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 history of the Andean nations has been shaped by violence, censorship, and discrimination. Animated films are often employed for social and political critique in these countries. Stories of the Uncanny features aesthetically sombre and atmospherically mystical animations that simultaneously deal with social and political themes. A programme that leaves a strong visual impression, immersing viewers in unfamiliar worlds while also introducing us to everyday issues.
Among intrusive and sought-after memories, a woman hears a disconcerting call from the depths of her being. A cryptic cry for help that becomes intelligible guides her to the original wound, to her inner child, as she becomes her own protector.
An old woman wakes up in her room in the morning. The place comes to life, showing her spaces from the past full of pain and innocence. An experimental short film that goes through the emotional scenarios in the last moments of a woman's life.
«Yugo» tells the story of a working couple who must adapt to industrial capitalism in Latin America and who will suffer from its social and environmental consequences.
Drive Pedro Casavecchia / France/Argentina 2019 / 6'56" / DCP / colour / no dialogue / Ani
«Pulsión» is a mysterious piece that explores the twisted story of a kid growing up in a dysfunctional family. The psychological animated thriller follows the character’s spiralling descent into madness, piecing together the portrait of a killer.
The Bones Cristobal Leon/Joaquin Cociña / Chile 2021 / 14'21" / DCP / black & white / no dialogue / Fic/Ani
«The Bones» is an animation seemingly created at the beginning of the 1900s. Using human corpses and invoking the spirits of two damned Secretaries of State, a girl performs a ritual to free the kingdom of Chile from its feudal heritage.
Luis talks about his life in the forest and his relationship with Lucía. He appears in charcoal on the walls of a room filled with broken objects that constantly shift around. Little by little, the room clears up as the objects return to their proper places.
Bestia Hugo Covarrubias / Chile 2021 / 15'54" / DCP / colour / no dialogue / Ani
Based on true events, «Bestia» explores the life of a secret police agent during the military dictatorship in Chile. Her relationship with her dog, her body, her fears and frustrations reveal the grim fractures of her mind and of the country.
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.