Agriculture and mining are among the main economic sectors in Latin America, which is one of the earth’s most biodiverse regions. Working (with) the land is vital for the inhabitants of the Andean nations. They live and survive off and with the earth. From the mines in the highlands to the Pacific coast: the programme Tierra vital showcases the breathtaking beauty and mysticism of the Andean nature, which is barren as well as opulent – and often acutely threatened by outside influences.
Summits and Ashes Fernando Criollo / Peru 2020 / 17'25" / DCP / colour/black & white / Quechua/Spanish / Exp/Doc
We walk towards the highest our legs and our thoughts allow. Here, where the oxygen is diluted with each step, our breaths intermingle with the music and are lost among the explosions, screams, and infinite mountains. The wind carries all the living weight on its shoulders and sings in the language of the chosen ones. The vestiges of a clash between two worlds await us. Will we meet again?
Guillermina (70) is an Aymara shepherdess who faces loneliness and the annihilation of her environment as a result of mining exploitation in the vicinity of her town. Her only companion is the puma that stalks her.
Tierra Mojada Juan Sebastián Mesa / Colombia 2017 / 17' / DCP / colour / Spanish / Fic
In a jungle canyon, Oscar (13) finishes making two shallow graves. His house is located in the midst of a large hydroelectric project, and it is the last day before they are expelled. A chainsaw is heard in the distance. An exhausted Oscar enters his home for the last time. His elderly grandparents are patiently waiting in the kitchen.
Earth's Children Diego Sarmiento / Peru 2014 / 14'51" / DCP / colour / Quechua/Spanish / Doc
Early every morning, young Jorge harvests bananas with his machete. Back in his village after breakfast, he wanders in the lush wilderness around the Amazon headwaters with his friends. Childhood could hardly be more carefree or peaceful.
Cali, 2019. A large fire on the hill of Cristo Rey unleashes a series of strange events in the east of the city. Young black girls between 11 and 14 disappear. The Caleños are far from understanding the power of the Pacific that came to the city to take back its own.
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.