Distribution

The distribution of the International Short Film Festival Oberhausen is based on one of the oldest and most important short film collections worldwide. Every year the Festival purchases around 50 new works from the current festival programme, plus numerous titles from our archive.

Overview

The distribution of the Festival is based on one of the oldest and most important short film collections worldwide. Every year Oberhausen purchases around 50 new works from the current festival programme, plus numerous titles from our archive. Our distribution is international and non-commercial. You can borrow individual titles, programmes prepared by us or programmes you have put together yourself. We are happy to help you with the compilation. If you would like to show short films as supporting films, we have compiled a suitable selection, for which we offer special conditions. Please allow for sufficient lead time when ordering.

A new option is to rent films from the 2020 distribution programme for online use as well. Our distribution programme 2020 is now available.

Under Film Search you can browse our distribution stock from 2000 to the present, create film lists and place orders. If you are interested in older titles, please comtact us. Older works from the collection can only be lent if the necessary rights are available, the condition of the copies allows it and we know the location of the original materials.

Our distribution programme 2020

All 51 new purchases from the 2020 festival are available for on-site screenings and, under certain conditions, online. We have also expanded our list of titles that are particularly suitable as supporting films.

We have already compiled some selection programmes from the competitions of the last festival for you

• International Competition 2020
• German Competition 2020
• MuVi Award 2020
• Art and Experiment 2020
Award Winner 2020.

The current films are supplemented by the programme "Made in Germany 3: Migration", which also includes older titles. In addition, eleven works from the film series "Can and Should We Make Films Now?”, which were originally published in the festival blog, are now available for distribution. The children's film programme "Making discoveries" remains as much a focus of our distribution work as the eleven works from the highly acclaimed Alexander Sokurov Profile, which we acquired a year ago. The first two parts of the series "Made in Germany" and some older programmes from the area of "Children's and Youth Film" will also remain available.

Terms and Conditions

Fees per screening from distribution list (films from 2000-2020) for on-site and online screenings:

Programme up to 80 min.€ 180
Programme up to 100 min.€ 200
Programme MuVi Prize 2020€ 150
Making discoveries (children's cinema)€ 150
per title up to 20 min.€ 40
per title over 20 min.€ 60

*Archive films (before 2000) will be charged an extra 50%.

A copy processing fee of € 10 will be charged for individual films and existing programmes, and € 20 for newly curated programmes, along with transport costs and 7% VAT where applicable.

In the case of regular loans of short films as supporting films, we give the following discount:

10 short films (one screening each)€ 220
20 short films (one screening each)€ 350

No copy-processing fees are charged for the regular, discounted loan of single films.

The proceeds from online distribution go almost entirely to the rights holders of the rented works.

Oberhausen on Tour

Short films can only be found on YouTube nowadays? Not quite: Oberhausen on Tour, the bi-annual tour of the International Short Film Festival Oberhausen, demonstrates that short film is successfully conquering screens and niches beyond traditional theatrical exploitation.

Every two years, Oberhausen sends short films from its programmes out into the world under the title "Oberhausen on Tour". Most recently, the 2019 edition made a played at well over 50 venues on five continents, from the Weltecho cinema in Chemnitz to the Bioscope in Johannesburg.

The 12th edition of the project is currently underway. The first event took place at FilmoTeka de Catalunya in Barcelona in April. After an interruption due to the pandemic, the Oulu Film Center in Helsinki, the NOASS Art Center in Riga, the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery in New Plymouth, New Zealand, and the De Cinema in Antwerp, among many others, are now following in the summer. In Germany, the Caligari FilmBühne in Wiesbaden and the Filmpalette in Cologne are among the first stops of the current edition of "Oberhausen on Tour 2021".

The partner venues range from film clubs, cultural centres, art house cinemas, kinotheques, Goethe Institutes and film festivals to renowned art institutions. They benefit from reduced rental fees as well as from special promotional materials such as the specially produced cinema trailer for "Oberhausen on Tour 2021” (director, editor and sound designer: Christian Schön).

Dates

14/09/2021

Kino im Filmmuseum, Frankfurt
Alamanya Alamanya - Germania Germania, Hans Andreas Guttner, DEU 1979

22/09/2021

Lichtspiele Kalk, Köln
Um Filme para Ehuana, Louise Botkay, BRA 2018

26/09/2021

Kino im Filmmuseum, Frankfurt
Ustanak u Jasku, Želimir Žilnik, JUG 1973

30/09/2021

Bi'bak, Berlin
Na Objedu, Vefik Hadzismajlovic, JUG 1972

06/10/2021

Zeughauskino, Berlin
Somos+, Pedro Chaskel, Pablo Salas, CHL 1985

07/10/2021

International Film Festival Innsbruck
Obitateli, Artavazd Pelešjan, USSR 1969
Gospozha Tundra, Sergej Mirošničenko, USSR 1986

