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
157 films and 97 film premieres. Of which 8 world premieres, 9 international premieres, 14 European premieres and 66 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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Two months before its release, we present the audience favorite of the last festival as an exclusive preview in the most beautiful open-air cinema in Regensburg, the wonderful Cinema Paradiso. Under trees, by the river and with headphones. Everything is set to make a big splash on the big screen!
Slowly, the sun displaces the dark days in Regensburg and the light returns to the cathedral city. For five days, almost 1700 spectators from all over Germany indulged in the dark side of entertainment. Horror, thrillers and sci-fi from all over the world were on the agenda at the 9th HARD:LINE Film Festival, German and even world premieres were celebrated. There was discussion and judgement, both from the audience and from the three-member jury tasked with finding the winner of the prestigious Méliès D'Argent. Both the jury of experts and the fans found what they were looking for. In 2022, three awards were therefore also presented on the closing evening of the festival.
Buying tickets is supposed to be easy. And it is on our smart new website. For each film, you'll find a ticket button that takes you directly to the shop without any complicated fuss. But some like it concentrated and presented on one page in a running order. And because we know you so well and read your every wish from your lips, we've put it all together for you. You look!