HARD:LINE Film Festival announces lineup of short films

This festival is already shaping up to be amazing.

Once a year, the international film festival HARD:LINE presents the barriers and perspectives of extreme cinema and transforms Regensburg into a genre and subculture capital. For five days, contributions from the genres of horror, thriller and science fiction are presented, mainly in the form of German premieres.

As the festival’s media partner, Dread Central is thrilled to exclusively announce HARD:LINE’s full lineup of short films!

Learn more about HARD:LINE short films

The HARD:LINE Film Festival selects 16 short films from around the world. Ten of the selected titles compete for the Méliès D’Argent, the prize for the best European fantastic short film. Six other non-European films are chosen to represent the best of international genre cinema. As the festival’s short films become increasingly popular, the festival has changed its screening slots for the very first time. Both blocks will be presented at the famous Ostentor cinema.

Short film Block 1

  • Penumbra (Spain)
  • Cutter (US)
  • Man or Tree (Great Britain)
  • Banned (Finland)
  • O (Germany)
  • Dana (Spain)
  • The tenant (Spain)
  • Good Girl (New Zealand)

Short film Block 2

  • Blinded by desire (Lebanon)
  • Freebirth (USA)
  • Donkerster (Netherlands)
  • Smile (Canada)
  • Part Forever (Thailand)
  • Au Pair (Spain)
  • 665 (Spain)
  • Survivors (Spain)

The Silver Méliès Prize

As a member of the International Federation of Méliès Festivals (MIFF), the festival awards the coveted Prix Méliès D’Argent for Best European Short Film. Many renowned guests from all over the world are invited to present their work in Regensburg and answer questions from the public. HARD:LINE provides a platform for the darker side of cinematic entertainment and presents tasteful cross-borders, wisps of popular genres, or simply highlights beyond the mainstream.

Hardline 2022 poster Widescreen illustration Copyright 2022 Heike Jörss Design - HARD:LINE Film Festival announces lineup of short films


HARD:LINE is always looking for a diverse jury capable of judging films from different angles. They find three judges to create a friendly atmosphere of disagreement. In other words: it’s fun but serious.

This year’s judges are:
– Manuel Ewald, head of acquisitions at Koch Films
– Huan Vu, director of THE COLOR
– Kevin Zindler, Managing Director and Editor of Art of Horror magazine.

Due to the pandemic, the festival moved its typical September dates to April. They are also going hybrid again due to the pandemic. From April 6 to 10, there will be live screenings. Then, from April 14-24, there’s a ten-day catch-up online film festival.

While the on-site festival contains 15 feature films and 16 short films, the online festival will feature eight feature films and 16 short films. We will be releasing two movies every other day and they will be available for 48 hours. Learn more and get your tickets here.

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Darcy J. Skinner