The Aaretalerkurzfilmtage is one of the cutest shortfilm Festivals in Europe! - "Small is Beautiful" is our Motto.
Screening takes place in 6 different Rooms around the historical Center of Münsingen, Switzerland. With this event we want to offer a respectful platform to independent filmmakers of short films. There will be no competition - each film is the best!

"Aaretaler Kurzfilmtage est un festival très sympathique mené par une équipe chaleureuse. Une très belle sélection de films projetés 5 fois chacun pendant le weekend devant un public passionné. Un festival où je reviendrai avec plaisir"
(Laurent Ardoint, Director/Actor of "Le tueur du lac maudit")

"Niché au coeur de la ville de Münsigen, ce festival de cinéma offre une magnifique sélection d’une centaine de courts-métrages du monde entier. Accueil chaleureux et public au rendez-vous. Je suis très reconnaissante d’y avoir été accueillie par l’équipe hors pair du festival et d’y avoir présenté mon film devant un public curieux et attentif"
(Janine Piguet, Director/Actress of "Fortissimo")

“Aaretaler Kurzfilmtage…is a wonderful festival, it has a bijou friendly feel, located in stunning surroundings, truly exceptional”
(Clifford Milner, Director of “Breaking and Entering")

“Aaretaler Kurzfilmtage est un festival organisé avec beaucoup de générosité, de simplicité et de talent. Organisation impeccable, équipe très accueillante, sélection exigente, équipement professionnel, tous les ingrédients sont réunis pour faire de ce festival un grand festival”
(Delphine Poudou, Director/Actress of "My inner child")

Audience awards:

1st place, winner: 1000 CHF

2nd place: 700 CHF

3rd place: 500 CHF

• Maximal film length allowed: 20 minutes

• Year of production: not before 2021
• Several films can be submitted by one person. For each film the submission form has to be filled out separately

• Submission fee 5 USD

• For films in German language: Please send them without subtitles (Clean version).

• For films in other languages than German: English or German subtitles are required. (German preferred!)

The submission deadline for the Aaretalerkurzfilmtage 2024 is: February 29, 2024.
 The submission process has to be completed according to or via

Incomplete submissions cannot be accepted! All filmmakers who submit a film within the given deadline receive a definite answer in June 2024. Films submitted by postal service (preview copies) cannot be sent back due to budget reasons.

Copyright/data confidentiality

By submitting your film you confirm that no copyright infringement takes place by screening the film. The Aaretalerkurzfilmtage are not liable for possible copyright infringements!

Apart from technical reasons, submitted films may be copied to other storage devices. The organising committee of the Aaretalerkurzfilmtage will use the submitted films exclusively for this festival.

Contact information may be given to other film events if their inquiries are to promote film culture and have no commercial interest. Email contact and/or websites will be mentioned in film descriptions of the printed program. If this is not desired, notice has to be given until September 1st, 2024. No films or other personal data will be passed on to third parties.

Overall Rating
  • Victor Cesca

    Thank you for the selection of my short film Fortissimo! A great communication and a great organisation even if you can’t attend the festival. I recommend! ♥

    December 2023
    Response from festival:

    Hi Victor

    Your film "Fortissimo" missed out on the Audience Award at this year's Aaretaler Kurzfilmtage by just a few votes.. But second place in the competition with 96 films is also quite nice, congratulations! And you know what: two years ago, a film with the same title, "Fortissimo", also came second in the audience competition. The film was made by actress and director Janine Piguet. Funny, isn't it?

    All the best, and hopefully your next films will also reach our festival

    Enzo and Team

  • A super great festival with a lovely team. Simple and professionnal ! You must come !

    December 2023
    Response from festival:

    Hi Delphine

    Your film F.A.R. Est was very well liked by this year's audience (November 2023), congratulations! Of course, we very much hope that you will also submit your upcoming films to our festival.

    All the best

    Enzo and Team

  • Lucas Zbinden

    Thank you for the hospitality! A friendly festival, interested audience in a nice ambiance

    November 2022
    Response from festival:

    Lieber Lucas

    auch dir und Julie ein herzliches Dankeschön für euren Besuch an den diesjährigen Aaretaler Kurzfilmtagen! Es freut uns sehr, dass es euch gefallen hat. Und dann natürlich auch besten Dank für die Einreichung der beiden toll gemachten Filme.

    Alles Gute und bis im nächsten Jahr

    Enzo und Team

  • We are very happy for selection of our "Nuovo Cinema Para-Virus" in your amazing festival! thank you so much! best

    November 2022
    Response from festival:

    hi daniele

    We really liked your film. It's a nice little homage to cinema.



  • Jesús Soria

    Good festival. Looking forward to stay there in the future!

    November 2022
    Response from festival:

    hi jesús

    we will start our filmcall on december 1st. Hope you will submit your wonderful films.