With this programme, we hope to spark a passion for the medium of short film. The shorts in Sparks II represent a broad range of current filmmaking. The selection is meant to appeal to multigenerational audiences and inspire discussion.
Instead of «schizophrenic», they prefer the term «voice hearer». Twice a month, they meet with Virginia, who leads a discussion group for people suffering from this illness, which is considered incurable.
Ana Takes a Stand Sydney Buchan / Germany/Portugal 2022 / 15'48" / DCP / colour / Portuguese / Fic
While visiting Lisbon, good girl Ana learns a lesson about selfishness from an old friend.
On a remote coast of the Siberian Arctic, a lonely man in a wind-battered hut is waiting to witness an annual natural event. But warming seas and rising temperatures bring an unexpected change, and he soon finds himself overwhelmed.
Klimax Bea Hoeller / Germany 2021 / 2'47" / DCP / colour / no dialogue / Ani
Barbie immerses herself in a lustful, magical world. Aesthetic associations related to femininity, female masturbation, and the often negatively connoted image of the female sex.
An amateur filmmaker who has filmed bears for years contacts a film school looking for someone to edit his images into a film. A student comes forward. But when she digitizes his archive, she discovers that the recordings are not only of bears. A discussion ensues about the power of the gaze and its voyeuristic violence.
The Flying Sailor Wendy Tilby/Amanda Forbis / Canada 2022 / 7'45" / DCP / colour / no dialogue / Ani/Fic
Two ships collide in a harbour, an explosion shatters a city, and a sailor is blasted skyward. With ears ringing, blood pulsing, and guts heaving, he soars high above the mayhem and towards the great unknown. A bold blend of comedy, suspense, and philosophy, «The Flying Sailor» is an exhilarating contemplation of the wonder and fragility of existence.
Sydney holds an MFA in writing and directing from New York University, where she received a Dean’s Fellowship and the Leo Rosner Foundation Scholarship. Her thesis film, «Round Right», was awarded the Hollywood Foreign Press Association Grant. Her latest short film, «Ana Takes a Stand», was made with support from the Câmara Municipal de Lisboa.
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.
The programme of the 27th Internationale Kurzfilmtage Winterthur, held 7–12 November 2023, will be revealed on 18 October. Tickets also go on sale on this date and will be available online and from the Tourist Information at Winterthur’s train station.