The next edition of the hungry eyes festival will happen 7.11. & 21.11. & 5.12. at the Kinocenter Gießen.

hungry eyes festival is a festival at the intersection of film, performance and installation art and takes place every one and a half years in Giessen.

This year we are taking a look ‘back’, on one hand at our conceptual roots - the interest in experimental short film - and on the other hand on the submissions of the last years.

For this edition of the festival we will focus on one instead of three art forms - film - and the festival will take the form of a three-part film series, which will take place in a local cinema.

As we could always only select a limited number of films, we want to revisit the many works in our archive that for one or another reason didn’t make it into the final selection. Therefore the program for this edition will not be created through an open call, but will be re-curated from the submissions of the last editions.

We want to reflect on our process of curation and find new connections and joy in the things that are already there.

Through its diverse program, hungry eyes festival addresses the widest possible audience, ranging from film-loving citizens of Giessen and the surrounding area to the professional audience of the international interdisciplinary art scene.

Cooperation Freefilmers

We are very happy to continue our cooperation the Freefilmers Collective for this edition of the festival.

Freefilmers is a collective of filmmakers and artists from Mariupol, Ukraine. In addition to promoting independent filmmakers, they advocate for grassroots initiatives in political art and are currently dedicated to building a network of solidarity and support for Ukrainians suffering under and struggling against Russian imperialist aggression.

For this year's edition of the festival, the Freefilmers will curate one of the three screening evenings with works from their collective.

More Info about Freefilmers, their work, and on how you can support them you find here!


The hungry eyes festival 2023 will take place at Kinocenter Gießen, as well as the anschlussverwendung.

The Kinocenter Gießen was opened as early as 1912 and, as Gießen's only art house cinema, is an integral part of the local cultural scene. In addition to a diverse film program, the cinema organizes many special events and cooperates with festivals, such as Seriale.

Screenings will take place in the Casablanca cinema, which has 90 seats. Access with a wheelchair is possible, but the movie theater has only a few wheelchair spaces.

anschlussverwendung is part of raumstation3539 eG and is used for many different formats. It serves as a coworking space and event location, as a meeting place for creatives and is home to the Kü-Ché. During the festival, the hungry eyes Stammtisch takes place here, inviting all visitors to get together in a relaxed atmosphere after the screenings to talk about what they have seen.

raumstation3539 eG is an association of cultural and social initiatives, artists, creative people, start-up entrepreneurs and other committed people. They are all united by the common goal of making the city a more livable place through personal commitment and a wealth of ideas.


The hungry eyes festival emerged in 2017 from the film festival Filmsommer (2016) and over three editions in 2017, 2018, 2021 and 2022 sharpened its profile as an interdisciplinary festival that shows and reflects on film not only on the screen, but also in performative and installation works.

Originally founded by a small group of students of Applied Theater Studies , its passion was and still is film as a medium in all its facets.

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das hungry eyes festival 2023 wird gefördert mit Mitteln für Filmfestivalförderung de⁺ des Goethe-Instituts in Kooperation mit dem Auswärtigen Amt der Bundesrepublik Deutschland, von der Hessen Film und Medien GmbH, der Hessischen Theaterakademie, dem Kulturamt der Stadt Gießen und der Gießener Kulturstiftung.

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kunstrasen giessen e.V. I Postfach 11 06 01 I 35351 Gießen