This year, the 13th LICHTER Filmfest Frankfurt International will take place as an online festival. We are moving part of our festival programme to the streaming platform Festival Scope. The selection will be available during the original festival period from 21st to 26th April 2020. Views will be limited to 300, just like seats in a large cinema auditorium. So at some point, sold out means sold, will apply here as well! 

You can find the LICHTER-On-Demand program here:

This is our streaming platform:

Our program flyer gives you an overview just like in print:

And there are lots of talks with filmmakers:

Any further questions concerning LICHTER-On-Demand? We provide the answers.

Which films can I watch via LICHTER-On-Demand?

All films in the LICHTER-On-Demand program can be found on our website under the category "program“.

Does LICHTER-On-Demand cost anything?

The program consists of content that is free to watch and content that is subject to a fee:

  • As with conventional LICHTER screenings, the films cost 8.00 Euros per viewing. Not only are the rights to the films paid for from the proceeds as a solidarity donation, a portion also goes to our festival cinemas in Frankfurt, which have been forced to temporarily suspend operations due to the pandemic.
  • The Regional Short Films and the International Shorts Power(lessness) cost 3.00 Euros per viewing.
  • The International Shorts (Best Of) are free to watch.
  • Interviews with filmmakers and the podcasts in the "Future German Film"-series are, of course, free.
  • The films of the 4th LICHTER VR Storytelling Award are available for free. (Please see here, how to stream the films of this year’s VR Storytelling Award.)

How can I pay?

  • Choose the film you want to stream and click the "rent"-button.
  • To use the "Festival Scope" platform, register for an account with a personal password. You will recieve a confirmation via e-mail and will then be able to log in with your account in order to watch the LICHTER-On-Demand program.
  • Pay with your credit card (Visa, MasterCard, Amex).

I don't have a credit card. Can I still watch the films?

Yes, please send an e-mail with your desired film to

Do I need a Festival Scope account to watch the film?

No. To access the LICHTER-On-Deman program please create an account at: 

  • With your account you get access for the International and Regional Feature Films as well as the International and Regional Short Films.
  • For the films of the 4th LICHTER VR Storytelling Award, no. (Please see here, how to stream the films of this year’s VR Storytelling Award.)

Do I need a account for taking advantage of the free content?

  • For the free International Shorts, you will also need to create an account at: 
  • For the films of the 4th LICHTER VR Storytelling Award, no. (Please see here, how to stream the films of this year’s VR Storytelling Award.)

Do I have to pay for the LICHTER-On-Demand account?


Do I have to watch the film immediately after I have purchased it?

The film is available in your Library immediately after purchase and can be streamed in the period between 21st and 26th of April . As soon as the film has first been started, a 30 hour time window starts, in which it can be watched. So you do not have to watch the film immediately after you have purchased it and can choose freely when you first start watching it.

How often can I watch the film?

After the purchase is completed and you have first started the stream, you can watch your selected film within a time period of 30 hours. During this time, you can watch the film as often as you want. Films can, of course, also be paused. Please keep in mind that all films are only available during the festival period from 21st to 26th of April.

I had to take a break. Can I continue watching the film on a later date? 

Yes, the film will start exactly at the point that you stopped watching/paused it. It is also possible to jump to a desired point. Please keep in mind that each film is available for 30 hours after it was first started. After this time period, the stream is no longer available.

How long are the films available?

The films are available during the festival period from 21st to 26th April. After you have first started watching a film, it is available for 30 hours. Please keep in mind that all films have a limit of 300 views and can be sold out well before the festival ends.

Which technical requirements does LICHTER-On-Demand call for? 

In order to use LICHTER-On-Demand, you need a stationary computer, a laptop, a smartphone or a tablet. These devices must, of course, be connected to the Internet.

Can I watch a film on my smartphone or tablet?

Yes, you can reach LICHTER-On-Demand via the standard browser on your mobile device.

Can I download the film and watch it later?

No. LICHTER-On-Demand is only available as streams, not as downloads.

What do I do if LICHTER-On-Demand does not work?

If you have trouble buying or watching a movie, please email us at One of our staff members will contact you as soon as possible to solve the problem.

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