With the passing of Heinz Badewitz, co-founder and director of the Hof International Film Festival on March 10, 2016, we lost an important figure on the German film festival scene, a leading cineaste and a key patron of German films.
Heinz Badewitz was born in 1941 in Hof. After completing his studies at the German Institute for Film and Television (DIFF) in Munich, he began working as a camera assistant and animation cameraman. In 1967, he and Uwe Brandner set up the Hof International Film Festival and he remained its director until his death. The Hof festival is one of the most important showcases for German cinema.
Badewitz was a close friend and professional associate of the Berlinale. From 1977 to 2010, he curated the German Cinema series, which presented selected German productions to international industry audiences during the festival. He was also the Berlinale’s liaison to the German film scene for many years and, in 2001, he was awarded the Berlinale Camera.
“With the death of Heinz Badewitz, the Berlinale has lost a long-term associate and German cinema has lost one of its most passionate patrons. The way German films are showcased in our festival today would be unthinkable without his pioneering efforts. I have lost a wonderful colleague and long-term personal friend, from whom I learned that when you are running a festival, you need to “keep cool”, said Dieter Kosslick, director of the Berlin International Film Festival.
March 14, 2016