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Gruß vom Krampus

If you are coming to Austria in winter for the first time, you are likely to experience culture shock. Austria has some unique customs that may seem shocking to non-Austrians – one of those being Krampus. Krampus is the devil-like companion of Nikolaus. He is depicted as a tall, hairy, horned devil with piercing red eyes. Krampus carries a whip and wears a wicker basket on his back where he carries naughty children to Hell. The myth of Krampus is not just for children! Young adult men have fun during the holiday season by dressing up in frightening, elaborate Krampus costumes. Traditionally on December 5th “Krampusnacht” is when large cohorts of these “Krampuses” run through the streets of town squares and Christmas markets around Austria merrymaking. The documentary points out why this last bastion of men is fascinating to young people in Austria and gives a glimpse of the Krampus runs as a cross between male masquerade, ritual beatings and long standing tradition. Germanic folklore is booming, in every village young people are founding new Krampus troupes and more and more spectators flock to runs. Spectators and especially young women and men anticipate an adrenaline rush from being hit by the strong beast.

Gabriele Neudecker



  • Monday 20th : Press & Industry previews
  • Tuesday 21st : Opening Film, Opening Party, Sailer Retroperspective 
  • Wendesday 22nd : Start of the Competition 2018,  Cinema in the City 
  • Thursday 23rd : Drive In Theater “Dirty Dancing” 
  • Friday 24th : Open Air event at Kitzbueheler Horn, Drive In Theater “Drive”
  • Saturday 25th : Award Ceremony and Closing Party 
  • Sunday 26th : Additional screenings of all awarded films of FFKB 2018



  • Monday 20th : annual members meeting of the FFKB Association
  • Tuesday 21st : Opening Night
  • Wendesday 22nd : Jury’s “Weisswurst Brunch” 
  • Thursday 23rd : Directors and Producers Brunch,  Drive In Theater #1 including a Concert & BBQ.
  • Friday 24th : Sundown and Warm-Up at the Kitzbueheler Horn, Drive In Theater #2 including a concert & BBQ, “Alpinesdating” Pitches (Forum for Producers),  FFKB-Alumni party
  • Saturday 25th : “Alpendating” Brunch in cooperation with FFF (Bavaria), IDM (Alto Adige), ÖFI (Austria), Zürcher Filmstiftung (Switzerland)
    Award Show & Gala Event 

Country Austria, Germany
Year 2018
Length 98
Language German
Director Gabriele Neudecker
Gabriele Neudecker
Producer Gabriele Neudecker
Peter Neudecker, Stefan Aglassinger, Gabriele Neudecker, Toldy Miller
Editor Gabriele Neudecker, Ilja Bayerl, Wolfram Paulus
Cast Krampus- und Perchtenpassen aus Salzburg, OÖ, Bayern und Tirol

Playtime and Theater

MI. 22.08. – 17:00