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The 40th Kurzfilm Festival Hamburg (Hamburg Shortfilm Festival) along with the section Junges Kurzfilm Festival Hamburg Mo&Friese (Hamburg Young Shortfilm Festival Mo&Friese) for young audiences will take place from June 4 to June 9, 2024.

The German and International competitions present a selection of films in composed programmes which reflect contemporary questions and aesthetics in the mirror of the present. The Triple Axel Competition with its annual changing topic challenges filmmakers to take full advantage of the three minutes max. The competitions of Kurzfilm Festival Hamburg function as seismographs for societally relevant questions and therefore allow brief glimpses into the future. Young new talents encounter well known artists. Contemporary cinema at eye level – international and national. Films shown in the competitions, were produced outside the framework of commercial exploitation strategies, thus offering an unobstructed look at questions, relationships, conditions, and moments.

The Kurzfilm Festival Hamburg awards prizes worth a total of 15.500 €. The Jury of the International Competition nominates one European film for the European Film Awards. e.V.

Our section "Mo&Friese" is one of the very few film festivals for a young audience that is exclusively dedicated to short film. Including all types of short films, we present nine programmes with three different competitions aiming at children and youth age 4 to 18 and an international industry. Mo&Friese awards prizes worth a total of 3000 €. In addition, an international Jury (containing of ECFA members) is choosing a shortfilm for the ECFA Shortfilm-Award.

The festival is organized by the association Kurzfilm Agentur Hamburg e.V.

Please check our Rules & Terms before submitting.
Only short films up to a maximum length of 30 minutes (except for The Triple Axel Competition with up to a maximum length of 3 minutes) and not older than two years (January 2022) are accepted.

Hamburg Short Film Award (3,000 €)

Deframed Award (2,000 €), for a film which reflects reality in a poetic, formal and analytic way while ignoring all rules in a pioneering spirit.

The Jury of the International Competition nominates one european film for the European Film Awards.

The audience awards the Audience Award (1,500 €) for the best film from the International or German Competition.

The competition spanning ARTE Short Film Award consists of the purchase of one film (up to 6000 Euros) and its subsequent screening in the Kurzschluss programme by ARTE, the Franco-German cultural TV channel.

The festival is a qualifying festival for the British BAFTA Awards as well as the BIFA (British Independent Film Awards).

Mo&Friese Awards:

Friese-Award for the Best Short Film for Children 4+ / 6+ (1,000 €)

Mo-Award for the Best Short Film for Children 9+ / 12+ (1,000 €)

Neon-Award for the Best Short Film for Young People 14+ / 16+ (1,000 €)

In addition, an international Jury (containing of ECFA members) is choosing a shortfilm for the ECFA Shortfilm-Award.

All prizes of Kurzfilm Festival Hamburg including Mo&Friese will be awarded to the director/s of the film.

Films from all genres, countries and formats can be submitted for application. Only short films up to a maximum length of 30 minutes (except for The Triple Axel Competition)and with a production date not older than January 2022 The festival reserves the right to programme films longer than 30 min in exceptional cases. The deadline for the submissions is February 7th 2023. For the submission of a film from November 1 2023 to November 30 2023 7€ (incl. legal value added tax) will be charged as submission fee. Submissions from December 1 2023 to February 7 2024 will be charged 10 € (incl. legal value added tax). The Triple Axel Competition is excluded from the fee. Please use a separate entry form for each film submitted and provide the requested material. All sections of the form must be filled in through Shortfilmdepot or FilmFreeway until February 7th 2024. Each short film must be entered for one of the competitions named above. If the film is suitable for the youth section Mo&Friese we kindly ask to submit it only there. The selection committees reserve the right to assign it to another competition or special program including Mo&Friese and vice versa. The festival reserves the right to rule on any cases not provided for in these guidelines individually.

The person or institution submitting the film is responsible for clearing all rights to the content of the work relevant to the films use by the Festival. By submitting, they state that they are authorized representatives thereof, i. e. that screening or other use of the film by the Festival does not infringe rights held by third parties (e. g. copyrights, personality or trademark rights), and that especially the rights to any material produced by others (music, film footage, photographs, text etc.) used in the film have been cleared. They furthermore shall indemnify the Kurzfilm Festival Hamburg against all third-party claims in connection with screening/using the film in the course of the Festival. This includes covering any legal costs that might be incurred.

Films can be submitted via the online submission platform and For questions regarding submissions, especially in the case of film schools and distributors please contact If your films language isn’t English, please make sure it has hardcoded English subtitles. Preview files will remain in the archive of the Kurzfilm Agentur Hamburg e.V. for internal use only.

The directors of submitted films that are accepted will be notified via e-mail in the beginning of April 2023. There will be a list of accepted films on our website and at the beginning of May. We will also notify those who have not been selected around the beginning of May.

Accepted formats: DCPs and digital film files (mp4, mov, prores). If the original version is in a language other than English, the film needs to be subtitled in English. This also applies for the short films selected for the German Competition. Should there be any problems with your screening copy we reserve the right to use your preview copy as backup. In the case of a selection, the submitted film will be shown several times (repetitions during the festival period). Should the film win a prize at Kurzfilm Festival Hamburg, it may also be shown as part of best-of programs following the festival. Selected films will be made available in the Online Video Library with worldwide access during the festival week for registered accredited film professionals. If we decide to screen films in an online environment, the primary contacts of the films will always be asked for permission after presenting them the conditions of the screening. The Artistic Director of the festival reserves the right to rule on any cases not provided for in these guidelines individually.

With the submission of the film, the festival is permitted to use the film title, credits, distribution contact and the name of the director as well as film stills and film excerpts (max. 60 seconds) for general editorial reporting and promotion within the framework of the festival (incl. TV, web, cinema, showreel). The images will also be used for the Kurzfilm Festival Hamburg available print products (festival publications) and online media (websites, apps, social media channels) where they will remain available without any time or territorial restrictions. The festival also reserves the right to make a password-protected copy of the film accessible to representatives of the press or selected industry professionals.

We take the protection and security of personal information very serious. With the submission, the Kurzfilm Festival Hamburg is permitted to use the data provided for the purpose of processing the festival and its archives. This consent is the legal basis for the data processing (according to the EU General Data Protection Regulation—GDPR). For the full statement please see

Overall Rating
  • Andrej Polukord

    Nice and cozy festival in Hamburg

    November 2022
  • Mónica Martins Nunes

    Great festival with a friendly atmosphere, thank you!

    August 2022
  • Gary Parker

    Many thanks to the very helpful crew at Kurzfilm Festival Hamburg / Mo&Friese Junges Kurzfilm Festival Hamburg.

    August 2022
  • Gisela Chicolino

    A festival on this topic is really a necessary one. Please keep working on generating this exquisite programming for the audiences.

    July 2022
  • Loved it!

    The festival offers great indoor cinemas and open air, friendly people, awesome social events like brunch and parties and much more. Even met some of my idols in person for the first time!

    And of course, it was an amazing selection of films. Hopefully again soon, thank you so much!

    June 2022