The 19th Central German Short Film Festival KURZSUECHTIG in Leipzig presents the best short films from Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt and Thuringia

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On five evenings, from 29 June to 3 July 2022, the KURZSUECHTIG Central German Short Film Festival opens its doors and screens the best short films from central Germany at Schaubühne Lindenfels in Leipzig. 32 short films can be viewed in the competition. The latest technical possibilities are explored on a virtual tour of the Cotton Spinning Mill in the Extended Reality (XR) competition. This year’s guest country was devoted to short films from Ukraine under the title “Violence”.

Attention to the danger of addiction!

Once you fall under the spell of the short film, you won’t be able to get rid of it so quickly. The stories under your skin are told in a few photos, but all of them are more intense. As the largest production short film festival in central Germany, the Kurzsuechtig gives filmmakers from Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt and Thuringia the opportunity to showcase their current film work on the big screen.

Competitions and jury

32 short films will be shown from Wednesday to Saturday in the categories of Animation, Documentary, Narrative and Experimental. The animated films will start on Wednesday, June 29th at 7:30 p.m. This is followed by the documentary on Thursday evening, the feature film on Friday and the experimental films and a motion picture music and sound design competition on Saturday. An eminent expert jury decides the best movie of the evening. This year, writer and screenwriter Clemens Meyer is strengthening the fictional jury. In the Doc category, directors Andreas Voigt (“Leipzig in Autumn”, “Grenzland”) and Mario Schneider (Mansfeld Trilogy), among others, decided the winning film. But visitors can also have a say in and vote on the Audience Award. On Sunday 3 July, all of the festival’s winning films will once again be shown at their best. Also starts at 7.30pm at Schaubühne Lindenfels.

Struggle and the beauty of life – Topics

Films are increasingly devoted to environmental and social issues. They tell of one of the greatest environmental disasters in remote Brazil (“Damn Ironland”/doc) as well as the approaching edge of an open-pit mine to the village of Rohne in Upper Lusatia (“Winterlieb – Libaka”/doc). They explore the isolation of the Corona epidemic (including “The Girl Who Cried the Wolf”/fic., “27 Steps”/doc, “13 Try to Hold Your Breath”/exp.) and ask about the meaning of home (“home”/fic., 9:17). pm / exp.). But they also show vigilance and courage to live, for example when a young Peruvian mother is running for election as a community representative for the area for the first time (“Alturas”/Dok) or when an 81-year-old still has the greatest passion for loud electronic music and instrumental dances (“Deere”). Dreyer” / Doc).

The competition for the XR

In addition to the film programme, the festival also takes a look through virtual reality goggles: in the *Extended Reality (XR) Competition* on Friday, July 1, from 2pm to 6pm, projects are presented and made tangible to the audience in an interactive tour.

“Violence” – short films from Ukraine

Under the title “Violence”, short films from Ukraine will be shown in the guest country. At the beginning of the year, Kurzsuechtig employee Anastasiia began compiling a short film program from her native Ukraine, which has now greatly attracted the attention of the world audience. On Saturday July 2, starting at 8 p.m., five selected short films will be shown at UT Connewitz, dealing with the checkered history between Ukraine and Russia, freedom of expression and the persecution of artists by Russian forces. Two Ukrainian directors are present. In a moderated discussion, they spoke about cinematic and artistic creative processes in times of turmoil and war.


Tickets for all festival performances are available online at at an advance discounted price. Tickets are available at the box office for a reduced price of €5.50 and regular for €7.50. It is recommended to carry a protective mask for the mouth and nose.

An overview of the full program at:

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