Hamburg International Short Film Festival


Years running: 38 (since 1985)

Hamburg International Short Film Festival

One of the two major short film festivals in Germany.


Together with Oberhausen, one of the two major short film festivals in Germany. Compared with the longer tradition of its sister festival, Hamburg is much more audience-oriented, more modern or less dogmatic. The enormous variety of films shown is clearly divided into several sections. Organized by the ShortFilmAgency, Germany´s most successful short film distributor, this wide-ranging event attracts especially cinema operators, distributors, and festival organizers as industry guests. 

In addition to the competition section the Hamburg International Short Film Festival also has non-competitive programs which include: Open Air Festival Preview and Panel Discussions.


International competition:

  • Hamburg Short Film Award (Euro 3000);
  • Audience Award (Euro 1500).

Deframed competition:

  • Jury Award (Euro 2000),
  • Audience Award (Euro 1500).

German Competition​:

  • Jury Award (Euro 2000),
  • Jury Award for Hamburg production (Euro 1500).

Three-minute quickie: Audience Award (Euro 1000).


  • The running time of films entered for the competitions (except for the Three-Minute Quickie) should not exceed 30 minutes and the films should not be produced before 2021.
  • Previous participation in other festivals is accepted. 
  • Please register your film via Shortfilmdepot.
  • If your film’s language isn’t english, please make sure it has English hardcoded subtiles.

Premiere Requirements

No premiere requirement

Jury and Organizers

  • Artistic Director — Birgit Glombitza
  • Administrative Director — Sven Schwarz




Official Website



Internationales Hamburger KurzFilmFestival
c/o KurzFilmAgentur Hamburg e. V. Friedensallee 7
22765 Hamburg

Phone: +49 40 391 06 30

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Dates & Deadlines
  • Opening Date
    November 01, 2021
  • Deadline
    December 01, 2021
  • Regular Deadline
    February 14, 2022
  • Notifications
    May 01, 2022
  • Event Dates
    30 May — 6 June 2022
Categories & Fees

This competition focuses on new short films from Germany and gives an overview of contemporary subjects as well as aesthetic and technical trends. There are productions of already established directors but also films by newcomers and students.

  • Deadline — €6
  • Regular Deadline — €8

Short films of all genres

  • Deadline — €6
  • Regular Deadline — €8

movie can’t be longer than three minutes (including opening and end credits 3:59 at the most). the topic for the 2021 edition of the competition: "You are the catastrophe"

  • Deadline — free
  • Regular Deadline — free
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