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The European Short Film Network is expanding!

The European Short Film Network is expanding!

Two new festivals and a permanent streaming platform

IndieLisboa and Uppsala Kortfilmfestival join the European Short Film Network. Also, the Video-On-Demand project THIS IS SHORT will be re-launched as a year-round streaming platform in October 2023.

The European Short Film Network (ESFN), founded in 2020 by the four European short film festivals Internationale Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen (DE), Go Short Festival in Nijmegen (NL), Short Waves Festival in Poznan (PL) and Vienna Shorts (AT), welcome two new members: the renowned IndieLisboa International Film Festival (PT) and Uppsala Kortfilmfestival (SE).

The ESFN was formed to support and promote European short films. The network is now active in six different European countries, collaborating in European context with a truly European vision to strengthen the European film and festival landscape.

This translates to activities that take place online, analog and at live projects. The ESFN is one of the European festival networks funded by the EU MEDIA program and has received funding until 2024.

THIS IS SHORT: The place for European short films

The joint film platform THIS IS SHORT will be re-launched as a year-round streaming service for audiences and the industry. We bundle the best films and screen the great wealth and variety of European short film production.

THIS IS SHORT, one of the network’s core initiatives, was successfully launched in 2021 as a three month online platform. This was jointly curated by the member festivals and saw its second three-month round in 2022. The coordinator of the THIS IS SHORT project is curator Jens Geiger-Kiran.

FESTIVAL PROGRAMS: A focus on analog film

The European Short Film Network is currently working on creating film programs that can be attended year-round on all six participating European film festivals. The focus is analog film. It’s to be expected that this project will launch in 2023 with two programs of the Friedl Kubelka School for Independent Film Vienna, curated by director Philipp Fleischmann, head of the school’s film department.

SUSTAINABILITY: Towards a sustainable festival organization

All member festivals have also pledged to observe the Code of Sustainability developed by the ESFN. You can read it here. For updates about the activities of the ESFN, follow the network on Facebook or Instagram.

The European Short Film Network is supported by the Creative Europe Program – MEDIA of the European Union.