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

The Hamburg Short Film Festival 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 and relevant short films in eight 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, numerous moderated events succeed in bringing viewers, filmmakers and specialist audiences together. In addition, annually changing film workshops introduce children and young people to aspects of filmmaking and stimulate their own creativity. In addition, the ” High 5!” screening for young filmmakers invites young filmmakers up to the age of 18 to submit their own short works.

Short films on May 26

Altonale and “Sonntagsplatz” in Wilhelmsburg

The Altonale, the festival of cultural diversity, takes place at the same time as the Hamburg Mo&Friese Young Short Film Festival. Transparency is this year’s theme and we have put together a great program for everyone aged 5 and up. Everything revolves around water, glass and adhesive tape.

Sun 26.5. | 16:00 | House 3

Admission: at your discretion | Registration is not required

Bürgerhaus Wilhelmsburg “Sonntagsplatz”

Mo&Friese takes a trip south of the Elbe and visits Bürgerhaus Wilhelmsburg. As part of the SONNTAGSPLATZ project, we will be playing a colorful short film program on the subject of water for children aged 4 and over to coincide with the jump across the Elbe. Afterwards, the Bürgerhaus offers lunch and a free hands-on activity.

Sun 26.5. | 11:00 am and 12:45 pm | Bürgerhaus Wilhelmsburg

Admission: € 2.50 | Registration is not required

Become a reporter for Mo&Friese

If you would like to be the first to see our short films before they hit the big screen, then get in touch with us as a reporter. You choose three films from our program, which we will provide you with a link to view in advance, and then you create a short video for other children and young people and tell them what you liked about the film or what you found unusual, or, or, or … Write us an email to: or register here:

5. Juni um 16 Uhr im Festivalzentrum.

WORKSHOP: Cyanotype

Cyanotype is an old and fascinating technique for creating photos without a camera – so-called photograms. Objects and plants are placed directly onto light-sensitive paper and exposed under a UV lamp before being washed in tap water and fixed. Plants or small objects with delicate silhouettes and interesting shapes as well as materials that are slightly transparent are particularly suitable as objects. The technique is non-toxic and does not involve any chemicals.

With the cyanotype, we return to the origins of film and incidentally convey a piece of media history. The Hamburg photographer Katrin Brunnhofer introduces the participants to this old art form and lets them work independently. The resulting “prints” will be exhibited directly in the festival center.

In addition, the workshop will be accompanied by a translator for German sign language so that children with hearing impairments can also take part in the program without barriers.

Please register for the workshop by May 20 at

Film language and accessibility

All programs are presented in an age-appropriate manner. Foreign-language short films up to the age of 14 will be presented live in German Language. The competition program from the age of 14 is subtitled in German. We also offer some of our programs with translation into German sign language and audio description . These are marked accordingly.

Accompanying educational material

We offer accompanying educational material for all film blocks in the competition, which can be used to prepare for and follow up on the visit to the cinema in class, covering both the content dealt with in the film and the cinematic aspects. All materials can be downloaded and printed out as PDF files from the end of May as a link to the respective program.

Program schedule and booklet

For an overview of the festival week, you find here the schedule and the booklet.


Accredited professional visitors can get tickets upon presentation of their festival pass. At the ticket counter in the festival centre Post Kaltenkircher Platz and in all festival cinemas (except filmRaum). You can register for the Short Film Festival Hamburg and for the Young Short Film Festival Hamburg Mo&Friese an accreditation here.


Festivalzentrum Post Kaltenkircher Platz: Augustenburger/Kaltenkirchener Straße
3001 Kino: Schanzenstraße 75 (040-43 76 79)
Abaton Kino: Allende-Platz 3 (040-41 32 03 20)
Bürgerhaus Wilhelmsburg: Mengestraße 20 (040-752 01 70)
Lola Kulturzentrum: Lohbrügger Landstraße 8 (040-724 77 35)
Metropolis Kino: Kleine Theaterstraße 10 (040-34 23 53)
Zeise Kinos: Friedensallee 7-9 (040-30 60 36 82)


Festival Director, Curator


Editor, Programme Coordination, Curator

Daniela>br> Conrad

Organisation, Fundraising, Curator


Assistent der Festivalleitung


Grafik Design

Marcel Wicker
Lara Gahlow



Selection Committee








Selection Committee

Our four juries award the prizes for the international competitions Mo, Friese and NEON.

