Film programme

The EMAF screens experimental and artists’ films from around the world and is interested in forms that move along disciplinary peripheries or between film and performance, document and experiment. Short and long, digital and analogue films that relate to social and political reality in an exploratory and questioning way find their place here. At the same time, the EMAF is open to works that test new forms of cinematic presentation. Our aim is to make cinema a space for encounter and exchange: a space for projections beyond the status quo.

EMAF’s film programmes are developed in collaboration with international curators, artists and theorists who, as members of the programming team„ select the contributions for competition and feature film programmes, or are invited to develop their own thematic programmes and series.

Three prizes are awarded as part of the Competition: the EMAF Award (endowed with 3,000 Euro), the Dialogue Award (endowed with 2,000 Euro) and the EMAF Media Art Award of the Association of German Film Critics (endowed with 2,000 Euro).


Each year, the EMAF exhibition presents contemporary works by the most important and ambitious international and German media artists of the moment. It thus always focuses on current developments in digital culture and technologies and critical reflection on them. The central venue for the exhibition, which brings together very diverse genres of media art, is the Kunsthalle Osnabrück.


Internationally renowned scientists, artists and experts from various disciplines will be invited to take part in the talks. The final programme will be announced in mid-March.


The festival section EMAF Campus is also offering a platform to classes and specialist groups from European academies and universities. The students’ contributions can be discovered not only in the festival cinemas, but also at various locations in the city centre of Osnabrück.