Competitions

Award Winners 2024

Awards of the International Jury

Grand Prize of the City of Oberhausen
worth 8,000 euros

Chūn Èr shí sān
(Spring 23)
Wang Zhiyi
China 2023, 13‘13‘‘, colour

Statement:

For being able to be both humanistic and subtly political, for its precise cinematography and editing, for its mixture of tragedy and humour.

 

Principal Prize
worth 4,000 euros

The Many Interrupted Dreams of Mr. Hemmady
Amit Dutta
India 2024, 14‘36‘‘, colour

Statement:

A director who moves effortlessly from the spontaneous encounter with a very unusual private collection to his own brand of ghostly animated magic. For him cinema becomes a way of travelling through culture, music and beauty thanks to the playful truth of a singular mix of animation techniques.

Promotional Prize of the International Competition
worth 1,500 euros

Waliduki Ala’Larjah
(The Father, Probably)
Tayib Tolba, Sidi Mohamed Tolba
Mauretania 2024, 28‘17‘‘, colour

Statement:

The filmmakers’ austere palette and cinematography depict the severe reality surrounding a girl living in a male dominated society. The engaging performance by the actress, Fatimetou Abeyd, contributed to the depth of this tragic narrative. By delicate suggestion, the film managed to make us feel the daily oppression of a woman in this closed community.

European Film Awards Short Film Candidate

Boucan
(Clamor)
Salomé Da Souza
France 2023, 25‘, colour

 

Statement:

For its realistic and rough description of a family and a community, for its daring interrogation of sexuality and taboo, for the amazing performance of the actors, most of them none-professional.

 

 

Special Mentions

 

Ovozlar
(Voices)
Irina Savon
Uzbekistan 2023, 22‘46‘‘, colour

Statement:

An insight into multiple working-class communities where the men labour under extreme conditions to support their respective families. With its observational mode of representation, the film provides us with an intimate glimpse into the sacrifices these men and their families experience.

 

Bol
(Pain)
Ivan Faktor
Croatia 2024, 22‘14‘‘, colour

Statement:

We would like to pay our respect and tribute to Ivan Faktor for his extraordinary concluding project and also thank the filmmakers who resurrected and edited this footage and now made it available to the Oberhausen community.

The International Critics’ Prize

The International Critics’ Prize (FIPRESCI Prize)

Chūn Èr shí sān
(Spring 23)
Wang Zhiyi
China 2023, 13‘13‘‘, colour

Statement:

For its sensitivity and irony in the process of mourning, with tight editing and an extraordinary visual talent.

Prize of the Jury of the Ministry of Culture and Science of North Rhine-Westphalia

1st Prize of the Jury of the Ministry of Culture and Science of North Rhine-Westphalia
worth 5,000 euros

On Hospitality – Layla al Attar and Hotel al Rasheed
Magnus Bärtås, Behzad Khosravi-Noori
Sweden 2023, 18‘, colour

 

Statement:

This film, which we chose first after much deliberation, builds a multi-layered architecture out of the possibilities and impossibilities of history. A voice from beyond and footsteps on the inlays of ideology take us into a narrative prism that allows us to understand the complexities of our present and the depths of power. The Hotel al Rashid with its 1001 rooms offers the filmmakers just enough space to show us how to think, explore and feel cinematically.

 

2nd Prize of the Jury of the Ministry of Culture and Science of North Rhine-Westphalia
worth 3,000 euros

O Ma
(Before then)
Xue Mengzhu
Germany/China, 2023, 30‘07‘‘, colour/black and white

Statement:

Not everyone who has a language also has a voice. Our second vote therefore goes to a film that finds translations beyond writing and language and makes a poetic dialogue between the values of different generations possible that is immediately affectionate and unmediatedly close.

Special Mentions

Ba Gheyde Mahramanegi
(With Confidentiality)
Shervin Vahdat, Payam Azizi
Iran 2023, 17‘12‘‘, colour

Statement:

Ingeniously simple and touching, this film weaves a story of solidarity, ambition and ambivalence. Risking their lives, the women of an Iranian village turn to the authorities to accuse their husbands. The film is not just about, it is feminist empowerment.

 

Ba’ad Thalek La Yahdoth Shea’
(Nothing Happens After That)
Ibrahim Omar
Sudan 2023, 12‘, colour

Statement:

The film speaks of the end of possibilities, of loss and grief and the outside of society that is a reality for refugees in life and in death. Ba'ad Thalek La Yahdoth Shea' (Nothing Happens After That) has no choice but to preserve the catastrophe because it cannot be processed, and cools the pain down to an existential visual language.

Prize of the Ecumenical Jury

Prize of the Ecumenical Jury
worth 1,500 euros

O Ma
(Before then)
Xue Mengzhu
Germany/China, 2023, 30‘07‘‘, colour/black and white

Statement:

Language can be a barrier: We don't know the other person's language or can’t understand what they want to tell us. Language can also be liberating: finally expressing what is on my mind, revealing myself and to share my inner feelings. But can language be both a barrier and a liberation? Yes, this paradox is possible. Our winning film this year proves it.

By dissolving the traditional categories of speaker and listener, it is also possible to express what cannot be said. A letter in a foreign language becomes a possibility of communication that remains misunderstood, and at the same time the unspeakable is said and no longer hidden.

The film is about our relationship with the people we love, the people we don't want to let go, and the people we want open up to. But it also shows how the gap between different generations, social systems and places can prevent us from fully understanding each other. It shows us a creative way of dealing with the unspeakable and is a plea for an intense relationship between us and our neighbours.

