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!

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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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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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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