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Current Programme

New Purchases A–Z

16mm Selfie (Suprateek Chatterjee ft. Sofia Ashraf),
Karan Talwar,
3'0"

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A Month of Single Frames,
Lynne Sachs,
14'0"

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Abgelaufen (Heinz Strunk),
Roman Schaible,
4'30"

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Amaryllis - a Study,
Jayne Parker,
7'30"

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Aquí y allá,
Melisa Liebenthal,
21'30"

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BELLA,
Thelyia Petraki,
24'30"

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Bittersweet,
Sohrab Hura,
14'0"

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Body Prop - Movement 2 [solar nemesis] (M. Woods),
M. Woods,
8'0"

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Chico Crew I (Jaakko Eino Kalevi),
Christine Gensheimer,
2'30"

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Das war unsere BRD (Die Goldenen Zitronen),
Ariane Andereggen, Ted Gaier,
10'0"

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Der natürliche Tod der Maus,
Katharina Huber,
21'30"

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Dunkelfeld,
Marian Mayland, Patrick Lohse, Ole-Kristian Heyer,
16'0"

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( ( ( ( ( /*\ ) ) ) ) ),
Charles Fairbanks, Saúl Kak,
18'30"

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Eurydike (Kreidler),
Zaza Rusadze, Andreas Reihse,
4'0"

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Extrañas Criaturas,
Cristina Sitja, Cristóbal León,
15'30"

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Ganze Tage zusammen,
Luise Donschen,
23'0"

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Gira Ancora,
Elena Petitpierre,
22'0"

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I Am the People_Ⅰ,
Xiaofei Li,
25'0"

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If there is love, you will take it,
Daniel Hopp,
11'0"

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Introspektion (Oliver Huntemann),
Hamid Kargar,
4'0"

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Junkerhaus,
Karen Russo,
8'0"

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Kann und muss man jetzt Filme machen? - Dietrich Brüggemann,
Dietrich Brüggemann,
3'30"

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Kann und muss man jetzt Filme machen? - Alex Gerbaulet,
Alexandra Gerbaulet,
2'0"

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Kann und muss man jetzt Filme machen? - Kerstin Honeit,
Kerstin Honeit,
7'0"

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Kann und muss man jetzt Filme machen? - Judith Hopf,
Judith Hopf,
1'0"

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Kann und muss man jetzt Filme machen? - Kristina Kilian,
Kristina Kilian,
2'30"

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Kann und muss man jetzt Filme machen? - Korpys/Löffler,
Andree Korpys, Markus Löffler,
2'0"

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Kann und muss man jetzt Filme machen? - Brenda Lien,
Brenda Lien,
5'0"

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Kann und muss man jetzt Filme machen? - Franz Müller,
Franz Müller,
4'0"

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Kann und muss man jetzt Filme machen? - Jens Pecho,
Jens Pecho,
5'0"

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Kann und muss man jetzt Filme machen? - Andreas Reihse/Zaza Rusadze,
Andreas Reihse, Zaza Rusadze,
9'0"

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Kann und muss man jetzt Filme machen? - Jovana Reisinger,
Jovana Reisinger,
6'0"

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Kunst (Theodor Shitstorm),
Dietrich Brüggemann,
4'0"

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L'Artificio,
Francesca Bertin,
23'0"

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Las muertes de Arístides,
Lázaro Lemus,
17'0"

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MAN,
Yulia Timoshkina,
12'0"

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Milenina píseň,
Anna Remešová, Marie Lukáčová,
9'0"

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Nackenwirbel (Minae Minae),
Die Glitzies,
6'0"

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Nanzoya (Miho Okada),
Izumi Tanaka,
5'0"

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Nolove (Etapp Kyle),
Sergii Kushnir,
3'30"

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O Jardim Fantástico,
Fábio Baldo, Tico Dias,
21'0"

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Onun Haricinde, İyiyim,
Eren Aksu,
14'0"

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Passage,
Ann Oren,
13'0"

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Shadowbanned (Stephen Malkmus),
Jan Lankisch,
3'30"

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Shepherds,
Teboho Edkins,
27'0"

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SUGAR,
Bjørn Melhus,
20'30"

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The Ghosts We Left at Home,
Faris Alrjoob,
21'0"

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This Makes Me Want to Predict the Past,
Cana Bilir-Meier,
16'0"

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Trouble in Paradise (Rufus Wainwright),
Mia Donovan,
3'30"

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Vicious (Bobby Would),
Lucie Friederike Mueller,
2'30"

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Wer sagt denn das? (Deichkind),
Timo Schierhorn, UWE,
3'0"

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Supporting films A-Z

In addition to the full-length short film programmes, you can also schedule single short films as supporting films and hire them from us. We have compiled a selection of works suitable for supporting film from the distribution acquisitions of the last five years.

