On the shortest day of the year (21 December 2017), Germans celebrated the “short format” all over the country. This year’s theme “next door” was apparent in exclusive film selections as well as in special events. Altogether, 284 events were organized in 133 places – again more than ever before. “The increasing number of individuals, private initiatives and cinemas participating in the Short Film Day shows that short films do matter,” says Jana Cernik, one of the managing directors of the German Short Film Association (AG Kurzfilm), which coordinates the event. “This Germany-wide event once again proved that short films attract an audience outside of film festivals. We want to spread this experience and encourage traditional exploiters to show more short films.”.

German celebrities such as actress and singer Meret Becker, rapper Romano, actors Jasna Fritzi Bauer and Benno Fürmann, TV chef Ole Plogstedt and upcoming actor Louis Hofmann supported the idea by being ambassadors for the Short Film Day 2017. The project is primarily supported by the Federal German Film Board, the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media, and the European culture channel ARTE. Further information available at

Short Film Day 2017 (© Kristijonas Duttke/Der Kurzfilmtag)