Founding of the "Westdeutsche Kulturfilmtage" (West German Educational Film Festival) by Hilmar Hoffmann
Introduction of the motto "Weg zum Nachbarn" (Way to the Neighbour)
Festival renamed "Westdeutsche Kurzfilmtage" (West German Short Film Festival)
Accreditated by The Fédération Internationale des Associations de Producteurs de Films (FIAPF)
The venue of the Short Film Festival is relocated from the "Europa" cinema in the city centre to the newly opened Oberhausen Civic Hall (later: "Luise-Albertz-Halle")
Walkout by German filmmakers in protest against the banning of Hellmuth Costard's film "Besonders wertvoll" by the festival direction
Founding of the "Informationstage für Filme aus der Bundesrepublik Deutschland und West-Berlin" (Information Festival for Films from the Federal Republic of Germany and West-Berlin), founding of the "Filmothek der Jugend" (Youth Film Festival)
The Festival shows a computer-generated animation for the first time; Hilmar Hoffmann leaves the Festival to go to Frankfurt am Main
Will Wehling becomes Festival director
Following the death of Wehling, Wolfgang J. Ruf becomes festival director
Founding of the Children's Cinema
Karola Gramann becomes festival director
Establishment of a "video section" and the film market, which grows rapidly in the following years
Angela Haardt becomes festival director
The festival is renamed "International Short Film Festival Oberhausen", the "Information Festival" is transformed into the first West German short film competition, and the retrospectives are expanded into subject-related special programmes
Video works are admitted to all competitions on an equal basis with films
Lars Henrik Gass becomes festival director
After 34 years, the Festival moves to a new venue, the "Lichtburg Filmpalast"
Conversion of the International Short Film Festival Oberhausen, previously part of the municipal administration, into a non-profit limited liability company
Introduction of the world's first festival music video award
Launch of shortfilm.de, the world's first on-line short film magazine
Co-founder of the German short film association AG Kurzfilm e.V., the lobbying body for German short films.
Founder of the digital distribution platform reelport.com which makes online submissions to several festivals at once possible.
Introduction of the section "NRW Competition"