17. – 20. SEPTEMBER 2020

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



Topic 2020: “Courage”

A liberal state lives on conditions that it cannot guarantee itself. For cohesion and progress, it needs certain characteristics of its citizens, although nobody could force them to do so. Courage is one of these qualities and certainly one of the most important: without courage nothing is conquered and nothing is defended. Without courage, the […]


Record number of visitors – despite 34 degrees!

The WITHOUT BORDERS Festival 2019 was a complete success: four days of a continuous programme – with sold out screenings for the first time, international film guests and about 3000 spectators. Despite the high summer temperatures, the festival attracted many more visitors to the culturebarn of the Eibenhof than last year! One of the highlights: […]


Systemsprenger – German Oscar Candidate

Great honour „Systemsprenger”, the oppressively touching feature film by director Nora Fingscheidt about nine-year-old Benni, who cannot be integrated into any system because of her eruptive tantrums: The jury of the German Oscar Committee nominated Fingscheidt’s feature film debut as the German candidate for the race for the best foreign film at the Oscar Awards […]


Save the Children and “The Distant Barking of Dogs”

The new cooperation with Save the Children, the largest children’s aid organisation in the world, has given us an outstanding festival contribution: the touching and stifling documentary „The Distant Barking of Dogs”;. The production by Danish director Simon Lereng Wilmont was shortlisted for the 2018/19 Oscar nominations in the category „Best Documentary”; and tells the […]


Traditional Festival Talk with Andrea Thilo and Gero von Boehm

On September 1, Andrea Thilo and Gero von Boehm invite you to the traditional festival talk in the Kulturscheune – this year on the main theme “WE” – to coincide with the day of the state election. As guests the two presenters welcome actor Clemens Schick, war reporter Antonia Rados, sociologist Professor Heinz Bude and […]


New: Children´s programme (age 6-9)

FILM WITHOUT FRONTIERS is delighted to present this year for the first time a short film programme for children and families with KUKI, the renowned International Short Film Festival for Children and Young People Berlin. The KUKI festival director Monica Koshka-Stein has put together an entertaining, inspiring and thought-provoking programme of short animation, documentary and […]


Festival Opening with Anna Maria Mühe

The countdown is on! Only a few more days until the barn of the Eibenhof is again completely dedicated to film for the 7th time. The festival opens for the first time with a series. In the presence of director Lars Kraume and lead actress Anna Maria Mühe, WITHOUT BORDERS shows the premiere of two […]


„Kingdom” in Bad Saarow

Together with the Artprojekt Group – one of the main festival sponsors alongside Daimler – WITHOUT BORDERS invited to the opening of the exhibition “Königsland” in the Kurpark Kolonnaden in Bad Saarow. The painter Matthias Körner (*1954 Cottbus) and the photographer Alexander Janetzko (*1981 Altdöbern) have been travelling regularly to Uganda for many years to […]


Das Programm ist online! Jetzt Tickets online buchen!!

Four days, 17 films and many inspiring conversations and discussions lie ahead of us! From now on you will find the complete programme of the 7th International Film Festival WITHOUT FRONTIERS here on our website – book your tickets now! On the eve of the Brandenburg state elections (September 1), this year’s main topic, WIR, […]


Ehrengast 2019: Regisseurin Margarethe von Trotta

We are very happy to welcome Margarethe von Trotta HANNAH ARENDT, ROSENSTRASSE, ROSA LUXEMBBOURG), a multiple award-winning filmmaker and screenwriter, as guest of honour at this years’s WITHOUT BORDERS Festival. Margarethe von Trottas award-winning RAF drama DIE BLEIERNE ZEIT (1981) and SYMPATHISANTEN – UNSER DEUTSCHER HERBST (2019) by Felix Moeller will be shown. In her […]