 

Special Mention

Hitbasrut
(Decryption)
Maya Zack
Israel 2023, 12‘26‘‘, colour

Statement:

Memories fade – this experience is part of being human. We would give a lot to be able to go back in time for a moment and refresh our memories of people we care about. One film in this year's competition brings this to the screen in a unique, tactile way. Based on a personal story, the film uses intense scenes to explore a universal human theme. We read it as an opportunity to dive deeper into the existential questions about the other within the self, about the materiality and conditions of memory. Despite the healing power of multi-layered attempts to get closer: Memory resists its complete decryption.

ZONTA Prize

ZONTA Prize
worth 1,000 euros
for a female filmmaker in the International or German Competition

 

DESIGN BIO TOILET
Mariola Brillowska
Germany 2024, 3‘58‘‘, colour

Statement:

This year's ZONTA Prize goes to a filmmaker who has long accompanied the festival with her works. Her films have an unmistakable signature, are garish, often loud, full of colour and always to the point. What looks spontaneous is always finely crafted. With this film she has amazed us once again; we are thrilled.

 

Awards of the German Jury

Prize of the German Competition
worth 5,000 euros

Vermessung der Tristesse
(Measuring Sadness)
Agnieszka Jurek
Germany 2024, 18', colour

Statement:

The moment is a way out, can be a salvation and let you sense infinity. A moment and then another moment, sensations that lie like islands in the course of time. Next to it, a child growing older, in a forest that always seems to remain the same. Breathe in, breathe out.

 

Promotional Prize of the German Competition
worth 1,500 euros

That’s All From Me
Eva Könnemann
Germany 2024, 23‘52‘‘, colour

Statement:

The sincerity and vulnerability with which the filmmaker's character embarks on a search for a way out of a social and personal dilemma does not lead to a solution, but to an opening process in which she lets us participate, full of self-irony and insight: That's All From Me – we wish that this is not all we will have heard and seen from this filmmaker.

 

3sat Emerging Talent Prize
worth 2,500 euros
In addition the award includes a buying option on the awarded work to be broadcast on 3sat.

Outside
Marian Mayland
Germany 2024, 29‘52‘‘, colour

Statement:
A story that was readily believed was exposed as a lie that disturbed relatives and those around her. The case of the artist who pretended to be a victim of the Nazi regime is now returning in a new version. We believe that the discourse triggered by this story should be given the opportunity to be continued in public television programmes.

 

Special Mention

LIKE HORSES STANDING IN THE RAIN
Nicolaas Schmidt
Germany 2024, 16‘, colour

Statement:

A tragicomic journey that leads nowhere, but yields an insight: In a montage of images from the very recent past, the film gradually creates a fragmentary cartography of a suicidal era whose problem is not that consumer capitalism offers the wrong fulfilment for our desires, but that these desires have never been our own.

Prizes of the NRW Jury

Prize of the NRW Competition
worth 1,000 euros

Bei Gino
(At Gino’s)
Christoph Otto
Germany 2024, 9‘31‘‘, colour

Statement:

An aimless night in a Cologne bar. New and old acquaintances, anecdotes and lots of wine accompany the protagonist on her quest for something undefined. The camera, too, is searching for its images, unfolding, with subtle humour, a social reference space in which partying, drinking and getting to know other people are a natural part of life.

 

Promotional Prize of the NRW Competition
worth 500 euros

swinging
Miri Klischat
Germany 2024, 6‘45‘‘, black and white

Statement:

Fleeting moments of upheaval. In brief snapshots of a summer day spent together which talk both of intimacy and attempts at getting closer, we observe a boy on the threshold between childhood and adolescence. Like the swing which moves in and out of the frame, he, too, floats between the times.

 

Special Mention

Alltagstalente
Lindi
German 2023, 3‘18‘‘, colour/black and white

Statement:

Even though the protagonists of this film come to the conclusion that their talent lies in doing nothing, the film displays a special and regrettably increasingly rare quality: an anarchic joy of filmmaking.

Prize of the WDR Westart Audience Jury

Prize of the WDR Westart Audience Jury
worth 750 euros, sponsored by WDR Westart

Members:

Alia Aswab, Larissa Braunöhler, Elke Hinrichs, Ilka Liesner, Zolniam Nomguunsuren, Werner Travis Ratajzak, Peter Ruhwedel-Kebbe, Cornelia Saalfeld, Joachim Saalfeld, Uwe Schmitt, Nina Stuttkwitz, Ingeborg Sungen, Karin Teichmann, Sabine Wegge

 

Heile Welt
(Lost Places)
Kerstin Gramberg
Germany 2023, 11'50’’, colour

Statement:

A film that shows the world between idyll and threat, between untouched nature and civilisation, between paradise and hell. Are we humans disturbing unspoilt nature or is nature disturbing human activity? An enchantingly animated setting, created from the simplest materials such as sugar, felt and paper. Accompanied by an impressively precise sound layer that draws the viewer emotionally into a poetic world of images. We from the Westart Audience Jury consider this combination of relevant content and unique style to be very special and therefore award the WDR Westart Prize 2024 to the short film Heile Welt by Kerstin Gramberg.

26. MuVi Award for the Best German Music Video

1st Prize
worth 2,000 euros

Schleim des Nichtwissens (Back To Comm)
Marc Richter
Germany 2024, 5‘36‘‘, colour

Statement:
Initially we didn’t have this winner on our shortlist. But the clip grows with every viewing. Opulent costumes, Hieronymus Bosch-like Tableaus and AI aesthetics come together in the richly detailed images. It’s not just the hands of the figures who appear apathetically in these tableaus that are deformed, but almost all of their body parts. Humanity is largely at an end here. What’s left are chemicals, mutations, fungi and exposed brains. A hybrid freak show in which destruction, anxiety and beauty intermingle. The impression of beauty is reinforced by the meditative calm of the music. The abnormal is celebrated and loses its horror. What’s more, this clip is the only one in which music and images were created by one artist – who has developed a truly new aesthetic in these images.

