International Competition


Orlando von Einsiedel
Screening time  
24.02. / Tuesday, 21:00 - 23:00 Theatre 1  
27.02. / Friday, 17:00 - 19:00 Theatre 4  
28.02. / Saturday, 14:00 - 16:00 Theatre 3  
01.03. / Sunday, 14:00 - 16:00 Theatre 5  
01.03. / Sunday, 16:00 - 18:00 Theatre 3  
01.03. / Sunday, 18:00 - 20:00 Theatre 2  
01.03. / Sunday, 22:00 - 00:00 Theatre 4  
The film follows a number of brave people, all of whom are doing their utmost to protect the Virunga National Park in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo.

The vast Virunga National Park in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo is internationally renowned for its biodiversity. A huge number of species live here, including the last mountain gorillas, but the preservation of nature in this area isn’t a priority for everyone. Following several years of relative political stability, the country faces a civil war owing to the rise of a new rebel movement. And far-reaching corruption is again becoming a problem, now that many people see an opportunity to make a quick buck from the activities of foreign multinationals looking to exploit the country’s mineral resources. The film follows a number of brave people, all of whom are doing their utmost to protect the park. They all work with remarkable dedication in circumstances that are a true threat to their lives.


Orlando von Einsiedel

Orlando von Einsiedel is praised by critics for his fearless filmmaking and strong sense of the people and places he covers. His eye for striking shots, combined with his compelling global investigations into social issues, have ensured that he is unequivocally an original and talented filmmaker on the rise. Virunga is Orlando's first feature

General sponsor


Great Britain
2014, 104', DCP

Directed by:
Orlando von Einsiedel

Franklin Dow

Edited by:
Masahiro Hirakubo

Patrick Jonsson

Joanna Natasegara

Produced by:
Violet Films

Festivals & Awards:

Academy Awards 2015 – Nominated for the Best Feature Documentary; BAFTA Awards 2015 – Nominated for the Best Documentary; Hot Docs 2014 –  Emerging Artist Award, Emerging International Filmmaker Award; CPH:DOX 2014 – F:ACT Award – Honorable Mention; Camden International Film Festival 2014 – Harrell Award Best Documentary Feature; Crested Butte Film Festival 2014 – Act Now! Award; DOXA Documentary Film Festival 2014 – Feature Documentary Award; Guanajuato International Film Festival 2014 – Best Feature Documentary; Hamptons International Film Festival 2014 – Victor Rabinowitz and Joanne Grant Award for Social Justice, Zelda Penzel Giving Voice to the Voiceless Award; Little Rock Film Festival 2014 – Golden Rock Documentary Award Best Documentary; Abu Dhabi Film Festival 2014 – Black Pearl Award; Satellite Awards 2014; Vancouver Film Critics Circle 2015; Cinema Eye Honors Awards, US 2014; Black Reel Awards 2015; British Independent Film Awards 2014; Independent Spirit Awards 2015