The FRIESE, MO and NEON Jury 2024

The Friese Prize is awarded by 7- to 9-year-old jurors for the programs from 4 and 6 years of age. The Mo Prize goes to a film from the programs for ages 9 and up, chosen by 10 to 13-year-olds. For films aged 12 and over, a jury of young people aged 14 to 18 will award the Neon Prize.

Frieze jury

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


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

NEON jury

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

The ECFA Jury 2024

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


comes from Berlin. She works as a freelance presenter in cinemas and at festivals, as a film educator in numerous projects throughout Germany and as an author for presentation guides and school materials. In her work with young audiences, she draws on her background as an actress and storyteller. For her, everything begins with the question: What does this have to do with me?

Lisbeth Arto
Juhl Sibbesen

is editor of film education at the Danish Film Institute. Her main focus is to qualify film and media education in kindergartens and schools and increase the knowledge of film as an art form. Lisbeth has also been developing and facilitating courses in film education throughout Denmark for many years and published articles on film education and film analysis.

Lucia Dubravay

studied cultural management and worked for many years as a cultural editor, interpreter and translator. In 2022 she started working for BIBIANA. Until March 2024 she was the managing director of the International Festival of Animated Films – Biennale of Animation Bratislava. Recently she founded the distribution company Bear With Me Distribution, which focuses on short films for young audiences.

Why we love short films

Short films (even those for adults) are often dismissed as children’s stuff, as a training platform for their big brother, feature-length films, where 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, fantasize, try things out or concentrate on a topic with great attention to detail. Because of the relatively low budget, the short form offers great artistic freedom and plenty of room for experimentation. In addition, short films are less standardized than feature-length films, which often have to adhere much more closely to visual or narrative conventions due to financial pressure. The fact that short films are sometimes much more uncomfortable for our (entrenched) viewing habits than feature-length films is a hurdle that is worth overcoming. Although it leaves us alone with our thoughts after a short time and thus limits our deep immersion in the story, it also gives us time for reflection and discussion. This is not only a great advantage for use in schools, but is also immensely important for media reception in general. In addition, short films can move through all genres. Therefore, a short film programme always offers the possibility of direct comparison and contextualization. And this is necessary and beneficial for the development of an understanding of media and for shaping one’s own taste. Short films are therefore extremely suitable for young audiences, as they are often much more receptive to experimental forms and surprises. Last but not least, however, one of the main advantages of short films, especially for younger children, is simply their brevity. Because of the limited attention span of children, short films offer an ideal introduction to the cinema as a new and magical place.

Value Statement

We, the team of Kurzfilm Festival Hamburg and Junges Kurzfilm Festival Hamburg Mo&Friese view our festival as space for artistic freedom and freedom of expression, critical debate and encounters characterised by mutual respect. We consider it our mission to provide everyone with an experience that is as safe and inclusive as possible – free from any form of abusive behaviour or discrimination.

We take a clear stance against all forms of group-based misanthropy, such as ableism, ageism, anti-Muslim hatred, anti-Semitism, discrimination of LGBTQIA+ individuals, classism, racism and sexism, as well as against any and all forms of physical or verbal violence.

We expect ourselves and our guests to approach one another with respect and consideration. We take seriously any incident in which individuals experience discrimination or feel that their personal boundaries have been violated, we listen to those affected and we make great effort to find individual solutions.

In order to implement these values within the festival production process in a sustainable, binding manner, it takes continuous and critical self-reflection on the part of all those involved. We are engaged in a constant learning process, taking in advice and repeatedly adapting our position where necessary. This text offers the possibility for a conscious positioning both internally and externally.

