With the Sparks programmes, we hope to spark a passion for the medium of short film. Featuring highlights from this year’s competition submissions, the selection offers an excellent introduction to the world of shorts, showcasing a diverse film culture beyond the usual mainstream and YouTube videos.
The eight curated programmes presented here are the result of a comprehensive audiovisual enquiry into the vast territory of the Andean nations: Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, and Venezuela. Los Estados Andinos offers a panorama of the political, social, cultural, and artistic scene of these seven countries, exploring the idiosyncrasies and traditions of each as well as their collective identity and common grounds.
Commemorative practices, reflections on identity, family relationships, and borders in both the geographical and mental sense – these are four weighty and highly complex themes in a country like Israel. The shorts in the Country in Focus explore the past and present of this still young nation, illuminating the historic premises of its existence, the ubiquitous conflicts on multiple fronts, the militarization of everyday life, and family relationships within this context.
Kurdwin Ayub is one of Austrian cinema’s most interesting voices. Her distinct cinematic style has been recognizable from her earliest works through her most recent film, «Sonne», and it continues to evolve. In her works, she addresses gender roles, identity and migration, patriarchal structures, youth culture, and the fast pace of our time – always in an authentic and personal manner. Both playful and analytical, Ayub and her films resist pigeonholing.
In her work «Spell», Alexandra Navratil addresses the relationships between past, present, and future. Global social and ecological issues overlap with personal experiences. Drawings of leaves of climate-resistant trees begin to spread across the artist’s neurosurgical pain diagram. The drawn forest of leaves seems to overgrow and thus erase the pain diagram. The work explores objectification and distancing, both in our present and future interactions with nature and in how we deal with the pain in our own bodies.
Alexandra Navratil lives and works in Amsterdam, Zurich, and Basel. She studied at Goldsmiths College in London and was an artist in residence at the EYE Filmmuseum Amsterdam, ISCP New York, and IMMA Dublin. She is a two-time recipient of the Swiss Art Award and winner of the Manor Art Prize of the Canton of Zurich and the Prix Mobilière. In recent years, she has presented her work in several international group and solo shows. Her videos have been screened at the Liverpool Biennale, the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum Lisbon, the International Short Film Festival Oberhausen, the EYE Filmmuseum Amsterdam, IFF Rotterdam, and the Kochi-Muziris Biennale, among others. Alexandra is also a lecturer at the Institute Art Gender Nature at FHNW Basel.
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.