It all started in 2008 in Kaufbeuren with a single competition mixing all themes and genres as well as German and international films. To this day, the mix of genres is one of the hallmarks of the festival.
But within a few years it was clear that too many good documentaries didn't find space and time. So a second competition was born for documentaries – the Dokufilmzeit , which developed into a popular festival branch.
For an increasing number of submissions from abroad, Filmzeit International was founded as a third competition. 2020 the competition moved to Kempten.
The original filmzeit has since become the DACHfilmzeit for productions in German from Germany, Austria and Switzerland.