What Only Shorts Can Do

16.02.2016 - Maike Mia Höhne, Jukka-Pekka Laakso, Kathleen McInnis

The short film as a genre is alive and well - having enjoyed greater prominence and a resurgence in recent times. The format lends itself to expressive freedom and aesthetic exploration unbound by the often more traditional expectations of feature-length films. The curators and programmers of Berlinale Shorts, Toronto International Film Festival and Tampere Film Festival put their heads together to explore how filmmakers find the short form ideal for testing new ideas, exploding the limits of the genre and expanding the possibilities of cinematic storytelling.


Maike Mia Höhne

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Maike Mia Höhne has curated Berlinale Shorts since 2007 and is a freelance writer, curator, producer, photographer and director. She is a lecturer and moderator at film events and has produced editorials for ARTE. Her films are distributed by Arsenal - Institute for Film and Video Art and KurzFilmAgentur Hamburg. Her first feature, 3/4, premiered at Filmfest Hamburg in 2014. In 2017, she produced Jennifer Reeder’s short film ALL SMALL BODIES.

Jukka-Pekka Laakso

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Festival director of Tampere Film Festival. He also acts as the executive director for Pirkanmaa Film Centre, a non-profit organisation that runs an art-house cinema, distributes films in Finland and works in media education. On top of that he is a member of Finnish National Council for Cinema.

Kathleen McInnis

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Under the banner of her film publicity and festival strategies consulting company See-Through Films, McInnis and her team represent world cinema narrative, documentary and short films at festivals worldwide such as Sundance, Berlin, Karlovy Vary, and Toronto. She is also a shorts programmer at both Toronto International Film Festival and Hot Docs (Canada) and has previously been the Festival Director at Palm Springs ShortFest, Festival Director at Slamdance Film Festival, and Lead Programmer/Director of Publicity and Promotion at Seattle International Film Festival.