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Competition Selection 2021

By countries

Argentina
Las Credenciales, Manuel Ferrari, 2020, 19'06'', International  Online Competition
Las Sombras, Paulo Pécora, 2020, 18'02'', International  Online Competition
Trampa de luz, Pablo Marín, 2021, 8'30'', International  Online Competition

Argentina/Japan
Café de Kinema, Sol Miraglia, 2020, 9'00'', International Competition

Austria
All the Stops, Josef Dabernig, 2020, 15'38'', International Competition
copia de la copia (de la copia), Rafal Morusiewicz, 2020, 23'13'', International Online Competition
O, Paul Wenninger, 2021, 5'36'', International Competition

Belgium
Elong E'nabe, Niels Devlieghere, 2020, 14'00'', Children's and Youth Film Competition
I Like It When You’re Gone (Tom Rosenthal), Ada Güvenir, 2020, 03'06'', MuVi International Award
Oasielles, Nathalie Rossetti, 2020, 7'30'', International Online Competition

Belgium/France
L'ours qui avala une mouche, Pascale Hecquet, 2020, 7'24'', Children's and Youth Film Competition

Bosnia and Herzegovina/Netherlands
Before the fall there was no fall. Episode 02: Surfaces,Anna Dasovic, 2020, 20'01'', International Competition

Brasil
Belos Carnavais, Thiago B. Mendonça, 2020, 16'39'', International Online Competition

Brasil/Algeria
Eu espero o dia da nossa independência, Bruna Carvalho Almeida/Brunna Laboissière, 2021, 19'20'', International Competition

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

Canada
20-20, Karen Trask, 2021, 1'50'', International Competition
Skinned, Mike Hoolboom, 2020, 8'35'', International Competition

China
8'28'', Su Zhong, 2021, 8'28'', International Competition
(Dangerous Bridge), Aixing Wang, 2020, 33'24'', International Online Competition
装起来了就在你面前 (I’m Disguised, Right in front of You), Zhu Changquan, 2020, 10'00'', International Online Competition

China/USA
我是一群人2 (I Am the People_2), Xiaofei Li, 2020, 23'46'', International Competition

Colombia
La Cumbre, Felipe Lopez Gomez, 2021, 8'14'', International Online Competition
Niebla, Leonardo Romero Zarza, 2020, 10'26'', Children's and Youth Film Competition

Croatia
Dear Aki, Nina Kurtela, 2021, 14'40'', International Online Competition
Split, Renata Poljak, 2021, 11'11'', International Competition

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

Czech Republic
Pole Žin (Fields of Žinas), Marie Lukáčová/Anna Remecova, 2020, 8'49'', International Online Competition
Slavnostní problem, Alžběta Bačíková, 2020, 14'33'', International Competition
Vevnitř, Viktorie Štěpánová, 2020, 5'40'', Children's and Youth Film Competition

Denmark
B Plots, Freja Sofie Kirk, 2020, 6'36'', International Competition

Finland
Kansanradio - Runonlaulajien maa, Virpi Suutari, 2021, 26'47'', International Competition

Finland/Norway
Suodji, Marja Helander, 2020, 5'00'', International Online Competition

France
ABIKOU (Joan Bagés), Alexandra Bouge, 2021, 6'38'', MuVi International Award
Dix ans, Clélia Schaeffer, 2020, 15'00'', Children's and Youth Film Competition
Kaolin, Corentin Lemetayer Le Brize, 2020, 22'19'', Children's and Youth Film Competition
Kiki la plume, Julie Rembauville/Nicolas Bianco-Levrin, 2020, 5'47'', Children's and Youth Film Competition
La Chamade, Emma Séméria, 2020, 9'26'', Children's and Youth Film Competition
Latitude du printemps, Sylvain Cuvillier/Chloé Bourdic/Théophile Coursimault/Noémie Halberstam/Maŷlis Mosny/Zijing Ye, 2020, 7'25'', Children's and Youth Film Competition
Lupin, Helene Ducrocq, 2020, 11'11'', Children's and Youth Film Competition
Nonbinary, Jeanne L'Homer, 2020, 5'52'', International Competition, Children's and Youth Film Competition
Ourse, Nicolas Birkenstock, 2020, 27'23'', Children's and Youth Film Competition
Ton français est parfait, Julie Daravan Chea, 2020, 04'19'', Children's and Youth Film Competition
Trona Pinnacles, Mathilde Parquet, 2020, 13'20'', France, Children's and Youth Film Competition
Un très long temps d'exposition, Chloé Galibert-Laîné, 7'00'', 2020, International Online Competition

