9,984,670 km2 of land and a population of 39,858,490: That amounts to a population density of 4.2 people per km2 (for comparison: Switzerland has 207 people per km2). Travel through Canada’s majestic nature of sea shores, forests, lakes, and mountains. See its wildlife and First Nation traditions, which sometimes coexist, sometimes clash with industrialized, urbanized Canadian life. The films in this programme explore the tenderness but also the tension between these states of being.
Made entirely of photographs, «Kanockatonanok» is an impressionist night journey through the Atikamekw village of Opitciwan.
III Salomé Villeneuve / Canada 2022 / 11'38" / DCP / colour / French / Fic
On a hot summer day on the lakeshore, three siblings face death for the first time through their contact with nature.
Nuisance Bear Jack Weisman/Gabriela Osio Vanden / Canada 2021 / 15' / colour / no dialogue / Doc
Set in Churchill, Manitoba, a famous destination for photographing polar bears, «Nuisance Bear» shifts perspective to show an obstacle course of tourist paparazzi and wildlife officers the bears must navigate during their annual migration.
Milk Heather Young / Canada 2017 / 14'12" / DCP / colour / English / Fic
A young employee of a rural dairy farm is experiencing anxiety about her unexpected pregnancy. She finds it difficult to ignore her feelings as she is surrounded by pregnant cows on the farm, whose milk she helps to collect after they give birth.
A journey by canoe into the city creates a dynamic interconnection between natural and urban spaces. This evocative short set to a hypnotizing soundtrack by Inuk artist Tanya Tagaq celebrates the fierce resourcefulness of indigenous people in adapting to the dizzying changes of the past century.
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.