Welcome to HARD:LINE International Film Festival

Once a year, the international HARD:LINE Film Festival presents barriers and perspectives of extreme cinema and transforms Regensburg into a capital of genre and subculture. Together, films are seen, discussed, celebrated or condemned here. Over five days, contributions from the genres of horror, thriller and science fiction are shown, mostly at least as German premieres.

As a member of the Méliès International Festivals Federation (MIFF), the festival presents the coveted Méliès D'Argent Award for the best European short film entry. Many renowned guests from all over the world are invited to present their work in Regensburg and answer questions from the audience. HARD:LINE offers a platform for the darker side of cinema entertainment and presents border crossers of good taste, will-o'-the-wisps of popular genres or simply highlights beyond the mainstream.

HARD:LINE consistently celebrates the freest of all genres!

Admission to the events is strictly from the age of 18!

HARD:LINE at a glance

Ten years of finest film festival culture with thousands of visitors per year
186 films and 117 film premieres. Of which 9 world premieres, 10 international premieres, 14 European premieres and 84 German premieres.
41 filmmakers from all over the world as guests of honour at film screenings and award ceremonies

What others say about us

Das Manifest
Das Manifest Film Magazine
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"The Hard:Line Festival is a pleasantly quaint film festival perfectly organised by real enthusiasts with a strong family touch, where you can have a lot of fun away from watching films!"
Filmdienst Online cinema portal
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"Approach the subject with a more ambitious focus."
Chad Archibald
Chad ArchibaldDirector
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"One of my favourite fests in the world."
Scary Movies
Scary MoviesHorror movie web portal
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"Established as an annual must-attend event for many film fans. After all, there are world and German premieres to see here every year and a unique atmosphere to experience."
Bayern 2
Bayern 2Zündfunk
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"Selected with great passion and with love and connoisseurship".
Simeon Halligan
Simeon HalliganDirector
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"An amazing festival."
Deadline Magazine
Deadline MagazineFilm Magazine
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Extreme cinematic excesses and unique genre gems that are second to none.
KultEvent Magazine
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"Above all, it's the film selection that scores points with both die-hard horror fans and true cinephiles."
Gabriel Carrer
Gabriel CarrerDirector
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"Incredible, unique and punk rock."

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Film festivals live from their films. That's what the name says. But what makes a "festival"? Sure, premieres are one thing, event character is another. But what we think is an important factor are the people. Those behind, those in front, those on the sidelines. Many of them come to Regensburg. We'd like to tell you exactly who they are here.
Again and again we emphasize that we are still the same bangers as the ones from the first festival. What does that actually mean? Well, that can best be explained with a case study. Research subject: closing night. Please concentrate!
Holy cow! The festival is on the home stretch in terms of preparation, and we're blasting six new feature-length films out into the world.... Or trumpet... with kettledrums and trumpets. Oh, this is going to be fun. A film announcement in a good mood? You could almost lose your temper beforehand.