On 21 December, the shortest day of the year, is Short Film Day. Within this context, two events in Hof celebrate the short film:
The top five audience favorites from 64 short films of the 57th Hof International Film Festival will be screened at the Central-Kino Hof at 07 pm. The audience was able to vote both on site at the Hof cinemas and online at HoF on Demand until November 6. In addition to the Jury Short Film Award of the City of Hof 2023, which went in equal parts to MY ORANGE GARDEN by Anna-Sophia Richard and Can Tanyol for CRAZY BLOOD on 27 October, the Audience Short Film Award 2023 will also be presented. Audiences across Germany voted for the following top five short films (in alphabetical order):
The five directors will provide insights into their work in a discussion with the artistic director of the Film Festival Thorsten Schaumann and the audience. Afterwards, Lord Mayor Eva Döhla and Peter Nürmberger, Head of the Department of Culture, will present the Audience Short Film Award of the City of Hof 2023, endowed with € 2,500.
For "How it used to be", Andreas Fickenscher from Kopf Hof e.V. will be standing at his old 16 mm projectors in Kafe Jasmin in Hof, also from 7:00 pm. Using old school educational films and so-called cultural films, the audience will embark on an analog journey through time from the 1930s to the 1980s. Some of the films have been carefully restored frame by frame especially for this screening. These are films that were no longer given any importance in the transition to the digital age and were thus consigned to oblivion. But precisely between all the spectacular and special things of today, these plain and simple films develop their charm.
"How it used to be" was awarded the Short Film Day 2023 Creative Award for its special concept and idea.