Internationale Kurzfilmtage Winterthur

Internationale Kurzfilmtage Winterthur
Steiggasse 2
Post Box
Winterthur, Switzerland

Tel: +41 52 212 11 66
Fax: +41 52 212 11 72

Festival Overview

Internationale Kurzfilmtage Winterthur is Switzerland’s most significant short film festival. Established in 1997, the festival takes place each year in November.

Year after year, the festival’s short cinematic delicacies attract thousands of film fans to the venues in and around Casinotheater, appealing to industry representatives and the general audience alike. The International and Swiss Competitions are at the heart of the festival and at the pulse of current filmmaking from around the world, offering awards with a total value over CHF 40,000.–. Under certain conditions, films of the Kurzfilmtage competitions qualify for nomination consideration for the OSCAR®, the British Academy Film Award BAFTA, the Swiss Film Award Quartz, and the Zurich Film Award Cadrage. In addition to the competitions, Kurzfilmtage shows scrupulously curated short film programmes, which contextualize their themes against a wider cultural background. We screen historic as well as contemporary films, with programmes that focus on social issues, give insight into institutions, or highlight the oeuvre of individual filmmakers and artists.

As a Swiss centre of expertise on short film, Kurzfilmtage is also dedicated to the promotion of Swiss shorts. The festival hosts the «Kurzfilmnacht-Tour» (Short Film Night) across Switzerland and maintains the country’s largest short film archive, which is available to professionals for research purposes all year round. We also curate short film programmes for other festivals, private companies, and public institutions.


The festival accepts short films of any genre that were completed in the previous or current year. Our competition committee is in charge of selecting the films for both competitions. At the festival, awards with a total value of over CHF 40,000.– are given by an invited jury of five experts and by the audience. Under certain conditions, films of Kurzfilmtage competitions qualify for nomination consideration for the OSCAR®, the BAFTA, the Swiss Film Award, and the Zurich Film Award.

Awards of the International and Swiss Competitions
- Grand Prize of the International Competition, CHF 12,000.– sponsored by SRG SSR
- Promotional Award of the International Competition, CHF 10,000.– sponsored by Kurzfilmtage
- Award for the Best Swiss Film, CHF 10,000.– sponsored by suissimage/SSA
- Swiss Cinematography Award, CHF 11,500.– (in-kind prize) sponsored by Canon
- ZKB Audience Award, CHF 10,000.– sponsored by the Zürcher Kantonalbank

Awards of the Swiss Film School Day
- Award for the Best Swiss School Film, CHF 5,000.– sponsored by SRG SSR

Awards out of competition
- Youth Film Award, CHF 500.– sponsored by Kurzfilmtage


Action Adaptation Adventure Animation Art-house Asian Black Black Comedy Bollywood Bollywood Children Comedy Crime Documentary Drama Experimental Fantasy Foreign Language French Gay and Lesbian Historical Horror Independent Jewish Music Video National Reality Romance Science Fiction Short Silent Student Thriller War Western Women

Known festival contacts Contacts
Remo Longhi
Managing Director
Film Festival
Primary contact
Recent Festival News News
27th Feb 2018 Call for Entry 2018
1st Jun 2017 Call for Entry 2017


Open to the public


Short films of any genre no older than 2016 can now be submitted for the competitions of the 21st Internationale Kurzfilmtage Winterthur. Excluded are commissioned works fulfilling an advertising or PR function. For the International Competition, the maximum runtime is 30 minutes, for the Swiss Competition, the maximum is 40 minutes.


How to submit your film:
The registration form will take you to the submission instructions. After registering online, you will have to transfer your film to Kurzfilmtage as a digital viewing copy.

The registration form must be filled in for each submission. Viewing copies submitted without previous registration via the form will not be considered.


There are no entry fees associated with this festival

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