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Hamburg Short Film Session 2019
Friday, 7th of June, Festival Center Post
Every year at the Hamburg Short Film Festival, we are presenting and discussing contemporary issues from the world of short films under the title “Hamburg Short Film Sessions”. Professional visitors of the festival deal with a wide variety of subjects at a combination of workshops, panels and network meetings. This year, we begin with the Short Film Sessions on the invitation of the European Film Academy with a breakfast and a keynote by Marion Döring, director of the EFA.
Two workshops deal with the production and financing of short films. In the morning, the Film Workshop Kiel will present the possibilities of coproductions with the Film Workshop Aarhus, and in the early afternoon, the initiative “Less is More”, which is supporting film makers on the issue of producing films with limited financial means, will introduce itself with the friendly support of the Hamburg Creative Europe Desk. In the afternoon, Maike Mia Höhne and volunteers will be working on the compilation of a short film canon, and at the panel “Edited by Artificial Intelligence”, the influence of artificial intelligence on artistic work in short films and video art will be discussed based on two projects. This year’s Hamburg Short Film Session will come to an end with networking drinks at the festival club’s bar courtesy of the Filmförderung Hamburg-Schleswig Holstein. We are looking forward to exciting debates!


Analog’s alive!
Analogfilmwerke e.V., an artist-run film lab based in Hamburg-Altona, will lead a workshop for new and seasoned filmmakers alike during the festival. Participants will learn to shoot and hand-process Kodak’s new Ektachrome Super 8 color positive film stock. These films will be shot, processed and screened at the festival center all within a four day period! This workshop is graciously sponsored by Kodak and Tetenal 1847.


Talent meets Producer
Once again, the 35thHamburg International Short Film Festival will bring together filmmakers and producers, giving them the chance to chat in a relaxed atmosphere. The format »Talent Meets Producer« was initially created 15 years ago in order to enable young filmmakers and established producers to meet and mingle. The focus is on the exchange of experiences, the promotion of talents as well as on networking and the discussion of career perspectives. For this, we are inviting experienced German producers who will screen a selection of films in order to pick out specific filmmakers for individual conversations. This year we will welcome representatives from Beleza Film, Dirk Manthey Film, Ulysses Filmproduktion, Fabian&Fred, filmtank, Fuenferfilm and Wüste Film to »Talent Meets Producer«.


European Film Academy Breakfast
Firday, 7th of June | 10 am | Festival Center Post
The European Film Academy (EFA) has been championing European film for over 30 years. Marion Döring’s keynote is having a look at the EFA’s history and the visions of its founders, and is dedicated to the challenges and social responsibilities that filmmakers are facing today. What is the role of today’s short film? Who does it reach? How political does it have to be? How important are networks of young filmmakers? The European Film Academy (EFA) presents the European Film Awards. The programme »Short Matters!« at Shortfilm Festival Hamburg shows the short films nominees of the 2018 awards. For the first time in the festival’s history, the International Jury of this year’s Short Film Festival Hamburg will nominate a film of the international competition for the European Film Awards.


Friday, 7th of June | 11 am | Festival Center, Lampenlager
The porn industry must change! In 2015, Erika gave her much-noticed TEDx Talk on the status quo of the pornographic industry. Much has happened since. She creates sex-positive, independent erotic cinema. She does it differently: fairer, queerer, more feministic and diverse. For instance, she creates the crowd-sourced project X-Confessions based on the submitted sexual fantasies of her fans. There are few people who dealt and still deal with pornography in such a trend-setting way as Erika Lust. In her master class, Erika Lust talks about her beginnings. She talks about why she picked up the camera and shot her first porn after studying politics, feminist theory and gender studies. About the role of a safe sex environment and ethical guidelines in shooting films and how pivotal the people behind the camera are for the production process.

