39th Kurzfilm Festival Hamburg

6 – 11 June 2023

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

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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 ourticket system. Some programs sell out quickly, so you better be fast!

Open Air: Ab in die Mitte

Samstag, 3. Juni 2023, 22:15 Uhr

Schnappt euch unsere Funkkopfhörer, packt eure Picknickdecken und Kissen aus und schaut mit uns Kurzfilme zwischen Parkbänken und Balkonromantik – das Kurzfilm Festival Hamburg lädt zum Open Air!

Jury German Competition 2023

The Jury Award in the German Competition, endowed with 2,000 euros, is awarded by a three-member jury. The Jury 2023 is:

Jury International Competition 2023

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 2023 is:

The program booklet 2023 is here!

Here you can download the pdf to browse through (German only).

Perspectives on and from Germany

In addition to 133 competition films, we will also present selected, curatorial programs in the sections "Laboratory of the Present" and "Archive of the Present". This year, we continue our focus on migrant film in Germany that we started in 2022 – and also look at two Yugoslavian filmmakers and their work in and from Germany.

Festival trailer 2023 by Ann Oren

„The only thing wrong with the present is the bastard doesn’t exist, because the present is the future and the future is the past.“

This year's trailer is by filmmaker and artist Ann Oren. Her films have screened at festivals around the world - including in competition at the Kurzfilm Festival Hamburg - and won many awards, including Locarno and Chicago. Ann Orens works feature characters existing in the liminal space. In keeping with the festival motto, the Berlin-based artist asks the question: What does it mean to be in the present? What is "NOW"?

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Selected films 2023: International Competition

45th Parallel, Lawrence Abu Hamdan, UK, 2022
Africans With Mainframes, Kima Hibbert, USA, 2023
Afterlives, Michael Heindl, Austria/Tanzania, 2022
Alpha Kings, Enrique Pedráza Botero/Faye Tsakas, USA, 2022
Amok, Balázs Turai, Hungary/Romania, 2022

Selected films 2023: German Competition

Anima Overdrive, Andrea Winkler, Stefan Panhans, Germany, 2022
An Uncontacted Tribe, Hanna Noh, Germany, 2022
Can´t Help Myself, Anna Ansone, Latvia/Germany 2022
Der andere Tag (The Other Day), Timo Schierhorn, Germany, 2022
Dos amigos vuelven a casa solos de noche, (Two Friends Walk Home Alone at Night), Marlon Weber, Germany/Argentina, 2023

Selected films 2023: Triple Axel

A Night at the Movies, Gabriel Tempea, Austria, 2023
At Night – Mozzie, Alert Carol/Edward Lyon, UK, 2023
Big Monster, Esther Weber, Germany, 2023
Bingo, Teemu Saarinen/Karo von Rutenhjelm, Finland, 2020
Electric Manoevres in the Dark, Vera Geisler/Reinhard Westendorf, Germany, 2023


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.

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.

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