Press release from 09.02.2024


Attention, Klappe!

  • Sparkasse Bremen enables 48-hour short film competition
  • Countdown to the ninth Filmfest Bremen begins


At the Schauburg festival cinema on March 23, 2024, the curtain will rise on around forty short film premieres in the Klappe! Starting at 8 p.m., they will prove how much story can fit into just three minutes – on a specific theme, with a specific subject and produced in just 48 hours. In the last two years, the themes were “7 Lives” and “Pandora’s Box”. This year, things should be more light-hearted – after all, the competition is a big film party with lots of good humor. This year’s motto and the corresponding theme will be announced on March 8 at 8 pm. All information can be found on the Klappe! and Filmfest website and social media channels. From then on, there will be exactly 48 hours until the film submission deadline.


Anyone wishing to register for the competition can do so from March 1 at . Because watch out: The chronological order of registrations determines the sequence of films on the premiere evening.


Pretaste of Filmfest Bremen

For the second time, Klappe! will run a little earlier than Filmfest Bremen, which takes place in Bremen from April 10 to 14. “With Klappe! we are giving the audience a first taste of our festival,” says Matthias Greving, director of Filmfest Bremen, explaining the earlier competition. “The phenomenal range of short films here surprises us every year and, together with the audience of filmmakers and film fans, creates a great atmosphere that simply puts you in a good mood and makes you look forward to the film festival.” Ilona Rieke, Program Director of Filmfest Bremen, sums up the extremely positive effect of the event: “The colourful mix of Klappe! is what makes it so charming and therefore every submission is welcome here, whether from amateurs or professionals. In the end, all submissions find their way onto the screen. It’s great to see that year after year, both the ideas and the skills of the regularly participating teams grow.”
Tickets for the Klappe! evening full of short film premieres are available for a standard price of 7.00 euros at the Schauburg cinema – online and on site.


3,000 euros for the best short films

Sparkasse Bremen is once again making the Klappe! competition possible in 2024 and is awarding prize money totaling 3,000 euros: two audience prizes of 1,000 and 500 euros, a jury prize of 1,000 euros and a special mention with 500 euros in prize money. On the evening of the event, the audience will vote on site for the two audience prizes. The jury prize and the honorable mention will be decided by culture editor Alexandra Knief from the Weser-Kurier, Sebastian Manz from “buten un binnen” and Karin Demuth from Künstlerhaus Bremen. The short film night will be hosted by the organizers of the film festival Ilona Rieke and Marc Sifrin.


All competition winners will be published on the website


Further information:


Contact person Klappe:
Marc Sifrin
Phone +49 (421) 14629521


The Sparkasse Bremen
With total assets of more than 15 billion euros and 1,100 employees, Sparkasse Bremen is the market leader for financial services in the Hanseatic city. Founded in 1825 by the citizens of Bremen as Freie Sparkasse, it is one of the largest savings banks in Germany. It is a strong partner for SMEs and supports entrepreneurial growth with industry expertise and local competence. Its exclusive private banking services include professional asset management as well as foundation and generation management. Sparkasse Bremen offers its private customers award-winning advisory services for all aspects of saving and financing as well as pension and real estate issues.


Almost 200 years of commitment to Bremen
For generations, Sparkasse Bremen has been committed to its customers and has refrained from maximizing profits. Instead, it invests a considerable proportion of its income in the quality of life of Bremen’s residents – from kindergartens and sports clubs to the city’s major cultural highlights. Every customer of Sparkasse Bremen thus simultaneously improves the quality of life in their district and throughout Bremen. Special attention is paid to supporting children and young people. strong. fair. hanseatic. //


Cooperation partners: Bremer Filmkunst Theater, Filmbüro Bremen
Media partners: Radio Bremen, Weser-Kurier

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