Short Film Festival Cologne


Years running: 16 (since 2007)

Short Film Festival Cologne

Short Film Festival in Cologne.


The Short Film Festival Cologne (KFFK) consists of a variety of programms. The main section, the GERMAN COMPETITION showcases the best of current German short film productions and co-productions. Further sections include the NEW AESTHETIC programme which traces digital tendencies in short films, as well as the FESTIVAL FOCUS and a REGIONAL FOCUS. Screenings and workshops specifically directed towards children complete the program.

Festival sections:

  • German competition
  • Cologne shorts
  • New aesthetic
  • 360°/VR
  • XXShorts


  • German Competition: 

- 1. Jury Award - 3.500 € awarded in cooperation with SK Stiftung Kultur 
- 2. Jury Award - Cologne Producers' Award – 1.800 € sponsored by Augenschein Filmproduktion, btf - bilduntonfabrik, et al. 
- 3. Jury Award: 1 day colour grading at WeFadeToGrey 
- Choices Audience-Award: 500 € 
- WDR Award worth up to 5.000 €

  • Cologne Shorts/Kölner Fenster: 

- Euipment rental worth 1.500 € from FinderTV 
- Color grading (1 studio day) at Farbkult Postproduktion 
- WDR Award worth up to 5.000 €

  • VR/360°: 

- VR Award sponsored by btf - bildundtonfabrik: 500 €


  • Eligibility:
    • German Competition: Only films with the production site located in Germany are admitted. German co-productions are also accepted 
    • Cologne Shorts: Films with production site located in Cologne are accepted
    • New Aesthetic, 360°/VR, XXShorts & Shorts For Kids: international productions accepted
  • The running length of the film should not be longer than 45 minutes and the date of completion should be in the year of the festival or in the prior year
  • Only completed films may participate
  • The submissions can only be made through the digital screener reelport or filmfestivallife

Screening copy: DCP, BluRay, 16mm & 35mm and in exceptional cases as DVD

Subtitles: German and English

Premiere Requirements

No premiere requirement

Jury and Organizers

Festival Direction
Marita Quaas, Fabian Flesch, Susanne Grueneklee




Official Website



Kurzfilmfreunde Köln e.V.
Kalscheurener Str. 19
50354 Hürth

Tel: +49 221 6777 41 16


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Dates & Deadlines
  • Opening Date
    April 20, 2021
  • Deadline
    August 01, 2021
  • Notifications
    October 15, 2021
  • Event Dates
    16 — 21 November 2021
Categories & Fees

Films with production site located in Cologne are accepted.

  • Deadline — free

New Aesthetic features new tendencies in short films and films that reflect on our life in the digital age.

  • Deadline — $5

Only films with the production site located in Germany are admitted. German co-productions are also accepted.

  • Deadline — free

Shorts for children, two programms for children of the ages 4 and up and 8 and up. International entries welcome. Films without dialog preferred.

  • Deadline — $5

Since 2016 the KFFK awards the year’s best VR experience

  • Deadline — $5
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