How it all started

The Underdog Film Festival is an open festival, not just aimed at film professionals, but at an audience that brings people from all walks of life together. Premiering on 17th and 18th June 2023, the programme included 40 films from 13 different nations.

And because everything is still so new, we made the conscious choice to start small and only screen short films. In spite of the scorching tempreratures we welcomed some lovely people to our city centre venue and enjoyed great films, great talks, and great company.

Our shortest film was 2 minutes long, our longest just under 30 minutes. The audience got to choose between German and international content, fictional or factual content as well as watching films as part of our screenings or in the privacy of our peep show programme. Additionally, there were a few brave individuals who got their tattoos done in one of the peep shows, including a member of our jury!

... and what 2024 holds in store for you

In 2024 we want to stick to our original plan of hosting the event in early spring. And this includes not only short film competitions, but also a small selection of feature length films. Add some fun extras with a regional flair as well as a clinic for aspiring filmmakers and we're good to go.

The next event will take place on 16th and 17th March 2024 and will once again be hosted by Culture Shocks in Wolfsburg, this time offering several small screens, so you can be sure not to miss a screening.

Regular entries on Filmfreeway will be open until 10th December 2023 (late Deadline 1st January 2024) and we will notify everyone by 21st January 2024, so you will have enough time to plan ahead, in case you wish to attend.

We will announce the 2024 jury in December, but we will be counting on local heroes as well as industry professionals once again. So drop by every now and then, we will keep you posted here.

In 2023 two resident artists were offering tattoo services, whilst people could enjoy the peep show programme

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Films were screened as part of our screenings on the big screen and in the privacy of our peep show programme

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Launched in June 2023

The first ever annual Underdog Film Festival took place in one of Wolfsburg's most unique location and hosted films from all over the globe, welcoming a lovely audience to experience this cozy live event over the course of a weekend in June. Combining, live screenings with our daily peepshow booth prorgamme as well as a number of interesting panels, spectators and filmmakers alike were able to shape this event and make it a memorable experience for everyone who decided to drop by.

2023 Award Winners

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Other Culture Shocks Events

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Getting under your skin ...

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