JVA Oldenburg

»Oldenburg is the only film festival in the world that lists a correctional facility as a regular screening venue, allowing cinema-loving prisoners to enjoy films alongside festivalgoers. (No escape attempts have been made to date.)«

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Oldenburg is the only festival in the world which annually screens part of its regular program in an actual prison environment. The concept behind this is not only to offer the inmates a unique cultural experience but also to offer the general public a glimpse into the daily routines of prison life while sharing the common language of film. The festivals aims to raise awarness of incarcerated individuals and build bridges between their world and the outside, as upon their release back into society we will all be neighbors.


In 2022 there is now a really pleasing return to the times before the pandemic to announce: Oldenburg Prison and the Filmfest have jointly decided to allow film screenings at the prison again this year, thus fully implementing the long-standing partnership, which continues to be unique in the world. Although some films were also digitally fed to the inmates via the JVA's internal television station "Gitternet TV" in the last two years, this year viewers can again attend film screenings together with inmates over three days in this extraordinary location. For these special events, there are both special security arrangements and Covid 19 protections. The bridge between the outside and the inside world of the correctional facility is restored.