 

2nd Prize
worth 1,000 euros

Das Parlament der Dinge (F.S.K.)
Juno Melián Meinecke
Germany 2023, 3‘40‘‘, colour/black and white

Statement:
In the second prize-winner's video, the visual aesthetics, the tonality of the music and the lyrics are close together. There is no sound/image divide: We hear a word such as the word broom and see a drawing of a broom. The singer sings the word sofa and we see a sofa. The aesthetics of the images seem old – Super 8, VHS, samples from old films – but not antiquated. Both sound and image appear virtuoso and amateurish. We particularly liked how the children's drawings do not simply duplicate text and music, but add further layers to both. The things and children's drawings are fun, the clip is open in terms of meaning and characterised by a great joy in the society of commodities. In the end, however, everything has exploded and Hammer and Sickle applaud.

 

Special Mention

Google Your New Name (Golden Diskó Ship)
Paula Reissig
Germany 2023, 3‘25‘‘, colour

Statement:
Our emphatically and wholeheartedly given Special Mention goes to a clip that depicts private spaces that have become precarious. It sounds a little abstract at first, but immediately jumps out at you when you see it: A living room is flooded by a mercury-like liquid, doppelgangers appear, and the supposedly protected space of privacy becomes more and more poisoned. Director Paula Reissig is a computer game designer, among other things, and has created a scenario of the uncanny that harmonises wonderfully with the music of Golden Diskó Ship. And this despite the fact that it, the music, moves forward while the images set the scene for a state of mental emergency.

 

MuVi Online Audience Award
chosen by online vote on www.muvipreis.de and worth 500 euros

Das Parlament der Dinge (F.S.K.)
Juno Melián Meinecke
Germany 2023, 3‘40‘‘, colour/black and white

 

The MuVi Partners 2024:
3sat
Byte.FM
kaput – Magazin für Insolvenz & Pop
kultur.west
netpoint media

The Awards of the International Children’s and Youth Film Competition

Prize of the Children’s Jury
worth 1,000 euros, sponsored by Wirtschaftsbetriebe Oberhausen (WBO)

Frite sans maillot
(Noodles au Naturel)
Matteo Salanave Piazza
France 2023, 4'15‘‘, Farbe

Statement:

Our winning film totally hit our sense of humour. The film is about Anthony having forgotten his swimming trunks, right when swimming lessons are about to start. He quickly has to come up with a solution. The scene where we saw the boy's bottom against the window pane, for example, was funny. Everyone laughed. The funniest and most encouraging part was when the boy shouts out loud: “I've forgotten my swimming trunks. I've only got my briefs on!”

 

Promotional Prize of the Children’s Jury
worth 1,000 euros, sponsored by Energieversorgung Oberhausen AG (evo)

 

MY SCHOOL
Keitaro Oshima
Japan 2023, 9'37‘‘, colour

Statement:

What we really like about our winning film is that other children have worked on it, because the film is the result of an art project. The beautifully drawn animations are mixed with real images. They are scenes from everyday school life. The music and images harmonised particularly well. And what impressed us particularly were the bright colours of the images.

 

Special Mention

Brouillarta
Ingvild Søderlind
Norway 2023, 14'10‘‘, colour

Statement:

Our Special Mention goes to a film that is scary, exciting and also mysterious. It was easy for us to put ourselves in the shoes of the boy who is a little scared. We also like the different camera angles in this feature film. At first we thought Brouillarta was a ghost. If you want to know who or what Brouillarta is, you have to see the film.

Prize of the Youth Jury
worth 1,000 euros, sponsored by the Rotary Club Oberhausen

Beyond Farewell
Jackie Shijie Xing
USA 2024, 4'34‘‘, colour

Statement:

The music video was very touching and shows the immense importance that one person can have for another. The film makes it clear that every separation is hard and never the same. Two worlds collide – AI and ours – and there is no “typical” goodbye here. The production countries USA and China were represented and we were impressed by how the film illustrates this. The title of the film shows that everyone deserves the best. We felt very well entertained by the film and it appealed to us because it is about love.

 

Special Mention

Boat People
Thao Lam, Kjell Boersma
Canada 2023, 9'59‘‘, colour

Statement:

Our Special Mention goes to a film that we think has a very relevant and important message. The film shows the danger and tense situation experienced from the perspective of a child fleeing from its country. We are shown a hope that never really ends, along with a chaos of emotions. The film was very informative, which is very good for people who may not know much about war and flight.

Prize of the ECFA Jury

ECFA Short Film Award
(The award consists of a nomination for the ECFA Short Film Award 2025)

Iris
Jon Vatne
Norway 2024, 14‘01‘‘, colour

Statement:

In its highly imaginative and unpredictable plot, the film delves into a child's view on everyday life experiences and ultimately legitimizes this particular perspective on the world. It sensitively portrays an eye-to-eye relationship between a girl and a toddler who support each other as they embark on an adventure: A surreal, yet familiar and relatable journey of discovery through a world beyond the adult mindset that empowers children in a non-conformist way.

Prize of the Ecumenical Jury of the Children’s and Youth Film Competition

Prize of the Ecumenical Jury of the Children’s and Youth Film Competition
worth 1,500 euros

The Old Young Crow
Liam LoPinto
Japan/USA 2023, 12‘, colour

Statement:

An elderly man reminisces about a childhood experience of solitude in a new location while reading his old sketchbook. His drawings transport him back to a significant moment in a quiet graveyard, where he found solace and encountered an older woman grieving her son's loss. This film employs innovative animation techniques alongside live action, weaving a heartfelt narrative about a spiritually sensitive boy adapting to new religious customs. Through connecting with the deceased and reconciling his own losses, he discovers a sense of belonging in his unfamiliar surroundings.

