38. Kurzfilm Festival Hamburg

31 May - 6 June 2022

THANK YOU FOR A WONDERFUL AND SPECIAL 37th edition - see you next year! THANK YOU FOR A WONDERFUL AND SPECIAL 37th edition - see you next year!

Triple Axel Competition 2022

Call for Entries! Topic 2022: On very thin ice
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 in our competition, it's a matter of getting a spin on a given theme in no more than three minutes. Whoever manages to do this goes into the race for the audience's prize and € 1,000 in a legendary short night. So join in the triple Axel, the theme for 2022 is: On very thin ice.
Steep theses, risky moves, unknown terrain, dangerous societies - we leave it up to you to decide how or where you venture onto very thin ice, but we are counting on your proven associative creativity. We will be accepting your three-minute stories on this topic from the beginning of November. The deadline for submissions is February 14, 2022. There are no submission fees for the triple Axel competition.

Kurzfilm Festival Hamburg - Fair Festival

Fair Festival Label für das Kurzfilm Festival Hamburg!
Im Rahmen des Filmfest Dresden vergab die Arbeitsgruppe Festivalarbeit in ver.di zum ersten Mal der Fair Festival Award vergeben. Der Fair Festival Award für das fairste Filmfestival Deutschland geht an unsere Kolleg:innen vom Filmfest Lünen, Herzlichen Glückwunsch! Wir freuen uns sehr, unter den fünf deutschen Festivals zu sein, die nun das Label "Fair Festival" tragen dürfen da sie sich durch ihre "Fairness Performance" in den Kategoriene Vertrag, Arbeitsbedingungen, Kommunikation, Führung, Arbeitsklima, Mitbestimmung, Chancengleichheit, Gleichbehandlung und Entlohnung auszeichnen.
„Das gesamte Team des Kurzfilm Festival Hamburg und wir freuen uns sehr über die Bewertung als "Faires Festival“. Für uns beweist dies, dass die Art und Weise, wie wir an die Festivalarbeit herangehen, richtig ist und wir würden sehr gerne unsere Arbeitsweise und unsere Ideen mit anderen teilen, um Teil einer Bewegung zu sein, in der faire Arbeitsbedingungen in der Filmfestivalwelt zur "Neuen Normalität." werden.“
Sven Schwarz und Maike Mia Hoehne - Leitung Kurzfilm Festival Hamburg
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Awards 2021

We are very pleased to announce the winners of the 37th Kurzfilm Festival Hamburg! All award-winning films can now be seen in the programme Preisträger:innen 2021.


Mouaad el Salem - This Day Won't Last
Jury Statement: "A strong, unanimous decision by the jury to award the Hamburg Short Film Award to This Day Won't Last. Mouaad el Salem's film takes us into the hiding places of those who are not visible, whose story does not belong to the official narrative, whose voice whispers but is not the one that speaks. Filmmaking in its most necessary form. This Day Won't Last is an urgent film in style and substance, equally gentle and powerful in its exploration of sexuality and the right of all people to live freely. An ingeniously edited composition, ranging from dreams and metaphors to everyday accounts, reveals historically and systemically repressed feelings as fear in a very immediate way."

Olga Lucovnicova - Nanu Tudor (My Uncle Tudor).
Jury Statement: "Very slowly, almost tenderly and imperceptibly, she pulls the rug out from under our feet. A disturbing piece of family history told with rarely seen directness that sticks. My Uncle Tudor is an unflinching and courageous look into the rarely spoken violence of the family environment. With simple means, this touching film proves that great cinema is possible on a small budget." The Deframed Prize, endowed with 2,000 euros, is awarded by the International Jury to a film that deals with reality in a poetic, formal, analytical and unconventional way, ignoring all rules in a forward-looking way.

Kristin Johannessen - Minnen (Memories)


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Danke & Save the Date

The festival is coming to an end and we look back on a successful, exciting and diverse festival week. We would like to thank all filmmakers, participants and the audience for making the first digital edition of the festival a real ONLINE HAPPENING! Also: Thanks to the best team this festival edition was special in many ways and we all had to go a little extra mile but you always went there with an extra smile, thank you all for making this happen!

We look forward to the 38th Kurzfilm Festival Hamburg from 31 May to 6 June 2022! And we can’t wait to see you all back in the cinemas and on the dance floor in the POST.

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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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