The festival received a staggering 3800 short films and animations this year.

Let’s put it all into perspective.

Over the course of 4 months more than a thousand films popped into the view lists of our programmers. By September there were 2800 live-action films and over 1000 animation films from which the 2017 programme will be selected.

For the two competition strands and all side programmes together, the programming team watches films for about a month non-stop. In terms of full length feature films, that translates into watching one and a quarter of films each day of the year.

From that about 50 hours of material has to be selected and scheduled to fit into 6 full festival days.

That’s a lot of great stories.