Short film specials in times of Corona

Report

updated on 2 April 2020

Festivals are cancelled, film releases are postponed, cinemas are closed – public and cultural life is almost at a standstill. We wish all of you that you get through these crazy times well, especially healthy. Many initiatives are trying to creatively overcome the crisis and also offer short film compilations.

Here we would like to present a small collection of short film offers, which will be continuously updated. We would be happy to take up your suggestions, just send us a short message to  info@shortfilm.de.

 

 

 

Short films for streaming

International Corona Specials

My Darling Quarantine Short Film Festival – Online Festival, a new programme every week – combined with voting on your favourite film and a donation scheme

(in original version with English subtitles)

https://www.talkingshorts.com/festivals/my-darling-quarantine-short-film-festival

 

The IndieWire platform also put 15 short films by well-known directors – such as Andrea Arnold, Taika Waititi, Christopher Nolan and Nacho Vigolando – online:

(in original version with English subtitles)

https://www.indiewire.com/2020/03/short-films-streaming-great-directors

 

The Portuguese short film agency Agência – Curtas Metragens is currently building up its offer FILMES CURTOS PARA DIAS LONGOS (SHORT FILMS FOR LONG DAYS), which will be expanded step by step.

(in Portuguese original with English subtitles)

https://vimeo.com/showcase/short-films-for-long-days

 

On the website of the Swiss film magazine Maximum Cinema, John Canciani (artistic director) and Laura Walde (programme coordinator) of the International Short Film Festival Winterthur present a few thematically appropriate highlights and personal favourites from the diverse short film collection under the maxim “Short films against boredom”:

(in original version with English subtitles)

https://www.maximumcinema.ch/kurze-filme-gegen-lange-weile

 


Special offers from festivals in Germany

The Cologne Short Film Festival KFFK is currently making available a small selection of films available online from past editions of the festival:

(in original version with English or German subtitles)

http://www.kffk.de/mediathek/

 

11mm – the International Football Film Festival, which is also forced to postpone due to Corona, is currently putting a football short film online every day at 11:11 – Shortkicks@Home. There will be links to the clips updated daily on Facebook and Twitter . There will also be an online schedule on our website with links to all those films, that have been released already.

(in original version or with English subtitles)

11mm – the International Football Film Festival Shortkicks@Home

 

The Film Festival Turkey Germany, which wanted to celebrate its 25th edition from 20 to 29 March, will show a short film from the festival’s archive on its website every day during this period:

(in original version with English subtitles)

https://www.fftd.net/

 

The Cellul’art Festival also presents a small but fine selection of short film pearls on its website:

(in original version with English subtitles)

https://cellulart.de/willkommen-bei-cellu-l-art

 

The Max Ophüls Preis Film Festival has also compiled an extensive list of links to streaming offers for films that were shown at the Saarbrücken festival in the past – the MOP Streamothek. This is being continuously expanded:

(in original version with English subtitles)

https://ffmop.de/frontend/max_ophuels_preis_2018/de/programm/mop_streamothek

 

DOK Leipzig has listed 365 audience favourites and insider tips, documentaries and animated films for children and adults, which can be seen throughout the year:

(in original version with English subtitles)

https://www.dok-leipzig.de/dok-365

 

MO & FRIESE – the Children’s Short Film Festival Hamburg has also put together a programme: “Mo & Friese Stay at Home” offers eight films that can be viewed individually or in chronological order. The programme – recommended for children from 6 years on – can be seen for free on Vimeo for a limited time of eight days.

https://vimeo.com/showcase/6881834

 


Special offers from festivals international

The South by South West is one of the festivals that could not take place in March. This festival was partly moved to the internet, in cooperation with MailChimp and Oscilloscope Laboratories the current short film selection can be seen:

(in original version with English subtitles)

https://mailchimp.com/presents/sxsw/

You can also watch the latest short films and music videos on the festival’s Vimeo channel:

https://vimeo.com/channels/sxswshorts/videos

 

The Diagonale in Graz also had to be cancelled and is now on the net as “Die Unvollendete”. In cooperation with Flimmit, the video-on-demand platform of the Austrian Broadcasting Corporation, current Austrian films and highlights from the special programmes of the cancelled Diagonale ’20 as well as film pearls from the archive can be viewed since 24 March and until 24 April. Short films are also available here (some of which can only be streamed in Austria for licensing reasons).