We would also like to draw your attention to the festival’s statement on addressing the effect of the war in Gaza on the national cultural scene.

We look forward to experiencing the festival together with you on this basis.

Festival 2023


In addition to all the great short films that we like to watch with you in the cinema and then talk about, we are always delighted if you would like to take part in Mo&Friese. And there are many different ways to do this.

Every year we need the support of children and young people who rate the films or submit their own short works to us. Perhaps there are also film topics that you would like to get to know a little better? We have a wide range of workshops for this, which we offer not only during the festival week. And if you’d like to give others tips on which films are worth seeing, then you’ve come to the right place as a reporter.

High 5! Time is running

We live in a fast-paced world, one trend chases the next and in the schoolyard there are discussions about who has the latest cell phone model. Maybe sometimes you can’t keep up at school because everything is moving too fast? Or everything around you is slow, but you feel like your mind is racing? Our theme for this year’s HIGH 5! young filmmaker competition was TIME IS RUNNING, giving young filmmakers plenty of freedom to show anything that means something to them .

We will be showing a selection of the submitted films on Sunday, June 9 at the Lampenlager in the Festival Center. The films for filmmakers up to the age of 13 will be shown at 12am, the films for filmmakers between the ages of 14 and 18 as part of HIGH 5! NEON at 3 pm.

HIGH 5! NEON was curated and is presented by a youth jury.

High 5!
Sun 9.6. | 12am
Festival Centre Lampenlager

High 5! NEON
Sun 9.6. | 3 pm
Festival Centre Lampenlager

Kurzfilm Agentur Hamburg e.V.
Young Short Film Festival Hamburg Mo&Friese Bodenstedtstr. 16 | 22765 Hamburgmoundfriese@shortfilm.comSubmission deadline: April 1, 2024

Mo&Friese is divided into three age-graded film competitions. A jury decides on the awards for each competition.

The Friese Prize is awardedby 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 program from 9 years old, chosen by 10- to 13-year-olds.For films from 12 and 14 years old, a jury of young people between 14 and 18 years old awards the NEON Prize.

We look forward to receiving jury applications from enthusiastic short film fans by mid-April of each year.

Competition juries for June 2024

If you like to watch a lot of movies – preferably in theaters – 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. As a member of the children’s or youth jury, you will discuss your cinema experiences with other film fans and decide which films win the prizes. If you are between 7 and 9 years old, you can apply for the jury of the Friese Prize, between 10 and 13 years for the jury of the Mo Prize and between 14 and 18 years for the Neon Prize. As an application, we would be delighted to receive a short text written by yourself. Tell us a bit about yourself and why you would like to be on the jury.

… Or send your application by letter or e-mail to:

Kurzfilm Agentur Hamburg e.V. Junges Kurzfilm Festival Hamburg Mo&Friese Bodenstedtstr. 16 | 22765 Hamburgmoundfriese@shortfilm.comWe will get back to you as soon as possible after the application deadline on April 15 .

Prizes in three categories

The Friese Prize is awarded by 7- to 9-year-old jurors for the 4 and 6+ programs. The Mo Prize goes to a film from the 9+ programs selected by 10- to 13-year-olds. For films aged 12+ and 14+, a jury of young people aged 14 to 18 awards the Neon Prize. All prizes of the international competition are endowed with 1000 euros.

In addition to the carefully curated and wide-ranging short film program, Mo&Friese Young Short Film Festival Hamburg offers creative workshops every year that approach the medium of film in very different ways.

Children and young people are invited to become active themselves in small groups. Together with experts from the respective fields, we provide insights into artistic filmmaking behind and in front of the scenes and encourage participants to be creative. The workshops usually take place between April and June. Registration must be made by email by the specified deadline. More detailed information on the currently bookable offers will be announced here in good time


Daten: 5. June 2024
Zeitinfos: jeweils von 16.30h-18.30h (ausgebucht)
Ort: Fux Lichtspiele, Bodenstedtstr. 16 | Zeise Kino
Altersgruppe: 12+

Dieser Workshop ist leider ausgebucht.
Aber wir freuen uns noch riesig über Nachwuchs-Reporter*innen.

