This Is Short

An innovative and ingenious concept, This Is Short is a film festival that promotes unity in one of the most challenging eras cinema has ever faced. With so many film festivals postponed or cancelled, it’s left little room for aspiring directors to showcase their work. So the European Short Film Network (ESFN) has come up with a brilliant idea, bringing four short film festivals together under one online umbrella – This Is Short.

From 1 April until 30 June, audiences can enjoy films programmed by Go Short, Short Waves, Vienna Shorts and the International Short Film Festival Oberhausen via a single online portal. The four festivals issued a joint statement, which rather sums up the intent of This Is Short: “As a network, we are convinced that we can only master the coming challenges jointly and that we should look forward to the future in solidarity and cooperation.”

Among the joint collaborations is an online competition for European Short films, curated by all four festivals. Entitled ‘New Point of View’, the competition will present 23 short films (each under 20 minutes), streaming one after the other. The jury and audience will decide on the three prizes (worth a total of 8,000 euros); and the awards ceremony takes place – appropriately enough – on 21 Jun, the shortest night of the year.

Other strands at the festival include:

Four Perspectives: Each of the four festivals addresses the question of cohesion and a sense of community in times of socio-political upheaval. Each of the four film programmes will remain online for four weeks each.

Festival Windows: Joining the four festivals are nine other festivals to provide insight into the diversity of the European short film and festival landscape. The 13 curated programmes will each be available for one week.

Film of the Day: More than 90 award-winning films from the four festivals can be found in this section, offering a chance to revisit early works from well-known directors. These prize-winners will each be available for one day each.

European Visions: This offers an in-depth look at successful productions from the Netherlands, Germany, Austria and Poland, as well as nominees for the European Film Awards.

Insider’s Insights: Film industry professionals provide vital perspectives on the filmmaking landscape and the rapid shifts its facing – whether it’s the arrival of streaming platforms or incentives for green filmmaking.

Allowing you to visit several festivals with one all-access pass, This Is Short looks to be an incredible opportunity to access a diverse array of European film talent.


This Is Short launches on 1 April. For more details, please click here:

James Mottram