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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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A filmmaker and curator, Maike Mia Höhne has been the curator and head of Berlinale Shorts since 2007. She works as a curator and jury member for several institutions and festivals around the world and is involved in film funding on a regional and national level. She also teaches film at the University of Applied Sciences Europe in Hamburg. As of March 2019, she will take over as artistic director of the Hamburg International Short Film Festival.

Jukka-Pekka Laakso

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Jukka-Pekka Laakso is the festival director of the Tampere Film Festival. He also acts as the executive director for Pirkanmaa Film Centre, a non-profit organisation that runs an arthouse cinema, distributes films in Finland and works in media education. On top of that he was a member of the 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.