Wenn ihr euch für die Festivalarbeit im Kino interessiert, seid ihr bei unserem Moderations-Workshop genau richtig!
In Kooperation mit dem Michel Kinder und Jugend Filmfest veranstalten wir einen Moderations-Workshop, in dem ihr lernt, wie man Filme auf der Bühne präsentiert.
Einen Tag später könnt ihr eure neuen Kenntnisse dann direkt bei uns im Kino anwenden und das Programm ab 12 Jahren live und vor Publikum moderieren.

Am 5. Juni von 16.30 -18.30 Uhr wird der Workshop durchgeführt. Die Moderation findet am 6. Juni um 16:30 Uhr im Zeise Kino statt.

Der Workshop ist ausgebucht.

Cyanotypie – Fotos ohne Kamera

Daten: 5. June 2024
Zeitinfos: 16 - 18 Uhr
(Anmeldefrist: 27.5.)
Ort: Festivalzentrum Post (Kaltenkircher Platz)
Altersgruppe: 05+

Cyanotypie ist ein alte und faszinierende Technik, Fotos ohne Kamera – sogenannte Fotogramme – zu erstellen. Objekte und Pflanzen werden direkt auf lichtempfindliches Papier gelegt und unter einer UV-Lampe belichtet und anschließend in Leitungswasser gewaschen und fixiert. Als Objekte eignen sich besonders Pflanzen oder auch kleine Gegenstände mit filigranen Silhouetten und interessanten Formen sowie Materialien, die leicht durchsichtig sind. Die Technik ist ungiftig und involviert keine Chemikalien.

Mit der Cyanotypie kehren wir an den Ursprung des Films zurück und vermitteln ganz nebenbei ein Stück Mediengeschichte. Die Hamburger Fotografin Katrin Brunnhofer führt die Teilnehmer*innen in diese alte Kunstform ein und lässt diese selbständig arbeiten. Die entstandenen „Drucke“ werden direkt im Festivalzentrum ausgestellt.

Zusätzlich wird der Workshop von einer Übersetzer*in für Deutsche Gebärdensprache begleitet, sodass auch Kinder mit Hör-Beeinträchtigung barrierefrei an dem Angebot teilhaben können. 

Anmeldungen für den Workshop bis zum 27. Mai bitte an


Daten: 2. June 2024, 5. June 2024, 9. June 2024
Zeitinfos: 2. und 5.6. von 16-18 Uhr
9.6. von 13-15 Uhr
(keine Anmeldung erforderlich)
Ort: Festivalzentrum Playground
Altersgruppe: 05+

Das Schattenspiel ist noch viel älter als das Kino selbst, aber es arbeitet mit den gleichen Mitteln: Licht, Dunkelheit und einer Projektionsfläche.

In unserem Schattenspiel-Workshop können die Teilnehmenden mit der Technik des Schattentheaters experimentieren. Auf mehreren Leinwänden kann mit dem eigenen Schatten experimentiert werden, erweitert durch Kostüme oder Masken aus Pappe, Stoff und Transparentpapier.

Von der Rückseite der Leinwand wird das Schattenspiel der Kinder gefilmt und im Anschluss zu einem kleinen Film montiert, der später auf der Website von Mo&Friese veröffentlicht wird.

Neben zwei Filmvermittler*innen wird eine Übersetzer*in für Deutsche Gebärdensprache die Station des Workshops zuverlässig betreuen und den Kindern beim Erstellen der Schatten-Vorlagen helfen.

Eine Anmeldung ist nicht erforderlich. Kommt einfach vorbei.

Der Workshop wird realisiert mit freundlicher Unterstützung von Hamburg Abendblatt hilft e.V.

Some short film enthusiastic kids watched some films in advance last year and gave you an insight into their favorites on our Instagram channel. Bente also did a great interview with our winner Andrew Brand. If you would like to be the first to watch the short films this year, then apply to be a Mo&Friese reporter at by April 15, 2024.