Competition Films

By countries

Argentina

El mal menor (The lesser evil), Marcos Montes de Oca, 2023, 18’58’’, International Competition

 

Austria

abstechen (sticking pigs), Angelika Reitzer, 2023, 15’22’’,  International Competition

Avec la 4e Division Marocaine de Montagne (With the 4th Moroccan Mountain Division), Stefania Smolkina, 2024, 25’56’’, International Competition

Lacrimosa, Josef Dabernig, 2024, 11’, International Competition

Surface Séance, Michael Heindl, 2024, 4’45’’, International Competition

 

Belgium

Arbor, Cremium, Frutex, Herba, Quentin Nicolaï, 2023, 7’, International Competition

Entre les autres (Between the Others), Marie Falys, 2023, 23’22’’, Children’s and Youth Film Competition

Girl'z in the Hood, Karim Akalay, 2023, 19’, International Competition

 

Brazil

Lulina e a lua (Lulina and the Moon), Marcus Vinicius Vasconcelos, Alois Di Leo, 2023, 14’, Children’s and Youth Film Competition

 

Canada

Abaznoda (Abaznoda (Basket)), Charlotte Gauthier-Nolett, 2023, 10’26’’, Children’s and Youth Film Competition

Boat People, Thao Lam, Kjell Boersma, 2023, 9’59’’, Children’s and Youth Film Competition

 

China

转文字不小心删掉了,能再发一次吗? (Another Day), Wang Danyang, Chen Yiquan, 2023, 5’22’’, International Competition

唯幻 (Being is negative), Sun Xun, 2023, 4’30’’, International Competition

He Tong (And I Talk like a River), Qian Ning, 2023, 12’37’’, Children’s and Youth Film Competition

捉迷藏 (Hide and Seek), Qian Li, 2023, 7’03’’, China, Children’s and Youth Film Competiton

春二十三 (Spring 23), Wang Zhiyi, 2023, 13’13’’, International Competition

绝地天通 (The Separation of Heaven and Earth), Zhong Su, 2024, 9’36’’, International Competition

 

Croatia

Bol (Pain), Ivan Faktor, 2024, 22’14’’, International Competition

 

Cuba/Spain

Futuro (Future), Amanda Cots Martínez, Ángel Suárez Ávila, 2024, 15’04’’, Children’s and Youth Film Competition

 

Finland

Replacement Track, Eero Tammi, 2024, 18’18’’, International Competition

 

France

Au 8ème jour (On the 8th Day), Agathe Sénéchal, Alicia Massez, Elise Debruyne, Flavie Carin, Théo Duhautois, 2023, 8’12’’,  Children’s and Youth Film Competition

Boucan (Clamor), Salomé Da Souza, 2023, 25’, International Competition

Frite sans maillot (Noodles au Naturel), Matteo Salanave Piazza, 2023, 4’15’’, Children’s and Youth Film Competition

Météores (Meteors), Agnès Patron, Morgane Le Péchon, 2023, 4’30’’, Children’s and Youth Film Competition

Silhouette, Alexis Lafuente, Marc Forest, Antoni Nicolai, Elliot Dreuille, Baptiste Gueusquin, Chloé Stritcher, 2023, 5’02’’, Children’s and Youth Film Competition

 

Germany

[dramatic music continues], Bjørn Melhus, 2023, 5’10’’, German Competition

A Quickie In The Bouncy House, Frederic Pierce Warnecke, Matthew Biederman, 2023, 4’10’’, German MuVi Award

A War I've Never Seen, Fariba Buchheim, 2023, 29’27’’, German Competition

Alltagstalente (Everydaytalents), Lukas Lindberg, 2023, 3’18’’, NRW Competition

Arschschießen, Laurenz Otto, 2024, 15’, NRW Competition

Bei Gino (At Gino's), Christoph Otto, 2024, 9’45’’, NRW Competition

Cuando llegue la neblina (When the fog comes), Laurentia Genske, 2023,23’23’’, German Competition

Das Parlament der Dinge, Juno Melián Meinecke, 2023, 3’40’’, German MuVi Award

DEMO, Dora Cohnen, 2023, 13’15’’, NRW Competition

DESIGN BIO TOILET, Mariola Brillowska, 2024, 3’59’’, German Competition

Everythingness, Julia Jesionek, 2024, 7’14’’, NRW Competition

Gezielt Mittelalterliche Überlegungen (The Bear Within), Paula Milena Weise, Finn Ole Weigt, 2024, 25’, German Competition

Google Your New Name, Paula Reissig, 2023, 3’25’’, German MuVi Award

Grunewald Is Burning, Markus S Fiedler, 2023, 3’06’’, German MuVi Award

HBD, Stephan Dybus, 2023, 3’29’’, German MuVi Award

Heile Welt (Lost Places), Kerstin Gramberg, 2023, 11’50’’, NRW Competition

HOT LAVA NIGHT, Keren Cytter, 2023, 10’08’’, German Competition

Ich gehe in den Tag (I go into the day), Mariola Brillowska, 2024, 3’55’’, German MuVi Award

Katalinen Kanthoria (Katalin’s Ballad), Nahia Garcia de Andoin, 2024, 14’09’’, German Competition

les microbes (microbes), Matze Görig, 2023, 17’42’’, German Competition

Leylet Europa, Léo Beaudoin, Ronida Alsino, 2023, 14’50’’, NRW Competition

LIKE HORSES STANDING IN THE RAIN, Nicolaas Schmidt, 2024, 16’, German Competition

Manitulation, Astrid Busch, 2023, 5’23’’, German MuVi Award

Melodies Of Barking Dogs, Daniel Huss, 2023, 8’36’’, German Competition

Merkur, Johannes Lehnen, 2024, 32’25’’, German Competition

, Malin Neumann, 2023, 6’25’’, Children’s and Youth Film Competition

Muharrem, der Freund (Muharrem, the Friend), Orkan Bayram, 2024, 22’30’’, NRW Competition

