40. Kurzfilm Festival Hamburg

4 – 9 June 2024

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Kurzfilm Festival Hamburg x Sparclub: Feminism Solidarity

„Guten Abend, meine sehr verehrten Damen und Herren. Bevor wir Ihnen aus Grenoble die Europameisterschaften im Eiskunstlauf übertragen, gestatten Sie mir einige Hinweise zur Emanzipation der Frau."
– Christiane Gehner: Programmhinweise, 1970

Erst Filme, dann tanzen: Zur Einstimmung auf den feministischen Kampftag zeigen wir Filme, die den Kampf für Gleichberechtigung spiegeln. Dazu legt m_vonderaue elegant und nicht zu schnell und basslastig auf. Tanz, Ansage, Körper – Feminism solidarity!

Donnerstag, 7. März 2024
Doors: 20 Uhr, Start: 20:30 Uhr
Slot @ fux (Zeiseweg / Ecke Bodenstedtstraße)

Call For Entries: 40. Kurzfilm Festival Hamburg

We are open! Submit your short film for the 40th Kurzfilm Festival Hamburg! For the International and German Competition as well as for Mo & Friese dedicated to young audiences, all genres with a maximum length of 30 minutes and not older than two years (January 2022) are accepted. We also call for submissions for the festival's Triple Axel Competition. This year's topic is: Salt.

The festival will take place from June 4 to June 9, 2024. Mark your calendars for the anniversary edition and celebrate with us 40 years short films!

Find all details here.

Triple Axel 2024 Topic: Salt

"Ilsebill salted" - Günter Grass once came up with this award-winning beginning to a novel. And now it's your turn: Three minutes of film with salt, please! For our Triple Axel, the competition in which you have to make a film on a given theme in no more than three minutes. Whoever manages to do that will enter the race for the audience prize (1000 euros) on a legendary night at the Short Film Festival Hamburg.
Salt is such a prominent player in idioms and language games, we can already guess how you will translate "salt" into film language: We look forward to salt shaker ballets or salt shaker thrillers, the salt on your skins, in soups and wounds ... Right? Surprise us and submit your salt film to us starting in November. In this sense: Axel and salt - God bless!

Award Winners 2023

We are very pleased to announce the winners of the 39th Kurzfilm Festival Hamburg!

Scenography of Space

Exhibition opening, text by Melike Bilir

„Mehr Licht” ("More light") Goethe said on his deathbed. As an artist and scientist, the longing for more light drove him throughout his life. Not only during the Romantic period, but throughout the ages, pharaohs and astronomers, philosophers and physicists, priests and painters have sought methods of understanding light and becoming powerful with it. Cultural history is rich in myths and legends, theories and inventions. They are all about the essence of light, as it is part of our experience and consciousness.

Light is all-embracing and touches all areas of human life. The philosophers of antiquity were the first to systematically include light in their theories. For almost 1000 years, the Platonic doctrine, which primarily emphasized the spiritual-internal dimension of light, was the basis for all subsequent lighting concepts - from optics to architecture to philosophy. With the beginning of the modern era, it was displaced and thus light was deprived of its spiritual reference point. This break marks a decisive moment in the history of light and is the basis for our understanding of it today.

Festival trailer 2023 by Ann Oren

„The only thing wrong with the present is the bastard doesn’t exist, because the present is the future and the future is the past.“

This year's trailer is by filmmaker and artist Ann Oren. Her films have screened at festivals around the world - including in competition at the Kurzfilm Festival Hamburg - and won many awards, including Locarno and Chicago. Ann Orens works feature characters existing in the liminal space. In keeping with the festival motto, the Berlin-based artist asks the question: What does it mean to be in the present? What is "NOW"?

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The program booklet 2023 is here!

Here you can download the pdf to browse through (German only).

Perspectives on and from Germany

In addition to 133 competition films, we will also present selected, curatorial programs in the sections "Laboratory of the Present" and "Archive of the Present". This year, we continue our focus on migrant film in Germany that we started in 2022 – and also look at two Yugoslavian filmmakers and their work in and from Germany.

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