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New artistic director at the Hamburg International Short Film Festival

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

New artistic director Maike Mia Höhne (c) Sebastian Bock

The festival directors Maike Mia Höhne and Sven Schwarz (c) Stine Wangler

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.