Outside, Marian Mayland, 2024, 29’52’’, German Competition

Pirouette, Ann Oren, 2024, 14’, German Competition

Pura Vida Ibiza, Jens Schillmöller, 2024, 14’45’’, NRW Competition

Quoi Que Tu Dis (Whatever You Say), Klaus Erika Dietl, Stephanie Müller, 2024, 4’41’’ German MuVi Award

Sans histoire, Maya Schweizer, 2023, 28’28’’, German Competition

Schleim des Nichtwissens, Marc Richter, 2024, 5’36’’, German MuVi Award

swinging, Miri Klischat, 2024, 6’45’’, NRW Competition

That’s All From Me, Eva Könnemann, 2024, 23’52’’, German Competition

The Garden of Alalá, David Jansen, Sophie Biesenbach - Jansen, 2023, 12’15’’, NRW Competition

Vermessung der Tristesse (Measuring Sadness), Agnieszka Jurek, 2024, 18’, German Competition

Wheels, Lucie Friederike Mueller, Benjamin Butter, 2023, 3’39’’, German MuVi Award

 

Germany/China 

哦玛 (Before then), Xue Mengzhu, 2023, 30’, International Competition

 

Greece

Ονειρευτήκαμε σε μέρη που δεν υπάρχουν πια (We dreamed in places that no longer exist), Giorgos Efthimiou, 2023, 5’29’’ International Competition

 

Hungary

Meditáció alkonyatkor (Meditation at Dusk), Judit Erdélyi, 2023, 7’27’’, Children’s and Youth Film Competition

 

India

The Many Interrupted Dreams of Mr. Hemmady, Amit Dutta, 2024, 14’36’’, International Competition

 

Iran

Ba Gheyde Mahramanegi (With Confidentiality), Shervin Vahdat, Payam Azizi, 2023, 17’12’’, International Competition

 

Iran / France

Kodam Khane, Kodam Doust (There is No Friend's House), Abbas Taheri, 2023, 19’10’’, Children’s and Youth Film Competition

 

Iran / USA

Rizoo, Azadeh Navai, 2023, 15’54’’, Children’s and Youth Film Competition

 

Israel

התבשרות (Decryption), Maya Zack, 2023, 12’26’’, International Competition

 

Italy

Steklishko (Glass Piece), Anya Ru, 2023, 2’10’’, Children’s and Youth Film Competition

 

Japan

DOCOOK, Solami Habu, 2023, 4’04’’, Children’s and Youth Film Competition

Door, Fuka Katayama, 2023, 3’05’’, Children’s and Youth Film Competition

Jizai, Maiko Endo, 2024, 14’54’’, Children’s and Youth Film Competition

MY SCHOOL, Keitaro Oshima, 2023, 9’37’’, Children’s and Youth Film Competition

それはとにかくまぶしい (Radiance), Hatano Shuhei, 2023, 17’55’’, International Competition

Rice Ball Rice (Rice Ball Rice (Onigiri)), Ikuo Kato, 2023, 2’13’’, Children’s and Youth Film Competition

The One for Me, Akane Nakamoto, 2023, 2’41’’, Children’s and Youth Film Competition


Japan/USA

The Old Young Crow, Liam LoPinto, 2023, 12’, Children’s and Youth Film Competition

 

Lebanon

I Come from the Sea, Feyrouz Serhal, 2023, 21’49’’, Children’s and Youth Film Competition

 

Lithuania / France

The One Who Knows, Eglė Davidavičė, 2023, 12’, Children’s and Youth Film Competition

 

Luxembourg

Meadows Wait, Mist Diffuses, Dzhovani Gospodinov, 2023, 7’10’’, International Competition

 

Mauritania

 والدك.. على الأرجح (The Father, Probably), Tayib Tolba, Sidi Mohamed Tolba, 2024, 28’17’’,  International Competition

 

Mexico

Los cautiverios (The Captivities), Silvia Jiménez, 2023, 6’36’’, Children’s and Youth Film Competition

O, Diana Vázquez, 2024, 20’03’’, International Competition

Tzintzuntzan, Nicolas Echevarria, 2023, 25’25’’, International Competition

 

Netherlands

No horses on Mars, Bea de Visser, 2024, 14’27’’, International Competition

 

Norway

Brouillarta, Ingvild Søderlind, 2023, 14’10’’, Children’s and Youth Film Competition

Flow, Anne Haugsgjerd, 2024, 17'59'', International Competition

Iris, Jon Vatne, 2024, 14’01’, Children’s and Youth Film Competition

Smerteterskel (Warrior Heart), Marianne Ulrichsen, 2024, 17’12’’, Children’s and Youth Film Competition

 

Paraguay

Historias de Sudamérica (Stories from South America), Federico Adorno, 2024, 15’, International Competition


Poland

Garstka ziemi (Handful of dirt), Izabela Zubrycka, 2023, 13’05’’, International Competition

Pazur (The Claw), Marta Nowak, 2023, 16’49’’, International Competition

 

Poland/USA

Wolna (Coral), Sonia Oleniak, 2023, 18’11’’, International Competition

 

Portugal

Exotic Words Drifted, Sandro Aguilar, 2023, 15’17’’, International Competition

 

Singapore

Spirited City, Ang Siew Ching, 2023, 10’22’, International Competition

 

Spain

Exergo, Jorge Moneo Quintana, 2023, 18’07’’, International Competition

 

Sudan

Ba'ad Thalek La Yahdoth Shea' (Nothing Happens After That), Ibrahim Omar, 2023, 12’, International Competition

 

