Since 1989, every year in April, Filmfest Dresden has presented the best short films from around the world in the German city and attracts more than 20,000 visitors, including around 500 accredited guests. The present edition also offers a Focus on Catalan cinema with the title Discourse Europe: Paral·lels I Meridians, co-organized with the Institut Ramon Llull and curated by Mikel Gurrea, the winner of the Gaudí Award to the Best Novel Direction for Suro, and of the Golden Horseman in the International Competition section at Filmfest Dresden 2022 for Heltzear.
The Catalan Focus includes the screening of 6 short films: Notes sur l'emigration (Jacinto Esteva and Paolo Brunatto, 1960), Paral·lel 10 (Andrés Duque, 2005), El adiós (Clara Roquet, 2015), Mot de pass: Fajara (Patricia Sanchéz Mora and Severine Sajous, 2017), Las Infantas (Andrea Herrera Català, 2021) and El jardín de los faunos (Pol Merchan, 2022). The films are programmed on April 19 and 21 at the Schauburg cinema. El jardín de los faunos is also in the festival official program, in the section “Panorama: Construct, Deconstruct, Reconstruct”.
In addition to the screening of films, the festival also offers masterclasses, workshops, panel discussions, talks, exhibitions, and receptions to supplement the film programmes that are aimed both at the professionals and the public.
Besides that, Sven Pötting, curator of the festival, has been a member of the jury of the annual selection of short films by Catalan Films, presented under the title Shortcat. Since 2018, the Institut Ramon Llull impulses the presence of Catalan productions at Filmfest Dresden for the international promotion of Catalan creation and catalogue.