The magic of short film lies in its capacity to act as a sort of 'cinematographic laboratory': it provides filmmakers the perfect opportunity to experiment with narrative and aesthetics on a shoestring budget. At the Hamburg International Short Film Festival, international producers and audiences come together to marvel at the latest releases in the world of short film. Around 14,000 visitors attend annually to view the more than 400 films that compete in categories such as the International and German competitions, the experimental 'Deframed' competition, and the Three Minute Quickie competition.
Simultaneously, the Mo&Friese Children’s Short Film Festival screens international short films for children and youth.
2020 programme update
Due to the 2020 COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, the Kurzfilm Festival Hamburg has been postponed until November 2020 and with a modified format. From 6-8 November the festival will present the 3rd Hamburg Film-In. This Film-In present all the competition programmes of the International, German and Three-Minute-Quickie Competitions in a 3-day marathon. In order to properly celebrate the short form in 2020, additional highlights will be programmed as well.
6-8 November, 2020
Kunstverein, Metropolis, Zeise, Lichtmess, Filmraum, B-Movie, 3001 and many other locations.
For more information, please visit the official Hamburg International Short Film Festival website.