Moreover, all those who wish to regularly rent supporting films are entitled to our new quantity discount. For example, we offer the rental of ten short films per year (with one screening each) for 220 euros, 20 short films per year (with one screening each) can be rented for 350 euros (in each case plus transport + 7% tax if applicable, until 31.12.2020 5%, VAT). The German Federal Film Board (FFA) has also been encouraging the screening of short films as supporting films in Germany for several years with a subsidy of up to 80% of the verified costs for film rentals, advertising and transport.

489 Years ,
Hayoun Kwon,
11'17"

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Ali sein Garten,
Undine Siepker,
14'0"

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Animal Year,
Su Zhong,
7'0"

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Beyond Beach,
Clara Winter, Miguel Ferráez,
14'2"

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Blacktivist (Flatbush ZOMBIES),
Mario Pfeifer,
5'0"

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Blitze (Donna Regina),
Céline Keller,
2'57"

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Boogieman,
Jan Bonny,
7'39"

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Brand,
Jan Koester, Alexander Lahl,
5'18"

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Chanel Nr. 2,
Christoph Blankenburg,
3'6"

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Chiroptères,
Romeo Grünfelder,
2'18"

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Cipka,
Renata Gąsiorowska,
8'22"

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Copyshop,
Jakob Grunert,
10'42"

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Cosmorama,
Eren Aksu,
8'0"

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Crab Day,
Phil Collins,
11'30"

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Cuidacoches,
Dante Zaballa,
1'49"

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Damenbartblick,
Ulrike Göken, Jo Zimmermann,
4'50"

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Das wird gut,
Friedrich Liechtenstein,
5'0"

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Deconstructing Reality in the Making,
Katharina Barbosa Blad,
5'21"

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Don't,
Daniel Freitag,
4'6"

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Elvis: Strung Out,
Mark Oliver,
4'33"

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Elzo,
Suzana Botosi,
3'17"

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Familiar Memories,
Pol Merchan,
4'0"

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feel nothing / 15 - 15,
Zeljko Vidovic,
5'0"

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Fest,
Nikita Diakur,
2'55"

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FragMANts,
Art Collective Neozoon,
5'26"

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Glück,
Irfan Akcadag,
6'0"

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Grand Hotel Establishment (Julia Mihály),
Ela Mergels,
1'31"

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Die Herberge,
Ulu Braun,
15'0"

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I Think You´re a Little Confused,
Iku Ogawa,
8'30"

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Ice Spider,
Cheryl Rondeau,
3'10"

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Ich bin hier,
Mariola Brillowska,
3'49"

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If I were a Sneaker,
Katharina Duve, Schorsch Kamerun, Ted Gaier, Timo Schierhorn,
5'22"

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Journey,
Xiaowei Zhao,
11'16"

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Kaerimichi,
Mizuki Kiyama,
2'25"

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Ma Mama (Toto Bona Lokua),
Katy Wang,
4'0"

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The Magical Dimension,
Gudrun Krebitz,
7'6"

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Mains Propres,
Louise Botkay,
8'33"

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Um musical,
Tarcísio Lara Puiati,
4'0"

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Musterhaus (Sean Armstrong),
Christine Gensheimer,
3'3"

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my castle your castle,
Kerstin Honeit,
15'0"

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My Mamma Is Bossies,
Naomi van Niekerk,
3'23"

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Nützliche Katastrophen (Die Goldenen Zitronen),
Timo Schierhorn, Schorsch Kamerun, Mense Reents,
3'45"

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One Hour Real,
Lina Sieckmann, Miriam Gossing,
12'39"

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PANDA III,
Maximilian Villwock,
13'30"

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PANDA MOONWALK or WHY MENG MENG WALKS BACKWARDS,
Kerstin Honeit,
8'2"

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Plody mraků,
Kateřina Karhánková,
10'20"

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Saladdin Castique,
Anssi Kasitonni,
5'40"

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Schuld (Theodor Shitstorm),
Dietrich Brüggemann,
4'0"

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Second Chance Man,
Christoph Girardet,
4'30"

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Sen Toe,
Akari Eda,
7'0"

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small vertigos,
Jo Zahn,
4'22"

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Space Cowboy,
Lennart Brede,
4'0"

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Stamnätet,
Clara Bodén,
4'45"

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Telefon Santrali,
Sarah Drath,
7'30"

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Three Casualties,
Jens Pecho,
7'15"

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Tiefenschärfe,
Alexandra Gerbaulet, Mareike Bernien,
14'30"

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Tower XYZ,
Ayo Akingbade,
3'0"

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The Train, the Forest,
Patrick Buhr,
3'30"

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Trying to forget you (Aérea Negrot),
Simon(è) Jaikiriuma Paetau, Aérea Negrot,
7'56"

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Tutorial,
Dennis Todorović,
7'38"

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Versus,
Philbert Aimé Mbabazi Sharangabo,
6'16"

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Vor dem Tor des Ijtihad,
Mehmet Akif Büyükatalay,
16'0"

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water marks,
Meshy Koplevitch,
3'38"

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WUNSCHKONZERT,
Marlene Denningmann,
13'0"

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Films Online

From December 2020 you can also rent short films from us for online playback on VoD platforms. The following must be ensured: the films will be published for film-historical and media-related purposes exclusively in streaming mode (no download) and only in the non-commercial context of a presentation of the International Short Film Festival Oberhausen. The films may not be put online for longer than 48 hours per release. The VoD platform may only be accessible to registered users.