(in original version with English subtitles)

https://www.flimmit.com/specials/festivals-awards/diagonale-online-festival/

 

The DokuFest Prizren – also offers a daily short film screening on its website. Curated by the Documentary Film Production Centre, it is putting a film online every day under the motto “Sweet and Short Quarantine Film – Your Daily Dose of Short Film”.

(in original version with English subtitles)

https://dokufest.com/2019/sweet-and-short-quarantine-film

 

The London Cheap Cuts Documentary Film Festival will launch an online retrospective of films from previous years starting on 25 March. Screenings will be LIVE Wednesday to Friday for the next 2 weeks. Every day at 19:00 (GMT) with LIVE Q&As where you can ask the filmmakers all the questions you want via Facebook. All you need to do is connect to our Facebook page a little bit before the air time, and we will share a live link you can follow online.

(in original version or with English subtitles)

https://www.facebook.com/cheapcutsfest/

 

Documentary film lovers can browse the IDFA festival website, where you can discover films from previous festival years, almost 200 of which are freely available:

(in original version with English subtitles)

https://www.idfa.nl/en/collection/documentaries

 

In cooperation with l’école ArtFX, the Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival shows six short films every week on its website:

(in original version)

https://www.clermont-filmfest.org/circuits-de-diffusion/interieur-court/

 

The team of the Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival has put together yet another package: Intérieur Court – Inner Short – four thematic programmes are shown in live virtual screenings. Twice a week a new programme is broadcast live via the festival site of Twitch: Thursdays and Sundays at 6 pm. There are no access restrictions; comments on the films can also be made via chat.

(in original version, some with English subtitles)

https://www.twitch.tv/clermontfilmfest

 

The Festival International du Film d’Aubagne MUSIC & CINEMA, which is dedicated above all to the combination of film and film music, will be putting its festival programmes online from 31 March to 4 April – the time of the actual festival – including almost 20 short film programmes for a limited period:

(in original version with English subtitles)

https://aubagne.kinow.tv/en/

 


Distribution specials

interfilm Berlin provides four programs against boredom and for staying at home on its website under #CoronaKino. The programmes on offer are Neighbourhood Madness, Home Sweet Home, TeenScreen Meets CoronaKino for teenagers and KUKI at Home for children. The programs for adults and teenagers charge EUR 3.99 for 72 hours for streaming or EUR 9.99 for permanent streaming, but also for download. The KUKI for home is EUR 1.99 and EUR 5.99 respectively

(in original version with German subtitles)

https://www.interfilm.de/coronakino

 

A customized Corona package – now also available from the Kurzfilm Agentur Hamburg. The Corona Shining – 7 outstanding short films that have been shown in Cannes, at the Berlinale, at the Short Film Festival Winterthur, at the Short Film Festival Hamburg and many other festivals. All films take place at home, where it can get scary sometimes.

The programme costs 3.99 € for 72 hours for streaming or 9.99 € for permanent streaming or download:

(in original version with English subtitles)

https://vimeo.com/ondemand/thecoronashining

 

The Kurzfilm Agentur Hamburg also has a YouTube channel with their favourite short films, so it’s worth (once again) stopping by:

(in original version with English subtitles)

https://www.youtube.com/user/KurzFilmAgentur

 


Short films for children

MO & FRIESE – the Children’s Short Film Festival Hamburg has also put together a programme: “Mo & Friese Stay at Home” offers eight films that can be viewed individually or in chronological order. The programme – recommended for children from 6 years on – can be seen for free on Vimeo for a limited time of eight days.

https://vimeo.com/showcase/6881834

 

Short films – not only for children – can be found on the YouTube channel of Studio Film Bilder:

(German or English version available)

https://www.youtube.com/user/filmbilder

 

interfilm Berlin also has an offer for children at #CoronaKino: “KUKI at home”, the programme costs 1.99 € for 72 hours in stream, or 5.99 € for download or permanent streaming

https://vimeo.com/ondemand/kukifuerzuhause

 


