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Hamburg International Short Film Festival

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June 5th, 2018 to June 11th, 2018

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The Hamburg International Short Film Festival is rooted in an environment of independent film makers. In 1985 it took place for the first time. Back then, it still operated under its original programmatic title “NoBudget”, which was changed into its current name in 1994. The Hamburg International Short Film Festival is one of the most important and successful short film festivals for both industry and audience alike in the world today.
One of the primary concerns of the Hamburg International Short Film Festival is to accentuate the independence of short films as an art form and to create a special environment for them. Furthermore, it aims at the proliferation of short films. One of the reasons of the festival’s success is that it exists as a part of the Hamburg Short Film Agency (KFA). With its departments archive, distribution, sales and festival, the proliferation of short films can be supported and implemented on many levels.

By presenting an enormous variety of international short film productions, it offers its visitors a diverse forum and serves as a popular meeting point for professionals from both Germany and abroad. The festival’s diversity stems from countless submissions to the competitions as well as from a number of diligently curated special programmes.

The annually held national and international competitions do not distinguish between genres. Instead, all cinematic forms are invited to participate in the categories International Competition, NoBudget, German Competition and the Three Minute Quickie.

In addition to the competitions, several special programmes are presented as well, offering a closer look on carefully chosen topics. These programmes range from societal observations and retrospectives of individual film makers and film making groups to programmes with a regional or national focus. Furthermore, technical, aesthetic or formal developments are carefully examined at irregular intervals.

Furthermore, the festival offers seminars, workshops and information events, giving film makers an opportunity to gain helpful insights regarding the production of films


This competition mirrors the contemporary production of short films and gathers a selection of short films of all genres. The competition was born in the early 90s due to the increasing number of submissions of films with a budget to the previously solitary competition “NoBudget”. Accordingly, the International Competition consists mainly of films created with the aid of funds and extensive technical equipment. There are two prizes in this category: One is awarded by the audience, the other one by a jury.

The NoBudget-film is both the festival’s origin and its laboratory. It creates an environment for radically subjective views, for experimenting, marginal, borderline, demanding, non-commercial and innovative short films. NoBudget puts attitude and the creative process into the limelight. There are two prizes in this category: One is awarded by the audience, the other one by a jury.

This competition focuses on new short films from Germany and gives an overview of contemporary subjects as well as aesthetic and technical trends. The films are usually productions by newcomers and universities, thus offering the opportunity of discovering new talents for both the audience and the industry. This category, too, has two prizes: One awarded by the audience and the other one by a jury. Furthermore one production, which has either been made in Hamburg or realized with Hamburgian participation, receives an audience award at the Hamburg Short Film Night.

In 1988, this unique competition was invented in Hamburg. This category demands film making under strict conditions. The films submitted may be no longer than three minutes and must adhere to an annually changing themes. In the past some themes have been: “The Hole”, “Mother”, “Fish”, “Money”, “Home” and many more. An audience award awaits the most popular contribution.

The Mo&Friese Children’s Short Film Festival is one of the few children’s film festivals in Germany completely devoted to short films. The programmes are sorted according to age, targeting an audience of children and adolescents aged from 4 to 14.
The programmes are suitably presented to their target audiences and the dubbing of foreign-language films into German happens live. Many film makers are present as well, ready to answer any questions regarding their films. Two children’s juries choose the winners of two age-based awards.
The festival aims at establishing documentaries and experimental films alongside animated and narrative short films while taking certain pedagogical aspects into account as well. Furthermore it wakens the children’s interests and stimulates their imagination.
As part of the festival, children can even make their own films at the film workshops or they can submit a film to the “High Five” children’s competition, which focuses on a different specific subject each year.
The festival has been held annually since 1999 as part of the Hamburg International Short Film Festival (IKFF). For more Information:


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