From 20 to 26 January 2014, Saarbrücken was once again the venue for young German language film-making. The film festival which is centered on the Max Ophüls prize has for the past 35 years been the industry’s meeting place for young talent from Germany, Austria and Switzerland and is the only film festival for up-and-coming talent in the German-speaking world. On Saturday, 25 January 2014, the guests of the Causales Business Club were invited to the award ceremony held in the Saarbrücken E-Works hall.
Before the formal awarding of the prize, the City Counselor in Charge of Cultural Affairs for the City of Saarbrücken, Erik Schrader introduced the philosophy behind the film festival. Afterwards, the Business Club guests were driven in the Audi Festival Shuttle to the award ceremony held in Saarbrücken’s E-Works hall and placed in the middle of the other guests.
Here, the head of the Competence Center for Event Sites of the SPIE GmbH in Germany, Mr. Bernd Bickhove with companion.
Jakob Lass was the big winner of the 35th Film Festival’s Max Ophüls prize. For his film, “Love Steaks”, he received the Max Ophüls prize along with 36,000 euros prize money. The Saarland’s Minister-President’s prize and the 5,500 euros that went with it was awarded by Mrs. Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer personally to Nico Sommer for “Family Fever”. At the subsequent party, Djane Cosma-Shiva Hagen saw to it that a terrific atmosphere for networking prevailed.
Positive Result: With its approximately 42,000 visitors, the Max Ophüls Prize Film Festival has maintained at a constantly high level. In the year before, about 42,000 guests were also there. But that’s not all: 143 Saarbrücken businesses participated in this year’s retailing campaign and decorated their display windows with themes of the Max Ophüls Prize Film Festival and made people interested in a Sunday stroll through the inner city of Saarbrücken.