37. Kurzfilm Festival Hamburg

1 – 7 June 2021



Flóra Anna Buda – I AM BECAUSE WE ARE

In this year's trailer for the festival, Flóra Anna Buda condenses the motto I AM BECAUSE WE ARE into pink circles of colour that network, connect, from singular existence to a shared togetherness. An explosive, pleasurable connection that carries us into the great universe of short form.


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I am because we are 12.04.2021

The Hamburg Short Film Festival will take place from 1 June to 7 June. This year’s motto is I AM BECAUSE WE ARE, based on Ubuntu, South Africa’s philosophy of unity. I can only be, really be, when we all are. We, as a society, must ask ourselves the question of solidarity within the small and the big picture. Culture is one of the decisive motors that keeps us, as a society, together. The collective experience of something that is bigger than its individual constituents.
The trailer for the 37th Short Film Festival was animated by the Hungarian artist Flóra Anna Buda and it shines in bright colours and picks up the festival’s motto. More and more circles encounter each other, the flickering becomes a light, a shining beacon. Life goes on! This year will be digital and analogue, together, solidary and filled with the thrill of anticipation of things to come.

Seltected Films: International Competition

Al motociclista no le cabe la felicidad en el traje • Gabriel Herrera • Mexico 2021
Amaryllis – A Study • Jayne Parker • Great Britain 2020
Bambirak • Zamarin Wahdat • USA, Germany 2020
Bébé Colère • Jonathan Vinel, Caroline Poggi • France, Italy 2021
Because the Sky is Blue • Wenhua Shi • China, USA 2020
Deine Strasse • Güzin Kar • Switzerland 2020
Die seismische Form • Antoinette Zwirchmayr • Austria 2020
Écoutez le battement de nos images • Maxime Jean-Baptiste, Audrey Jean-Baptiste • France, French Guiana 2021
Erde essen • Laura Weissenberger • Austria 2021
Filles bleues, peur blanche • Lola Halifa-Legrand Halifa-Legrand, Marie Jacotey • France 2020
Flowers blooming in our throats • Eva Giolo • Belgium, Italy 2020

Selected Films: German Competition

Adrenochrom · Daniel Hopp · Germany 2020
AIVA · Veneta Androva · Bulgaria, Germany 2020
American Express · Häly Heinecker · Germany 2020
ANDERS · Nanna Maria Wibholm · Germany, Denmark 2020
BAB7 · Nizan Kasper · Germany 2020
Biting the dust · NEOZOON · Germany 2021
Centauress · Deniz Şimşek · Germany, Turkey 2020
disjointed · Clara Helbig · Great Britain, Germany 2020
Es wird Schuhe regnen (It Will Rain Shoes) · Mariola Brillowska · Germany 2021
Ewig Gast (Eternal Guest) · Maximilian Karakatsanis · Germany 2020
Das Glitzern im Barbieblut (Glittering Barbieblood) · Ulu Braun · Germany 2021
Der Heinz, der gräbt ein Loch in ein Stück Land · Karsten Krause · Germany 2021
Die klaffende Wunde (The Gaping Wound) · Jovana Reisinger · Germany 2020

Selected Films: Triple Axel

10-lagige Katastrophe · Tim Bero Kauff · Germany 2021
999 · Vincent Leplat · France 2021
Anatomie eines Weltverständnisses · Alexander Fischer (aka Peskador) · Germany 2020
Armor Man · Alex Glawion · Germany 2020
BENZTOWN · Gottfried Mentor · Germany 2021
Classe Verte (Environment 101) · Lucas Zef, Arsène Chabrier · France 2020
Distance Film · Siegfried A. Fruhauf · Austria 2020
Dollar or Egyptian Pound? · Nadim Suleiman · Egypt 2020
Edge of Doom · Michaela Grill, Sophie Trudeau · Austria, Canada 2020
Fals Che Trennung · Dorit Kiesewetter, Carsten Knoop · Germany 2021
Fire · Gauri Bhonsle · India/USA 2020
Flamenco · Paulo Scatena · Germany 2021


Jury International Competition

Chuko Esiri

Chuko Esiri was bornin Warri, Nigeria and raised in Lagos. He started work many years ago as an intern in New York at Innovative Artists and The Gersh Agency. He has made two short films: »Goose«, co-directed with his twin brother Arie, which played at the 2017 LA Film Festival and »Besida«, an official selection at the 2018 Berlin Film Festival. His debut feature »Eyimofe (This is My Desire)« had its World Premiere at the 70th Berlinale. He studied screenwriting and directing in the graduate film program of the Tisch School of the Arts, New York University, earning a Master of Fine Arts in 2017.

Kirsten Tan

Kirsten Tan is a New York-based Singaporean filmmaker whose debutfeature POP AYE premiered as the Opening Night film of the World Cinema Dramatic competition at Sundance 2017. The film went on to receive a Special Jury Prize for screenwriting at Sundance, the VPRO Big Screen Award at Rotterdam and the Best International Film Award at Zurich Film Festival. To date, it has screened at over 50 film festivals including BFI London, Melbourne, Munich and Busan. POP AYE was invited to represent Singapore in the Foreign Film Category at the Oscars. Prior to completing POP AYE, she made a series of short films. Her shorts 10 MINUTES LATER, FONZI, COLD NOODLES and DAHDI have collectively received over ten international awards. A Sundance Institute and Cinereach Film Fellow, she earned her MFA at NYU Graduate Film School.

Tasja Langenbach

Tasja Langenbach has been the artistic director of Videonale Bonn since 2012. Since 2004, she has worked as a freelance curator for institutions and festivals such as Galerie Anita Beckers, Frankfurt; ZKM Karlsruhe; SoundTrack_Cologne; and the Folkwang Museum, Essen. Prior to that she studied art history and cultural studies in Erlangen, Leipzig, and Barcelona. She is a regular member of selection, prize, and grant juries and writes in the field of video and media art. Since2017, she has taught in the MA program Culture, Aesthetics, Media at the University of Applied Sciences Düsseldorf.


Shorts programme THE NEED TO DANCE

New program format of the Kurzfilmagentur Hamburg: WE LOVE IT SHORT

Under this title we will publish several times a year curated short film programs from distribution and sales, festival, archive and also presented by guest curators. We start with an online program around dance and music, love, pain and empowerment. #1 TANZGEBOT

For German residents we offer an online shorts programme on dance and hope, love and despair. With seven shorts we celebrate the emotional and political power of dance. This programme is supposed to keep up the spirit during endless lockdowns and closed clubs and Operas. Dancing is possible - even at night in the gas station.

Streaming available in German territory from May 20-25

The Festival

The Festival

The Hamburg Short Film Festival 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.


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