Competitions

Competition Selection

By countries

Austria
copia de la copia (de la copia)
, Rafal Morusiewicz, 2020, 23'13'', International Online Competition

Argentina
Las Credenciales
(The Credentials), Manuel Ferrari, 2020, 19'01'', International  Online Competition
The Shadows (The Shadows), Paulo Pécora, 2020, 18'02'', International Online Competition
Trampa de luz (Light Trap), Pablo Marín, 2021, 8'30'', International Online Competition

Belgium
Oasielles
, Nathalie Rossetti, 2020, 7'00'', International Online Competition

Brasil
Belos Carnavais
(Beautiful Carnivals), Thiago B. Mendonça, 2020, 16'00'', International Online Competition

Brazil/Germany
Levantado do Chão
, Melissa Dullius, Gustavo Jahn, 2020, 11'11'', German Online Competition

China
Wei Qiao
(Dangerous Bridge), Aixing Wang, 2020, 33'24'', International Online Competition
我伪装起来了就在你面前 (Guising. In Front of You), Zhu Changquan, 2020, 10'00'', International Online Competition

Colombia
La Cumbre
, Felipe Lopez Gomez, 2021, 8'30'', International Online Competition

Croatia
Dear Aki
, Nina Kurtela, 2021, 14'40'', International Online Competition

Cyprus
Μεσογειακό Τοπίο
(Mediterranean Landscape), Christiana Ioannou, 2020, 6'04'', International Online Competition

Czech Republic
Pole Žin
(Fields of Žinas), Marie Lukáčová/Anna Remecova, 2020, 8'48'', International Online Competition

Finland/Norway
Suodji
(Shelter), Marja Helander, 2020, 4'25'', International Online Competition

France
Un très long temps d'exposition
 (A very long exposure time), Chloé Galibert-Laîné, 2020, 7'00'', International Online Competition

France/UK
Footnote to a Season
, Julia Dogra-Brazell, 2020, 5'21'', International Online Competition

Germany
Annäherung
, Sonya Schönberger, 2020, 7'45'', German Online Competition
Ewig Gast, Maximilian Karakatsanis, 2020, 8'45'', German Online Competition
Safe Space, Mirelle Borra, 2020, 10'01'', German Online Competition
SALIDAS, Michael Fetter Nathansky, 2021, 10'18'', German Online Competition
Subjekträume, Katharina Voß, 2020, 28'40'', German Online Competition
Top Down Memory, Daniel Theiler, 2020, 12'20'', German Online Competition
Verwundene Fäden / Mπερδεμένες Κλοστές, Deborah Jeromin, 2020, 40'44'', German Online Competition
Was wahrscheinlich passiert wäre, wäre ich nicht zuhause geblieben, Willy Hans, 2020, 21'07'', German Online Competition

Germany/Turkey
Centauress
, Deniz Şimşek, 2020, 8'15'', erman Online Competition

Germany/UK
Disjointed
, Clara Helbig, 2020, 10'48'', German Online Competition

Germany/USA
(Steve) Temple
, Tanita Olbrich, 2020, 6'03'', German Online Competition

Hungary
Széphercegnő
(Princess Beauty), Szabó Eszter, 2020, 2'30'', International Online Competition

Indonesia
Berlabuh
(Anchoring), Haris Yuliyanto, 2020, 14'49'', International Online Competition

Iran
+x+=+
(+x+=+), Niyaz Saghari, 2020, 6'45'', International Online Competition

Japan
Birthday
, Yuka Sato, 2020, 8'10'', International Online Competition

Lithuania
Ieva
, Vytautas Plukas/Domas Petronis, 2021, 13'57'', International Online Competition

Netherlands/South Korea
The Other Garden; Joel’s Garden, Go-Eun Im, 2021, 11'20'', International Online Competition

New Zealand
Only Yesterday
, Sione Monu, 2020, 8'09'', International Online Competition

Norway
3xShapes of Home
, Elisabeth Brun, 2020, 7'00'', International Online Competition

Phillipines
Rumi X Phantasm
, Khavn, 2020, 10'02'', International Online Competition

