Discover national short filmmaking in the Swiss Competition. We also invite audiences to join us for the Award Ceremony on Sunday – watch live as the jury honours the best films of this year’s festival edition.
Stones Don't Fly Nikita Merlini / Switzerland 2022 / 19'50" / DCP / colour/black & white / Italian / Fic/Doc
In a desert landscape, some children are playing hide-and-seek. The remains of dry stone walls and a few abandoned objects seem to bear witness to a long-evaporated civilization. 5-year-old Francesca's fantasies mingle with the harshness of her environment.
Pipes Jessica Meier/Kilian Feusi/Sujanth Ravichandran / Switzerland 2022 / 4'2" / DCP / black & white / no dialogue / Ani
Bob the plumber is hired to fix a broken pipe and to his surprise finds himself in a gay fetish club.
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.
A nameless man no longer manages to count further than six. A sequence of tragic-comic moments and strange encounters takes its course. Is the world slipping away from him? Loosely adapted from the work of the avant-garde poet Daniil Kharms (1905–1942).
The Deceased Philipp Veiga Amaro / Switzerland 2022 / 18'35" / DCP / black & white / Portuguese / Doc
He is known as the deceased, even though he is in no way dead. Philipp, the filmmaker, lived with his father until the age of 16. But he has no memory of him. What exactly happened? He comes across a diary and tries to find answers. He confronts the women in his family and finds his own perspective.
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.