Munich Television & Film School students Byambasuren Davaa and Luigi Falorni's critically feted documentary The Story Of The Weeping Camel will open the International Festival of the Film Schools in Munich (Nov 27-30).

The festival is returning to its traditional November dates after being held as a parallel event of June's Munich Film Festival for the past five years.

The international competition will present 77 student features, documentaries and animation films from 43 film schools from 31 countries. In a change from previous editions, an expert jury was appointed to select the films for the competition from all of the works submitted by film schools.

In addition, the festival has opened up its competition to include student works coming from film academies outside of Europe. Only two of the competition's six awards - the ProSieben Newcomer Prize and the Panther Production Prize - will be reserved for German student films. The other four awards, including the newly established Euros 3,000 Luggi Waldleitner Prize for best screenplay, will be open to all of the films in competition.