Three Minute Quickie Competition 2020: Topic "Unknown Territories"


Submission Deadline for next year's competition: February 20th.

For its 33rd round, the Hamburg Short Film Festival’s themed competition enters “Unknown Territories”.

After Kiesewetter and Knoop won this year’s competition “Lost in Translation” with their “Navigatour“, we would now like to inspire you to film in “Unknown Territories”. Show us your takes on these new lands. Mom might find them in the internet while grandma is already exploring Fortnite. The first training at a sports club or one’s finger in a dark cave. Some might go old school and plant their conquistador flags in seemingly unexplored grounds. Go out and venture into these unexplored territories, doesn’t matter if they are analogue, virtual or something else! Win the audience award of 1,000 euros at the 36th Hamburg Short Film Festival and send us your films of three minutes or less on the subject “Unknown Territories” (German: “Neuland”). We will publish the call for entries here on our website in the autumn. Entries will be accepted until early February 2020.

The 36th Hamburg Short Film Festival will take place from 2 June to 8 June 2020.

German film festivals found AG Filmfestival


German film festivals found festival association

At their first meeting on 4 July in Kassel, Germany, more than 60 German film festivals (list below) joined forces to found a film festival association (AG Filmfestival). The aim of the association is to network with each other, to create better conditions for film festivals in Germany and, together with filmmakers and other associations, to strengthen and promote film culture. The founding members include the largest and oldest film festivals in Germany, film festivals from all regions and sectors.


Film festivals are at the beginning of the film exploitation chain; they define themselves both as part of the film industry and of the cultural practice of cinema and its mediation. In Germany alone there are around 400 film festivals, worldwide there are several thousand. In terms of scope and impact, German film festivals represent a substantial factor in the commercial exploitation of German films in the cinema, and their share in the theatrical exploitation of German productions will increase further in the coming years. In contrast to the dwindling number of cinema-goers, film festivals are experiencing a steady increase in demand. Film festivals play a central role in the efforts to make the theatrical exploitation of German films more attractive.


In a statement on the amendment of the Filmfoerderungsgesetz (FFG – German Film Promotion Act), the AG Filmfestival demands: "The amendment of the FFG must answer the question of how cinemas can be upgraded as an exploitation location for films and what significance cinemas should have in the future spectrum of exploitation contexts. Moreover, film festivals make a considerable contribution to the social upgrading of cinema spaces. As a result, cinemas also profit indirectly through cinema awards from the realisation of film festivals. However, in the amendment of the Filmfoerderungsgesetz the festivals’ voice has so far not been heard at all. In future, film festivals must be given greater consideration in the FFG, even though their viewpoint has many points of contact with the producers and cinema operators". (Quote Preamble Statement AG Filmfestival)


The next meeting of the AG Filmfestival will take place as part of DOK Leipzig (28.10 - 3.11.2019).


22 July 2019







Representing AG Filmfestival

Svenja Böttger – director Filmfestival Max Ophüls Preis

Dr. Lars Henrik Gass – director Internationale Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen



AG Filmfestival (dated 22 July 2019):


20minmax Internationales Kurzfilmfestival Ingolstadt

achtung berlin – new berlin film award

Berlin Lesbian Non-Binary Filmfest (BLN)

