Internationale Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen

MuVi Award

In 1999 Oberhausen introduced the world’s first festival prize for music videos made in Germany. The impulse to create this award arose out of the observation that music videos had increasingly managed to emancipate themselves from their purely illustrative and advertising function, transforming themselves into a completely independent form of visualisation. Today, music videos have proven themselves to be an independent short film genre that even managed to survive the decline of its midwife, music television. This programme gathers together almost all the works nominated for the 2017 MuVi Award, supplemented by two artistically outstanding international videos.

“The main prize, traditionally only awarded to one of the German clips, was won by the Hanover-based found footage virtuoso Christoph Girardet for 'Second Chance Man', an exquisite video work for the Tindersticks. This, too, pays homage to the mysteries of celluloid, compiled from among the legacy left by classic Hollywood: extreme close-ups of steering wheels, ignition keys or nature shots combine to create a new film noir that never reveals its mystery.” (Frankfurter Rundschau, May 2017)



running time 65'


Mary Ocher, Germany, 2016, 3'

Images of guns appear everywhere in Israeli society, they are as visible on the street as mothers with baby-strollers... and as such, they become invisible. Their...

Body of Oz

Klaus Erich Dietl/Stephanie Müller, Germany, 2017, 5'

A reference to the happiest film ever made, “The Wizard of Oz”. Role ascriptions are turned on their heads. The body copy opens up. The sewing-machine gun takes...

Crab Day

Phil Collins, Germany, 2016, 11'

'What a simple world. And beneath all the undercurrents.' (Brenda Chamberlain) Crab Day is a short film made to accompany Cate Le Bon’s eponymous album released in...

Das wird gut

Friedrich Liechtenstein, Germany, 2016, 4'

"Tall trees and an impressive woman are among the best subjects for vertical cinematic art” (Friedrich Liechtenstein). The state of being in love for the first...

feel nothing / 15 - 15

Zeljko Vidovic, Germany, 2017, 4'

A poetic experiment with body parts and emotions.

I Want U

Dj Hell/Helmut Geier, Germany, 2016, 4'

“I Want U” draws on the history of gay culture. The video was made in close collaboration with the Tom of Finland Foundation from Los Angeles, which brings...

Ich bin hier

Mariola Brillowska, Germany, 2016, 3'

Danny, Damian and Caroline pile into the house, backwards, but with a sure sense of direction. They say that they are here and that music is important to them....


Susanne Steinmassl, Germany, 2016, 3'

The video is about forms and possibilities of touching – on the (skin) surface and as a concept. It renders visible body structures, thus mapping out a panorama of...


Heike Aumüller/Heike Aumüller, Germany, 2016, 5'

The bud of the invasion is a throbbing, abasic rhythmical figure that calls a voice out from the monotonous slumber of non-existence. The voice, now it has become...

Love From A Distance

Henrik Paro/Henrik Paro, Germany, 2017, 4'

»In a digital world, love comes from a distance.« – LOVE FROM A DISTANCE is entirely composed of digital communication between lovers. Their stories unfold in...

Second Chance Man

Christoph Girardet/Christoph Girardet, Germany/France, 2016, 4'

Girardet's visual transfer of Second Chance Man, "a song about risk" (Stuart Staples), is part of The Waiting Room Film Project, a track by track interpretation of...



BISON/Ngwoh Bisong, United Kingdom, 2016, 4'

Erratic, repetitive cuts of a panicked woman, played by Gemma Arterton, running through London while attempting to flee a meteor strike. Buried within the frames...

Summer’s Puke is Winter’s Delight

Sawako Kabuki, Japan, 2016, 3'

Painful events become memories over time. Still, we vomit and eat again. Life is Eco.