Sweden

Ögonblick (Moments), Jakob Arevärn, 2024, 3’30’’, Children’s and Youth Film Competition

On Hospitality – Layla al Attar and Hotel al Rasheed, Magnus Bärtås, Behzad Khosravi-Noori, 2023, 18’, International Competition

Split Seconds, Nicole Khadivi, 2023, 13’16’’, International Competition

 

Turkey

Morî, Yakup Tekintangaç, 2024, 19’08’’, International Competition

Projection, Gevorg Galstian, 2023, 4’55’’, International Competition

 

United Kingdom

All is Not Lost, Daniel Greaves, Ruth Beni, 2023, 10’44’’, Children’s and Youth Film 

Competition

Crab Day, Ross Stringer, 2023, 11’,  Children’s and Youth Film Competition

Cuppa Chai, Amit Kaur, 2023, 10’19’’, Children’s and Youth Film Competition

Dog Days, Carlotta Beck Peccoz, 2023, 8’50’’, Children’s and Youth Film Competition

fishing, Josie Charles, 2023, 8’32’’, International Competition

The Gathering, Laura Cooper, 2023, 23’22’’, International Competition

 

USA

Beyond Farewell, Shijie Xing, 2024, 4’34’’, Children’s and Youth Film Competition

I WAS THERE, part II, Chi Jang Yin, 2023, 9’51’’, International Competition

Lacuna, Shirley He, Carlo Nasisse, 2023, 12’37’’, International Competition

Lizzy, Susanna Wallin, 2023, 15’, International Competition

 

USA/South Korea

No Re, Cho Seoungho, 2024, 7’14’’,  International Competition

 

Uzbekistan

Ovozlar (Voices), Irina Savon, 2023, 22’46’’, International Competition

 

By sections

Internationaler Wettbewerb / International Competition

 

abstechen (sticking pigs), Angelika Reitzer, 2023, 15’22’’, Austria

转文字不小心删掉了,能再发一次吗? (Another Day), Wang Danyang, Chen Yiquan, 2023, 5’22’’, China

Arbor, Cremium, Frutex, Herba, Quentin Nicolaï, 2023, 7’, Belgium

Avec la 4e Division Marocaine de Montagne (With the 4th Moroccan Mountain Division), Stefania Smolkina, 2024, 25’56’’, Austria

Ba Gheyde Mahramanegi (With Confidentiality), Shervin Vahdat, Payam Azizi, 2023, 17’12’’, Iran

Ba'ad Thalek La Yahdoth Shea' (Nothing Happens After That), Ibrahim Omar, 2023, 12’, Sudan,

哦玛 (Before then), Xue Mengzhu, 2023, 30’, Germany/China

唯幻 (Being is negative), Sun Xun, 2023, 4’30’’, China

Bol (Pain), Ivan Faktor, 2024, 22’14’’, Croatia

Boucan (Clamor), Salomé Da Souza, 2023, 25’, France

תבשרותה (Decryption), Maya Zack, 2023, 12’26’’, Israel

El mal menor (The lesser evil), Marcos Montes de Oca, 2023, 18’58’’, Argentina

Exergo, Jorge Moneo Quintana, 2023, 18’07’’, Spain

Exotic Words Drifted, Sandro Aguilar, 2023, 15’17’’, Portugal

fishing, Josie Charles, 2023, 8’23’’, United Kingdom

Flow, Anne Haugsgjerd, 2024, 17'59'', Norway

Garstka ziemi (Handful of dirt), Izabela Zubrycka, 2023, 13’05’’, Poland

Girl'z in the Hood, Karim Akalay, 2023, 19’, Belgium

Historias de Sudamérica (Stories from South America), Federico Adorno, 2024, 15’, Paraguay

I WAS THERE, part II, Chi Jang Yin, 2023, 9’51’’, USA

Lacrimosa, Josef Dabernig, 2024, 11’, Austria

Lacuna, Shirley He, Carlo Nasisse, 2023, 12’37’’, USA

Lizzy, Susanna Wallin, 2023, 15’, USA

Meadows Wait, Mist Diffuses, Dzhovani Gospodinov, 2023, 17’10’’, Luxembourg

Morî, Yakup Tekintangaç, 2024, 19’08’’, Turkey

No horses on Mars, Bea de Visser, 2024, 14’27’’, Netherlands

No Re, Cho Seoungho, 2024, 7’17’’, USA/South Korea

O, Diana Vázquez, 2024, 20’03’’, Mexico

On Hospitality – Layla al Attar and Hotel al Rasheed, Magnus Bärtås, Behzad Khosravi-Noori, 2023,18’, Sweden

Ovozlar (Voices), Irina Savon, 2023, 22’46’’, Uzbekistan

Pazur (The Claw), Marta Nowak, 2023, 16’49’’, Poland

Projection, Gevorg Galstian, 2023, 4’55’’, Turkey

それはとにかくまぶしい (Radiance), Hatano Shuhei, 2023, 17’55’’, Japan

Replacement Track, Eero Tammi, 2024, 18’18’’, Finland

Spirited City, Ang Siew Ching, 2023, 10’22’’, Singapore

Split Seconds, Nicole Khadivi, 2023, 13’16’’, Sweden

春二十三 (Spring 23), Wang Zhiyi, 2023, 13’13’’, China

Surface Séance, Michael Heindl, 2024, 4’45’’, Austria

والدك.. على الأرجح (The Father, Probably) Tayib Tolba, Sidi Mohamed Tolba, 2024, 28’17’’, Mauritania

