The Hamburg International Short Film Festival has its roots in the independent filmmaking scene. The Festival first took place in 1985 under the title NoBudget, a name which clearly defined the Festival’s mission. In 1994 it received its current name. Since it was founded, it has always been the Festival’s aim to rise to the challenge presented by new developments and changing parameters in technology, society, and aesthetics.
The main objective of the Hamburg International Short Film Festival is to emphasise this potential and – most importantly – to provide a forum for the short film. Ever since its foundation, it has been a further aim of the festival to advance the proliferation of short films in general. This has been especially succesful, since the festival is organized by the KurzFilmAgentur Hamburg e.V.. By housing the archive, theatrical distribution, and sales departments, as well as the festival itself all under one roof, the ShortFilmAgency is able to create considerable synergy effects which enhance the work with and for the short film.
By presenting an enormous range of international short film productions, the Festival is able to offer its visitors an incredibly varied forum and serves as an ever-popular meeting place for filmmakers from both Germany and abroad.
The Festival stages several competitions which present a selection of recent national and international short films. In addition to the competitions, the Festival offers special one-off programs that take a closer look at chosen topics. These topics range from social observations or retrospectives of individual filmmakers to film genres or films from certain regions or countries. Technical, aesthetical or formal developments are also examined at irregular intervals.
Alongside the film programs, the International Short Film Festival Hamburg regularly organizes a wide range of extra activities, such as seminars, workshops, or panels on special topics. Some of these special events take place in cooperation with other organisation like the Hamburg Film Fund or MEDIA desk.
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