Approximately 50 titles are currently available for such rental. All titles available for rental are new purchases from the 2020 festival programme. The list of film titles will be continuously expanded.

16mm Selfie (Suprateek Chatterjee ft. Sofia Ashraf),
Karan Talwar,
3'0"

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A Month of Single Frames,
Lynne Sachs,
14'0"

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Abgelaufen (Heinz Strunk),
Roman Schaible,
4'30"

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Amaryllis - a Study,
Jayne Parker,
7'30"

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Aquí y allá,
Melisa Liebenthal,
21'30"

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BELLA,
Thelyia Petraki,
24'30"

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Bittersweet,
Sohrab Hura,
14'0"

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Body Prop - Movement 2 [solar nemesis] (M. Woods),
M. Woods,
8'0"

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Chico Crew I (Jaakko Eino Kalevi),
Christine Gensheimer,
2'30"

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Das war unsere BRD (Die Goldenen Zitronen),
Ariane Andereggen, Ted Gaier,
10'0"

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Der natürliche Tod der Maus,
Katharina Huber,
21'30"

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Dunkelfeld,
Marian Mayland, Patrick Lohse, Ole-Kristian Heyer,
16'0"

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( ( ( ( ( /*\ ) ) ) ) ),
Charles Fairbanks, Saúl Kak,
18'30"

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Eurydike (Kreidler),
Zaza Rusadze, Andreas Reihse,
4'0"

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Extrañas Criaturas,
Cristina Sitja, Cristóbal León,
15'30"

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Ganze Tage zusammen,
Luise Donschen,
23'0"

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Gira Ancora,
Elena Petitpierre,
22'0"

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I Am the People_Ⅰ,
Xiaofei Li,
25'0"

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If there is love, you will take it,
Daniel Hopp,
11'0"

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Introspektion (Oliver Huntemann),
Hamid Kargar,
4'0"

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Junkerhaus,
Karen Russo,
8'0"

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Kann und muss man jetzt Filme machen? - Dietrich Brüggemann,
Dietrich Brüggemann,
3'30"

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Kann und muss man jetzt Filme machen? - Alex Gerbaulet,
Alexandra Gerbaulet,
2'0"

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Kann und muss man jetzt Filme machen? - Kerstin Honeit,
Kerstin Honeit,
7'0"

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Kann und muss man jetzt Filme machen? - Judith Hopf,
Judith Hopf,
1'0"

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Kann und muss man jetzt Filme machen? - Kristina Kilian,
Kristina Kilian,
2'30"

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Kann und muss man jetzt Filme machen? - Korpys/Löffler,
Andree Korpys, Markus Löffler,
2'0"

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Kann und muss man jetzt Filme machen? - Brenda Lien,
Brenda Lien,
5'0"

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Kann und muss man jetzt Filme machen? - Franz Müller,
Franz Müller,
4'0"

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Kann und muss man jetzt Filme machen? - Jens Pecho,
Jens Pecho,
5'0"

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Kann und muss man jetzt Filme machen? - Andreas Reihse/Zaza Rusadze,
Andreas Reihse, Zaza Rusadze,
9'0"

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Kann und muss man jetzt Filme machen? - Jovana Reisinger,
Jovana Reisinger,
6'0"

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Kunst (Theodor Shitstorm),
Dietrich Brüggemann,
4'0"

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L'Artificio,
Francesca Bertin,
23'0"

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Las muertes de Arístides,
Lázaro Lemus,
17'0"

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MAN,
Yulia Timoshkina,
12'0"

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Milenina píseň,
Anna Remešová, Marie Lukáčová,
9'0"

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Nackenwirbel (Minae Minae),
Die Glitzies,
6'0"

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Nanzoya (Miho Okada),
Izumi Tanaka,
5'0"

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Nolove (Etapp Kyle),
Sergii Kushnir,
3'30"

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O Jardim Fantástico,
Fábio Baldo, Tico Dias,
21'0"

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Onun Haricinde, İyiyim,
Eren Aksu,
14'0"

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Passage,
Ann Oren,
13'0"

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Shadowbanned (Stephen Malkmus),
Jan Lankisch,
3'30"

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Shepherds,
Teboho Edkins,
27'0"

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SUGAR,
Bjørn Melhus,
20'30"

