Kurzfilm Festival Hamburg



Since its foundation 28 years ago, the Kurzfilm Festival Hamburg has been celebrating short films as an independent art form, while offering an opportunity for film makers from all over the world to get in touch with an eager audience and with each other. The International Competition mirrors current global aesthetic tendencies and narrative structures, as well as more resistant, marginal and raw works. The German Competition offers an overview of the state of the nation’s short films and film academies. The Three Minute Quickie is another one of our unique specialties. In it film makers from Germany and from abroad can submit films of no more than three minutes length to a predetermined subject. Furthermore, the Mo&Friese Hamburg Children’s Short Film Festival is one of a small number of short film festivals for children in the world. It offers programmes for several age groups in cooperation with the Hamburg International Short Film Festival.

The proliferation of short films as an art form, the support of the independent creation of films and the discovery and support of hitherto unknown film makers are not just among the main tasks the festival set for itself, they are also the foundation of its success. The Kurzfilm Agentur Hamburg (KFA) departments of sales, distribution and archive allow for direct promotion and placement of short films. As a part of KFA, the festival is able to distribute globally and make the names of film makers known throughout the world.

At the Kurzfilm Festival Hamburg, around 15.000 visitors get to watch ca. 400 films in international and national competitions as well as in carefully curated special programmes, which showcase contemporary film art alongside earlier influential avant-garde-pieces. Apart from the national focus, which takes a look at a different country every year, there are monographic shows or explorations of specific cinematic motives through time and genres.

Among all the festivals in the world, the Hamburg International Short Film Festival Festival has to position itself with a sense of itself and an overall value that is more than just the sum of its individual parts. The competitions, special programmes and its highly atmospheric festival centre are these parts. Together with its short films, film makers and audiences they add up to much more in both actuality and in meaning.

Event date

02.06.2020 ⟶ 08.06.2020

International Competition
– Main Jury Award / Hamburg Short Film Award
– Deframed Award
– EFA Nomination

German Competition
– Main Jury Award

Audience Awards
– German Competition
– International Competition
– Three Minute Quickie Competition

Event Adress
Friedensallee 7
22765 Hamburg

No entry fee.

Sven Schwarz

(Administrative Director)

Sven Schwarz is the Administrative Director of Hamburg International Short Film Festival (Kurzfilm Festival Hamburg) since 2010 and is responsible for all financial, logistical and personnel aspects of one of the and oldest and biggest short film festivals in Germany. Before taking over the position at the Kurzfilm Festival Hamburg he was working at the Hamburg feature film festival (Filmfest Hamburg) from 2004 on where he was responsible for the event planning, fundraising and marketing activities of the festival. He frequently serves on International film juries and gives lectures about film festivals and is also a member of the screening group A Wall is a Screen which organises short film events in inner-city areas worldwide.