Once we step outside the festival bubble, where else do we hear or read anything about short films? Forums that address the short format or individual shorts in depth are limited. Short films are not taught much at universities, and without a theatrical release and stars, the press has little interest in them.
How can festival organisers contribute to promoting the discourse on short films outside their own ranks? What conditions are needed, and what measures could be taken to promote thinking and writing, debate, and research about the art form?
To mark the first publication of student essays on Talking Shorts, written during a seminar at the University of Zurich, participants will explore these questions and invite filmmakers and festival representatives to brainstorm.
Moderated by film scholar and curator Laura Walde who is joined by Cynthia Felando (Short Film Studies), Anne Gaschütz (European Network for Film Discourse) and Savina Petkova (Talking Shorts).
Produced by Internationale Kurzfilmtage Winterthur, in collaboration with Talking Shorts