1. General Information

The 36th Kurzfilm Festival Hamburg (Hamburg Shortfilm Festival) will take place from June 2 to June 8, 2020. The German and International competitions present a selection of films in composed programmes which reflect contemporary questions and aesthetics in the mirror of the present. The Three-Minute-Quickie-Competition with its annual changing topic challenges filmmakers to take full advantage of the three minutes max. The competitions of the Kurzfilm Festival Hamburg function as seismographs for societally relevant questions and therefore allow brief glimpses into the future. Young new talents encounter well known artists. Contemporary cinema at eye level – international and national. Films shown in the competitions, as well as the curated programmes in the so-called Contemporary Laboratory were produced outside the framework of commercial exploitation strategies, thus offering an unobstructed look at questions and relationships, conditions and moments. The Kurzfilm Festival Hamburg awards prizes worth a total of 14.500 €. The Jury of the International Competition nominates one European film for the European Film Awards. The festival is organized by the association Kurzfilm Agentur Hamburg e.V.


2.      Submission

Films from all genres, countries and formats can be submitted for application. Only short films up to a maximum length of 30 minutes (except for the Three-Minute Quickie-Competition) and not older than two years (January 2019) are accepted. The deadline for the submissions is the February 20th 2020. Please use a separate entry form for each film submitted and provide the requested material. All sections of the form must be filled in through Shortfilmdepot until February 20th 2020. Each short film must be entered for one of the competitions named above. In some cases, though, the selection committees reserve the right to assign it to another competition or special programme including our partner festival Mo & Friese Kinder Kurzfilm Festival (Mo&Friese Children Shortfilm Festival). In the case of a selection, the submitted film may be shown several times (repetitions during the festival period). Should the film win a prize at Kurzfilm Festival Hamburg, it may also be shown twice as part of best-of programs following the festival. In this case, the entrant will be notified in advance.


3.      Rights

The person or institution submitting the film is responsible for clearing all rights to the content of the work relevant to the film's use by the Festival (especially screenings in the cinemas and in the film market during the festival). By submitting, they state that they are authorized representatives thereof, i. e. that screening or other use of the film by the Festival does not infringe rights held by third parties (e. g. copyrights, personality or trademark rights), and that especially the rights to any material produced by others (music, film footage, photographs, text etc.) used in the film have been cleared. They furthermore shall indemnify the Kurzfilm Festival Hamburg against all third-party claims in connection with screening/using the film in the course of the Festival. This includes covering any legal costs that might be incurred.


4.      Preview Copy

Films can be submitted via the online submission platform https://www.shortfilmdepot.com/ only. For questions regarding submissions, especially in the case of film schools and distributors please contact print@shortfilm.com. If your film’s language isn’t English, please make sure it has hardcoded English subtitles, since the preview copy will also be made available to our international accredited guests in our film library during the festival. Preview files will remain in the archive of the Kurzfilm Agentur Hamburg for internal use only.


5.      Notification

The directors of submitted films that are accepted will be notified via e-mail in the beginning of April 2020. There will be a list of accepted films on our website http://www.shortfilm.com at the middle of May. We will also notify those who have not been selected around the beginning of May.


6.      Screening Copies

Accepted formats: DCPs and digital film files (mp4, mov, prores). If the original version is in a language other than English, the film needs to be subtitled in English. This also applies for the short films selected for the German Competition. Should there be any problems with your screening copy we reserve the right to use your preview copy as backup.


7.      Press and Promotional Material

With the submission of the film, the festival is permitted to use the film title, credits and the name of the director as well as film stills and film excerpts (max. 60 seconds) for general editorial reporting and promotion within the framework of the festival (incl. TV, web, cinema, showreel). The images will also be used for the Kurzfilm Festival Hamburg available print products (festival publications) and online media (websites, apps, social media channels) where they will remain available without any time or territorial restrictions. The festival also reserves the right to make a password-protected copy of the film accessible to representatives of the press or selected industry professionals.


8.      Dispatch


Kurzfilm Agentur Hamburg e.V.

Kurzfilm Festival Hamburg

Bodenstedtstr. 16

D-22765 Hamburg


Dispatch inside Germany or from abroad: By mail or courier. All deliveries from outside the European Union must be marked with the phrase 'no commercial value - for cultural purposes only’. With screening copies from countries outside the European Union, please include a 'pro forma invoice’ with a print value of less than US $ 20,- in total! Unfortunately, we are unable to accept packages which would cause us additional costs. Please do not send films by air freight!

The applicant is responsible for the costs of sending the viewing and screening copies to the festival. The festival covers the costs of returning/forwarding screening copies. All screening copies will be sent back to the applicant as quickly as possible after the festival. For questions regarding submissions, especially in the case of film schools and distributors, please contact us at print@shortfilm.com

9. Privacy Statement

We take the protection and security of personal information very serious. With the submission, the Kurzfilm Festival Hamburg is permitted to use the data provided for the purpose of processing the festival and its archives. This consent is the legal basis for the data processing (according to the EU General Data Protection Regulation—GDPR). For the full statement please see https://www.shortfilm.com/en/privacy-statement.


Kurzfilm Festival Hamburg, 21.10.2019