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.
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.
Bleu silico Eloïse Le Gallo/Julia Borderie / France 2022 / 16' / DCP / colour / English / Doc
Researchers are trying to inject DNA from photosensitive algae into our retinas for medical purposes. From ocean blue to the computer's blue screen, vision is hybridized. «Bleu silico» is a poetic-scientific work on the ancestral relationship between algae and human retinal cells.
British Boys Marcus Curvelo / Brazil 2022 / 15'9" / DCP / colour / English/Portuguese / Doc
Two men in Bahia, Brazil, try to prove their British ancestry to qualify for a small plot of land in the place with the best view in town: the British Cemetery. With gentle and festive irony, the film provokes reflection on territory and identity.
The Fruit Tree Isabelle Tollenaere / Belgium 2022 / 14'30" / DCP / colour / English / Doc
With a friend, Sharleece wanders through a house that is available for rent in the sleepy desert town of California City, where she lives. Looking out of the window evokes unexpected memories of her childhood home in Los Angeles.
The world is about to end. Maya is forced to go back to the province of Zambales, her childhood home, which no longer feels like home. The traumatic situation and her memories are increasingly condensing into a fever dream, while frogs are raining down from the sky.
Rita belongs to a women's choir, which is in danger of breaking up because they’ve lost the municipal subsidy that allowed them to rent their rehearsal room. Now the group has to decide whether or not to accept a sponsorship from one of the companies causing the most pollution in the valley.
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.