Braunschweig International Filmfestival

cinefest – Internationales Festival des deutschen Film-Erbes

Deutsches Kinder Medien Festival Goldener Spatz

DOK.fest München

DOK Leipzig


Duisburger Filmwoche / doxs! dokumentarfilme für kinder und jugendliche 

Essener Video Rodeo

European Media Art Festival, Osnabrück

exground filmfest

Favourites Film Festival

Festival des deutschen Films Ludwigshafen am Rhein

FILMFEST DRESDEN – International Short Film Festival


FilmFestival Cottbus

Filmfestival Max Ophüls Preis

Filmfestival Münster


Filmplus – Festival für Filmschnitt und Montagekunst

GENRENALE – Das Forum des Deutschen Genrefilms

German International Ethnographic Film Festival

INDEPENDENT DAYS|Internationale Filmfestspiele Karlsruhe

interfilm – international short film festival Berlin

International Short Film Festival Detmold

Internationale Hofer Filmtage

Internationale Filmfestspiele Berlin

Internationale Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen

Internationale Kurzfilmwoche Regensburg

Internationales Filmfest Oldenburg

Internationales Filmfestival Mannheim-Heidelberg

Internationales Frauenfilmfestival Dortmund / Köln

Internationales Kurzfilmfestival Landau – La.Meko

Internationales Nürnberger Filmfestival der Menschenrechte

Internationales Trickfilm-Festival Stuttgart

Kasseler Dokumentarfilm- und Videofest

KFFK / Kurzfilmfestival Köln


Kinofest Lünen

Kölner Kinderfilmfest Cinepänz

Kurzfilm Festival Hamburg

Landshuter Kurzfilmfestival

LICHTER Filmfest Frankfurt International

LUCAS – Internationales Festival für junge Filmfans


Neiße Filmfestival

Nippon Connection – Japanisches Filmfestival

Nordische Filmtage Lübeck

Open Air Filmfest Weiterstadt

OpenEyes Filmfest Marburg

Orscheler Filmfest

QUEER Filmfest Weiterstadt

Remake. Frankfurter Frauen Film Tage

SCHLINGEL – Internationales Filmfestival für Kinder und junges Publikum



Soundwatch Music Film Festival Berlin

UNDERDOX dokument & experiment

up-and-coming Internationales Film Festival Hannover

Werkleitz Festival

Werkstatt der Jungen Filmszene

Woche der Kritik

ZEBRA Poetry Film Festival


The best short films were awarded in Hamburg


All award winners of the 35th Kurzfilm Festival HamburgOn Sunday evening, after the festive award ceremony, the 35th Hamburg International Short Film Festival went to rest for another year. For the first time in the history of...

All award winners of the 35th Kurzfilm Festival Hamburg
On Sunday evening, after the festive award ceremony, the 35th Hamburg International Short Film Festival went to rest for another year. For the first time in the history of the festival, an award winner was able to claim the prize for a second time in a row. After last year’s “Flores”, Jorge Jácome won this year’s Hamburg Short Film Award in the International Competition with “Past Perfect”. We cordially congratulate Jorge Jácome. The five-person jury chose a film that “takes us on a hypnotic journey through our own’s personal imaginary. Past Perfect exceptionally looks back in time to carry out a shared experience of solitude in modern times.”
Nearly 80 events took place over the span of 7 days, with more than 300 films from over 40 countries at the festival centre and the six cinemas. The festival was made possible by nearly 130 team members. The counting isn’t quite finished yet, but it is already apparent that we had a total of over 16,000 visitors, which is more than the last year. In the face of fewer screenings, this means that the average attendance for the events increased noticeably. On Friday, when the Open Air had to move indoors due to inclement weather, we had hundreds of visitors in our halls. It was gigantic! With more than 600 visitors from the world of short films, we were able to welcome more industry guests than ever, confirming us as one of the most important venues for both the national and international short film scene. We are especially happy about the many students among our visitors who found their way to “Hamburg’s Short Film School of Viewing”.
The new artistic director of the festival, Maike Mia Höhne, said, “The festival guests come from everywhere, the mix of competitions, night programmes, children, adolescents and concerts … A great togetherness, as it was intended to be. We are happy.”
Our new format FORUM, three rounds of talks with a thematic focus, attracted over 250 visitors to intense contemplations with international guests. An exciting addition to the film programmes in the CONTEMPORARY LABORATORY, and a place of exchange which was well received. It was a hell of a lot of fun.
Our festival centre Post at the Kaltenkircher Platz with its humongous halls had once again been a short film playground of nearly unlimited possibilities with installations, open air events, cinema, info counter, film market, concerts, dancefloor, minigolf course, panels and industry meetings. This place of culture always draws new visitors from the city to the festival and short film. We hope that we will be able to stay here for a long time and retain this place as a cultural location for Altona and the city.
The award winner reel will be screened at the Zeise cinema tomorrow at 7 PM.
The 36th Hamburg Short Film Festival will take place from 2 June 2020 to 8 June 2020.
21st Mo&Friese Children’s Short Film Festival

The 21st edition of Mo&Friese was able to lure more than 4,200 young and old viewers to 40 packed events in the cinemas. With 82 films from 32 countries, it is hard to be more diverse. In the day care centre events, roughly 300 pairs of children’s eyes lit up on their first visit to the cinema – an unforgettable experience for the four and five-year old kids: The whole balcony at the Zeise 1 was trembling! And the children asked, “Why is the film so short” or “Why is the film already over? So much work for so little time …” We hardly ever had so many atmospheric events with active kids and great questions. During the film “Raindance” (for children of 9 years and up), at first a few and eventually nearly all children ended up singing and dancing along. The youth programme Free Style had more visitors than on average in previous years as well and we had to move to the bigger auditorium with the intensely interested adolescents.
We are happy that more adults found their way to Mo&Friese this year, including over a hundred visitors to the Late Night. This may partially due to the fact that some of our events took place at the festival centre, including the “toons’n’tunes”, for which one teacher came with her students in the morning and with her own kids in the evening. The Mo&Friese Short Film Festival and the Short Film Festival have become places for the whole family. Or as one guest put it, “I was expecting more glamour, but less heart as well. It feels like a family, which is better than a red carpet”.
The award winners of both children’s programmes and the adolescent programme Free Style will be announced in a ceremony alongside the winners of the adult competitions tonight. We are looking forward to welcoming the children and adolescent juries tonight.