Call for Entries 2019

02.11.2018

New Competitions: 5 become 1 (Plus One) = NEW We are now accepting submissions for the competitions of the 35th Hamburg International Short Film Festival (4 June to 10 June 2019). After long deliberations, we also decided to...

New Competitions: 5 become 1 (Plus One) = NEW

We are now accepting submissions for the competitions of the 35th Hamburg International Short Film Festival (4 June to 10 June 2019). After long deliberations, we also decided to make several important changes. Over the last years, it became obvious that the overlap between the International Competition and the Deframed Competition had increased dramatically. Accounting to this development, we merged both competitions into one International Competition. Beginning in 2019, the competition’s jury will now consist of five short film specialists instead of three. Furthermore, there will now be two jury awards in addition to the audience award: the Hamburg Short Film Award (€ 3.000,-) and the Deframed Award (€ 2.000,-) for a film which reflects reality in a poetic, formal and analytic way while ignoring all rules in a pioneering spirit.

The audience choses the winner of the Hamburg Audience award, including the prize money of € 1.500,- for a film from the International or German Competition. And since cohabitation is fun, the Hamburg Competition will move in with the German Competition. Another internationally cast jury will award the prize for the best German competition, worth € 2000,-.

The German competition itself remains unchanged. We’re discontinuing the Hamburg Competition as a stand-alone competition, but since we still want to display short cinematic art from Hamburg, we will present curated programmes with Hamburgian short films. This is where we will give a forum for the most exciting works by newcomers and specifically compile programmes that deal with the city’s burning political issues and stimulate discussions and debates.
The Hamburg School is a new format at the festival in which we pose political, socioeconomical and emotional questions and even attempt to find some answers on burning urban issues. The programmes with contemporary and historical films from the city will be specifically curated not only to address these issues, but to stimulate discussions and debates as well.

The Mo&Friese Children’s Short Film Festival’s competitions will remain unchanged. You can find a description of all its competitions and awards here.

And don't forget out Three-Minute-Quickie Competition! The deadline has moved to the same date as for all other competition, so send us your not longer than three minutes films dealing with the topic "Lost in Translation" also until February 15th.

Please submit your films on our own submission platform. We raise no submission fees and stay open for submissions until 15 February 2019.

 

 

Three Minute Quickie Competition 2019 Topic: Lost in Translation

05.10.2018

Submit your films to our this very special competition from the end of October on until February 15th Topic 2019: "Lost in Translation" Communication is sometimes one of the most complicated tasks faced by human...

Submit your films to our this very special competition from the end of October on until February 15th

Topic 2019: "Lost in Translation"

Communication is sometimes one of the most complicated tasks faced by human beings. Is Google Translate the answer to all our question about life, the universe and all the rest. Are Alexa and Siri capable of bringing us all together acorss all language barriers? Not understanding each other and everything else is something we ant you to deal with in your films for this year's Three Minute Quickie Competition. And perhaps the meaning of this year's topic can be understood completely different? We are looking orward to your films along this year's topic.

The winning film will be chosen by the audience and wins € 1.000,-

Film submissions with a maximum length of 3:00 minutes are accepted through our submission platform at festival.shortfilm.com from the end of october on until February 15th. (Please notice the submission deadline which is earlier than in the last years!)

New artistic director at the Hamburg International Short Film Festival

24.09.2018

Berlinale Shorts director and curator Maike Mia Höhne joins the Hamburg festival  

In March 2019, Maike Mia Höhne, director and curator of the Berlinale Shorts of the Berlin International Film Festival, will take over as artistic director at the Hamburg International Short Film Festival. For Alexandra Gramatke, the managing director of the KurzFilmAgentur Hamburg, Maike Mia Höhne brings all the qualities needed for the job as the festival’s artistic director, “She is competent, extremely well connected and bubbling over with ideas. More than anything else, though, she’s full of ardour for short films! The team, the administrative director Sven Schwarz and I are all looking forward to shaping the Hamburg International Short Film Festival’s future with her.”

Maike Höhne is already familiar with the Hamburg International Short Film Festival and knows where she wants to lead it, “The Hamburg International Short Film Festival and I have been accompanying each other since my beginnings as a film maker. The festival will look towards the future and remain a lab and a research centre for the cinema of the future while expanding its role as an am amplifier of contemporary societal questions as a provider of context.”

The previous artistic director, Birgit Glombitza, wants to focus on other tasks after having decisively pushed the festival forward for the last eight years. Gramatke is immensely grateful towards Glombitza, “The farewell tears haven’t dried yet. The Glombitza era was a wonderful time and defined the festival in many ways. We are all the happier to have found a successor in the “Cinematographic Clusterlady” Höhne in whose hands the festival and the short form are in expert hands.”

The Hamburg International Short Film Festival is one of the most important and most successful short film festivals in the world for both the industry and the audience. It presents the whole range of international contemporary short film productions in the competitions while it contextualizes programmes in the festival’s further sections and thus exemplifies the form’s strengths: political, subversive, independent and radical. The Hamburg International Short Film, its Hamburgian audience and its numerous international guests celebrate the independent short film as a distinct art form.

Short biography Maike Mia Höhne is a film maker and curator. She has been directing and shaping the then newly founded section Berlinale Shorts of the Berlin International Film Festival since 2007. She works world wide as a curator and juror for several institutions and festivals and is involved in film funding on a regional and national level. Höhne teaches film at the University of Applied Sciences in Hamburg. She lives with her husband and her two children in Hamburg.