The latest trends in international filmmaking: our competition programmes present recent short films from around the world. The best works will be presented with prizes at the Award Ceremony on Sunday.
In the Colombian coffee region, Aribada, the resurrected monster, meets Las Traviesas, a group of indigenous transwomen from the Emberá tribes. In their unique world, magic, dream, and performance coexist, creating a universe in which documentary and fiction merge.
Hardly Working Total Refusal / Austria 2022 / 20'30" / DCP / colour / English / Exp/Doc
An ethnographic exploration of the work and life realities of non-player characters, the digital extras in video games. Their labour loops and activity patterns as well as bugs and malfunctions paint a vivid analogy for work under capitalism.
A story of siblings building a tree house together over the course of a year. We experience the beauty and brutality of the seasons as we follow them through their struggles and moments of joy.
The Sea Is Also Yours Michelle Coelho / Brazil/Cuba 2022 / 20'31" / DCP / colour / Spanish/Portuguese / Doc
A woman dreams that she is transformed into an animal. Between sleep and wakefulness, she remembers her abortion and the ghosts that have accompanied her since. Other women of the island reveal mysteries that help her heal the wounds caused by the violence that nightmarishly condemns women in her country.
A short film is not just a shorter film. Shorts are a distinct art form, which we showcase at our annual festival.
Short films come in all shapes and genres, and how long – or short – they are, varies quite a bit. Simpler production processes allow filmmakers to capture the zeitgeist and quickly respond to trends. Shorts can be entertaining or surprising, they can analyse society, take a political stance, or offer glimpses of worlds unknown to us.
We compile our short films into thematic programmes or specific sections, such as our competitions, paying close attention to the selection and sequence of films in each programme. All you need to enjoy short films is an open mind for new discoveries and surprises.
Internationale Kurzfilmtage Winterthur is Switzerland’s major short film festival. For six days every November, we transform the city into a dynamic short film hub.
Kurzfilmtage offers discoveries for everyone: our thoughtfully compiled thematic programmes address current events or topics that our curators are passionate about. The competition programmes showcase the latest filmmaking from around the globe, while installations, performances, and other specials highlight the diversity of audiovisual forms. And a programme of special events including concerts, readings, and more enhance the festival experience.