18.04. ‐ 23.04.2023

LICHTER Competition Categories

…and the Bembel goes to…

Dr. Marschner Foundation Regional Feature Film Award

This contest duly celebrates the versatile film culture of the Rhine-Main region. This selection offers something for everybody – and it will be exciting: Who will be the one taking the “Bembel” and the 3.000€ home this year? 

Jury Prize of Evangelische Filmarbeit

The new purple LICHTER Bembel: This year, for the first time at the LICHTER Filmfest Frankfurt International, the jury of Evangelische Filmarbeit will award a purple LICHTER Bembel! Every month for over 70 years, the jury has awarded a current cinema film as "Film of the Month". At the 2023 festival, the jury will award a regional or international feature film from this year's LICHTER programme and present the purple Bembel at the awards ceremony on 23 April.

LICHTER Regional Short Film Award

Telling a story within a short period of time, whereas some would take about 90 minutes, is true art. As we from LICHTER treasure this kind of film making, we have once again compiled a top-class program of regional short films this year. The best regional short film will win the “Bembel” and 1,000€ in prize money. 


The recognition of international film and video art has become a long-standing tradition at LICHTER. This year we have to choose the winner of the shiny “Bembel” and 1,000€ out of more than 100 submissions from different countries. 

LICHTER VR Storytelling Award

VR is alive! In the finale of the LICHTER VR Storytelling Award, five films compete for an original Frankfurt “Bembel” and 1,000€ of absolutely non-virtual prize money.