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.
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.
After the murder of Greek activist Zak Kostopoulos, his childhood friend, Sophia Farantatou, finds herself in the middle of an impasse, between media storytelling and her own footage she had shot with him. Only time can give her the space to mourn and confront the absence of her friend.
The Newt Congress Matthias Sahli/Immanuel Esser / Switzerland 2022 / 15'56" / DCP / colour / German / Fic
For years now, giant talking newts have been used both for their labour and as laboratory animals. «The Newt Congress» takes place at a conference centre surrounded by nature where participants have come together to optimize the exploitation of the animals. The short film is a loose adaptation of Karel Čapek's «War with the Newts».
A young woman receives a mysterious letter attached to a brick through her window. Intrigued and with one less tooth, she asks one of her good friends to translate the content of the letter to learn more about its author.
The Misanthrope Noa Epars / Switzerland 2022 / 7'55" / DCP / colour / French / Exp
Caught and then released, a pike develops a fascination for humans. Made from online collected content (netfootage), the film takes an absurd and humorous look at human nature, exploring its best qualities as well as its worst faults.
Victoire and Alizée got to know each other in the water, and it is in that same water that the two teenagers' friendship starts to drift apart. As they evolve through the competitive world of artistic swimming, Victoire notices that her friend's body is transforming. Alizée, sublimated by a new aura, moves away from Victoire. Jealousy sets in, devouring and destructive.
Les Grands Prés Sophia Remer/Michael Karrer / France/Switzerland 2022 / 9'50" / DCP / colour / no dialogue / Exp
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.