Our approach to Russian films

We, Kurzfilm Festival Hamburg und Kurzfilm Agentur Hamburg, condemn Russia's war of aggression in its entirety, which is contrary to international law, and express our explicit solidarity with Ukraine, its population and all those involved in the cultural sector.

(Short) films have a political impact; we see ourselves as a platform for political discursive exchange that constitutes democratic societies. As a festival, we invite filmmakers from all countries to share their perspectives and stimulate dialogue.

For us, the reaction to the Russian war of aggression cannot be an origin-based boycott of Russian filmmakers. Especially now, isolation or repression are the wrong signal for independent filmmakers, also because they must not be deprived of the opportunity to make oppositional perspectives visible.

We sincerely hope that the cruel war in Ukraine will come to an end as soon as possible.

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