Internationale Kurzfilmtage Winterthur



Year after year, the festival’s short cinematic delicacies attract thousands of film fans to the venues in and around Casinotheater, appealing to industry representatives and the general audience alike. The International and Swiss Competitions are at the heart of the festival and at the pulse of current filmmaking from around the world, offering awards with a total value over CHF 40,000.–. Under certain conditions, films of the Kurzfilmtage competitions qualify for nomination consideration for the OSCAR®, the British Academy Film Award BAFTA, the Swiss Film Award Quartz, and the Zurich Film Award Cadrage. In addition to the competitions, Kurzfilmtage shows scrupulously curated short film programmes, which contextualize their themes against a wider cultural background. We screen historic as well as contemporary films, with programmes that focus on social issues, give insight into institutions, or highlight the oeuvre of individual filmmakers and artists.

As a Swiss centre of expertise on short film, Kurzfilmtage is also dedicated to the promotion of Swiss shorts. The festival hosts the «Kurzfilmnacht-Tour» (Short Film Night) across Switzerland and maintains the country’s largest short film archive, which is available to professionals for research purposes all year round. We also curate short film programmes for other festivals, private companies, and public institutions, such as the ICA London, the Museum of Communication in Bern, the Zurich Film Festival, or the Basel Historical Museum.

Event date

05.11.2019 ⟶ 10.11.2019

International Competition
– Grand Prix (CHF 12 000,-)
– Promotional Award (CHF 10 000,-)

Swiss Competition
– Award for the Best Swiss Film (CHF 10 000,-)
– ZKB Audience Award (CHF 10 000,-)
– Award for the Best Swiss School Film (CHF 5 000,-)
– Youth Film Award (12+ CHF 1000,-, 16+ CHF 1000,-)
– Postproduction Award (CHF 20 000,-)

No entry fee.

John Canciani

(Artistic Director)

Based in Switzerland, John is the artistic director of the Internationale Kurzfilmtage Winterthur. He’s a founding member of Pro Short the Swiss Short Film Lobby,  a programer at the Cinema Cameo in Winterthur and a Member of the Swiss Film Academy. He has a Master in Advanced Studies in Curating and published an issue of OnCurating with the title “The future of short films”.