interfilm FESTIVAL 2017

The interfilm International Short Film Festival returns to Berlin on Monday with a full week of inspiring and thought provoking shorts from across the world, at a number of Berlin’s favourite venues. Launched in 1982, the festival will run for the 33rd time this year, featuring 500 films from 70 countries for short film fans and newcomers alike. Organisers anticipate more than 20,000 people will attend this year’s festival.

interfilm 2017 © Jake Hills

The festival is a truly international event that is known for its support of international filmmakers, which is why it attracts such a broad spectrum of global content in the thousands of submissions it receive every year. The festival offers a total of €32,000 value in prizes across 6 competitions including the International competition, the Documentary competition and the Confrontation Competition, which presents films focusing on social, political and human rights issues.

Confrontations © Interfilm

Those in the industry can look forward to some great international guests presenting workshops, talks and master classes as part of interforum. Barack Obama’s principal videographer Hope Hall will be presenting a masterclass and workshop on authentic documentation on film, renowned stop motion animators The Quay Brothers will be ‘in conversation’ and Bill Plympton ‘the king of animation’ will also give a masterclass. Stanley Kubrick’s producer Jan Harlan’s masterclass is also one not to miss for the aspiring cash-poor filmmaker, “Low Budget, Maximum Creativity”.    Film © Noom Peerapong The festival will open on Monday night at 9pm with a gala at the Volksbühne, featuring screenings, live music and an after party. The programme features films from a range of genres and in a variety of formats, including animation, documentary, live action and virtual reality. Audiences can enjoy some of Berlin’s most beloved cinemas and theatres as the festival screens across 8 different locations in the city, including the Volksbühne, Kino Babylon, Passage Kino, Hackesche Höfe Kino, Zeiss Großplanetarium, Eiszeit Kino, Il Kino and the Delphi in Weisensee. The full programme can be viewed here.

opening © interfilm

Festival opening © interfilm

Interfilm has established a solid reputation for its work in the short film industry – organising the interfilm Short Film Festival is just one of the many strings to its bow. The organisation also runs interfilm Short Film Distribution and leverages other activities and events from the festival’s success. interfilm has built a strong network of connections amongst arts and cultural industries across the globe making it a prime contact point for emerging film makers to exchange ideas, connect with other industry professionals and establish their own presence in the industry.

Ticketing information is available here and there are some great deals for multi film passes, plus a special €5 night on Wednesday 22nd at Babylon. Happy viewing!

Melinda Barlow is an Australian freelance writer and editor, based in Berlin since 2012. Melinda works with print and online media and has a natural curiosity that informs her work. She is passionate about travel and great content. She loves to write most about the world, its people and why we all do what we do.