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

Eleven years of the finest film festival culture with thousands of visitors every year
191 films and 121 film premieres. Including 9 world premieres, 10 international premieres, 14 European premieres and 88 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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For some, spring is just around the corner. For others, something much better is approaching: HARD:LINE! But what's going on there anyway? For all those who don't feel like picking daisies in the second week of April, here's an alternative program... at least the first five films!
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