Audience prizes

Three audience prizes will be awarded at this year’s festival: 

  • The prize for best feature film is sponsored by the monthly magazine “choices” in cooperation with FilmInitiativ. 15 feature films are in competition.
  • For the first time, the audience award for the best documentary film (1000 €) will be offered by publicnomadproductions. Ten documentaries will compete for the prize.
  • This year, 35 films are competing for the audience award for the best short film, offered by the Nikolaus-Gülich-Fonds in cooperation with KIOSK - Arts Exchange e. V.. 

FilmInitiativ would like to request that all audience members give their ratings by tearing off the selected category (from “very good” [“sehr gut”] to “very bad” [“sehr schlecht”]) on the voting slips provided, and the average rating of each of the competition films will be worked out from these votes.

The prizes will be presented on the last day of the festival in the Filmforum at the Museum Ludwig by Rüdiger Schmidt-Sodingen (choices), Marcel Kolvenbach (publicnomad productions) and Elfriede Schmitt (KIOSK - Arts Exchange e. V.) (Sunday, 24.9., 20:00).


The DIVERSITY FILMPREIS will be awarded again this year. It is endowed with 1000 euros and was donated by KIOSK-Arts Exchange e. V..
13 long and short films are up for selection for the prize.


This year, for the first time, a JURY PRIZE will be awarded at the festival It is endowed with 2000 Euros and has been supported by HOCHSCHULE FRESENIUS Twelve feature films and documentaries are in the running for the prize The winner will be announced at the closing event.

Award ceremony on Sunday, 24.9, 20.00.

Stands in the festival foyer

Organisations from African communities, cooperation partners of the festival and initiatives can again offer information about their work in the foyer of the Filmforum. Films on DVD and literature from Africa will also be on sale.

Senegalese specialities at Filmforum

Senegalese specialities at Filmforum

This time, Teranga Food will be providing food and beverage with Senegalese dishes at all events at Filmforum im Museum Ludwig. The bar at Filmforum will also be serving a range of drinks.

Simultaneous interpretation

Simultaneous interpretation will be offered at all film discussions at Filmforum (from English or French into German). We would like to ask all audience members to collect their receiver with headphones well in advance of the event (an ID card must be left as a deposit).

Refugees welcome

Refugees will again receive free entry to all film events at this year’s festival. We kindly welcome initiatives to register group visits in advance so we can reserve seats. Please send requests to mail@filminitiativ.de (or enquire at the ticket office at Filmforum).

Screenings for school children

If you wish to participate in the school group screenings featuring African guests, we kindly ask you to contact us in advance at: FilmInitiativ Köln e.V., tel.: +49 221 46 96 243, mail@filminitiativ.de

Meetingpoint & Press

The restaurant Stadtgarten Köln (14. - 17.09. + 22.- 24.09.), as well as the Riphahn Café & Restaurant (19. - 21.09.) will act as our meeting point for the festival guests. Media representatives are able to do interviews here as well. Appointments can be registered via FilmInitiativ. Contact: Sebastian Fischer +49 17680810170

Festival pub

This year the LOW BUDGET is our official festival pub. There you can end the festival days in a relaxed atmosphere with the invited guests.

Workshop discussions

The workshop run by the museum’s educational service on the ground floor of Filmforum will again be made available this year for visitors to meet the directors. Film discussions that may otherwise have been cut short in the cinema due to later screenings can be continued here in smaller groups. Upon request, the room can also be booked for press interviews with festival guests.

Taxi Bamako – bike rickshaws for festival-goers

Visitors will again be able to travel to and from the festival in style with the highly popular “Taxi Bamako” service. Taxi Bamako is a bicycle rickshaw that is adorned with all the right accessories for an African film festival, and the right music. The rickshaw has a maximum capacity of two passengers (max. total weight: 150 kg). A trip through Cologne city centre (e.g. from Filmforum im Museum Ludwig to the filmmakers’ hotel on Flandrische Straße, just off Rudolfplatz) costs eight euros for one person, or 14 euros for two. Taxi Bamako can also be booked hourly at a flat rate of 24 euros (one person) or 32 euros (two people). The service is only available when it is not raining. We recommend that you book your rickshaw trip a day in advance. In case you happen to forget your festival booklet in the cinema, you will find a replacement in the rickshaw. For Taxi Bamako bookings, please send a text message to Bernhard Tscherny at +49 162 35 86 88 0 or to senorita-amalia@gmx.de