11 mm – 9th International Football Film Festival in Berlin, 9-13 March 2012

Unique footage from the team hotel, team bus, changing rooms and excursions

Presented by the German Football Association’s Cultural Foundation, the ninth edition of 11mm, the International Football Film Festival from Berlin, begins on March 9th 2012 with a world premiere: Sepp Maier, former German national goalkeeper and World Cup winner, opens his private archive over two decades after Germany’s victory at the 1990 World Cup in Italy. Until this moment the videos shot by Sepp Maier during the tournament have only been seen by a select group of national team players and German Football Association officials.

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Unique footage from the team hotel, team bus, changing rooms and excursions during the tournament invite viewers on an intimate journey through time that is crowned by Germany’s victory in the final over Argentina. Sepp Maier – cameraman and director in one – will present this fascinating historical document together with fellow former national team players at the opening of 11mm.

With the European Championships in Poland and the Ukraine fast approaching, both countries will be in the festival’s focus. To kick things off, the short film by Polish director Kornel Miglus “Wasserschlacht von Frankfurt” (The Frankfurt Water Fight) will be screened on the opening night – again featuring Sepp Maier in a leading role.

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As in years past there will be two prizes up for grabs at 11mm: the Golden 11 audience prize for the most loved feature, documentary or children’s film as well as 11mm Shortkicks for the best football short film of the year, presented at the Shortkicks gala on the closing evening of the festival.

Background
11mm began in 2004 with a series of 11 British football films. The International Football Film Festival now screens around 50 feature, documentary and short films from across the world. Since 2009, the Berlin festival has been followed by a tour to other cities in Germany. 11mm is organised by Brot und Spiele e.V., the Berlin club for sport and culture, and is presented by the German Football Association’s Cultural Foundation.

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