17. – 20. SEPTEMBER 2020

International Filmfestival
Bad Saarow
at the lake Scharmützelsee
House by the lake –


Topic 2020: “Courage”

Record number of visitors – despite 34 degrees!

Systemsprenger – German Oscar Candidate

Save the Children and “The Distant Barking of Dogs”

Traditional Festival Talk with Andrea Thilo and Gero von Boehm

New: Children´s programme (age 6-9)

Festival Opening with Anna Maria Mühe

„Kingdom” in Bad Saarow

Das Programm ist online! Jetzt Tickets online buchen!!

Ehrengast 2019: Regisseurin Margarethe von Trotta


„A place which doesn’t lack in beauty and a programme that doesn’t lack in meaning. If watching TV constantly consumes your evenings, then here you’ll find a type of watching closely which applies to films and faces. Culture as a conversation, a practicing of neigbourliness, as a bridge between one place and the world.”


Wolfgang Kohlhaase | Script Writer and Film Maker

International Encounters

“It’s incredibly pleasing that such an exciting film festival has established itself so close to Berlin. I’m  there regularly with the whole family and the mixture between international films, interesting guests and all within the most beautiful of settings thrills us anew every year.”


Ronald Zehrfeld |  Actor


“The liveliest exchange that one could wish for!”


Volker Schlöndorff | Film Maker