4 – 9 June 2024

Deadline for Submission:
7th February 2024

per Filmfreeway
or Shortfilmdepot

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

The Shortfilm Festival Hamburg is one of the most renowned and important short film festivals in Europe. Since 1998, it has also been dedicated to the younger audience with the young short film festival Hamburg Mo&Friese and shows current as well as relevant short films in nine international competition programs every year at the beginning of June, which meet their target group at eye level and take their personal point of view 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.


3,50 Euro per person

Advance ticket sales for the afternoon and weekend events will take place from May 25 via our website directly in the program via TICKET BUY or via the venues.

Box office opening: approx. 15 minutes before the start of the performance

Group registration

During the festival week, moderated daycare and school screenings will take place in the mornings (June 6-9) at the cinema. Accompanying persons have free access.

You will find the registration form linked next to the respective program. Once we have received your registration, you will receive a confirmation.

If you have any questions, please contact: anmeldung@shortfilm.com

Film language

All programs are moderated in an age-appropriate manner. Foreign language short films are subtitled in German. The competition program for ages 14 and up is subtitled in German.

We offer some of our programs with sign language translation and audio description. These are marked accordingly in our booklet.

Program schedule
and -booklet

For an overview of the festival week, here is the program plan and the program booklet.

November 1 – Start of Submission

It’s almost time again. From November 1st we are looking forward to new short films from all over the world. So put the finishing touches on your films and show us what treasures have been created in the last two years. Films up to 30 minutes in length that were completed after January 2022 can be submitted.

High 5! 2024 – “Time is running”

Our theme for this year’s High 5! young filmmakers contest, “Time is running,” offers plenty of freedom to show anything that means something to you. So grab a camera and shoot something about time.

Clocks that are broken, races in gym class, the alarm clock that jolts you out of sleep like an alarm every morning, or do you dream a lifetime away in one night?

We have two young filmmakers competitions in the program. Young filmmakers up to the age of 13 take part in High 5!, and for those between 14 and 18 there is High 5!-NEON.

To participate in the High 5!- young filmmakers competition, you should submit your film of maximum 5 minutes to us by April 1 2024.

We are looking forward to your films!

With the school to the movies

From November 20 to December 1, numerous cinemas in Hamburg will open their doors to school classes. Registration for the various film screenings is now possible online. In addition, numerous training courses for teachers and multipliers will be offered again this year.

In cooperation with Mo&Friese, several short film programs will be offered:

Water World  (5+)
Di 21.11. | 9:30 Uhr | 3001 Kino
Di 28.11. | 9 Uhr | Hansa Filmstudio
Mi 29.11. | 9 Uhr | Zeise Kinos

Mo&Friese in fabulous company (6+)
Mo 20.11. | 9:30 Uhr | 3001 Kino
Do 23.11. | 9 Uhr | Zeise Kinos

Great Expectations (12+)
Di 21.11. | 11:45 Uhr | 3001 Kino
Fr 24.11. | 9 Uhr | Zeise Kinos

NEON – Coming of Age (14+)
Do 23.11. | 11:30 Uhr | Zeise Kinos
Di 28.11. | 11:45 Uhr | 3001 Kino


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

Gesa Carstensen

Editor, Programme Coordination, Curator

Daniela Conrad

Organisation, Fundraising, Curator

Marcel Wicker

Public Relations

Miriam Gerdes

Graphic Design

Our four juries award the prizes for the international competitions Mo, Friese and NEON and for our young talent competitions Gib Mir 5!

The Friese Prize is awarded by 7- to 9-year-old jurors for the programs from 4 and 6 years. The Mo-Prize goes to a film from the programs for ages 9 and up, chosen by 10- to 13-year-olds. The Mo jury also decides on the winner of the High Five! competition. For films from 12 and up, a jury of young people aged 14 to 18 awards the Neon Prize. In addition, the NEON jury awards the High Five!-NEON prize.

All prizes in the international competition are endowed with 1000 euros.

In addition, a three-person adult jury will select one film from the 4+, 6+ and 9+ programs for the European Children’s Film Association ECFA PRIZE. The award is accompanied by a nomination for the “Best European Film for Young Audiences of the Year” in the short film category.


Marla (8)
Liz (8)
Milan (9)
Henry (9)
Mila (8)


Leo (10)
Nils (10)
Louis (10 )
Aimo (11)
Eda (10)
Clara (12)
Sofia (12)


Mieke (15)
Michel (14)
Frieda (14)
Benn (15)

The ECFA Jury 2023

Steffi Falk

is a passionate cineaste. The mother of three is a professional tailor. After working for several years in the costume and creative fields, she has been working for FILMFEST HAMBURG since 2017, among others, and has been responsible for the MICHEL Kinder und Jugend Filmfest since 2021.

Hidde de Vries

Graduate of the Dutch Film Academy and DAS Graduate School as a creative producer. He is the founder of Kapitein Kort, a distributor of short films. He currently works as Head of Film & Series at Cinekid Festival in the Netherlands.

Daniel Lundquist

studied arts management and worked at the Swedish Film Institute and the Cultural Authority in Malmö. Since 2009 he has worked for BUFF Film Festival, the international film festival for children and young people in Malmö, and has been program director since 2012.


Competition Juries for June 2024

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 jury of 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 2024.

Prizes in three 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 10 to 13 year olds.

For films from the age of 12 and 14, a jury of young people between 14 and 18 will award the NEON prize.

All prizes are endowed with 1000 euros each.

High 5! 2024 –
“Time is running”

We live in a fast-paced world, with one trend chasing the next and schoolyard discussions about who has the latest cell phone model. Maybe you sometimes can’t keep up at school because everything is going too fast for you? Or everything around you is slow, but you feel like your mind is racing?

Do you have an idea and want to turn it into a film? Our theme for this year’s High 5! young filmmakers competition, “Time is running”, gives you plenty of freedom to show everything that means something to you. So grab a camera and shoot something about time.

Clocks that are broken, races in gym class, the alarm clock that jolts you out of sleep every morning like an alarm, or do you dream a lifetime away in one night?

To enter the High 5! young filmmakers contest, you should submit your 5-minute (or less) film at the latest until 1st of April 2024. We have two up-and-coming film competitions in the program. Young filmmakers up to 13 years old will participate in High 5!, and for those between 14 and 18 years old, there is High 5!-NEON.

We are looking forward to your films!

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

Deadline: 1st April 2024