discusses the films in front of the festival audience and awards three jury prizes in each category. The best films are nominated for OSTINALE 2021 and can be registered for the Bundesfilmfestivals of BDFA. Qualified films must be registered in the BDFA database. Filmmakers will receive further details as needed.  


At FILMthuer we want to be a door opener for young and ambitious filmmakers, promote talent and create a strong network of local filmmakers.


FILMthuer e.V.

April 2020