Short film insights at Mo&Friese

Mo&Friese (4-9 June 2024) has been part of the Hamburg Short Film Festival for 26 years. In three different competitions, eight programmes are screened for an audience of 4-18 years, sorted according to age.


Lina Paulsen: “For us, the cinema is a place of encounter between viewers, films and artists. The presence of many filmmakers enables children and young people to ask questions and engage in conversation.” That is why educational material is provided to accompany all competition programmes. “Short film programmes offer young audiences a dense range of countries of origin, film formats and content. Thus, different perspectives can be conveyed and critical discussions facilitated. Films are directly compared with each other, which promotes the development of media understanding and personal taste.”


This year 62 films from 29 countries will be screened, with moderated screenings for schools and kindergartens in the mornings, and public screenings in the afternoons, evenings and at weekends. In order to build a bridge to the adult programme, NEXT also offers an insight into selected films from the International Competition of the Hamburg Short Film Festival, while the LATE NIGHT section offers adult audiences an opportunity to gain an insight into the world of youngsters short film.


Young film talents and workshops


In addition to the cinema experience itself, there are many ways for young film fans to help shape the festival. Children and young people can take part as jury members, submit their own films to the HIGH FIVE Competition or take part in workshops. This year workshops are organised on presenting films in the cinema, screenwriting, shadow play and cyanotype.