39th Kurzfilm Festival Hamburg

6 – 11 June 2023

39th Kurzfilm Festival Hamburg: 6–11 June 2023 +++ NOW! NOW! NOW! +++ 39th Kurzfilm Festival Hamburg: 6–11 June 2023 +++ NOW! NOW! NOW! +++ 39th Kurzfilm Festival Hamburg: 6–11 June 2023 +++ NOW! NOW! NOW! +++

Newsletter & Socials

Stay with us! All news directly and without detours in your inbox or social media feed:

Newsletter Instagram Facebook Telegram


The motto of the 39th Kurzfilm Festival Hamburg is going to be… ⫸ NOW! ⫷
This year‘s edition looks at contemporary urgencies and current issues reflecting the past. It’s all about the present, our actions, here and now! Kurzfilm Festival Hamburg will take place from June 6 to 11. Which raises the question: Why not right NOW?

Selection Committee German Competition 2023

Here's this years Selection Committee for the German Competition 2023:

Florian Fischer, born 1981 in Tübingen, studied communication design, photography and visual studies. He was a participant in the Werkleitz Media Master Class and Berlinale Talents. In 2017, he was a fellow at Villa Aurora in Los Angeles and currently works as an author and media artist in Leipzig and Hamburg. His film "Umbra" won the Golden Bear for Best Short Film at the Berlinale 2019 and screened in the German Competition of the Kurzfilm Festival Hamburg in the same year.

Nadine Mayer moved from Stuttgart to Hamburg to study for her Master's degree in Culture and Media Management. In 2011 she started working for the Kurzfilm Festival Hamburg at the info counter, was responsible for the film market and joined the selection team for the German Competition in 2014. At the same time, she got to know the artist group "A Wall is a Screen", with whom she travels the country to project short films on walls. Her main job also revolves around moving images, most recently as a producer of documentary films for TV.

Selection Committee International Competition 2023

We proudly present: Our selection committee for the 2023 International Competition!

In her artistic films and video works, Vanessa Nica Mueller deals with questions of individual and collective memory, the human being in relation to urban space and nature, as well as with the tension between the familiar and alienation. She studied film and time-based media at Hochschule für bildende Künste Hamburg and at the École supérieure d'art Marseille. In addition to realizing and producing her own films, she works as a lecturer in the field of film education. In 2018 she was in Lebanon for an extended film research as part of a grant from the Goethe Institute and in 2021 she was a guest at Urbane Künste Ruhr as Artist in Residence 2021.

Sarnt Utamachote (ษาณฑ์ อุตมโชติ) is a nonbinary filmmaker, curator and co-founder of un.thai.tled, an artist collective from the German Thai diaspora with whom they curated the un.thai.tled Film Festival Berlin and Beyond the kitchen: Stories from the Thai Park. The video installation I Am Not Your Mother (2020) was exhibited at the International Film Festival Rotterdam and the short film Soy Sauce (2020) was screened at OutFest Fusion LA, Xposed Berlin and Queer East London 2021, among others.

Green Charter for Film Festivals

Kurzfilm Festival Hamburg has signed the Green Charter for Film Festivals. With this we commit to fulfill the charter and act on the sustainability of our event.

Dreifacher Axel 2023

Triple Axel Competition 2023 Topic: At night
What crawls out of your camera on the subject of night? The night train or the nightingale, a night porter or night mare? In the dark of night the ghosts come and all cats are gray. The absence of light is the sinister nemesis of the film, which without light gets lost in the black hole. So, night owls, get nocturnal!
All good things come in threes: Three minutes of film. Three spins in the air. The triple Axel is one of the most difficult jumps in figure skating. And for us, it's the competition in which the goal is to get a spin on a given theme done in three minutes or less. Whoever manages to do this will enter the race for the audience prize (1000 euros) in a legendary short night at the Kurzfilm Festival Hamburg. Join the Triple Axel, topic for 2023 is: „At Night“.
We'll be accepting your three-minute pieces starting in early November. Check our website or subscribe to our newsletter for updates. Deadline for submissions is February 14, 2023. For Triple Axel there are no submission fees. The 39th Kurzfilm Festival Hamburg will take place from June 6 to 11, 2023.

Award Winners 2022

We are very pleased to announce the winners of the 38th Kurzfilm Festival Hamburg!


Jury: Edwin, Florian Fischer, Andrea Lissoni, Jyoti Mistry, Caroline Monnet

Pavel Mozhar - Handbook
Jury Statement: "Political and social violence continues to dominant our lives and screens. The challenge is how to create representations of human atrocities without reproducing the spectacle of violence. Set in a sterile environment of a small room, that replicates the size of a holding cell, the testimony and experiences of incarcerated activists is recounted through a set of sobering instructions of staged physical brutality. This documentary of reenactments pushes the boundaries of the genre by employing a clinical eye on violence. The gaps demand that an audience complete the visual representation in their own imagination and this leaves one with a haunting and chilling feeling that endures long after the film is over. For cinematic excellence and a film that creates a signature language to expose contemporary political and civil violence in society through a manual of instructions for state practice as violence, the winner is: Handbuch by Pavel Mozhar."

The Festival

The Festival

The Kurzfilm Festival Hamburg is one of the most renowned and important European short film festivals. Since 1986, more than 400 films have been screened each year. The festival brings together cinema, exhibition, performative works, concerts and discourse. It shows films that react to the world in loud and sparkling, quiet and poetic, wild and calm ways. This way, selected programmes present the whole range of courageous, experimental and artistic films. Film makers, industry and audiences celebrate the short form together.

More News

Looking for older news? You can find them here.

Festival Archive Submissions Program Visit Contact News Archive Legal Notice Data privacy Partners Terms and Conditions

  • No results