37th Hamburg Short Film Festival

02.03.2021

1 June to 7 June 2021 I AM BECAUSE WE ARE 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,...

1 June to 7 June 2021

I AM BECAUSE WE ARE
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 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.

 

OUTLOOK
The Contemporary Laboratory is the festival’s space for reflection and discussion, and in 2021, it throws a spotlight on three focal points: The Hamburg Positions are dedicated to cultural spaces and urban development. In film programmes and discussion groups, they ask what sort of structures and concepts are needed to create lasting and visionary places of public spirit. The curator Alex Moussa presents a selection of works from the contemporary African short film scene in Afrotopia – In the Present Sense. The focus is on characters and films who, intricately linked to African narrative traditions, create new ways of telling stories, develop utopias, question forms of solidarity and show spaces of possibilities unknown in Europe. We are creating a catalogue of gestures (for and according to Vilèm Flusser) in Gestimmtheiten – Das Kino und die Gesten (Attunement – Cinema and Gestures). Wipe, tip, shake – these three gesticulations alone, which we perform every day with our cell phones, show how our stock of gestures is constantly evolving.

The Open Space, the festival’s exhibition format, will present Akram Zaatari’s installation Dance to the End of Love. The performative works of this contemporary artist, curator and archivist from Lebanon encourage their viewers to keep going on. Let’s dance!

 

PROGRAMME
Once again, the Hamburg Short Film Festival presents the short form’s state of the art. In three great competitions, the International Competition, the German Competition and the Triple Axel, film makers and artists compete for prizes of a combined value of over 19,000€. In the Contemporary Laboratory, curated film programmes introduce questions, conditions and commentaries on contemporary issues which are then discussed in the forum with guests. Furthermore, there’s the Contemporary Archive, performances, industry events, open airs and plenty of additional screenings between flicker, horror and humour. The whole programme and more detailed information will be published in April 2021.

 

PLACE
The Hamburg Short Film Festival is planned as a hybrid event. We are going to show films and engage in discussions both on- and offline. The importance of cinema as a cultural space remains unbroken and we plan on projecting as many films as possible there. At the same time, we are exploring new possibilities in the digital realm. The POST at Diebsteich has been the festival centre for four years. It offers the opportunity to use rooms under the given circumstances in such a way that a mutual film experience can be possible. Whether it’s digital or analogue: We will definitely meet again. Short films, long wind!

 

Mo&Friese
The Mo&Friese Children’s Short Film Festival is a part of the Hamburg Short Film Festival and dedicated to young audiences between the age of 4 and 18. The festival show contemporary short films in their international competitions. You can find out more about Mo&Friese here.

 

Kurzfilm Festival Hamburg: Tuesday, 1 June to Monday, 7 June 2021

Mo&Friese Children’s Short Film Festival: Sunday, 30 May to Monday, 7 June

Winners 36. Kurzfilm Festival Hamburg

05.11.2020

Unfortunately, the 3rd Hamburg Film-In (the alternative version of the 36th Short Film Festival Hamburg that was cancelled in June) could not take place due to the new restrictions. However, the jury of the German and...

Unfortunately, the 3rd Hamburg Film-In (the alternative version of the 36th Short Film Festival Hamburg that was cancelled in June) could not take place due to the new restrictions. However, the jury of the German and International Competition met and awarded the prizes. We would like to thank once again all those who have contributed to our Film-In with their work. Our thanks go to all filmmakers, the jury, our sponsors, the great team members and our festival cinemas.

INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION
Jury: Jihane Chouaib, Roger Alan Koza, Samir Karahoda
Hamburg Short Film Award (3000 €): Sun Dog • Dorian Jespers
Deframed Award (2000 €) Where to Land • Sawandi Groskind
Candidate for the European Film Awards: Genius Loci • Adrien Mérigeau
Special Mention: Huntsville Station • Jamie Meltzer, Chris Filippone

ARTE SHORT FILM AWARD
Jury: Laurence Rilly, Dr. Catherine Colas
purchase of one film (up to 6,000 euros) and its subsequent screening in the »Kurzschluss« programme by ARTE
Swinguerra • Bárbara Wagner, Benjamin de Burca

GERMAN COMPETITION
Jury: Sabine Küchler, Irene von Alberti, Romeo Grünfelder
German Competition Jury Award (2000 €): La Espera • Danilo Do Carmo, Jakob Krese
Special Mentions: [Bordeaux], ma bile • Oliver Bassemir, Die sehen ja nur, die wissen ja nichts • Silke Schönfeld, Scenes from Trial and Error • Tekla Aslanishvili,  Serial Parallels • Max Hattler
 

The jury's statement can be found here

Note: Due to the cancelled Film-in, no audience prizes could be awarded. We are thinking about an alternative event for the Three Minute Quickie Competition.

Cancelled

30.10.2020

Unfortunately we have to inform you that the 3rd Hamburg Film-In cannot take place. Like many others, we are affected by the restrictions that will apply from Monday on and therefore we can't show you our really great program...

Unfortunately we have to inform you that the 3rd Hamburg Film-In cannot take place. Like many others, we are affected by the restrictions that will apply from Monday on and therefore we can't show you our really great program with 100 films in the Metropolis cinema. It was a very conscious decision of us to present the Film-In and thus the competition films of the 36th Short Film Festival Hamburg exclusively in the cinema and not online. The selected films should be shown on the big screen in the Kulturraum Kino, because that's where they belong! For this reason there will be no substitute online presentation of the Film-In.Once again, we would like to thank all those who have contributed to Film-In with their work. Our thanks go to all filmmakers, our sponsors, the amazing team members and our festival cinemas!We are looking forward to seeing short films on the big screen and you all together with us again next year from June 1-7, 2021 at the 37th Short Film Festival Hamburg!