40. Kurzfilm Festival Hamburg

4 – 9 June 2024

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Triple Axel 2025: Mission Impossible

The missionary had one, companies claim it and heroes and heroines are on it for ages: a mission. For our Triple Axel Competition 2025, we are particularly interested in that version of mission that seems impossible.

Award Winners 2024

We are very pleased to announce the winners of the 40th Kurzfilm Festival Hamburg!

Ticket sale

The festival program is online now! Click through 120 programs, parties, talks and events and plan your festival week using the timetable! If you already know what you are looking for, you can also buy tickets directly via our ticket system. Some programs sell out quickly, so you better be fast!

The Catalog of the 40th Kurzfilm Festival Hamburg

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The program booklet 2024 is here!

You can download the program booklet as pdf to browse through (German only).

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Withdrawn films 2024

The following artists decided to withdraw their films from the festival and join the call issued by “Strike German” in solidarity with the Palestinian People. We respect their decision and we have decided not to replace withdrawn films. We very much hope that we will have the chance to show their works in the future.

  • Ever Since, I Have Been Flying by Aylin Gökmen
  • Neo Nahda by May Ziadé
  • We Need New Names by Onyeka Igwe

Jury German Competition 2024

The Jury Award in the German Competition, endowed with 2,000 euros, is awarded by a three-member jury. The Jury 2024 is:

Jury International Competition 2024

In the International Competition, a five-member jury awards the Hamburg Short Film Award, endowed with 3,000 euros, and the Deframed Award, endowed with 2,000 euros, to a film that deals with reality in a poetic, formal, analytical and unconventional way, ignoring all rules in a forward-looking way. It also awards the Hamburg candidate for the "European Short Film" award category of the European Film Academy. The Jury 2024 is:

Festivaltrailer 2024 by NEOZOON

"I can't see a thing!" – From light breezes to thunderstorms, our trailer reflects what “cloudy” can look like – and how it can obscure our vision. Thanks to NEOZOON for daring to head with us into the unknown!

Selected films 2024: International Competition

27, Flóra Anna Buda, France, 2023 (Out of Competition)
3350 KM, Sara Kontar, Arab Republic Syria/France, 2023
Avaler la poussière (Swallowing Dust), Achille Bocquier, France, 2023
Boléro, Nans Laborde-Jourdàa, France/Italy, 2023
Bye Bye, Bowser, Jasmin Baumgartner, Austria, 2023

Selected films 2023: German Competition

Blue, Woman, Dress, Jinhyun Kim, Germany/South Korea, 2023
Club Bunker, M + M, Germany, 2023
COMPASSION AND INCONVENIENCE, Vika Kirchenbauer, Germany, 2024
Curro, Yalda Afsah, Germany, 2024
Das feine Zirpen einer Dunkelziffer (Silent chirping of invisible Digits), Vera Sebert, Germany, 2023

Selected films 2023: Triple Axel

0.1 g, Raymond Hoepflinger, Switzerland, 2023
6 minutes/km, Catherine Boivin, Canada, 2023
Amongst the Roots & Veins, Nikolai Azariah, United Kingdom, 2024
bath salts, Murat Haschu, Germany, 2024
Das Salz des Lebens (Salt of Life), Sebastian Vetter, Germany, 2024

It's getting Cloudy!

Our anniversary motto is "Cloudy". We focus on the nebulous, ever changing structures and various societal weather conditions. We look at ambiguities, taking in consideration the global political situation, and explore what impairs our view. With the help of filmic positions, we seek a way through these ambiguities and make visible what is hidden behind the cloud cover.

Addressing the effect of the war in Gaza on the national cultural scene

Since its inception, we, the team of Kurzfilm Festival Hamburg, have seen our festival as a space of artistic freedom and freedom of expression, of critical debate and encounters characterised by mutual respect.

We are publishing this statement as a reaction to a climate which is increasingly marked by division and pressure, particularly within the German cultural sector. This has led to a palpable restriction of agency for institutions and cultural workers. We strongly oppose politically motivated interference by third parties in programming decisions as well as demands for background checks on potential participants.

We take a clear stance against all forms of group-related misanthropy, such as ableism, ageism, anti-Muslim hatred, anti-Semitism*, discrimination of LGBTQIA+ individuals, classism, racism and sexism, as well as against all forms of physical and verbal violence. Creating and maintaining conditions that foster these principles requires ongoing, shared efforts and proactive, self-reflective behaviour from everyone involved in the festival. Texts such as the present one are no substitute for this essential work, though they do offer the opportunity to take a conscious position both internally and externally.

Our scene is diverse. Our actions as political beings can take on different forms, whether loud and explicit, or in the background and implicit. We respect the decision of all those who have opted to suspend their co-operation with German institutions in solidarity with the Palestinian people. We join the unconditional demand for a ceasefire in Gaza and the release of all hostages.

We want to preserve Kurzfilm Festival Hamburg as a place that reflects the diversity of artistic perspectives and attitudes, so that we can continue to share different experiences with one another.

This text was formulated on the basis of the Code of Ethics of the European Media Art Festival (EMAF). We endorse the words of our colleagues and would like to thank them for laying this groundwork.

*According to the working definition of the Jerusalem Declaration on Antisemitism (https://jerusalemdeclaration.org/)

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