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This Makes Me Want to Predict the Past,
Cana Bilir-Meier,
16'0"

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Trouble in Paradise (Rufus Wainwright),
Mia Donovan,
3'30"

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Vicious (Bobby Would),
Lucie Friederike Mueller,
2'30"

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Wer sagt denn das? (Deichkind),
Timo Schierhorn, UWE,
3'0"

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Alexander Sokurov

He is one of the most important and influential filmmakers of our time. In 1990 he first attracted international attention with Sovetskaja elegija, for which he won the Grand Prize at Oberhausen; he went on to win a number of awards for feature films such as Moloch (1999) or Russian Ark (2002). The Festival now offers a rare opportunity to get to know Sokurov's extensive early short film oeuvre: documentary works in which the boundaries between fiction and essay are blurred, which examine the relationship between individual and power, which deal with recent history in long shots and rich poetic imagery.

Eleven DCPs, produced especially for the 2019 Festival, are now available for non-commercial distribution in the Oberhausen catalogue. The Festival supplies the copies without performance rights and provides up-to-date contact information for the respective rights holders.

Programme as PDF

Ampir,
Alexander Sokurov,
32'0"

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Duhovnye golosa,
Alexander Sokurov,
327'0"

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Elegija iz Rossii,
Alexander Sokurov,
68'0"

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Primer intonacii,
Alexander Sokurov,
48'0"

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Prostaja elegija,
Alexander Sokurov,
20'0"

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Razžalovannyj,
Alexander Sokurov,
31'0"

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Robert. Sčastlivaja žiznʹ,
Alexander Sokurov,
26'0"

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Soldatskij son,
Alexander Sokurov,
12'0"

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Sonata dlja Gitlera,
Alexander Sokurov,
11'0"

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Terpenie trud,
Alexander Sokurov,
10'0"

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Vostočnaja elegija,
Alexander Sokurov,
45'0"

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Can and Should We Make Films Now?

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)

Programme as PDF

Kann und muss man jetzt Filme machen? - Dietrich Brüggemann,
Dietrich Brüggemann,
3'30"

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Kann und muss man jetzt Filme machen? - Alex Gerbaulet,
Alexandra Gerbaulet,
2'0"

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Kann und muss man jetzt Filme machen? - Kerstin Honeit,
Kerstin Honeit,
7'0"

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Kann und muss man jetzt Filme machen? - Judith Hopf,
Judith Hopf,
1'0"

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Kann und muss man jetzt Filme machen? - Kristina Kilian,
Kristina Kilian,
2'30"

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Kann und muss man jetzt Filme machen? - Korpys/Löffler,
Andree Korpys, Markus Löffler,
2'0"

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Kann und muss man jetzt Filme machen? - Brenda Lien,
Brenda Lien,
5'0"

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Kann und muss man jetzt Filme machen? - Franz Müller,
Franz Müller,
4'0"

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Kann und muss man jetzt Filme machen? - Jens Pecho,
Jens Pecho,
5'0"

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Kann und muss man jetzt Filme machen? - Andreas Reihse/Zaza Rusadze,
Andreas Reihse, Zaza Rusadze,
9'0"

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Kann und muss man jetzt Filme machen? - Jovana Reisinger,
Jovana Reisinger,
6'0"

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International Competition 2020

This programme brings together some of the most interesting films from the 2020 International Competition. In 1982 the indigenous Zoque community was forced to relocate due to the eruption of a volcano. ( ( ( ( ( /*\ ) ) ) ) ) ) is the portrait of a village in Chiapas, Mexico, its culture, sounds and architecture. The film documents the modern challenges and world view of a community that is also under political pressure to preserve its land and rights. Indigenous culture also plays an important role in the feature film O Jardim Fantástico. Here, following an old tradition, a teacher administers ayahuasca in her classroom to teach her students other levels of reality.

In BELLA by Thelyia Beltraki, the boundaries between feature film and documentary become blurred when, in Greece in the late 1980s, first the country, then the world, and perhaps even her personal environment undergoes serious change before the eyes of the idealistic worker Anthi. In Gira Ancora an adolescent roams his neighbourhood in Palermo. In the tradition of Neorealism, the camera lets us participate in the life of this community and at the same time shows how the rumours about his mother gradually make him an outsider. The protagonist's world contracts in ever tighter circles.

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O Jardim Fantástico,
Fábio Baldo, Tico Dias,
21'0"

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( ( ( ( ( /*\ ) ) ) ) ),
Charles Fairbanks, Saúl Kak,
18'30"

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BELLA,
Thelyia Petraki,
24'30"

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Gira Ancora,
Elena Petitpierre,
22'0"

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German Competition 2020

This programme, with works from the German Competition 2020, focuses on political, but also personal crises. The Ghosts We Left at Home is a moving story about longing and grief against the backdrop of chaotic city life in Amman. In if there is love, you will take it, Daniel Hopp presents a small place in the middle of Germany, where criminals hang out with empty eyes and play cards. They are joined by talking stuffed animals that constantly repeat what they say. L'Artificio, on the other hand, shows the vision of a utopian urban landscape from the 1960s that is interwoven with today's protagonists playing themselves.