Portugal/USA/Australia
Tracing Utopia
, Catarina de Sousa/Nick Tyson, 2021, 26'00'', International Online Competition

Romania
Cântec de leagăn (Cradle)
, Paul Mureșan, 2020, 4'00'', International Online Competition

Russia
Состязательная инфраструктура
(Adversarial Infrastructure), Anna Engelhardt, 2020, 9'46'', International Online Competition

Spain
Azkorri árnyéka alatt
(Under the Shadow of Azkorri), Eszter Katalin, 2020, 17'00'', International Online Competition
Hemen. Gaur. Berriz (Here. Today. Again), Aitor Gametxo Zabala, 2020, 9'20'', International Online Competition

Sweden
Minnen
(Memories), Kristin Johannessen, 2020, 13'32'', International Online Competition

Switzerland
La Promenade sous les arbres
(Walk Under the Trees), Nathan Clement, 2020, 19'01'', International Online Competition

UK
Surge
, Sebastian Buerkner, 2020, 4'37'', International Online Competition
The Light of Day, Alex Eisenberg/Anne Bean, 2020, 19'06'', International Online Competition

USA
Dos hombres atentos
(Two Watchful Men), Joserraúl Ortiz, 2020, 20'10'', International Online Competition
Girl Is Presence, Lynne Sachs/Anne Lesley Selcer, 2020, 4'00'', International Online Competition
my favorite software is being here, Alison Nguyen, 2020, 19'00'', International Online Competition
Nuevo Rico, Kristian Mercado, 2020, 14'12'', International Online Competition
SON CHANT, Vivian Ostrovsky, 2020, 12'46'', International Online Competition

USA/China
The___________World
, Peixuan Ouyang, 2020, 17'56'', International Online Competition

By sections

German Online Competition

(Steve) Temple, Tanita Olbrich, 2020, 6'03'', Germany/USA
Annäherung, Sonya Schönberger, 2020, 7'45'', Germany
Centauress, Deniz Şimşek, 2020, 8'15'', Germany/Turkey
Disjointed, Clara Helbig, 2020, 10'48'', Germany/UK
Ewig Gast, Maximilian Karakatsanis, 2020, 8'45'', Germany
Levantado do Chão, Melissa Dullius, Gustavo Jahn, 2020, 11'11'', Brazil/Germany
Safe Space, Mirelle Borra, 2020, 10'01'', Germany
SALIDAS, Michael Fetter Nathansky, 2021, 10'18'', Germany
Subjekträume, Katharina Voß, 2020, 28'40'', Germany
Top Down Memory, Daniel Theiler, 2020, 12'20'', Germany
Verwundene Fäden / Mπερδεμένες Κλοστές, Deborah Jeromin, 2020, 40'44'', Germany
Was wahrscheinlich passiert wäre, wäre ich nicht zuhause geblieben, Willy Hans, 2020, 21'07'', Germany

 

