32nd Hamburg Int’l Short Film Festival

No other form of cinematic art is as open, experimental, fast, courageous, abstract, hard, discursive or reactive as the short film. At the same time, it has to be incredibly disciplined. Its art lies in its focus – on single pictures, takes, tracking shots or dialogues. It never has enough time and it only has this one chance. It can expect no forgiveness. It is a medium of artistic self-exploration, of the search for a provisional absolute form, of impudence and the marginal.

In the early days of cinematic history, before there were experimental films because cinema itself was still pretty much an experiment in itself, everything was short and short films were the most popular attractions at fun fairs. Today, short films are the other side of cinema: its cinematographic laboratory, its subconscious and its sense of the things not yet shown, pictured or said. You can rarely find them on the big and small screens and a short film in the review section of a newspaper is a rare exception…more

The Hamburg International Short Film Festival runs from May 31 – June 6, 2016.

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