In its more than 60 year history, the International Short Film Festival Oberhausen has screened a great number of short films that are now legendary. Many of them can be found online today. So we went on an online treasure hunt and were successful.
The links we found first fed our Facebook series "Legendary Shorts", where we present one of these films every week. Because of its success and because we don't want to lose the finds again in the flood of images on the web, we will show and collect them here on our website from now on.
Contact: Sabine Niewalda
Post from 19.5.2019
This time, Blazes (1961) by Robert Breer, who won several prizes in Oberhausen, including the Max Ernst Prize in 1969 for his "complete oeuvre" (we should point out that we screened his film Atoz from 2000 in competition as late as 2001) .
Post from 12.5.2019
This time: Martin Arnold's Alone. Life Wastes Andy Hardy from 1998, which won the Grand Prize of the City of Oberhausen and the Fipresci Prize in 1998.
Post from 28.4.2019
This time Alexander Sokurov / Александр Сокуров, Sonata Dija Gitlera from 1988, which is part of our big Alexander Sokurov retrospective.
Post from 21.4.2019
Or rather, a legendary trailer in honour of our upcoming Theme programme "The Language of Attraction": Alfred Hitchcock's 6-minute trailer for Psycho!
Post from 14.4.2019
Perhaps not legendary yet, but sure to be: Café Regular, CAIRO by Ritesh Batra (2012), which won the Fipresci Prize in Oberhausen in 2012.
Post from 7.4.2019
Or, in this case, legendary music videos, as our MuVi Award 2019 is still online for voting. Here's Funky Squaredance for Phoenix by Roman Coppola. One of the most unusual clips of 2002 and screened in our 2003 MuVi International programme.
Post from 31.3.2019
This time, in honour and in memory of Agnès Varda, it's not a short film but a short clip in French where she talks about her influential first film LA POINTE COURTE. "I try to make films the way I feel and at the moment I feel it."
Post from 24.3.2019
This time, Jan Lenica, Monsieur Tête (1959), which won the Main Prize of the International Jury in Oberhausen in 1961.
Post from 17.3.2019
This time Gadające głowy (Talking Heads) by Krzysztof Kieslowski (1980), which was screened in Oberhausen in 1980.
Post from 10.3.2019
Here's a very early film by the brilliant Andrea Arnold: Dog (2001), which we screened in our Children's and Youth Film Competition in 2002.
Post from 3.3.2019
This time Norman McLaren's Rhythmetic from 1956, which was screened at our fourth (!) Festival in 1958 - and had won the Silver Bear in Berlin in 1956.
Post from 24.2.2019
This time Valie Export's Syntagma from 1984, screened in our International Competition in 1985.
Post from 17.2.2019
This time a true classic: The Girl Chewing Gum by John Smith from 1976. Over the years we've screened many of John Smith's films, this one in 2002 in the John Smith Profile programme.
Post from 10.2.2019
This time it's a film for children (and adults) from 1997: Christa Moesker's Sientje, which we screened in our International Competition and our Children's Film Competition in 1998.
Post from 3.2.2019
This time: 89 mm od Europy by Marcel Łoziński from 1993. A beautiful documentary look at the 89 mm difference in track gauge between European and Russian railroads. It won the Main Prize and the FICC Prize in Oberhausen in 1993 and was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Documentary Short in 1995.
Post from 27.1.2019
This time: Nice Time by Alain Tanner and Claude Goretta from 1957, shot over 25 weekends at London's Piccadilly Circus. Screened in Oberhausen in 1958, where it won an Honourary Recognition by the International Jury.
Post from 20.1.2019
This time, in honour of the 100th anniversary of the introduction of women's suffrage in Germany on 19 January 1919: Le Mouvement de libération des femmes iraniennes - année zero, Groupe Politique et Psychoanalyse, France/Iran 1979, screened in Oberhausen in 2008 as part of our Border-Crossers and Trouble-Makers Theme programme.
Post from 13.1.2019
This time Jem Cohen's This Is a History of New York from 1987, screened in Oberhausen as part of our Jem Cohen profile in 2001.
Post from 6.1.2019
This time: Craig Baldwin's Wild Gunman from 1978, screened in our Craig Baldwin Profile in 2000.