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This section is driven by the idea that a festival could be a space from which to think about everything, to connect everyone, the attempt to make visible the process in which we found ourselves and others. It contains contributions from many for many, freely accessible. Our condition is: it should not be about short film and not about our festival, but about festival as a universalistic process.

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Short Film Day

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A Celebration of Short Film for Everyone

On 21 December – the shortest day of the year – short films can be watched everywhere in Germany. Forest glades, market places and backyards turn into open-air cinemas, window displays and house walls turn into projection screens. Film theatres, public institutions, associations, companies and private persons organise their own film events, including online.

Of course, our Festival is contributing several programmes, too, including this online film selection on our Channel (see below).

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Can and must films be made now?

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The International Short Film Festival Oberhausen invited filmmakers to make short videos responding to the question ‘Can and should we make films now?’. Payment for each production was equivalent to the normal fee for a psychotherapy session in Germany. Producing the videos was thus not allowed to take more than an hour.

“With its commissioned series, Oberhausen has provided compelling proof that filmmaking is exactly the right form of thinking about life and has given the essay a convincing vitality boost. If anything is to remain after Corona, please let it be this thoughtful form of lightnes.” (Artechock, Germany, 14 May 2020)

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From My Window / From Your Window

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Under the title “Out of My Window” the Festival together with the New York art platform e-flux published a series for which artists and filmmakers were invited to contribute a short video letter or statement, a small window on their current situation and how they live through this time. The series was inspired by Józef Robakowski's legendary short film "Z mojego okna" ("Out of My Window"), Poland 1978-1999. e-flux and the Short Film Festival also compiled a series of freely accessible films from the Internet. e-flux is an art information service, archive, artist project and curatorial platform based in New York.

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Now is not the time for criticism

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We would like to focus on areas of society that are particularly burning through Corona, to ask questions that are given short shrift in current reporting. In cooperation with Theater Oberhausen.

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