In 1962, the proclamation of the Oberhausen Manifesto "the old cinema is dead. We believe in the new cinema," marked the beginning of New German Cinema. The two anniversary programs will show 16 films from the period between 1958 and 1965, directed, produced, photographed or edited by the 26 filmmakers who signed the manifesto. Many of the films were restored under the project “Provoking Reality”, and they are going to provoke the reality of Hong Kong in 2013.

Oberhausener Manifesto

The collapse of conventional German film has finally removed the economic basis for a mentality that we reject. This gives the new kind of film the chance to come to life.
German short films by young filmmakers, directors and producers have in recent years received a large number of prizes at international festivals and gained the recognition of international critics. These works and their successes show that the future of German film lies with those who have proven that they speak a new film language.
In Germany, just as in other countries, short film has become a school and place of experiment for feature film. We declare our right to create the New German feature film. This new film needs new freedoms. Freedom from the conventions of the established industry. Freedom from the outside influence of commercial partners. Freedom from control by special interest groups.
We have concrete intellectual, formal, and economic ideas regarding the production of the new German film. Together, we are prepared to take economic risks.
The old film is dead. We believe in the new one.


Source: The Museum of Modern Art













Original text of Oberhausen Manifesto in German
Source: International Short Film Festival Oberhausen

Signature of Manifesto signatories
Source: International Short Film Festival Oberhausen

Oberhausen Manifesto Signatories
Source: Deutsche Kineamthek - Museum für Film und Fernsehen