06. – 09. SEPT. 2018

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



Volker Schlöndorff talks with Wolfgang Kohlhaase

We are very delighted that the famous director Volker Schlöndorff will travel to Saarow to be able to meet Wolfgang Kohlhaase for a interview on Saturday afternoon at 3pm. We are looking forward to having both filmakers in our barn. Both men are formative for the German film scene since decades. Foto: Manfred Thomas


Workshop in Caritas accommodation Bad Saarow a great success

Mid July the WITHOUT BORDERS Workshop as part of its youth programme was successfully held in the Caritas accommodation in Bad Saarow. Young refugees und young people from Bad Saarows soccer club commonly produced a film which will be presented at the festival in September. We are very grateful for the support of the Landkreis […]


Ulrich Matthes, Cem Özdemir und Martina Zöllner als talk guests

We expect great guests for our traditional talk at the Without Borders Festival. On Sunday, Sept. 9 at 3pm Barbara Schöneberger & Gero von Boehm expect Martina Zöllner (rbb Head of Docu & Fiction), the politician Cem Özdemir as well as actor Ulrich Matthes. They will discuss our this year´s main topic: “Decency?!” Foto:Boris Trenkel […]


Guest of honour 2018: screenwriter and filmmaker Wolfgang Kohlhaase

We are delighted to be able to greet the great Berlin screenwriter Wolfgang Kohlhaase as the guest of honour at our film festival this year – which we will already officially open on Thursday 6th September 2018. Wolfgang Kohlhaase has worked together with directors such as Konrad Wolf, Frank Beyer, Andreas Dresen and Matti Geschonneck […]


Summer workshop at the Bad Sarrow refugee home

WITHOUT BORDERS  starts its first two week film workshop in July in the Caritas shared accommodation in Bad Saarow. Refugees and Bad Saarow youth (members of the soccer club of Saarow) will produce a film in the course of the workshop, which will be shown at the film festival in September.  We are very thankful for the large amount of support that we have received from […]


WITHOUT BORDERS celebrates Saudi-Arabian Film’s World Premiere

Firstly, we could already start our festival season this year in February: in the same week as the Berlinale, WITHOUT BORDERS celebrated the world premiere of the Saudi Documentary ‘A Silent Revolution’ in the Moviemento Cinema with 120 guests and club members. Following the showing the presenter and journalist Katrin Sandmann had a lively discussion with the Saudi-Arabian film maker Danya Alhamrani, the Middle […]


HOUSE BY THE LAKE bursary holder Karim Ainouz wins the Amnesty International Film Prize

Karim Ainouz has been awarded the Amnesty International Film Prize at this year’s Berlinale for his documentary ‘Zentralflughafen THF’ (Central Airport THF). “Touchingly and unagitatedly, daily life in the refugee emergency shelter in Berlin’s Tempelhof Airport is shown by the director. With a delicate glance and thus constantly on eye-level, he tells of the inhabitants of the hangar, allows them to tell their dramatic tales and presents their difficult life situation” – this is how the jury justified their decision. Equally pleasing to mention is […]


Main Theme for 2018: Decency!?

We will look at decency – or the lack of it – on a small scale and its echo on the grand scale. It’s about decency and the mutual goodwill as a prerequisite for a livable, functional community; in everyday life, in politics, the economy and social media. We would like to show films about people who work against brutality and everyday lies; […]


LARS KRAUME becomes Advisory Board Member

We are greatly pleased to welcome the director Lars Kraume to the board. Lars Kraume, whose current film ‘Das schweigende Klassenzimmer‘ (The Silent Classroom) celebrated its world premiere at this year’s Berlinale and is currently showing in cinemas, has already been highly acclaimed, having won many prizes. At the German LOLA Awards alone, his film `Der Staat gegen Fritz Bauer` (The Government versus Fritz Bauer) won 6 Lolas. Kraume’s new film   ‘The Silent Classroom’ is set in the […]


Anniversary Film Fest 2017 – this is how it went!

  What a Film Festival for our 5th anniversary! The weather was weighted towards delightful Autumn sunshine and this year’s visitors came execptionally plentifully. With over 2.000 guests, WITHOUT BOARDERS once again clearly lured more film fans to the ‘culture barn’ than the previous year. ‘Good news’ was not only the motto of the festival […]