International Online Competition

+x+=+ (+x+=+), Niyaz Saghari, 2020, 6'45'', Iran
3xShapes of Home, Elisabeth Brun, 2020, 7'00'', Norway
Azkorri árnyéka alatt (Under the Shadow of Azkorri), Eszter Katalin, 2020, 17'00'', Spain
Belos Carnavais (Beautiful Carnivals), Thiago B. Mendonça, 2020, 16'00'', Brazil
Berlabuh (Anchoring), Haris Yuliyanto, 2020, 14'49'', Indonesia
Birthday, Yuka Sato, 2020, 8'10'', Japan
Cântec de leagăn (Cradle), Paul Mureșan, 2020, 4'00'', Romania
copia de la copia (de la copia), Rafal Morusiewicz, 2020, 23'13'', Austria
Dear Aki, Nina Kurtela, 2021, 14'40'', Croatia
Dos hombres atentos (Two Watchful Men), Joserraúl Ortiz, 2020, 20'10'', USA
Footnote to a Season, Julia Dogra-Brazell, 2020, 5'21'', France/UK
Girl Is Presence, Lynne Sachs/Anne Lesley Selcer, 2020, 4'00'', USA
Hemen. Gaur. Berriz (Here. Today. Again), Aitor Gametxo Zabala, 2020, 9'20'', Spain
Ieva, Vytautas Plukas/Domas Petronis, 2021, 13'57'', Lithuania
Kalsubai, Yudhajit Basu, 2020, 20'00'', India
La Cumbre, Felipe Lopez Gomez, 2021, 8'30'', Colombia
La Promenade sous les arbres (Walk Under the Trees), Nathan Clement, 2020, 19'01'', Switzerland
Las Credenciales (The Credentials), Manuel Ferrari, 2020, 19'01'', Argentina
The Shadows (The Shadows), Paulo Pécora, 2020, 18'02'', Argentina
Minnen (Memories), Kristin Johannessen, 2020, 13'32'', Sweden
my favorite software is being here, Alison Nguyen, 2020, 19'00'', USA
Nuevo Rico, Kristian Mercado, 2020, 14'12'', USA
Oasielles, Nathalie Rossetti, 2020, 7'00'', Belgium
Only Yesterday, Sione Monu, 2020, 8'09'', New Zealand
Pole Žin (Fields of Žinas), Marie Lukáčová/Anna Remecova, 2020, 8'48'', Czech Republic
Rumi X Phantasm, Khavn, 2020, 10'02'', Philippines
SON CHANT, Vivian Ostrovsky, 2020, 12'46'', USA
Suodji (Shelter), Marja Helander, 2020, 4'25'', Finland/Norway
Surge, Sebastian Buerkner, 2020, 4'37'', UK
Széphercegnő (Princess Beauty), Szabó Eszter, 2020, 2'30'', Hungary
The Light of Day, Alex Eisenberg/Anne Bean, 2020, 19'06'', UK
The Other Garden; Joel’s Garden, Go-Eun Im, 2021, 11'20'', Netherlands/South Korea
The___________World, Peixuan Ouyang, 2020, 17'56'', USA/China
Tracing Utopia, Catarina de Sousa/Nick Tyson, 2021, 26'00'', Portugal/USA/Australia
Trampa de luz (Light Trap), Pablo Marín, 2021, 8'30'', Argentina
Un très long temps d'exposition (A very long exposure time), Chloé Galibert-Laîné, 2020, 7'00'', France
Μεσογειακό Τοπίο (Mediterranean Landscape), Christiana Ioannou, 2020, 6'04'', Cyprus
Состязательная инфраструктура (Adversarial Infrastructure), Anna Engelhardt, 2020, 9'46'', Russia
Wei Qiao (Dangerous Bridge), Aixing Wang, 2020, 33'24'', China
我伪装起来了就在你面前 (Guising. In Front of You), Zhu Changquan, 2020, 10'00'', China

International Competition

The world's oldest short film competition is a forum for experiments, unusual content and formats and the place for cinematic discoveries, regardless of genre or country of production. Every year, filmmakers from over 40 countries present themselves here. Only international festival premieres are admitted to this competition. The industry audience researches new films here and a premiere screened in this competition is often a springboard for the selection of other festivals – not least for the Oscar

Filmmakers* from all over the world are invited to present their work in person. The Festival will also appoint a separate selection committee and a jury in this competition, in which the traditional Grand Prize of the City of Oberhausen is awarded.

In 2021 Oberhausen introduces the International Online Competition, a second international competition that will be shown exclusively online. From 2021 international productions can be submitted for either the International Competition or the International Online Competition, but not for both.

The International Online Competition will be separated in time from the competitions in the cinema: from 1 to 4 May 2021 the Festival will present the new online competitions, and from 5 May our Festival plans to show the traditional competition programmes in the cinema. The awards ceremony will take place together on 9 May.