The Gathering, Laura Cooper, 2023, 23’22’’, United Kingdom

The Many Interrupted Dreams of Mr. Hemmady, Amit Dutta, 2024, 14’36’’, India

绝地天通 (The Separation of Heaven and Earth), Zhong Su, 2024, 9’36’’, China

Tzintzuntzan, Nicolas Echevarria, 2023, 25’25’’, Mexico

Wolna (Coral), Sonia Oleniak, 2023, 18’11’’, Poland/ USA

Ονειρευτήκαμε σε μέρη που δεν υπάρχουν πια (We dreamed in places that no longer exist), Giorgos Efthimiou, 2023, 5’29’’, Greece

 

Deutscher Wettbewerb / German Competition

 

[dramatic music continues], Bjørn Melhus, 2023, 5’10’’, Germany

A War I've Never Seen, Fariba Buchheim, 2023, 29’27’’, Germany

Cuando llegue la neblina (When the fog comes), Laurentia Genske, 2023, 23’23’’, Germany

DESIGN BIO TOILET, Mariola Brillowska, 2024, 3’59’’, Germany

Gezielt Mittelalterliche Überlegungen (The Bear Within), Paula Milena Weise, Finn Ole Weigt, 2024, 25’, Germany

HOT LAVA NIGHT, Keren Cytter, 2023, 10’08’’, Germany

Katalinen Kanthoria (Katalin’s Ballad), Nahia Garcia de Andoin, 2024, 14’09’’, Germany

les microbes (microbes), Matze Görig, 2023, 17’42’’, Germany

LIKE HORSES STANDING IN THE RAIN, Nicolaas Schmidt, 2024, 16’, Germany

Melodies Of Barking Dogs, Daniel Huss, 2023, 8’36’’, Germany

Merkur, Johannes Lehnen, 2024, 32’25’’, Germany

Outside, Marian Mayland, 2024, 29’52’’, Germany

Pirouette, Ann Oren, 2024, 14’, Germany

Sans histoire, Maya Schweizer, 2023, 28’28’’, Germany

That’s All From Me, Eva Könnemann, 2024, 23’52’’, Germany

Vermessung der Tristesse (Measuring Sadness), Agnieszka Jurek, 2024, 18’, Germany

 

NRW-Wettbewerb / NRW Competition
 

Alltagstalente (Everydaytalents), Lukas Lindberg, 2023, 3’18’’, Germany

Arschschießen, Laurenz Otto, 2024, 15’, Germany

Bei Gino (At Gino's), Christoph Otto, 2024, 9’45’’, Germany

DEMO, Dora Cohnen, 2023, 13’15’’, Germany

Everythingness, Julia Jesionek, 2024, 7’14’’, Germany

Heile Welt (Lost Places), Kerstin Gramberg, 2023, 11’50’’, Germany

Leylet Europa, Léo Beaudoin, Ronida Alsino, 2023, 14’50’’, Germany

Muharrem, der Freund (Muharrem, the Friend), Orkan Bayram, 2024, 22’30’’, Germany

Pura Vida Ibiza, Jens Schillmöller, 2024, 14’45’’, Germany

swinging, Miri Klischat, 2024, 6’45’’, Germany

The Garden of Alalá, David Jansen, Sophie Biesenbach-Jansen, 2023, 12’15’’, Germany

 

 

Kinder- und Jugendwettbewerb / Children’s and Youth Film Competition

 

Abaznoda (Abaznoda (Basket)), Charlotte Gauthier-Nolett, 2023, 10’26’’, Canada

All is Not Lost, Daniel Greaves, Ruth Beni, 2023, 10’44’’, United Kingdom

Au 8ème jour (On the 8th Day), Agathe Sénéchal, Alicia Massez, Elise Debruyne, Flavie Carin, Théo Duhautois, 2023, 8’12’’, France

Beyond Farewell, Shijie Xing, 2024, 4’34’’, USA

Boat People, Thao Lam, Kjell Boersma, 2023, 9’59’’, Canada

Brouillarta, Ingvild Søderlind, 2023, 14’10’’, Norway

Crab Day, Ross Stringer, 2023, 11’, United Kingdom

Cuppa Chai, Amit Kaur, 2023, 10’19’’, United Kingdom

DOCOOK, Solami Habu, 2023, 4’04’’, Japan

Dog Days, Carlotta Beck Peccoz, 2023, 8’50’’, United Kingdom

Door, Fuka Katayama, 2023, 3’05’’, Japan

Entre les autres (Between the Others), Marie Falys, 2023, 23’22’’, Belgium

Frite sans maillot (Noodles au Naturel), Matteo Salanave Piazza, 2023, 4’15’’, France

Futuro (Future), Amanda Cots Martínez, Ángel Suárez Ávila, 2024, 15’04’’, Cuba/Spain

He Tong (And I Talk like a River), Qian Ning, 2023, 12’37’’, China

捉迷藏 (Hide and Seek), Qian Li, 2023, 7’03’’, China

I Come from the Sea, Feyrouz Serhal, 2023, 21’49’’, Lebanon

Iris, Jon Vatne, 2024, 14’01’’, Norway

Jizai, Maiko Endo, 2024, 14’54’’, Japan

Kodam Khane, Kodam Doust (There is No Friend's House), Abbas Taheri, 2023, 19’10’’, Iran/France

Los cautiverios (The Captivities), Silvia Jiménez, 2023, 6’36’’, Mexico

Lulina e a lua (Lulina and the Moon), Marcus Vinicius Vasconcelos, Alois Di Leo, 2023, 14’, Brazil

Meditáció alkonyatkor (Meditation at Dusk), Judit Erdélyi, 2023, 7’27’’, Hungary

Météores (Meteors), Agnès Patron, Morgane Le Péchon, 2023, 4’30’’ France

, Malin Neumann, 2023, 6’25’’, Germany

MY SCHOOL, Keitaro Oshima, 2023, 9’37’’, Japan

Ögonblick (Moments), Jakob Arevärn, 2024, 3’30’’, Sweden

Rice Ball Rice (Rice Ball Rice (Onigiri)), Ikuo Kato, 2023, 2’13’’, Japan

Rizoo, Azadeh Navai, 2023, 15’54’’, Iran/USA

Silhouette, Alexis Lafuente, Marc Forest, Antoni Nicolai, Elliot Dreuille, Baptiste Gueusquin, Chloé Stritcher, 2023, 5’02’’, France

