The 53rd Sehsüchte – under:standing

The 53rd edition will take place from 25 to 28 April 2024. The Sehsüchte Film Festival offers aspiring filmmakers from all over the world the opportunity to present their works to a broad audience and to make contacts in the industry. By addressing both aesthetic and professional aspects, Sehsüchte not only captures the pulse of contemporary film culture but also helps to shape the industry in the long term. The organization and implementation of the festival are entirely in the hands of the students of the renowned Film University Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF. 

In its 53rd edition, Sehsüchte is dedicated to a new generation of filmmakers in a transitional film culture. In the midst of Potsdam, a city rich in film tradition, the festival serves as a  platform to show curious and courageous works as well as to highlight the genuine desires, fears, and visions of up-and-coming filmmakers. At a time when not only the cultural industry but the entire reality of life is marked by disruption, we create a place of encounter where creativity is celebrated. Our program offers local and international artists a canvas, allows us to experience (un)known perspectives through a variety of cinematic-aesthetic forms of expression, and promotes discourse between underrepresented and established film regions.

With a festival campus centered in the “Schiffbauergasse”, Sehsüchte opens up a space for networking and discussion between students and industry experts. We see ourselves as a young festival with a clear stance: only through an honest exchange can the industry’s challenges be overcome, an awareness of ecological and social resources be created and, above all, an open culture of film be shaped. Let us embrace the current transformation and actively shape the resulting potential, the future of film.