            Cana Bilir-Meier's This Makes Me Want to Predict the Past is about the racially motivated attack in the Olympic Shopping Centre in Munich in 2016, in which nine young people with a migrant background were murdered and many people were injured. The camera in the film follows two teenagers as they explore the mall on a daily basis while they talk about their personal dreams and fears. Finally, the cryptic collage film Der natürliche Tod der Maus shows the young protagonist Anna in the dichotomy between the desire for self-improvement in a spiritual-moral sense and the doubt about her usefulness on the way to saving the world.

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The Ghosts We Left at Home,
Faris Alrjoob,
21'0"

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If there is love, you will take it,
Daniel Hopp,
11'0"

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L'Artificio,
Francesca Bertin,
23'0"

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This Makes Me Want to Predict the Past,
Cana Bilir-Meier,
16'0"

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Der natürliche Tod der Maus,
Katharina Huber,
21'30"

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MuVi Award 2020

In 1999 Oberhausen introduced the world’s first festival prize for music videos. 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 works nominated for the 2020 MuVi Award, supplemented by four artistically outstanding videos from Japan, India, Ecuador and Canada.

The 1st MuVi Prize was awarded to Andreas Reihses and Zaza Rusadze's Eurydike, an abstract version of the ancient story of Orpheus and Eurydice. Greek mythology is translated here into the aesthetics of a music video. Hamid Kargar's Introspektion, awarded with the 2nd prize, shows how a fascinating variety of effects can be created with care and vision from the simplest means. Jan Lankisch's video Shadowbanned, which takes us on an unpredictable ride on the wild side of the Internet, received an honorable mention. The MuVi Online Audience Award was won by Timo Schierhorn & UWE for their postmodern Wer sagt denn das?.

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Abgelaufen (Heinz Strunk),
Roman Schaible,
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Chico Crew I (Jaakko Eino Kalevi),
Christine Gensheimer,
2'30"

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Das war unsere BRD (Die Goldenen Zitronen),
Ariane Andereggen, Ted Gaier,
10'0"

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Eurydike (Kreidler),
Zaza Rusadze, Andreas Reihse,
4'0"

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Introspektion (Oliver Huntemann),
Hamid Kargar,
4'0"

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Kunst (Theodor Shitstorm),
Dietrich Brüggemann,
4'0"

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Nackenwirbel (Minae Minae),
Die Glitzies,
6'0"

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Nolove (Etapp Kyle),
Sergii Kushnir,
3'30"

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Shadowbanned (Stephen Malkmus),
Jan Lankisch,
3'30"

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Vicious (Bobby Would),
Lucie Friederike Mueller,
2'30"

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Wer sagt denn das? (Deichkind),
Timo Schierhorn, UWE,
3'0"

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Nanzoya (Miho Okada),
Izumi Tanaka,
5'0"

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16mm Selfie (Suprateek Chatterjee ft. Sofia Ashraf),
Karan Talwar,
3'0"

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Body Prop - Movement 2 [solar nemesis] (M. Woods),
M. Woods,
8'0"

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Trouble in Paradise (Rufus Wainwright),
Mia Donovan,
3'30"

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Art and Experiment 2020

This programme presents some of the most interesting filmmakers currently working at the interface between film and art. While Jayne Parker has created a sensual homage to the Amaryllis flower with Amaryllis - a Study, in which the inner pistil and stamens seem to float in a sea of red, Ann Oren reflects in Passage on the boundaries between the human and the animal and on fictional gender roles and how to overcome them. Junkerhaus, on the other hand, offers fragmentary visions of the interior of a building in which architecture, furniture and ornament merge into one another. All three works were originally shot on 16 mm.

Milenina píseň is about a sexton in a church who finds her own way to express her faith in the shadow of the institutional hierarchy. Finally, I Am the People_I explores the relationship between industrial production and social development, while at the same time questioning traditional modes of perception. The directors of this programme make use of some very unusual techniques and aesthetics, and some have already shown their work with great success in galleries and art exhibitions.

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Amaryllis - a Study,
Jayne Parker,
7'30"

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Junkerhaus,
Karen Russo,
8'0"

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Milenina píseň,
Anna Remešová, Marie Lukáčová,
9'0"

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Passage,
Ann Oren,
13'0"

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I Am the People_Ⅰ,
Xiaofei Li,
25'0"

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Award Winner 2020

This selection of winners of the 2020 festival also includes works that have even received several awards. Sohrab Hura's Bittersweet is a reflection on family relationships and domestic spaces, exploring the bond between the filmmaker and his mother and that between his mother and her beloved dog. Hura uses his grainy flash shots to sensitively capture intimate and banal moments in the life of his mother, who suffers from acute paranoid schizophrenia. In Bjørn Melhus' elaborately produced science fiction film SUGAR, a robot attempts to free the inhabitant of a post-apocalyptic consumer world from the prison of his routines through physical proximity.

