Fiction Film

The Fiction Film section shows the stories that move aspiring filmmakers from the most diverse corners of the world. Films of all lengths address current trends in the film world, tell highly personal stories or question the medium. The awards for Best Fiction Film (awarded to the director) and Outstanding Artistic Achievement in a Fiction Film (awarded to Cinematography, Montage, Original Film Music, Screenplay, Acting, Scenography, Sound Design or Special Effects) will be presented.​​

Documentary Film

From a snapshot to a portrait of an interesting personality to the exposing reportage, everything that is gripping and innovative can be found in our Documentary Film section. Films of all lengths deal with historical and current developments, tell of touching fates and bigger contexts. In this section the awards Best Documentary Film (awarded to the director) and Outstanding Artistic Achievement in a Documentary Film (awarded to cinematography, montage, original film music, book or sound design) are presented.

Genre Film

Whether sci-fi, western, horror, thriller, fantasy or even a classic romantic comedy – this section features films that push the boundaries of their genre conventions, rethink them and thus breathe fresh life into them. Sehsüchte offers lush genre cinema for hungry popcorn lovers! The Sehsüchte audience decides on the award Best Genre Film.

Animated Film

From stop motion to animation to CGI, Sehsüchte is also dedicated to the most inspiring animated works. In this section, the Best Animated Film award is presented.


In this section we show children from the age of 6 and young people from the age of 12 exciting, unconventional and sight-seeing short and feature-length films in a wide variety of forms. The winning films are decided solely by a children’s jury. The Best Kids Film aprize isawarded in this section.


The virtual reality section 360° explores the possibilities of visual storytelling in virtual space. The audience thus experiences a new cinematic environment that is not limited to the big screen. Immersive storytelling creates potential for new stories and poses challenges for filmmakers, making it particularly interesting for young filmmakers. That is why we are awarding the prize for Best 360°-Film in this section.


The Retrospective is Sehsüchte‘s look into student film history. The programme not only brings older films from the archives back to light, but also updates their meanings and aesthetic experience.


The screenplay is more than the mere preliminary stage of a finished film, but an artistic work in its own right. In this section it takes centre stage. Innovative stories, brought into form through precise narrative craft, have a chance to win the Best Screenplay award. The nominated, previously unfilmed screenplays will be presented to the festival audience in the staged reading “Kopfkino”. But authors who have not yet finished a book also have the opportunity to present their ideas. In the Pitch, students can convince the jury with their idea and receive the prize for the Best Pitch.



Focus: Sound

Focus: Sound puts the audible in the spotlight of the cinematic experience. Showcasing the artistic work of extraordinary, technically innovative, and captivating sounds in film. In this section the Best Sound & Music award is presented.

Sehsüchte Special

With the Sehsüchte Specials, we direct our attention to various regions and the big questions of our time. The works are characterized by intimate perspectives, e.g. from Israel and Palestine as well as Afghanistan. They offer impulses for reflection, reveal invisible social defects and question whose gaze makes it onto screen.

Blinks of Afghanistan



Voices from Israel & Palestine



In addition to the festival’s film programme, the exhibition will present media art that uses modern technologies in a creative way and is dedicated to innovative forms of narration. This includes, for example, topics such as XR, artificial intelligence, projection mapping, sensor- or web-based systems.

Germany 2024 \ Exhibition Piece

Kontrol Voltaj is exploring concepts of abstract storytelling, structured noise and sound’s relationship with reactive visuals: this time emphasizing audiovisual NOISE.

Artist Andreea-Cristina NINANIÑA



Every year we offer films from the Filmuniversität Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF as well as from an international partner university of the Filmuniversität the opportunity to present their most exciting or successful films in a showcase. The programme will be presented out of competition.

Institut Supérieur de l’Image et du Son / Studio-École

Filmuniversität Babelsberg

Germany 2023 \ Fiction Film \ 19 min

Berlin-Kreuzberg. Kenan’s big day has arrived: The nine-year-old is to be circumcised, following the millennia-old Muslim tradition. But before that, there is a party! Kenan and his father Ibrahim are confronted with archaic traditions and the question: What does it actually mean to be a man?

Language: Turkish, German (English Subtitles)

Director Can Tanyol
Screenplay Bahar Bektas
Can Tanyol


Event Programme

In addition to the films, the event programme provides a range of networking opportunities and makes sure that your Sehsüchte experience will be unforgettable. Live music, parties, interesting workshops, masterclasses and panels as well as a festive opening and award ceremony ensure a unique time during the festival. The event programme can be found in the programme overview.