Flóra Anna Buda – I AM BECAUSE WE ARE

In this year's trailer for the festival, Flóra Anna Buda condenses the motto I AM BECAUSE WE ARE into pink circles of colour that network, connect, from singular existence to a shared togetherness. An explosive, pleasurable connection that carries us into the great universe of short form.


All information on films and the programme of the 37th Short Film Festival Hamburg from mid-May. A thematic outlook and a list of this year's Competition films can be found on our news page.


Short, concise, discursive, stimulating, style-forming. The Hamburg Short Film Festival presents the state of the art of the short form. In three great competitions, the International Competition, the German Competition and the Triple Axel, film makers and artists compete for prizes of a combined value of over 19,000€. In the Contemporary Laboratory, curated film programmes introduce questions, conditions and commentaries on contemporary issues which are then discussed in the forum with guests. The festival is an exhibition space and a dance floor, it’s both intellect and emotion, and a place for the industry with plenty of space inviting the visitors to stay for a while. Music, art, people, archives and performances turn the festival into a roaring festivity. Come and see – party with us!


Jury International Competition

Chuko Esiri

Chuko Esiri was bornin Warri, Nigeria and raised in Lagos. He started work many years ago as an intern in New York at Innovative Artists and The Gersh Agency. He has made two short films: »Goose«, co-directed with his twin brother Arie, which played at the 2017 LA Film Festival and »Besida«, an official selection at the 2018 Berlin Film Festival. His debut feature »Eyimofe (This is My Desire)« had its World Premiere at the 70th Berlinale. He studied screenwriting and directing in the graduate film program of the Tisch School of the Arts, New York University, earning a Master of Fine Arts in 2017.

Kirsten Tan

Kirsten Tan is a New York-based Singaporean filmmaker whose debutfeature POP AYE premiered as the Opening Night film of the World Cinema Dramatic competition at Sundance 2017. The film went on to receive a Special Jury Prize for screenwriting at Sundance, the VPRO Big Screen Award at Rotterdam and the Best International Film Award at Zurich Film Festival. To date, it has screened at over 50 film festivals including BFI London, Melbourne, Munich and Busan. POP AYE was invited to represent Singapore in the Foreign Film Category at the Oscars. Prior to completing POP AYE, she made a series of short films. Her shorts 10 MINUTES LATER, FONZI, COLD NOODLES and DAHDI have collectively received over ten international awards. A Sundance Institute and Cinereach Film Fellow, she earned her MFA at NYU Graduate Film School.

Tasja Langenbach

Tasja Langenbach has been the artistic director of Videonale Bonn since 2012. Since 2004, she has worked as a freelance curator for institutions and festivals such as Galerie Anita Beckers, Frankfurt; ZKM Karlsruhe; SoundTrack_Cologne; and the Folkwang Museum, Essen. Prior to that she studied art history and cultural studies in Erlangen, Leipzig, and Barcelona. She is a regular member of selection, prize, and grant juries and writes in the field of video and media art. Since2017, she has taught in the MA program Culture, Aesthetics, Media at the University of Applied Sciences Düsseldorf.


International Competition

The Hamburg Short Film Award

The Hamburg Short Film Award (3,000 euros) is awarded by a five-member jury.

Deframed Award

The Deframed Award (2,000 euros) is awarded by the international jury toa film which deals with reality in a poetic, formal, analytic and unconventional way while ignoring all rules in a pioneering spirit.

The Hamburg Short Film Award

The Hamburg Short Film Candidate for the European Film Awardsis awarded by the jury of the International Competition.

German Competition

The Jury Award

The Jury Award(2,000 euros) is awarded by a three-member jury.

The Audience Award

The Audience Award(1,500 euros) is awarded to a film from the International or the German Competition.

Triple Axel Competition:

You are the DisasterThe Triple Axel Competition is supported by the Hamburgische Kulturstiftung. The audience award (1,000 euros) is determined by the audience.

ARTE Short Film Award

The competition spanning ARTE Short Film Award consists of the purchase of one film (up to 6,000 euros) and its subsequent screening in the »Kurzschluss« programme by ARTE, the Franco-German cultural TV channel.


All three competitions of the festival feature narrative films, documentaries, hybrid formats, animations, 3D productions and more. The International Competition shows contemporary aesthetics and new narratives. The German Competition features the best from the national short film and film academy scene. The Triple Axel competition features film of three minutes or less about a specific, annually changing subject.
Within the Hamburg Short Film Festival’s framework, prize money of over 19,000 euros is awarded by the juries and audiences. Among were, among others: Bárbara Wagner, Benjamin de Burca, Madsen Minax, Danech San, Jorge Jácome, Caroline Poggi, Jonathan Vinel, Christin Turner, Ulu Braun, Taika Waititi, Simon Ellis, Emily Vey Duke and Cooper Battersby.
For young audiences, the Mo&Friese Children’s Short Film Festival presents several contemporary and relevant short films in its international competition programmes for different age brackets between 4 and 18 years.

Contemporary Laboratory

The Contemporary Laboratory section is conceived as a place for the examination of current issues based on film programmes and discussions. The Forum offers accompanying deepening rounds of talk in which the curators alongside guests from a wide range of fields further engage with the subject in discourses and offer additional context. The Hamburg Positions look at the world from a regional perspective. In cooperation with local partners, we are embedding the laboratory in the city beyond the timeframe of the festival itself.

Among the subjects of the last years were, among others: “Humor nach #MeToo” in cooperation with the Kunstverein Hamburg, “Pleasure Rebels - Feminism, Sex, Anarchy”, “The Organic City”, “Cut it out! On Vanguards and Censorship”.

The cooperation partners include, among others: MARKK, Hamburger Kunstverein, HFBK Hamburg, Altonaer Museum, Hamburger Bücherhallen

Open Space

At the festival’s Open Space, we are creating an annually changing exhibition situation at the festival centre. Artists who work both in the cinematic and exhibitionary context present their current works here.
Artists of the last years: Bárbara Wagner & Benjamin de Burca, Helena Wittmann, Nika Son, Alexandre Larose, Paul Spengemann, Mischa Leinkauf & Matthias Wermke, Rainer Kohlberger.


Sound, visual, music, flicker- everything goes and it’s the movement that counts. Penetrate the walls with the tools of art. Perforate the L’écran. We show live performances by artists in the tension field of image and sound.

Contemporary Archive

Archive, image foundation, collection, database, gathering – a fundamental element of human behaviour. Archives are the foundation of our own understanding and memory space of our presence. Everything that still is will soon be gone and forgotten or, after all, preserved and kept. In the Contemporary Archive section, we present film archives and their mental systems, show cinematic treasures and long forgotten pearls.


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