WORKSHOP: DIRECTING INTIMACY: Take a leading role in setting ethical principles on set and hear more about the daily struggles that shape the experiences of many filmmakers! In the company of director Erika Lust, learn how to bring ethics behind the camera, about the struggles that you can encounter as a filmmaker, and the best ways to navigate intimacy on set. Like-minded people here get a chance to reflect on practises and swap contacts so that trustworthy relationships can also be enduring ones. Participation is only possible with previous registration. Send an email to:

Transboundary Productions with Denmark
This offer by the Film Workshop Aarhus for transboundary productions within the frame of the network Screen Talent Europe in cooperation with the Film Workshop Kiel is aimed at film makers under the age of 27. The Film Workshop Aarhus’ director, Aage Rais, and Arne Sommer, the director of the Film Workshop Kiel, illustrate the possibilities by presenting examples. The Film Workshop Aarhus supports upcoming film makers with professional film technology, including postproduction and colour grading, as well as funding. The Film Workshop Kiel is the practical arm of the Schleswig-Holstein Film Commission and it too offers technical and financial support with a focus on individual consultations.

The 2nd Film Canon of the Republic
The first film canon by Germany’s Federal Agency for Civic Education was set in the summer of 2003 by a not nearly equally staffed commission and includes 35 films. All of them are long, except for Alain Resnais’ »Night and Fog«. All films were made by male directors, and many of them are from yesteryear.
In this workshop, we will count the running time of the first canon and fill up the same time window with short films. This way, we will complement much and give impulses. The intended list is supposed to become the foundation for the 2nd film canon. With this results-driven approach, we intend to playfully sing the canon according to Johan Huizinga’s thesis of culture emerging from playing. We will select titles without a break and straighten out the collection afterwards. Quota, diversity, a knowledge of form and a lust for mutual clustering are the prerequisites for this workshop.


Less is more
Friday, June 7, 1pm – 2.30 pm, Festival center, Kaltenkirchener Platz
A restricted budget is not only a challenge but also an opportunity. Clever limitation strategies help bring out a filmmaker’s unique imprint, giving his or her work a strong advantage in an overcrowded market. Funded by Creative Europe MEDIA, the LIM | Less is More training programme has been set up to empower a generation of filmmakers intent on opening new avenues and finding new audiences by tackling new issues. LIM’s 2018 filmmaker alumni Miguel Lopez Beraza presents the ideas and possibilities of the workshop, shares his own experience on limitation and discusses the job of a screenwriter to streamline apparent complexity. Presented by Creative Europe Desk Hamburg and Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein.


My new colleagues: The Audience and Artificial Intelligence
Friday, 7th of June | 3pm | Festival Center, Post
Filmmakers as well as any other artists share a common fear, namely to loose control of their work of art. Giving away purposely the control of which images will appear in your film, how it is edited and how the soundtrack will sound seems like a strange idea. But what if this is exactly what the artist wants? Inviting the audience to be a major part in the production of a work of art and then leaving the editing to artificial intelligence? In this panel we present two artists who have welcomed these two new colleagues to their production process. For »Britain, Take a Bow« Graeme Crowley has asked filmmakers to upload visual vignettes into a film portal which then generates a film out of these contributions and adds audio snippets and soundtrack as well as typographic elements, both of the latter being constructed randomly out of large number of different elements. The resulting four minute film is different every single time it is played. Graeme Crowley says about this: »It’s an experiment - we’re not sure if it will work or where it will lead. Will our different styles sit well together? Will the lack of narrative be a problem? Will random compositing/juxtaposition prove troublesome? It’ll be interesting to find out and I hope that, together, we’ll create something fascinating and
Groundbreaking.« In Douwe Dijkstra’s work »Long Faces« the audience contributes the images of the faces of the protagonists through the use of a specially rigged photo booth which asks the users to look as sad as possible into the camera. The photos of the audience’s faces are then transferred onto the heads of the people that appear in the film. This process gets updated frequently leading to an ever changing set of persons that are the »characters« of the film. Both works rely heavily on the contribution of the audience as well as the use of articial intelligence and are both never finished since more content can be added as long as the projects are running. »Britain, Take a Bow« will be on display at Festivalzentrum Post on Friday June 7th from 14:00 h on.