26. ‐ 31.03.2019

LICHTER Competition Categories

…and the Bembel goes to…

LICHTER International Feature Award

enabled by the Künstlerhilfe Frankfurt

Bembel goes international! In order for Frankfurt’s Apfelwein to be consumed elsewhere, in proper style, since 2016 Lichter awards the International Feature Award: the coveted red Bembel. 9 Films from all around the world compete for this piece of hessian culture plus a 1,500 EUR prize, sponsored by the Künstlerhilfe Frankfurt.

Dr.- Marschner-Prize for the best regional longfilm

The diverse film culture of the Rhine-Main region will be duly celebrated in this competition. This year, once again, everything and anything is represented: from performance art from Rüsselsheim to the homoeroticism of the Weimar Classicism to the “first jewish painter of the 19th century”. With this selection, everyone can get their money’s worth – and it gets exciting: who can take home the white Bembel and the 3,000 EUR prize back home this year?

LICHTER Shortfilmprize Regional

Telling a story in the shortest amount of time, for which others like to take at least 90 minutes – that is true art. Because LICHTER know’s how to appriacte this, this year we assembled a high-quality selection of shortfilms of the region again.

The best regional shortfilm wins 1,000 EUR cash.

BINDING Audience Award

What would the LICHTER Film Festival be without its wonderful audience? We don’t even want to think about this. That’s why the Audience Award given by you can’t be missed in 2018: You can help provide your favourite film with a price of 2,000 EUR and a crate of beer to toast. Any film not older than two years and neither in cinema or on television in Germany is in the competition.

Run to the urns and vote wisely – your hands carry the responsibility for the future of 24 bottles of the best Binding.

LICHTER VR Storytelling Award

Okay, we admit it looks a little odd when our audience with VR glasses – or the “Virtual Reality Headmounted Display, in technical jargon – sits around and utters sounds of disbelief and enjoyment. However, that is also a good sign that the just-watched 360° film has good chances on the LICHTER VR AWARD. The first place can take home 1,000 actual, analogue Euros as well as a Bembel.


The LICHTER Art Award is being given for the 8th year. This competition gives a platform the current movements in film- and videoart. Five of over 90 entries are competing for a prize of 1,000 EUR.

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