IFFF Dortmund+Köln collaborates with various different partners and institutions right throughout the year.


Lets Dok

In cooperation with LETs DOK and the sweetSixteen we show latest documentary productions.

In the past years we showed:


Cologne Cinema Nights

Since 2009, IFFF Dortmund+Köln has taken part in the event known as Kölner Kino Nächte or Cologne Cinema Nights. It is similar in concept to the »Long Nights« of museums, music or theatre, with the Cologne film scene here aiming to present over the course of one weekend the whole range and possibilities of cinema in concentrated form.

In the past years we presented:

Further information:


Netzwerk Filmkultur NRW

IFFF Dortmund+Köln is a founding member of Netzwerk Filmkultur NRW e.V.



IFFF Dortmund+Köln is a member of KinoAktiv, a network organisation of the film scene of Cologne, one of Germany’s biggest media hubs. The group consists of cinema owners, festivals and filmmakers collectives. KinoAktiv organises the Kölner Kino Nächte. It is central in shaping the cultural landscpape of Cologne and also supports and helps build cultural film institutions, such as the Filmforum im Museum Ludwig.


Freie Szene Film Dortmund

The IFFF Dortmund+Köln is a member of the Freie Szene Film Dortmund. The group was founded in January 2022 at the Kulturkonferenz der Freien Szene together with representatives of the Film Club Dortmund, sweetSixteen & Roxy Kino, filmmakers and others. One of the goals is to inform about funding opportunities and to facilitate cooperations. The network is looking forward to further filmmakers who are interested in an exchange.


Djelem Djelem
Dortmund Roma Cultural Festival

In cooperation with the city of Dortmund, Romano Than e.V. and save space e.V., IFFF Dortmund+Köln is part of the Djelem Djelem Dortmund Roma Culture Festival with various screenings. Djelem Djelem is Germany’s largest cultural festival of Sinte*zze and Rom*nja.

In 2023 we presented:

Schimpf uns nicht Z*geuner (directors: Katrin Seybold, Melanie Spitta).
Es ging Tag und Nacht, liebes Kind (directors: Katrin Seybold, Melanie Spitta)
Das falsche Wort (directors: Katrin Seybold, Melanie Spitta)


Dortmund Goes Black

In 2020, IFFF Dortmund+Köln initiated the event series Dortmund Goes Black together with Schauspiel Dortmund, Dietrich-Keuning-Haus and Dortmunder Kunstverein.

IFFF Dortmund+Köln and Interkultur Ruhr initiated the artistic research residency on the Black singer-songwriter and peace activist Fasia Jansen.
The fellows Marny Garcia Mommertz and Princela Biyaa present their research results here: Online presentation
The talks were moderated by Fayo Said (Association for Black Art_ists e. V., ASBA).


Was wir filmten: women directors with East German perspectives
film series and talks

The film series »Was wir filmten« (»What we were filming«) shows documentaries, current film productions and artistic short films from an East German perspective by women directors from three generations.
It is based on the first book publication of the Fetival:
Was wir filmten: Filme ostdeutscher Regisseurinnen nach 1990

The series challenges popular narratives about the German reunification and examines them critically. We present films which highlight places, emotions and experiences that have been neglected in the public debate but receive a new awareness now, not least thanks to a young generation.

The stations of our film series with book presentation:

arsenal – Institut für Film und Videokunst e. V., 1.6.2022
Book presentation with reading by Jane Chirwa and Cornelia Klauß from texts by Ines Johnson-Spain, Johanna-Yasirra Kluhs and Tamara Trampe, followed by Becoming Black (DE 2019) and conversation between director Ines-Johnson-Spain and Betty Schiel.
Event details

Filmforum NRW, IFFF Dortmund+Köln 2022, 2.4.2022
Screening of Berlin, Bahnhof Friedrichstraße 1990 with book presentation, guests: Madeleine Bernstorff, Lilly Grote, Johanna-Yasirra Kluhs, Ines Johnson-Spain, Cucuteni.
Event details

Kino Zazie, Halle (Saale), 27.-30.9.2021
Book Launch
A series of events by the German Federal Cultural Foundation in cooperation with the IFFF Dortmund+Köln, the Zazie Cinema in Halle (Saale) and the Werkleitz Gesellschaft e. V.
Curator: Betty Schiel
Download: Film programme WAS WIR FILMTEN (German only)


Afghanistan – Women’s Voices

Together with LaDOC, we organised a film & discussion event at Kölner Filmhaus, inviting Afghan women filmmakers.

Guests (among others): Sahraa Karimi, Sahra Mani und Rokhsareh Ghaem Maghami.

Programme, in German only

Next events

We are part of the 16th Kölner Kino Nächte and are excited to present Copa 71, the winning film of […]

World Views

As the name suggests, the World Views series offers a broad selection of films from many different countries and cultures. The themes of the series are openness, understanding, tolerance and forms of dialogue that embrace diversity.



The ifs Internationale Filmschule Köln and IFFF Dortmund+Köln have joined forces, tapping their synergies to raise awareness of the work of women directors in the cultural sector and at film schools.


Art on the MOve

Art on the MOve combines visual art from the collection of the Museum Ostwall (MO) with contemporary author films.


Industry get-together

Since 2013, IFFF Dortmund+Köln has organised panel discussions and network meetings at the Berlinale in Berlin.



IFFF Dortmund+Köln collaborates with various different partners and institutions right throughout the year.



IFFF Dortmund+Köln sees cinema and film in a broader context. Artistic residencies, book publications and art workshops are among the festival’s regular projects happening right throughout the year.