Smerteterskel (Warrior Heart), Marianne Ulrichsen, 2024, 17’12’’, Norway

Steklishko (Glass Piece), Anya Ru, 2023, 2’10’’, Italy

The Old Young Crow, Liam LoPinto, 2023, 12’, Japan/USA

The One for Me, Akane Nakamoto, 2023, 2’41’’, Japan

The One Who Knows, Eglė Davidavičė, 2023, 12’, Lithuania/France

 

MuVi-Preis / German MuVi Award

 

A Quickie In The Bouncy House, Frederic Pierce Warnecke, Matthew Biederman, 2023, 4’10’’´, Germany

Das Parlament der Dinge, Juno Melián Meinecke, 2023, 3’40’’, Germany

Google Your New Name, Paula Reissig, 2023, 3’25’’, Germany

Grunewald is burning, Markus S Fiedler, 2023, 3’06’’, Germany

HBD, Stephan Dybus, 2023, 3’29’’, Germany

Ich gehe in den Tag (I go into the day), Mariola Brillowska, 2024, 3’55’’, Germany

Manitulation, Astrid Busch, 2023, 5’23’’, Germany

Quoi Que Tu Dis (Whatever You Say), Klaus Erika Dietl, Stephanie Müller, 2024, 4’41’’, Germany

Schleim des Nichtwissens, Marc Richter, 2024, 5’36’’, Germany

Wheels, Lucie Friederike Mueller, Benjamin Butter, 2023, 3’39’’, Germany

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 and production country. Every year, filmmakers from over 40 countries present themselves here. Only international festival premieres are admitted to this competition. The professional audience researches new films here, and a premiere shown in this competition is often a springboard for selection at other festivals - not least for the Oscar.

Filmmakers from all over the world are invited to present their work in person. The International Short Film Festival Oberhausen appoints its own selection committee and juries for this competition, in which the traditional Grand Prize of the City of Oberhausen is awarded.

Further Links
Submission
Reglement (Download-PDF)
Members of the jury (since 2009)

The selection committee

Lars Henrik Gass
Carsten Aschmann
Madeleine Bernstorff
Sophia Groening
Simon Petri-Lukács
Sylvia Schedelbauer
Katharina Schröder
Michel Wagenschütz

The Jury of the International Competition 2024

Keiko Okamura, curator, Tokyo
Keren Cytter, artist, Münster
Ariel Schweitzer, film critic, Paris
Abraham Ravett, filmmaker, Boston
Marco Müller, film educator and festival director, Shanghai
Ilya Tomashevich, filmmaker, Paris

All members of the jury since 2009

The Jury of the Ministry of Culture and Science of North Rhine-Westphalia

Ulrike Sprenger, Konstanz
Bernd Brehmer, München
Paul Feigelfeld, Wien
Angelika Lepper, München
Ruth Schiffer, Düsseldorf

The International Critics' Jury (FIPRESCI)

Leonard Geisler, film critic, Berlin
Davide Magnisi, film critic, Bari
Yun-hua Chen, film scholar, Berlin

The Ecumenical Jury of the International Competition

Phil Rieger, Germany
Attila Csabai, Hungary
Dr. Alexandra Palkowitsch, Bonn

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

Contact

Katharina Schröder
schroeder(at)kurzfilmtage.de

German Competition

With surprising diversity, topicality and a critical eye, Germany's oldest short film competition impresses its audience anew every year. Innovative short films by established filmmakers and newly discovered talents, produced in Germany but with themes from all over the world, compete here. The German Competition gathers independent artistic positions of all genres and is appreciated especially by international audiences as a showcase of German short film. A premiere shown here is noticed attentively and is often a door opener for other festivals. In addition, some of the entries submitted here also take part in the International Competition.

Further Links
Submission
Regulations (Download-PDF)
All members of the jury since 2009

The selection committee

Lars Henrik Gass
Carsten Spicher
Sarah Adam
Susanne Heinrich
Helena Wittmann

The jury of the German Competition 2024

Max Linz, author and film maker, Berlin
Kathrin Resetarits, author and film maker, Vienna
Boris Schafgans,author and film maker, Berlin

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

Contact

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.

Further Links
Submission
Regulations (Download PDF)
All members of the jury since 2009

The jury of the NRW Competition 2024

Neriman Bayram, Kuratorin, Freiburg in Breisgau
Oliver Flothkötter, Kurator, Essen
Lili Hartwig, Kuratorin, Hamburg

All members of the jury since 2009

Contact

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.

Further Links
Submission
Regulations (Download-PDF)
Film education
All members of the jury since 2017

The selection committee

Einar Fehrholz
Franziska Ferdinand
Samina Gul 
Barbara Kamp
Stefanie Schlüter

Die Ökumenische Jury

Johan H. Roeland, Niederlande
Orsolya Ekési, Ungarn
Theresia Merz, Linz

Contact

German MuVi Award

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 at the festival. 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. 

Further Links
Submission
Regulation MuVi
MuVi 14+
after youtube
A selection of the jury members since 1999

Die Auwahlkommission

Lars Henrik Gass
Hans-Christian Grimm
Jessica Manstetten

The jury of the German MuVi Award 2024

Anne Haffmans
Shahrzad Eden Osterer
Benjamin Moldenhauer

A selection of the jury members since 1999

Contact

Jessica Manstetten
muvi(at)kurzfilmtage.de