The finely staged Shepherds by Teboho Edkins shows cattle thieves serving time in a prison in Lesotho. They talk about their lives and why they came here. The closed room becomes a stage for universal dramas of mankind. In A Month of Single Frames, on the other hand, Lynn Sachs processes material that was given to her by filmmaker and performance artist Barbara Hammer shortly before her death. The result is an expressive study of life in all its forms and the difficulty of facing death. The film, which was awarded the Grand Prize of the City of Oberhausen, is convincing in its ability to find poetry and complexity in simple things.

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A Month of Single Frames,
Lynne Sachs,
14'0"

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Shepherds,
Teboho Edkins,
27'0"

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Bittersweet,
Sohrab Hura,
14'0"

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SUGAR,
Bjørn Melhus,
20'30"

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Made in Germany 3 - Migration

This compilation, the third part of our series with the best German short films of the last ten years, deals with the living conditions of migrants in Germany today. In 1984 six Turkish citizens died in Duisburg-Wanheimerort in an arson attack. While the police quickly ruled out a racist background, from today's point of view there is a lot of circumstantial evidence to prove it. Dunkelfeld goes in search of clues and reopens the case. In the animation Brand, an East German mayor and his family are met with a wave of hatred when he agrees to take in refugees. The essay film ma nouvelle vie européenne reflects on Europe's invisible borders from the perspective of Abou, a Malian refugee in Germany, making the camera a medium of self-empowerment.

In Three Notes, Jeannette Gaussi artistically processes the few remaining photographs of her Afghan childhood. The playful Moruk shows the introverted Hakan and the fun-loving Murat hanging out in the Kreuzberg neighbourhood. They meet daily, smoke pot, dream, philosophize and argue. Tiefenschärfe finally reads in the markings of the places in Nuremberg where the so-called NSU committed three murders. Here the pen becomes the camera and the camera becomes the actor while the film traces the unsettling impact of these attacks on society.

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Making discoveries (Children's Film)

Seven films in which we experience childhood as a time of trying things out, spinning around and enjoying. Experiences are gathered, self-knowledge is gained. But childhood is also the time when making one's own decisions involves hurdles and obstacles, not always free of serious issues and sad experiences.

This programme invites both children and adults to take a journey through this diversity. It tells of the sluggishness of a summer afternoon as well as the loss of a loved one, climate change or the exciting feeling of overcoming fear and rising above oneself. A programme for children of 8 and over in which several young people set out to make fresh discoveries.

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Ice Spider,
Cheryl Rondeau,
3'10"

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Heidi beim Geräuschemacher,
Christian Frei,
14'0"

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Plody mraků,
Kateřina Karhánková,
10'20"

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Die Übergabe,
Leonhard Hofmann,
12'56"

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Ma Mama (Toto Bona Lokua),
Katy Wang,
4'0"

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Elzo,
Suzana Botosi,
3'17"

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l'inverno,
Gurli Bachmann,
5'57"

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Children and Youth Film

We also have both individual films and ready-made programmes for hire that are suiteable for children and young people. Here you will find some links to ready-made programmes. You are also welcome to let us put together an indivdual programme for you. Please contact us with any questions you may have.

 

Programme 1: Making discoveries (from 8 years)

Here we experience childhood as a time of trying things out, spinning around and enjoying. Experiences are gathered, self-knowledge is gained. But childhood is also the time when making one's own decisions involves hurdles and obstacles, not always free of serious issues and sad experiences.

This programme invites both children and adults to take a journey through this diversity. It tells of the sluggishness of a summer afternoon as well as the loss of a loved one, climate change or the exciting feeling of overcoming fear and rising above oneself. A programme for children of 8 and over in which several young people set out to make fresh discoveries.

Programme 2: Doing the right thing (from 10 years)

Facetted, the programme illuminates a phase in life when one is clearly still a child, but old enough to be confronted with decisions and problems. A programme full of remarkable young people on their way to adulthood.

Programme 3: The fire red play mobile (from 6 years)

Czechoslovakian-born filmmaker Vera Neubauer animated six short films in the early 1970s. Five episodes about the friends Pip and Bessie have been rediscovered and restored. The programme also includes her later Woolly films, in which everything is made of wool. Annie and her world were created with a knitting needle. A short film programme without dialogue.

Programme 4: Stories without text (from 6 years)

Without words but with clear messages, the programme convinces with its variety of topics - be it family or friendship. Exciting and instructive, it is ideally suited for a teaching unit and is also easy to understand for viewers with little or no knowledge of German.

