What do I need to keep in mind when attending this year's festival?

What is different this year? This year Sehsüchte will not take place at the Filmuniversität Babelsberg as usual, but at different locations in Potsdam. We are looking forward to welcoming you to our festival center at Waschhaus Potsdam!

Also, with its 52nd edition, Sehsüchte wants to put a special focus on the sustainability of our festival.
What does that mean for you? Please bring your own lanyard (keychain) for your accreditation badge. Preferably use public transport to get there (all our locations are well connected and accessible). Pay attention to waste avoidance and waste separation at all locations and use our ashtrays.

In which festival locations will Sehsüchte take place?

This year Sehsüchte will take place at the following locations: Waschhaus Potsdam, Theaterschiff Potsdam, Thalia Kino (in Babelsberg), and the Filmmuseum Potsdam.

A detailed map of all venues can be found HERE.

How to get to our festival center at Waschhaus Potsdam: The easiest way to get to the festival area is to take the Tram from the stations Schiffbauergasse/Uferweg (line 94/99) and Schiffbauergasse/Berliner Str. (line 93).

Where and when can I pick up my accreditation at the guest counter?

You can pick up your accreditation at the guest counter of our festival center, Waschhaus Potsdam (Schiffbauergasse 6, 14467 Potsdam).

How to get there: The easiest way to get to the festival area is to take the Tram from the stations Schiffbauergasse/Uferweg (line 94/99) and Schiffbauergasse/Berliner Str. (line 93). From there it is only a few minutes to walk. Ground markings will show you the way to the festival area.

Wednesday, 19.04., 3:00 pm -6:00 pm
Thursday, 20.04., 10:00 am – 7:00 pm
Friday, 21.04., 10:00 am – 7:00 pm
Saturday, 21.04., 10:00 am – 7:00 pm
Sunday, 22.04., 12:00 am – 7:00 pm

How do I get my free festival pass as a student from Potsdam/Brandenburg?

As a student of a Brandenburg university, you can get accredited for this year’s Sehsüchte edition for free. 

Here are the four simple steps that will allow you to participate for free:

  1. Go to our website via this link 
  2. Enter your university(!) email address
  3. Receive an email and use the link in the email to create a Sehsüchte account
  4. Book tickets for the events you want to attend. 

The last point is necessary, because the places in our locations are limited. The tickets themselves don’t cost you anything! (except for the 2  minutes it takes to book them)

How do I redeem the code from the popcorn promotion?

The code from our popcorn promotion can be redeemed as a free ticket for all screenings and the Sehsüchte party. 

Simply choose your favorite event and enter your code in the ticket options under “promotional code”. You have already activated your free ticket!

When, how and which tickets can I book for the events?

Tickets can be booked online as of NOW.

Here you can get an overview of the different ticket options. 

You can either get tickets for single screenings and events, a day ticket, or even a festival pass for all festival days. Important: Even with a day ticket or festival pass you have to remember to book a ticket for the events you want to visit.

Are the event activities included in my ticket? Can I attend the award ceremonies/parties?

All events from our event program (workshops, panels, etc.) are free of charge. Important: With an accreditation or a festival pass you still have to get a (free) ticket, because the places are limited. 

This also applies to our two parties! The opening party on Wednesday is free of charge. The Sehsüchte party on Saturday costs 5€, but with an accreditation it’s free of course! 

Unfortunately, there are no tickets for the award ceremony on sale to the public. For the opening there are a few tickets up for grabs. Keep your eyes open – contingents can be released again!

Where can I get information about the films?

Information about the films and screenings of this year’s edition can be found here on the website or in our program booklet. You can pick up a program booklet starting at 3 PM on the first day of the festival (19.04.) at our Guest Center in the Waschhaus Potsdam.

Are the festival locations barrier-free / wheelchair accessible?

Here you can find information about the accessibility and wheelchair accessibility of all locations:


Festival Center: Wheelchair-accessible + barrier-free toilet 
Cinema 1: Wheelchair-accessible + barrier-free
Cinema 2: Wheelchair-accessible + barrier-free
Kesselhaus: Wheelchair-accessible + barrier-free
Space-Lounge: Not wheelchair-accessible + limited accessibility (staircase)


Not wheelchair-accessible + limited accessibility (steep stairs, narrow)


Wheelchair accessible + barrier-free WC

Thalia Kino

Cinemas 3 and 4 are not wheelchair-accessible + not barrier-free

Are there films with audio descriptions at Sehsüchte?

Yes, as part of the section Focus Production there will be the screening Will you go to STUSCHYZJA with us?. It will take place on Saturday, April 22, 2023 at 11:00 AM at Waschhaus Potsdam.

This barrier-free screening is created in renewed cooperation with our partner KINOBLINDGÄNGER, which will make it possible for the screening to be accessible for people with visual and hearing impairments. The block features a cinematic offer equipped with audio description and extended subtitles. These are provided through the app GRETA. Therefore, do not forget: Download the app and bring your smartphone and headphones!

I was discriminated against / insulted / harassed at the festival, what can I do?

The safety and well-being of our festival participants is our highest priority.

Therefore, there will be an awareness team on the festival grounds, which is alert to discrimination, assaultive behavior or other sensitive matters and can be called upon confidentially for assistance. The team is recognizable by their green sashes. 

In order for all visitors and guests to feel comfortable, we would like to urge them to treat each other with solidarity and consideration.

Can I also follow the festival remotely?

Individual events from the event program are broadcast live by our partner ALEX Berlin. The stream can be found on our website at the respective events as well as at https://www.alex-berlin.de/video/eventstream 

The following events will be broadcasted:

20.04.2023, 4 pm: Panel: Big Ego = Big Cinema?
20.04.2023, 6:00 pm: Kopfkino
21.04.2023, 1:00 pm: Adobe Masterclass
21.04.2023, 3:00 pm: Dramaturgy Live
21.04.2023, 5:00 pm: Panel: Social and Ecological Sustainablity in Film
22.04.2023, 7:00 pm: Award Ceremony

Is there a digital version of the program booklet?

Yes, you can view the program booklet digitized HERE. Please note that the program is subject to change. For the latest information on the individual events, please refer to the website.

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