They are known as the little brothers and sisters of feature films and yet they are just as essential to our film culture. They often provide the basis for the existence of their siblings, are sketches of great emotions and tell their own, trenchant stories from all over the world – often they show the first finger exercises of young filmmakers.
At the 54th Hof International Film Festival 2020, 54 short and medium-length feature, documentary and animation films will be shown – 38 of them are from Germany, 16 are international productions from a total of 11 countries. It is precisely this multinational offering that enables viewers to admire the very different and varied approaches of the filmmakers. Serious stories that question life and the world, yet are told with confidence, heart and humor, will move the audience this year. Precisely because they are about such various topics as growing up, love and relationships, loneliness and growing old, religion or fanaticism, these valuable and strong short films cannot be pressed into a dramaturgy template, but rather show skillful variety.