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The association in short...
The German Short Film Association (short: AG Kurzfilm) unites different members working with short films to represent the interests of all makers of short films. It has been existing since 2002.

Members are:
  • organisers of film festivals
  • film academies and universities
  • art academies
  • companies distributing short films
  • companies selling short films
  • film industry institutions
  • cinema industry institutions

Some examples of the functions of the AG Kurzfilm are:
  • the improvements of the awareness for German short films in Germany and in other countries
  • the coordination of the campaign "The Shortest Day - the Short Film Day"
  • realisation of the online short film magazine www.shortfilm.de
  • the promotion of German short films in Germany and abroad
  • the compilation of the annual short film catalogue "German Short Films"
  • the organisation of the Short.Film.Tour. - The German Short Film Award. In Cinemas.
  • the support of media education at schools

The AG Kurzfilm is a contact for politics and film industry as well as a service centre for makers of short films, film festivals and cinemas.


...and a little more extensive
The German Short Film Association – with members including film festivals, film and art schools, short film distributors and sales companies, as well as film industry institutions – is the representational and lobbying body for German short film. Its ambition is to improve the public awareness of German short film both nationally and internationally. In this regard, the association functions as a service centre for makers and producers of shorts, as well as for various short film institutions, and as a contact source on German short film for political bodies, the film industry, cinemas and festivals.
The film policy lobbying is aimed at improving the conditions for short film in terms of production, exploitation and distribution as well as strengthening the position of short film within the film industry. The doubling of the BKM’s production funding for short films to €500,000 and the increase in the maximum funding amount per film to €30,000, which take effect from 2019, is an important step and was achieved not least through the continuous lobbying work by AG Kurzfilm. Furthermore in 2019, the focus of the film policy work will continue to be on improving the presence of short films and their appropriate remuneration on public television.
AG Kurzfilm is also a shareholder of German Films, holds a seat on the administrative council of Germany's main federal film funding body FFA and on the media council of the Deutscher Kulturrat (German Cultural Council).
The second important component of the association's work is the marketing of German short films at home and abroad. One element of the diverse promotion and marketing activities is the annual short film catalogue German Short Films with a current selection of 100 German short films. Additionally, various preview DVDs support the appearances of AG Kurzfilm at the international film festivals and markets in Clermont-Ferrand, Berlin, Cannes and Annecy as well as at national cinema fairs. As an additional service, an online catalogue offers over 700 short films for festivals, curators and media educators to view.
The bilingual online magazine shortfilm.de provides in-depth and inspiring articles about all aspects of short film and its players, supplemented with portraits and short news items from the German and international short film scene, as well as a comprehensive service section with important dates, deadlines and contacts.
The Kurz.Film.Tour., the cinema tour of the German Short Film Award, has been part of AG Kurzfilm's permanent repertoire since 2008 and brings award-winning short films directly to audiences. Since 2012, AG Kurzfilm has also coordinated the nationwide Kurzfilmtag (Short Film Day), which takes place every year on 21st December, the shortest day of the year. During this event, short film is presented in all its creativity, diversity and joy of experimentation, thus strengthening its perception among the general public even beyond the classical screening venues. In 2018, not only were there more events than in the previous year, important initiatives focusing on sustainability were also successfully introduced or further developed. In addition to cinema for children in daycare and for senior citizens, as well as a new inclusive short film programme, new organisers were successfully gained in rural areas.

... those who want even more details ...
... can find extensive information in the activity report 2018.

Activity Report 2017