6 – 11 June 2023

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Deadline for Submission:
14th February 2023

per Filmfreeway
or Shortfilmdepot

Festival 2023

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.

Mo&Friese 2024 from 04 – 09 June

After the festival is known to be before the festival. And that’s why, after a short breather, we will soon start planning the next edition. And it will take place from the 04th to the 09th of June again in the festival center in the post office.

So mark the date very thick in your calendar.

High 5! – “Time is running”

Once again this year, we had an incredible amount of fun working with so many children and young people to shape our festival. In the area of moderation, jury, curating, as filmmakers or as reporters.

And so that you can already prepare for next year, we are announcing the theme for 2024. It’s Time is running. You still have time, but sometimes it goes by much faster than you think.


From now on, tickets for the afternoon and weekend events can also be purchased online. Simply directly in the program via BUY TICKET. 3,50 Euro per person

(Silent film concert with films by Buster Keaton: 5 euros per person).

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

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 Give Me 5! 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 Gib Mir 5!-NEON prize.

All prizes in the international competition are endowed with 1000 euros. A total of 600 euros will be distributed for each of the young talent competitions, divided among the three first-place films.

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

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 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 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