The jury of the International Competition

Former contributions

Among the international contributions were works by: Eija-Liisa Ahtila, Santiago Álvarez, Lindsay Anderson, Roy Andersson, Kenneth Anger, Andrea Arnold, Yael Bartana, Neil Beloufa, Jürgen Böttcher, Walerian Borowczyk, Stan Brakhage, Vera Chytilová, Jem Cohen, Terence Davies, Khavn De La Cruz, Valie Export, Milos Forman, Robert Frank, Karpo Godina, James Herbert, Takashi Ito, Joris Ivens, Ken Jacobs, Jean-Pierre Jeunet, Isaac Julien, Miranda July, William Kentridge, Jan Lenica, George Lucas, Dusan Makavejev, Jonas Mekas, Mike Mills, Kornel Mundruczo, Robert Nelson, Yoko Ono, Adina Pintilie, Roman Polanski, Laure Prouvost, Alain Resnais, Pipilotti Rist, Martin Scorsese, Cate Shortland, John Smith, Michael Snow, Alexander Sokurov, Jan Svankmajer, Eva Stefani, István Szabó, Matsumoto Toshio, François Truffaut, Gus Van Sant, Agnès Varda, Bill Viola, Apitchatpong Weerasethakul, Jia Zhang-Ke, Zelimir Zilinik

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International Online Competition

40 films from 30 countries were selected for our first International Online Competition, more than half of them by women. We are pleased to be able to show 14 world premieres in this competition, despite the fact that this was not a requirement for selection – a sign that this new Oberhausen section is well received by the filmmakers.

The selection includes works by filmmakers such as Lynne Sachs, winner of the Grand Prize of the City of Oberhausen 2020, Kristian Mercado, SXSW Jury Prize winner 2019, or by artists such as Ester Szabo or Sebastian Buerkner.

The online selection committee

Hilke Doering, Festival
Christiane Büchner, filmmaker, Cologne
Greg de Cuir, curator, Belgrad
Javier Estrada, curator, Madrid

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German Competition

The oldest German short film competition impresses its audience every year with its surprising diversity, topicality and critical eye. Here, innovative short films by established filmmakers and newly discovered talents, produced in Germany but with topics from all over the world, compete. Whether political essay, virtuoso animation or radical formal experiment - the German Competition gathers independent artistic positions from all genres and is especially appreciated by the international audience as a showcase of German short film. A premiere screened here attracts attention and often opens doors to other festivals. In addition, some of the entries submitted also take part in the International Competition.

In 2021 Oberhausen will introduce a second German competition, the German Online Competition, that will be shown exclusively online. The German Online Competition will be separated in time from the competitions in the cinema: from 1 to 4 May 2021 the Festival will present the new online competitions, and from 5 May the Festival plans to show the traditional competition programmes in the cinema. The awards ceremony will take place together on 9 May.

The jury of the German competition

Sarah Adam, curator, Hamburg
Franz Müller, filmmaker, Berlin
Marcel Schwierin, curator, Oldenburg

All members of the jury since 2009

Former contributions

Unter den deutschen Beiträgen waren Arbeiten von: Jürgen Böttcher, Detlev Buck, Phil Collins, Hellmuth Costard, Doris Dörrie, Andreas Dresen, Valie Export, Harun Farocki, Jeanne Faust, Werner Herzog, Romuald Karmakar, Alexander Kluge, Volker Koepp, Korpys/Löffler, Jan Krüger, Matthias Müller, Bjørn Melhus, Werner Nekes, Peter Schamoni, Ulrich Schamoni, Angela Schanelec, Christoph Schlingensief, Rudolf Thome, Adolf Winkelmann und Sönke Wortmann

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German Online Competition

12 films were selected from around 250 submissions for our first German Online Competition. It is a young competition with numerous directing discoveries. With eight of the 12 films, female filmmakers are well represented. Three world premieres and one international premiere, which were not required for participation, show that the format is attracting great interest. Thematically, many works take up current social issues, from queerness to food production to migration, or deal with questions of memory and archives.

The online selection committee

Carsten Spicher, Festival
Madeleine Bernstorff, curator, Berlin
Brenda Lien, filmemaker, Frankfurt a.M.
Helena Wittmann, filmemaker, Hamburg

The jury of the German Online Competition

Teboho Edkins, filmmaker, Berlin
Marit Hofmann,  author, Hamburg
Gary Vanisian, curator, Frankfurt/Main

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NRW Competition

In the youngest competition at Oberhausen, the filmmakers of the region meet their audience. The varied programme presents independent productions as well as the most interesting student films of the current year. Here, regulars of the Festival meet new talents still to be discovered - a mixture highly appreciated by both regional and professional audiences.

