International Short Film Festival Winterthur


About the International Kurzfilmtage Winterthur

The Internationale Kurzfilmtage Winterthur is Switzerland’s most important short film festival. The festival takes place each year in November and counts an average of 17,000 admissions to their programmes, as well as 650 participants from the film industry. In November 2014, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has added Kurzfilmtage to its list of «Academy qualifying festivals for the Short Film Awards»: The winners of the Grand Prize (International Award) and of the Award for the Best Swiss Film at the  Kurzfilmtage can compete in the race for the OSCAR® in the category Best Short Film.
This year’s festival edition has a big focus on the Arab world. It will take place from the 3rd – 8th November in Winterthur. The Swiss Arab Network has opened its wide network, provided valuable contacts and is a supporter of this year’s festival.


Event Objective

Programme Summary

Encounters with and within the Arab World

These days, haunting stories about the Arab world pervade the press in our part of the world. But what do we really

know about it, apart from myths and media stereotypes? The 19th edition of Internationale Kurzfilmtage Winterthur, the short film festival of Switzerland, pursues this question with the aim of enabling encounters with –and especially within – the Arab world.

Main Focus: Works by Arab Filmmakers, Not Just for an Arab Audience

The idea to dedicate the Main Focus to the Arab world first came up in 2010, when the revolution in Tunisia marked a

historical watershed. This year, John Canciani and his team set about the project: «During our research, we were

surprised over and over again by the range and diversity of films. In the end, we deliberately decided against the

reproduction of familiar images and – leaving intentional gaps – for an insight into realities unknown to us.» The titles

of the programmes sound mysterious as well as exciting and diverse.



Casino Theater Winterthur, Stadthausstrasse 119, 8400 Winterthur


Ticket and price

Ticket start will be on 14th of October


Date and time

November 3–8, 2015

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As a support of this years festival, SAN is providing 5 free entry to tickets to our members for the opening ceremony on Tuesday evening, 3rd November 2015.



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