Made in Germany

In German short film there is a great deal of formal differentiation, at a high level. Despite all these differences, however, we can see that German short films - whether fiction or documentary, experimental or hybrid - are concerned with what is happening or important in our country. Family, homeland, migration, language, often political issues - the films take up their themes in a very personal way, analyse, illuminate marginal aspects and details, reveal unexpected connections, demand attention.

The three parts of the series "Made in Germany" published so far present those German short films of the last ten years that were not only prize winners or festival favourites in Oberhausen, but were also extremely successful and received important awards elsewhere, often beyond our national borders. Some of these works have been shown at more than 200 festivals worldwide, while others have already received the German Short Film Award in Gold. These films are not calling cards for upcoming feature film projects, they stand as artistic productions, as positions, for themselves.

Made in Germany 1: A New Home

This compilation is the first part of a series with the best German short films from the past 10 years. The films in the programme take a fresh look at family and home in Germany. While Helena Wittmann’s camera slowly surveys living rooms, her protagonists hardly ever leave their home. Demons lurk everywhere. This is also the case with Bjørn Melhus, who cleverly interrogates the way a society that is waging war treats its veterans. Susann Maria Hempel on the other hand recalls with unerring acuity an experience unique to East Germany after 1989, portrayed as an exploded doll’s house. The associative animation Däwit, which has already been shown at more than 200 festivals, relates how a boy is forced to grow up among wolves. And at the end, Eva Könnemann tries to capture a rural village at the edge of the Ruhr area on camera, with the lack of production means leading her to develop an innovative artistic form and working method. All these works were not only festival favourites in Oberhausen; they also won important awards at many other festivals or received the German Short Film Award in Gold.

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Wildnis,
Helena Wittmann,
12'0"

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you and me,
Karsten Krause,
4'0"

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I'm Not the Enemy,
Bjørn Melhus,
13'0"

Sieben mal am Tag beklagen wir unser Los und nachts stehen wir auf, um nicht zu träumen,
Susann Maria Hempel,
18'0"

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Däwit,
David Jansen,
15'0"

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Das Offenbare Geheimnis,
Eva Könnemann,
29'0"

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Made in Germany 2: Inner City Life

"Made in Germany 2: Inner City Life" the second part of our series with the best German short films of the past ten years, takes a fresh look at the city and its architecture. At the centre of this programme is the winner of the 2015 German competition, Schicht, which weaves together the director’s personal family history with a portrait of the city of Salzgitter. The film combines analysis and imagination as it follows the stream of revealed histories. Kerstin Honeit invites construction workers to a coffee party among the skeleton construction work of the Berlin City Palace for a grotesque staging of the demolition and reconstruction of nationalistic myths. Marian Mayland, on the other hand, recalls a demolished apartment block in Manchester by furiously combining documentary material with excerpts from cultural counterprojects of the early techno and acid house scene. And Maximilian Villwock shows us how love in nocturnal Berlin turns into a power struggle when the ego takes the upper hand. Finally, Please Say Something animates the city in a way you have never seen and sets off an enigmatic and futuristic fireworks display of images about the relationship between a cat and a mouse in the internet era. All these works were festival favourites in Oberhausen and elsewhere.

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PANDA III,
Maximilian Villwock,
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u_08-1 (future past perfect pt.3) (alva noto feat. Anne-James Chaton),
Simon Mayer, Carsten Nicolai,
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Schicht,
Alexandra Gerbaulet,
28'30"

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my castle your castle,
Kerstin Honeit,
15'0"

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Driving Around Where the Crescents Used To Be. A Script,
Marian Mayland,
15'0"

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Please Say Something,
David OReilly,
10'0"

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Made in Germany 3: Migration

This compilation, the third part of our series with the best German short films of the last ten years, deals with the living conditions of migrants in Germany today. In 1984 six Turkish citizens died in Duisburg-Wanheimerort in an arson attack. While the police quickly ruled out a racist background, from today's point of view there is a lot of circumstantial evidence to prove it. Dunkelfeld goes in search of clues and reopens the case. In the animation Brand, an East German mayor and his family are met with a wave of hatred when he agrees to take in refugees. The essay film ma nouvelle vie européenne reflects on Europe's invisible borders from the perspective of Abou, a Malian refugee in Germany, making the camera a medium of self-empowerment.

In Three Notes, Jeannette Gaussi artistically processes the few remaining photographs of her Afghan childhood. The playful Moruk shows the introverted Hakan and the fun-loving Murat hanging out in the Kreuzberg neighbourhood. They meet daily, smoke pot, dream, philosophize and argue. Tiefenschärfe finally reads in the markings of the places in Nuremberg where the so-called NSU committed three murders. Here the pen becomes the camera and the camera becomes the actor while the film traces the unsettling impact of these attacks on society.

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