The Nuremberg International Human Rights Film Festival (NIHRFF) is Germany’s oldest and biggest human rights film festival.

The biannual festival presents international film art with a conscience from all around the world since 1999.


NIHRFF awards three cash prices and features an international jury as well as the Open Eyes Youth Jury.

International Human Rights Film Award Nuremberg

Artist: Christian Rösner

In the main competition, films compete for the International Human Rights Film Award Nuremberg, worth EUR 2,500. This award for outstanding filmic achievement in a human rights film will be awarded by an indepedent international jury.

Audience Award

Artist: Christian Rösner

All films in the festival programme compete for our audience award, worth EUR 1,000.

Open Eyes Youth Jury Award

A jury of students will chose the winner of the Open Eyes Youth Jury Award. They select the film best suited for human rights education in schools. The jury consists of Nuremberg high school students.

Previous Winners


International Human Rights Film Award NurembergThe Silences, Brazil/France/Columbia 2018, Director: Beatriz Seigner  
Audience AwardA Thousand Girls Like Me, France/Afghanistan 2018, Director: Sahra Mani
Open Eyes Youth Jury AwardPUSH, Sweden 2019, Director: Fredrik Gertten


International Human Rights Film Award Nuremberg
Ta’ang, Hongkong/France 2016, Director: Wang Bing
Special Mention:Communion, Poland 2016, Director: Anna Zamecka
Audience AwardThe War Show, Denmark/Finnland/Syria 2016, Directors: Obaidah Zytoon, Andreas Dalsgaard
Open Eyes Youth Jury AwardDil Leyla, Germany 2016, Director: Aslı Özarslan
Special Mention:For Ahkeem, USA 2017, Directors: Jeremy S. Levine, Landon van Soest


International Human Rights Film Award NurembergMaidan, Ukraine/Netherlands 2014, Director: Sergei Loznitsa
Audience AwardThe Look of Silence, Denmark/UK/Indonesia/Norway/Finnland 2014, Director: Joshua Oppenheimer
Open Eyes Youth Jury AwardSomething Better To Come, Denmark/Poland 2014, Director: Hanna Polak


International Human Rights Film Award NurembergNorte, Philippines 2013, Director: Lav Diaz
Audience AwardNo Fire Zone: In the Killing Fields of Sri Lanka, Sri Lanka/UK 2013, Director: Callum Macrae
Open Eyes Youth Jury AwardWasteland – So that No One Becomes Aware of It, Germany 2013, Director: Anne Kodura
Special MentionCall Me Kuchu, USA 2012, Directors: Katherine Fairfax Wright,
Malika Zouhali-Worrall


International Human Rights Film Award NurembergThe Prize, Mexico/France/Poland/Germany 2011, Director:
Paula Markovitch
Audience AwardSon of Babylon, Egypt/France/Iraq/Netherlands/UK/United Arab Emirates/Palestine 2010, Director: Mohamed Al-Daradji
Open Eyes Youth Jury Award9 Lives, Germany 2011, Director: Maria Speth
Special MentionCartonera, Germany 2010, Director: Maria Goinda


International Human Rights Film Award NurembergCrime & Punishment, China 2007, Director: Zhao Liang
Audience AwardBurma VJ – Reporting from a Closed Country, Denmark 2008, Director: Anders Østergaard
Open Eyes Youth Jury AwardBurma VJ – Reporting from a Closed Country, Denmark 2008, Director: Anders Østergaard


International Human Rights Film Award NurembergThe Violin, Mexico 2005, Director:
Francisco Vargas
Special MentionPaper Cannot Wrap Up Embers, Cambodia/France 2007, Director: Rithy Panh
Audience AwardSisters in Law, Cameroon 2005, Directors: Florence Ayisi, Kim Longinotto
Open Eyes Youth Jury AwardFavela Rising, Brazil/USA 2005, Directors:
Matt Mochary, Jeff Zimbalist


International Human Rights Film Award NurembergEstamira, Brazil 2004, Director:
Marcos Prado
Special MentionMardi Gras: Made in China, USA 2004, Director: David Redmon
Audience AwardThe Amateurs and the General Germany 2004, Director: Helge Cramer
Open Eyes Youth Jury AwardBunso: The Youngest, Philippines/UK 2004, Director: Ditsi Carolino


International Human Rights Film Award NurembergS-21: The Khmer Rouge Killing Machine, Cambodia/France 2002, Director: Rithy Panh
Special MentionOtzenrather Sprung, Germany 2001, Director: Jens Schanze


International Human Rights Film Award NurembergLong Night’s Journey into Day, USA 2000, Directors: Deborah Hoffmann
Frances Reid
Special MentionSud, France/Belgium 1999, Director: Chantal Akermann


International Human Rights Film Award NurembergThe Little Girl Who Sold the Sun, Senegal/France 1999, Director: Djibril Dio Mambety
Kisangani Diary, Austria/France 1997, Director: Hubert Sauper
Memoria, Italy 2997, Director: Ruggero Gabbai


Andrea Kuhn
Festival Director
+49 911 231-8329
Mikosch Horn
techn. director, Programme
+49 911 231-77642
Isabelle Krauß
Programme, Organisation
+49 911 231-77648
Christiane Schleindl
Programme, Organisation
+49 911 231-582
Silke Lehmann
Press & PR
Tel. +49 151-68 1000 88
Ursula Daehne
Organisation & Guest Service
+49 911 231-8329
Peter Romir
Coordinator Festivallounge
+49 911 231-8329
Oleg Borissov
+49 911 231-8329

Guests of Honor

Unitl 2017 NIHRFF honored a representative of the international film industry, who stands for great cinematic art and political-human rights commitment, with the NIHRFF Honorary Award.

Sponsors & Partners

Overview of all Sponsor- and Partnerships



Media Partner

Festival Hotel

NIHRFF is a founding member of the Human Rights Film Network (HRFN)

Become a Sponsor

If your company or organisation is interested in cooperating with NIHRFF, please contact festival director Andrea Kuhn (phone: +49 (911) 231-8329; e-mail: andrea.kuhn[at]

We would be happy to inform you about our special offers for sponsors and programme partners.

Supporting Membership & Donations

Supporting Membership

Als Fördermitglied des Internationale Filmtage der Menschenrechte e.V. genießen Sie f

As a supporting member of the International Film Festival of Human Rights e.V. you will enjoy the following benefits:

  • personal invitation to the opening ceremony and award ceremony
  • our festival magazine by mail
  • our electronic newsletter
  • a donation receipt, as the sponsorship contribution is tax deductible

If your are interested in becoming a member, please contact the festival director Andrea Kuhn (phone: +49 (911) 231-8329; e-mail: andrea.kuhn[at]


For Donations please use to the following bank account:
GLS Bank
IBAN: DE81 4306 0967 8205 8424 00
You will receive a donation receipt.