Festival Quarterly Outlook

    Spring is coming and the programming from the festival partners of our short film selection circuit is here. Please visit the respective festival websites for more information and accreditation requests

    Our first stop is  Go Short – International Short Film Festival Nijmegen  (05 – 09 April). Join the international melting pot of film makers and other film professionals, attend the professionals program consisting of masterclasses, talks, and networking events. Be part of the conversation on the future of short film and broaden your horizon on topics such as industry attention, visibility, distribution, and the impact of artificial intelligence on short films.

    Followed by International Short Film Festival Oberhausen (26 Apr – 01 May), With its theme programme “Against Gravity. The Art of Machinima”, Oberhausen will be the first major film festival to present an extensive survey of this relatively young genre. Next to several international profile programmes, 2023 is also the 25th anniversary year of the MuVi, the prize for the best German music video. Furthermore, “to be continued” will be launched, a new feature for programmers, curators and buyers, where filmmakers from the previous year’s competitions present new works in the last stages of production. Industry visitors also have access to the Video Library, one of the biggest short film resources in the world, and to a host of industry events, from panel discussions to get-togethers.

    Of course, Festival de Cannes (16-27 May) is on this route. For its 76th edition, they will have the European Film Award winner Ruben Östlund as president of the jury. Check here for all the news and to apply for accreditations.

    In the International Documentary Competition of the Krakow Film Festival (28 MAY – 04 JUNE) they will be screening a harrowing close encounter with ISIS executioners in Syria, among others. Stay tuned for any updates.

    VIENNA SHORTS – International Short Film Festival (01 – 06 JUNE), Austria’s largest short film festival is dedicated to time in its shortest, most ephemeral unit: the moment that must not be missed, that cannot be repeated, that should be seized––and thus to concentrating on the essential, to paying attention to the small things, to taking a brief breath before exposing oneself to the world again. In addition, the festival presents Late Night specials, archive films in 9.5mm format, live audiovisual performances, an expanded section for children and young people as well as four competition sections, from which one film will emerge as a candidate for the European Film Academy Awards.

    And to close this circuit, The Kurzfilm Festival Hamburg (06-11 June). Under the motto NOW!, this year’s festival edition looks at contemporary urgencies and issues reflecting the past. With a focus on Germany, various curators are invited to shine a spotlight on important contemporary issues. The programs are united by an activist, mobilizing, critical-subversive attitude, as well as the attempt to encounter the complex German history and the changing realities with a polyphony of identities and cultures in film.