Lucky Number 13: British Shorts Film Festival in Berlin

With or without Brexit: from 16th until 22nd January 2020 the 13th edition of British Shorts Film Festival will be celebrated. 222 films, 7 days, 6 venues! For the first time, the former crematorium Silent Green will host a screening – and besides the home base and festival centre Sputnik Kino, screenings and events will also take place at Acudkino, City King Wedding, HAU Hebbel am Ufer (HAU2) and Kino Zukunft.

The screenings will feature current British and Irish short films from comedy, drama, animation, thriller, docs, horror, experimental films and music videos. Highlights: a homage screening to Scottish actress and double BAFTA Scotland winner Kate Dickie (“Red Road”, “Game of Thrones”, “The Witch” – Kate Dickie will be present for a Q&A with artist Phil Collins!), a showcase “The Visual Worlds of Weirdcore” (Aphex Twin, M.I.A. a.o.) and two festival retrospectives (“Animation” and “Weird Britain”).

Taking place early in the festival season – with the crisp Berlin January weather outside and warm comfortable cinemas – British Shorts has evolved to become a true audience festival with many world, international and German premieres. The festival is now one of the most interesting platforms for British and Irish short films outside the UK and Ireland. There will be films made by established filmmakers, promising newcomers and talented film students, a mix which makes British Shorts all the more appealing. Big-budget meets low-budget meets no-budget. At the end of the festival the winners of a Jury award as well as an audience award will be announced.

Besides countless screenings the festival’s supporting programme includes concerts (feat. Nichtseattle, Glassberg & The Disasters, Sound 8 Orchestra Solo Set, Johnny Zabala …), an Open Screening, an exhibition presented by the British Culture Archive, and talks with filmmakers, to create a great festival atmosphere. At this year’s free film workshop (including a 48-hour film challenge) participants will investigate the topic “Crossing Borders” and make their own film in 48 hours.
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