Internationale Kurzfilmtage Winterthur proves that the most exciting festivals often occur in small towns—probably because not much else happens there year-round. But the festival, near Zurich airport, is 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 but does not play in a single cinema and 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 excellent organisation, the elaborately curated programmes, and the secret star of the festival: a small Thai karaoke bar, where (almost) all industry guests indulge in their secret passion on one evening.
Text by Daniel Hadenius-Ebner
Neighbour Abdi by Douwe Dijkstra
backflip by Nikita Diakur
Mulika by Maisha Maene
10 Missed Calls by Coline Confort
Flores del otro Patio by Jorge Cadena
Lake of Fire by Neozoon
A Lack of Clarity by Stefan Kruse Jørgensen
Heaven Reaches Down To Earth by Tebogo Malebogo
The Unseen River by Phạm Ngọc Lân
Drought by Remi Itani
Menarca by Lillah Halla