25th Young Shortfilm Festival Hamburg

6th – 11th June 2023

Deadline for Submission:
14th February 2023

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Mo&Friese stands for short film. All genres, all forms, all ages!

Each year at the beginning of June the festival presents nine international competition programmes. We choose current and relevant short films that meet their target group at eye level and take their personal viewpoint seriously.

Thanks to the presence of many filmmakers we are happy to bring together viewers, filmmakers and professionals in our moderated screenings.

In addition, we offer annually changing film workshops where children and young people are introduced to aspects of filmmaking to stimulate their own creativity. Furthermore, the “High 5!” competition invites children and young people to submit their own short artworks.

Join our juries

If you are between 7 and 9 years old, you can apply for the Friese jury, between 10 and 13 for the Mo jury and between 14 and 18 for the Neon jury.

As a member of the children’s or youth jury, you discuss your cinema experiences with other film fans and decide which films win the prizes. So there are lots of film treasures waiting for you and your personal judgement!

Apply by letter or e-mail to:
Short Film Agency Hamburg e.V.
Young Short Film Festival Hamburg Mo&Friese
Bodenstedtstr. 16 | 22765 Hamburg

Application deadline: 15 April

Screenplay Workshop!

The first step to a film is usually the script. Together with the LAG Jugend und Film Hamburg and in cooperation with the Bundesverband Jugend und Film e.V. (Federal Association of Youth and Film), we are pleased to offer a script-writing workshop for children and young people aged 12 and over in the run-up to the festival.

The workshop will take place on 25 May from 4 to 7 pm and on 10 June from 11 am to 1 pm.

The public reading of the scenes will take place on 10 June at 1 pm at the Festival Centre on Kaltenkircher Platz.

Binding registration by 5 May at: anmeldung@shortfilm.com

High five! NEON

High five! – NEON
Our newcomer film competition “High five!” has grown. Namely “High five! – NEON”. From now on, we are also looking forward to receiving film contributions on the theme “Everything is turning” from filmmakers between 14 and 18 years of age. The deadline for submissions is 21 March 2023.

We love shortfilms!

Short films (including those for adults) are often dismissed as kids’ stuff, as a practice platform for the big brother feature-length film, in which students* learn their craft. But the short film is much more than just the lean version of the feature-length film!

It is a place to experiment, to fantasize, to try things out or to concentrate on a topic. Due to it’s relatively small budget and shorter production period, the short form offers great artistic freedom and plenty of room for experiments. Moreover, short films are less standardised than feature-length films, which often have to adhere much more to visual or narrative conventions due to financial pressure.

The fact that short films are thus sometimes much more uncomfortable for our (entrenched) viewing habits than feature-length films is a hurdle worth overcoming.

The fact that it leaves us alone with our thoughts again after a short time and thus limits our deep immersion in a story, leaves us time for reflection and discussion. This is not only of great advantage for it’s use in schools, but also crucial for media reception in general.

Moreover, short film can move through all genres. Therefore, a short film programme always offers the possibility of direct comparison and contextualisation. And this is necessary and beneficial for the development of media understanding and for shaping one’s own taste. All this makes short film extremely suitable for young audiences, who are often much more receptive to experimental forms and surprises.

Last but not least, however, a major advantage of the short film, especially for younger children, lies simply in its brevity. Because of the limited attention span of children, short films offer an ideal introduction to the cinema as a new and magical place.


Festival Director, Curator

Laura Schubert

Festival Director, Curator (on leave of absence)

Gesa Carstensen

Editor, Programme Coordination, Curator

Daniela Conrad

Organisation, Fundraising, Curator

Duygu Köysürenbars








Marcel Wicker

Public Relations


Director's Assistent

Miriam Gerdes

Graphic Design


Competition juries for June 2023

If you like to watch a lot of films – preferably in the cinema – and can’t stop talking about them afterwards, then you’ve come to the right place!

Because all you need for our jury is a passion for films and time during the festival week.

If you are between 7 and 9 years old, you can apply for the jury of the Friese Award, between 10 and 13 for the jury of the Mo Award and between 14 and 18 for the NEON Award.

As a member of the children’s or youth jury, you discuss your cinema experiences with other film fans and decide which films win the prizes. So there are lots of film treasures waiting for you and your personal judgement!

Applications per Mail or E-Mail to:

Kurzfilm Agentur Hamburg e.V.
Junges Kurzfilm Festival Hamburg Mo&Friese
Bodenstedtstr. 16 | 22765 Hamburg

February the 15th to April the 15th 2023.

Prizes in four categories

The Friese Prize is awarded by five jurors between 7 and 9 years old for the programs from 4 and 6 years old.

The Mo Prize goes to a film from the programs from 9 chosen by 11 to 13 year olds. Additionally they choose the winner of the High Five-Competition.

For films from the age of 12 and 14, a jury of young people between 14 and 18 will award the NEON prize. The NEON Jury also awards the prize for High Five!-NEON.

All prizes are endowed with 1000 euros each.

High 5!- Competition

“Everything turns!”
Send us your films for the young filmmakers competition!

Do you have an idea or already a finished story that’s all about shooting? Then get a camera and bring it to life on the big screen in the Give Me 5! young filmmakers contest!

How fast does your everyday life go? Is it calm, slow or dizzyingly fast? Even though the pace is always changing, life is somehow always in motion and rarely really stands still. What is spinning around you? What are you spinning around? And are you always spinning in the same direction?

Show us what’s on your mind: People spinning around each other? Storms kicking up leaves? Fidget spinners, record players, carousels, or your parents’ arguments on an endless loop? Is there something that really makes you go crazy?

No matter if dreams, experiences or completely absurd pictures. Shoot your film and apply with it to Gib Mir 5!

To take part in the Gib Mir 5! young filmmakers competition, you should be no older than 18 and submit your film, which should be no more than 5 minutes long, to us from the beginning of 2023 until March 21, 2023.

We are looking forward to your films!

Kurzfilm Agentur Hamburg e.V.
Mo&Friese Junges Kurzfilm Festival Hamburg
Bodenstedtstr. 16 | 22765 Hamburg

Deadline: 21st march 2023