Short Films on Demand – Locarno Shorts Weeks 2021


Locarno Award Winner SIYAH GÜNEŞ (Black Sun) by Arda Çiltepe © Arda Çiltepe HfbK Hamburg

For the third time, not just since all film festivals went online, the Locarno Film Festival presents its Shorts Weeks.

Until the end of February, short films from the program of the 72nd Locarno Film Festival (August 2019) can be seen. Every day for three weeks, a new film will be launched on the festival’s website, which can be viewed for a week without registration or fees.

In total, there are 22 films from the Pardi di domani, Moving Ahead and Open Doors sections. Among others, there are contributions from Laos, Ghana, Thailand, Cambodia, Cuba, Vietnam, Indonesia, Mongolia, Lebanon and Syria.

The content of the program is also wide-ranging and reflects many current issues. Among others, the Pardino d’oro award winner SIYAH GÜNEŞ (Black Sun) by Arda Çiltepe (HfbK Hamburg) deals with migration. In WHITE AFRO, Akosua Adoma Owusu deals with hair styles and the relationship between whites and blacks.

In addition, those who participate in an online vote for the Audience Award can win festival passes to the next festival. The 74th Locarno Film Festival is scheduled for Aug. 4-14.

Shorts Weeks deliberately streams only films from the penultimate year of the festival, because new films might be denied opportunities.