Internationale Kurzfilmtage Winterthur is living proof that the most exciting festivals often take place in small towns – probably because not much else happens there all year round. But the festival, not far from Zurich airport, is by far not just a local celebrity. Year after year, it attracts countless industry guests and filmmakers from all over the world, who commute between the Casino (the headquarters), the city theater and the other venues, and along the short distances not only enjoy networking, but also look out for affordable food and drinks (after all, it is Switzerland).
It is interesting to note that a festival that, under director John Canciani, has positioned itself more than ever before as a figurehead of cinema and film art, does not play in a single cinema, but instead puts a great deal of effort into setting up its own infrastructure for the best possible film projections every year. While this speaks not least for the cultural-political necessity of the event on a local level, the international scene is most impressed by the good organization, the elaborately curated programs and the secret star of the festival: a small Thai karaoke bar, where (almost) all short film people indulge in their secret passion on one evening.