In the Uckermark between beeches and linden trees, the DUKA Filmfestival takes place for the first time at the magnificent Schönow Castle, from the 19th to 22nd of september. It shows a selection of films from various Berlin festivals and international filmmakers
The program will include indoor and outdoor screenings, 35mm projection and a multifaceted variety of activities around the cinematic idea of art. We’ll offer workshops, lectures, live music, physical theatre, interactive installations, parties and there’ll even be a chance to relax in and around the 19th century castle. Just take a walk to the lake through the forest or have a sauna and relax in the whirlpool before you enjoy dinner at our long banquet table to get to know everyone else.
In our workshops we’ll cover various sections of the filmmaking process. Through approaches like bodywork and methods of improvisation and brainstorming we seek to refine our perception in a general sense and explore different sources of creativity and expression.
Also, come and share your film! We’ll leave some slots free, so If you want to show your work - please send your information to with a short introduction (ca: 2 sentences about the filmmaker, film, a quote that inspired you to make the film,..) and please
- Send your film in:
Resolution: 720p or 1080p
Full Festival Ticket
The ticket includes full vegetarian meals and non alcoholic drinks. Our goal in order to allow everybody to be part of it, is to keep the prices as low as possible. We want all of us to create this event and be part of something together.
Full Festival ticket includes: full program, 2 vegetarian meals a day, non-alcoholic drinks & onsite camping.
Weekend Ticket includes: full program Friday evening, Saturday + sunday, two vegetarian meals a day (collective cooking), non-alcoholic drinks & onsite camping.
Day-ticket includes: full program 24h, two vegetarian meals a day (collective cooking), non-alcoholic drinks
REDUCED & HELPERS TICKETS:
If you want to join the helpers team or cannot pay the full amount, please feel free contact us on with your request. We are happy to support your talents!
Camping included onsite + Upgrades: cheap bed options in shared rooms, hotels & private accomodation options (list & prices will be sent via mail)
In Cooperation with:
DUKA is a film collective based in Berlin, that promotes authenticity of creative acts pursuing aesthetic as a goal not only of what might be defined as parameter among conventional, unconventional or experimental, but also in the sense of “art brut”: spontaneous, autodidact and made also by those on the outside of the established art scene.
The name DUKA is an abbreviation for “Dunkelkammer” which in german means “Darkroom”. This is in order to remember us that we were analog, and everything which is an image nowadays it comes from Film, celluloid: a support a moment of reality could be saved on and revealed later through a chemical process.
In times where everything is art nothing is art likewise, we need to orient ourselves developing much more than a simple product trying to concentrate on the path that brings us to approach to the process of creation.
The Neo-gothic castle built in 1840 was originally owned by the von Sydow Family and expropriated after the second world war to then serve as municipal office and for consumer purposes, Now after 20 years of abandonment it is again in use for shootings aswell as for private and communal events.
During this festival we want to create a common space where we really have time to talk about films and their process, get to know and learn from each other by sharing different approaches from different disciplines. And to have fun. Of course.
There is forest and the small Schönow village around in case you need a short break from it all and just let the warm Uckermark breeze run through your hair.