Short film on (German) television

From unicato – Junger Film on MDR (german TV broadcaster), a monthly short film magazine, 57 videos, both short films and interviews with actors on the German short film scene – such as Lars Henrik Gass (festival director of the International Short Film Festival Oberhausen) or director Brenda Lien – are currently available in the ARD media library:

(in German or original version with German subtitles)

https://www.ardmediathek.de/ard/search/unicato

 

Always worth a (short) look is of course also the offer of ARTE Kurzschluss:

(German or French, films in original version with subtitles)

https://www.arte.tv/de/videos/RC-014513/kurzschluss/

even more short films from the archive

https://www.arte.tv/de/videos/RC-019277/kurzfilme-frei-haus/

 


Art and experimental films

The cinemas of the Arsenal – Institute for Film and Video Art e.V. in Berlin have also been closed since March 13. But the Arsenal has now opened a virtual film art offer with SAAL 3.
Every week new films are made available online. The programme is free of charge. Numerous filmmakers and artists whose works are represented in the Arsenal’s distribution programme have declared their solidarity and made their films available for online presentation.

(in original version with German or English subtitles)

https://www.arsenal-berlin.de/mitgliedschaft/arsenal-3/anmeldung.html

The Movie Talks will be continued! In addition to the program of the second week, which can be seen here until April 3, we now offer Q&As with the filmmakers* and artists* whose films have been presented so far.

The Q&As will take place on Thursday, starting at 6pm, and Friday, starting at 4.30pm. How does it work? Just go to https://meet.jit.si/arsenal3 to be part of the meeting.

 

 

Already since March 18th, the Hamburg film artists – collective VETO Film has been offering a streaming service in its newsletter as well as on facebook and instagram with a series of art films, including many short films from the VETO catalogue. By subscribing to the newsletter or via the facebook page, you will be informed when new films are added

(in original version or with English subtitles)

https://www.facebook.com/VETOFilmEdition

 

The Collectif Jeune Cinema in Paris has also closed its doors – the Parisian organisation that distributes experimental cinema, organises regular monthly screenings and an annual festival of alternative and experimental cinema in Paris has now made more than 250 films from its distribution catalogue available online. In the coming weeks, various programmes (also for children) will be put together:

(in original version with French subtitles)

https://vimeo.com/showcase/2534222

 

With “CABIN FEVER: Coping with COVID-19 playlist of online experimental films & videos”, Kate Lain, American video artist and experimental filmmaker, has compiled an online overview of experimental films available on the Internet. This overview is divided into categories and can be continuously updated

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1DHealTzCR0qNkq-fbuPRd9Nzi7NSAM5HKQ84grFEFO8/htmlview?sle=true#

 


further services: archives, YouTube channels etc.

DFFB-Archive is an offer of the German Film and Television Academy Berlin in cooperation with the German Cinematheque. It is definitely worthwhile to dive in here. Films, photos and numerous other documents in the form of production records, correspondence and the like from the history of the academy can be discovered. The archive located in the Deutsche Kinemathek covers the period between 1966 and 2015 and is continuously supplemented and expanded by the dffb.

https://dffb-archiv.de

 

Short films – not only for children – can be found on the YouTube channel of Studio Film Bilder, for example:

(German or English version available)

https://www.youtube.com/user/filmbilder

 


Podcasts on short film

You can also talk about short film, as the short film podcasts prove:

Simply Short!, the podcast by Insa Wiese (festival director of the International Short Film Week Regensburg, which had to be cancelled last week due to the spread of the corona virus) has been in existence since June 2019. Since then, 24 discussions with actors from the German and international short film scene have taken place – just listen:

(in German)

https://www.podcast.de/podcast/675534/

 

The podcast offer of Talking Shorts is still quite young, in the interview section there are currently two talks – Enrico Vanucci talks to Anna Henckel-Donnersmark (Berlinale Shorts), Jukka-Pekka Laakso (Tampere Film Festival), Sarah Schlüssel (Berlinale Talents Short Form Station Coordinator) and Sanne Jehoul (Glasgow Short Film Festival Co-Director)

(in English)

https://www.talkingshorts.com/interviews

 

It’s also worth listening to Indie Film Talk; it’s not just about short film, but about independent filmmaking in general. Several articles are already available on the current Corona crisis

(in German)

https://indiefilmtalk.de