All information can be found here from February 2019.
Bavarian Minister of Digital Affairs
Dear short film fans,
it's that time again - the Landshut short film festival is about to start! And even if the big celebrations for the 20th anniversary are already over for a year; it won't be boring this year either: Around 250 short films from 50 different countries promise six days of pure festival fun! Whether you form your own opinion on the German-language contributions to the
G-A-S competition and vote for the audience award, whether you laugh so heartily at the Comedy Night again or prefer to drop by the whole family for Shorts for Kids - The program of this year's festival has something to offer for every taste. And there is also a brand-new program: the LAKFF Classics! Here you can (re) discover selected favourite films from past festivals.
As always, the highlight of the year will be the presentation of the numerous awards: there are a total of 9 competitions that will provide plenty of thrills with 13 prizes worth over 18,000 euros. The performance of the festival organizers Birgit Horn, Michael Orth and their entire team is also worthy of an award. Year after year, they conjure up a top-class event - which is demonstrated not at least by the great public interest: In the anniversary year, a total of 6,500 visitors found their way to the Lower Bavarian capital. In addition, there were 200 international industry representatives who were happy to present their films to the public. The financial support from the Bavarian State Ministry for Digital is also an acknowledgment of this professional and committed work.
I am sure that the 21st Landshut Short Film Festival will also be a complete success. Have fun with all guests and short film makers!
Lord Mayor of Landshut
Dear Sirs and Madames,
A warm welcome to all visitors, to all filmmakers and to the members of the jury. After 2019 was a year of anniversaries and honors for Birgit Horn and Michael Orth, in which the Landshut audience was also spoiled with a great short film open-air, the short film festival 2020 follows “Business as Usual”.
But the organizers would not be where they are now if they had not implemented new ideas every year and put their full effort into presenting the most interesting, funniest, scariest, weirdest short films currently available on the international market to the Landshut audience. We can look forward to current films, entertaining and often controversial. 250 films from 50 countries can be seen at the 21st short film festival and, as in previous years, a number of filmmakers are eager to present the films personally in Landshut. In 2020, 13 prizes will be awarded, nine jury prizes and four audience prizes sponsored by companies and institutions from Landshut and the region. I thank everyone involved for their financial and ideal commitment. It gives the short film festival the shape and ambience that is so valued by fans, which has steadily increased the catchment area of the arriving viewers over the years.
The city of Landshut is happy to donate the prize for the best children's film “Shorts for Kids” as in previous years. The Salzstadel will also be made available as one of the venues.
I would like to thank Birgit Horn and Michael Orth and their team for giving us a big short film party again this year for a long weekend. Here we go and I wish you a lot of fun.
© Simone Kaschner Freyung
Dr. Olaf Heinrich
Distric President of Lower Bavaria
Dear friends of the short film,
For the 21st time the Landshut Short Film Festival takes place, which has developed from a “weekend organized by friends” to a cultural highlight of the Lower Bavarian capital. The festival is well known far beyond the borders of Bavaria and annually attracts thousands of guests from Germany and abroad. It is organized by the non-profit association Dynamo Kurzfilm e.V., which I would like to thank very much for the commitment. Ultimately, such a festival lives from a lot of people who are enthusiastic about the same thing. In addition to the organizers, there are also numerous filmmakers, many of whom come to Landshut personally and, of course, the loyal viewers who take the opportunity to have a casual conversation with directors and actors.
All of Landshut is dedicated to the short film, since all the films are shown at three venues with different ambiences and different room sizes. This contributes to the unique charm of the festival and it arouses more and more enthusiasm every year, so that the festival was continuously enlarged and expanded to include competitions. It is remarkable that it was possible to maintain the family atmosphere despite the growth and modern technology. When the director Marcus H. Rosenmüller once said "You feel at home", it is a great compliment to the organizers, which I would like to join personally. They present our Landshut as an open, innovative city where you feel at home and where the whole world is welcome. Thank you in the name of the district of Lower Bavaria. I wish the spectators six entertaining, inspiring days, and the filmmakers a lot of success in the competitions and the event as a whole.
Managing director of FFF Bayern
After the Oscars and the Berlinale, Landshut rolls out the red carpet! The Landshut Short Film Festival takes place for the 21st time. For six days, only short films were shown on the big screen, which were selected with a lot of passion and hand-picked by the festival team. With its numerous supporting events and prizes, the short film festival is a commitment to film and cinema and a top-class cultural event in the capital of Lower Bavaria.
As short as it is, the short film creates a whole world. It tells its stories reduced to the essentials and is proof of the cinematic ability of his creators, an experimental field and a freestyle at the same time. Because of this, it is ideally suited for our young film professionals. We are therefore very pleased that the program of the Landshut Short Film Festival is showing films sponsored by the FFF again this year: Der Andere by Lukas Baier, Girl meets Boy by Ferdinand Arthuber and Naiwan by Andreas Irnsdorfer. These festival contributions alone show the range of genres that the festival's film selection covers: Whether shocking shorts, funny, sad, experimental, exciting, artistic or virtual reality formats - everything is included and everything has to be discovered! Enjoy this unique offer and be inspired. I wish the festival organizers and all guests success and lots of interesting encounters and discussions!
Dear friends of the Short Film,
The ecological footprint will play an important role in the organization and implementation of film festivals now and in the future. Those responsible have to ask themselves where resources can be saved and how sustainable planning can be done.
We also put our Landshut short film festival to the test and considered what we can do to protect the environment. Of course, the majority of our guests come from the region, do not need to travel far by plane and we do not print tons of information every day, as it is customary at the very large Film Festivals. But "a little something is always possible", as it is said in Bavaria.
We have therefore decided to slim down our festival catalog, make it more compact and reduce the number of copies. We have completely stopped the festival newspaper.
We are happy if you like the new format and hope you enjoy browsing and planning the program.
Many of our competitive films deal with controversial political issues of our time. They deal with hidden and open racism or exclusion. They stand for an open, free and tolerant society, as we do. Look forward to 250 films from 50 countries, let yourself be enchanted and stimulate to wonder, think and discuss.
I wish all of us six exciting, entertaining and colorful festival days.
Dear friends of the Landshut Short Film Festival,
after the extremely successful and exciting 2019, the 21st Festival is coming. (Although opinions are still divided here, whether it's not the 20th.) In any case, we always have reason to celebrate.
I hope that last summer many of you accepted our offer and celebrated the big birthday open-air-cinema party with us. I'm still totally flashed today and have had a very special relationship with the song "The rooster is dead" since then ... Who would have thought that a film would make us all sing? So, what do the films in our program do to you? Will I sing, laugh, cry, ponder, frighten, surprise ... see and hear you again? Enjoy every minute of the short films with all your senses.
If you still need space for the many senses, have a look at the info counter. We offer bags made from our last year’s banners. Take a piece of the festival home with you and carry it not only in your heart, but also over your shoulder because:
I stick to it: Landshut is Short Film!