Short film specials in times of Corona

updated on 12 May 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




Short films for streaming


Online editions of cancelled festivals

Germany’s oldest short film festival, the Short Film Festival Oberhausen, will launch its online edition on 13 May. By 18 May 2020, the festival will show over 350 films on the Internet. These include not only the festival’s five competitions with a total of 136 works, but also numerous other sections. Three of the five planned profiles will be presented online, two archives from Poland and Russia will introduce their work, new programme series such as the Documentary Spotlight, the Country Focus and a cooperation with the Goethe-Institut will celebrate their premieres on the Internet, and many more.
There is a festival pass for 9,99 €, which gives access to the complete online programme.


The renowned Go Short International Short Film Festival Nijmegen has also converted its festival programme into an online edition and offers a wide range of the original programme of its 12th festival edition. The online festival will take place from 15 April to 13 May. The complete programme is available for a one-time fee of 10 euros until the end of this period.


goEast – Festival of Central and Eastern European Film takes place and offers selected film highlights online and on demand on this website during the festival week from 5-11 May.
In addition to selected feature films, which can be streamed for 6.50 €, there will also be film talks and discussion panels. A further focus is on virtual reality projects. Also available are the urban short film programme Anarcho Shorts and the competition entries in the Open Frame Award.


The Lichter Filmfest in Frankfurt would also have taken place from 21 to 26 April – the Frankfurters had decided to launch an online version with “LICHTER-On-Demand”. The films are no longer available, but some content is still online: VR movies, podcasts and the despot quiz.


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International Corona Specials

The Festival de Cannes would have taken place from 12 to 25 May, but at the beginning of the week it was finally cancelled. The Belgian-French short film magazine Format Court has put together a replacement programme: Every day there will be 2-3 short films, among others from the official Cannes competition from 1966 to 2007.


In early April, the Corona Short Film Festival sent out its Call for Entries – within just three weeks, the festival organizers* reached over 1250 submissions from more than 70 countries. From these contributions, 35 films have now been selected for the expert jury and the voting of the online audience.

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The Zagreb Film Festival in cooperation with the Croatian Audiovisual Center has founded the streaming platform to make Croatian short film more visible.

(in original version with English subtitles)

See our detailed article:


Short films from French film history can be discovered temporarily free of charge at the “Festival à la Maison”.

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

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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)


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)


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)


Georgian directors share their films online in the effort to support the COVID-19 shift

(in original version with English subtitles)


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Special offers from festivals in Germany

The Short Film Festival Oberhausen, which is also planning an online edition of its festival, has initiated a blog that will prepare for the festival until the end of May and post up to two contributions a day – including films produced by the festival itself – online.

see our more detailed introduction of the blog

The audience vote for the MuVi Award of the Short Film Festival Oberhausen takes place not only during pandemic times, but every year online.

see our announcement on this year’s competition


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)


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. – Still available.

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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. – Still available.

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

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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:

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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:

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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.


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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)

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


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”.

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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:

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

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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)


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)


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

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Short films for children


The online edition of ITFS also offers a range of activities for children – daily from 2pm to 5pm: ITFS Kids Stream – The family programme. In webinars of the Children’s Animated Film Academy children can learn how to produce an animated film themselves. These take place from Wednesday to Sunday at 2:30 pm. In between and afterwards children’s films and series such as “Nils Holgersson” from Studio 100 and useful “Tips for Kids” are shown.


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

(German or English version available)


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


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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)


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

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

even more short films from the archive


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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.

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In addition to the programme for each week, Q&As with the filmmakers* and artists* whose films are presented will be held. The talks take place on Thursday from 19.30 hrs and on Friday from 17.00 hrs. How does it work? Just go to 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

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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)


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


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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.


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

(German or English version available)


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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)


The Talking Shorts podcast service is constantly being expanded, with currently nine interviews in the interview section – Enrico Vanucci talks to Anna Henckel-Donnersmark (Berlinale Shorts), Jukka-Pekka Laakso (Tampere Film Festival), Sarah Schlüssel (Berlinale Talents Short Form Station Coordinator), Sanne Jehoul (Glasgow Short Film Festival Co-Director), Emilia Mazik (Festival Director of Short Waves, Poznan), Mathieu Janssen (Head of Competitions at Go Short, Nijmegen), Marie-Elaine Riou (Festival Director of REGARD-Saguenay International Short Film Festival), Insa Wiese (Artistic Director International Short Film Week Regensburg) and Anne Gaschütz (Deputy Festival Director FILMFEST DRESDEN).

(in English)


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)


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