Over 5,000 films were submitted for our competition programmes this year, around 1,000 more than last year. From these, and from the films viewed at numerous festivals both in Switzerland and abroad, our programme committee has selected 41 films from 27 countries for the International Competition. Out of these films, our Jury will select the Winner for the Grand Prize and the Promotional Award and our audience will selcet the Winner of the Audience Award.
Detailed programme and tickets for the International Competition.
National Competition: Crisis Replaces Folklore
For the Swiss Competition, the festival recorded 350 submissions, with 20 of them being selected, representing filmmakers from all parts of Switzerland. What is striking in this selection is that the films often look beyond Switzerland, or deal with the financial crisis, either directly or indirectly. Swiss filmmakers seem to have departed from the folklore that was so noticeably prevalent in the past few years, also in feature films. In the Swiss Competition, our Jury will select the Winner for the Prize of the Best Swiss Film as well as the Swiss Cinematography Award, our audience will selcet the Winner of the Audience Award.
Detailed programme and tickets for the National Competition.
Be a volunteer, get a festival pass for free
We are once again looking for a number of motivated volunteers to help us carry out the festival by giving us a hand in various areas. To thank you for your efforts and as a small form of compensation, we will give you a free festival pass (including a catalogue), which will allow you to see as many short films as you want during your time off. On top of that, you will be given catering vouchers to buy some snacks.
All information and subscribtion for volunteers.
Focused on Independent Cinema USA
Apart from the Competition Programme, we also present Special Programmes – this years main Special Programme is called «Independent Cinema USA. American cinema has played a leading role ever since the first days of film, and Hollywood with its glamorous studios and enviable budgets has been the industry’s everlasting focal point. But this is not what Kurzfilmtage will be focusing on; instead we will look at that part of American filmmaking that established itself far away from all the razzmatazz. The name of this year’s special programme focus is Independent Cinema USA, and consists of six thematic and three historical programmes. In spite of (or exactly because of) the films’ low budgets, we can look forward to experiencing a truly archetypal style of cinematic expression.
Detailed programme and tickets for «Indepndent Cinema USA».
From Cuba to the Wild West: Our Special Programmes to Enjoy
Our Special Programmes look at topics in the context of a greater cultural background. Historical films are just as important as contemporary works, social themes, a look at specific institutions or retrospectives of filmmakers and artists. Beside Independent Cinema USA our Special Programmes this year are called Cuba I and II, Rituals I and II, Strange Days: Vienna, Hamburg and Winterthur, Nocturnes: V/H/S and Western and We are Football.
Detailed programme and tickets for all the Special Programmes.
We are looking forward to welcoming you to the 17th edition of Internationale Kurzfilmtage Winterthur from November 5–10, 2013.