North Rhine-Westphalia is not only home to the Oberhausen Festival but also one of the most important and creative film production locations in Germany. And the NRW competition, as diverse in scope as North Rhine-Westphalia as a film location, is open to all genres, styles and themes.

The short films submitted here have a threefold chance of being shown at the Festival because, in addition to the NRW Competition, they can also qualify for the German or International Competition. The films are selected by an independent committee.

The jury of the NRW Competition

Birgit Hauska, curator, Cologne
Hilde Hoffmann, film scholar, Bochum
Ulli Klinkertz, curator, Bonn

All members of the jury since 2009

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Children's and Youth Film Competition

The Children's and Youth Film Competition was established in 1978 and is one of the most popular sections of our Festival. It not only opens up unusual perspectives on the world to young viewers. Whether animation or documentary, experimental or feature film, there are no limits to the variety of cinematic forms.

Every year, an independent commission selects around 45 films and videos from more than 25 countries from the submissions for the German and International Competition and programmes them for the various age groups, starting from the age of three. The filmmakers* are invited to Oberhausen to present their films in person and to discuss them with the audience - an event that regularly meets with much applause on both sides.

The prizes are awarded by juries of children and young people. In addition, a jury of experts nominates a film for the ECFA Short Film Award which was initiated by Oberhausen. The children's and youth film competition is accompanied by a series of film education projects for children, young people and educators*.

The Children's jury of the Children's and Youth Film Competition

The Youth jury of the Children's and Youth Film Competition

The ECFA jury

Jan-Willem Bult, producer, Netherlands
Monica Koshka-Stein, artistic director KUKI, Germany
Ivana Kvesic, director Schweizer Jugendfilmtage, Switzerland

All members of the jury since 2018

Contact

Franziska Ferdinand
kiju(at)kurzfilmtage.de

MuVi Award for the best German music video

With the MuVi Award for the best German music video, Oberhausen launched the world's first festival prize for music videos in 1999.  Over the years, the MuVi Award has become a meeting place and forum for filmmakers, the trade press and the short film scene - a place to make discoveries and be discovered. Above all, it has developed into a real audience favourite. Here the Festival pleads for the extraordinary visual form as well. Only current music videos whose director or production is based in Germany are nominated.

An independent commission will select ten to twelve candidates from the submissions, who will be invited and screened in the festival programme both on location and online. An international MuVi jury will award the prize winners. In addition, an audience award will be presented, which will be determined by voting on the Internet.

In addition to the MuVi Award for the best German music video the Festival will launch the MuVi International Award in 2021.

From 1 to 4 May 2021 the Festival will present the two competitions online, and from 5 May the Festival plans to show the two MuVi Awards in cinemas as well. As always, the winners of the MuVi Award will be announced after the screening on 8 May, the winners of the MuVi International Award on 9 May.

The jury of the German MuVi Award

Jan Bonny (filmmaker, Germany)
Annekathrin Kohout (author, Germany)
Babeth M. VanLoo (artist, Netherlands)

A selection of the jury members since 1999

Contact

Jessica Manstetten
muvi(at)kurzfilmtage.de

MuVi International Award for the best international music video

Since 1998, the International Short Film Festival Oberhausen shows a selection of trend-setting international music videos and formally exceptional works - a showcase of current developments in the music video genre, previously shown under the title "MuVi International".

In 2021, Oberhausen is now launching the MuVi International Award, which, analogous to the German MuVi Award, will honour formally outstanding and exceptional international music videos. Only current music videos whose direction and production are not based in Germany are admitted.

The selection committee appointed by the Festival nominates the works from the submissions and an international MuVi jury awards the prizes. In addition, an audience award is presented, which is determined by voting on the Internet.

From 1 to 4 May 2021 Oberhausen will present both competitions online, and from 5 May the Festival plans to show both MuVi Awards in cinemas. The winners of the MuVi International Award will be announced on 9 May.

The jury of the MuVi International Award

Jan Bonny (filmmaker, Germany)
Annekathrin Kohout (author, Germany)
Babeth M. VanLoo (artist, Netherlands)

Contact

Jessica Manstetten
muvi(at)kurzfilmtage.de