France/China
He An, 2020, Weijia Ma, 2020, 14'50'', Children's and Youth Film Competition

France/Mexico/USA
A Jurist for Nothing (A. F. Jones)
, Lana Z Caplan, 2020, 5'04'', MuVi International Award

France/Switzerland
Un caillou dans la chaussure, Eric Montchaud, 2020, 11'28'', Children's and Youth Film Competition

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

Germany
27 SCHRITTE, Andrea Schramm, 2021, 21'12'', German Competition
Annäherung, Sonya Schönberger, 2020, 7'52'', German Online Competition
Aus Aktuellem Anlass,Johannes Klais/Florian Pawliczek, 2020, 14'00'', NRW Competition
Bis zum letzten Tropfen, Simon Schnellmann, 2020, 5'46'', NRW Competition
Cutting Edges,Céline Berger, 2020, 14'30'', German Competition
Die klaffende Wunde,Jovana Reisinger, 2020, 5'00'', German Competition
Doom Cruise, Hannah Stragholz/Simon Steinhorst, 2021, 16'45'', NRW Competition
Doors of Reception,Bjørn Melhus, 2021, 2'30'', German Competition
Du bist doch kein Kind mehr,Mira Partecke/Annika Kuhl, 2020, 20'52'', German Competition
Es geht um Müll, Lisa Meier, 2020, 3'53'', Children's and Youth Film Competition
Ewig Gast, Maximilian Karakatsanis, 2020, 8'45'', German Online Competition
Fanuks: I Want To Sing Like Ella (Der Plan), Duc-Thi Bui/Marc Engenhart, 2021, 5'30'', German MuVi Award
feminism is a browser_materialisation, Charlotte Eifler, 2020, 11'50'', German Competition
Forever Corona (Oliver Polak, Erobique), Kay Otto, 2020, 3'41'', German MuVi Award
Haare Zu Gold (Hans Unstern), Hans Unstern, 2020, 9'19'', German MuVi Award
Hoch Sitzen, Oliver Gather, 2021, 24'22'', NRW Competition
Im gelben Licht, Simon Rupieper, 2020, 7'28'', German Competition
Junge Milliardäre (UWE), UWE, 2020, 4'42'', German MuVi Award
La Bâche, Volker Köster/Frédérique Laffont, 2020, 4'00'', NRW Competition
Like You Really Mean It, Ale Bachlechner, 2020, 12'45'', NRW Competition
LYDIA, Christian Becker, 2021, 21'10'', NRW Competition
Misty Picture, Christoph Girardet/Matthias Müller, 2021, 16'32'', International Competition, German Competition
Mood, Sonia Freiya Knop, 2020, 6'46'', German Competition
Mrs Yamahas Summer Tune (Richard von der Schulenburg), Katharina Duve/Timo Schierhorn, 2020, 4'21'', German MuVi Award
My Mother’s Hair, Zeynep Sıla Demircioğlu, 2020, 3'39'', Children's and Youth Film Competition
OCTAVIA’S VISIONS, Zara Zandieh, 2020, 17'36'', German Competition
Out of Control (DJ Hell), Stacie Ant, 2020, 3'42'', German MuVi Award
Pointilist (Kröter), Jo Zahn, 2021, 5'58'', German MuVi Award
Proll!, Adrian Figueroa, 2021, 30'00'', German Competition
Rasenmäher in E-Moll (beißpony),Stephanie Müller/Klaus Erika Dietl, 2021, 14'59'', German MuVi Award
Safe Space, Mirelle Borra, 2020, 10'01'', German Online Competition
SALIDAS, Michael Fetter Nathansky, 2021, 10'18'', German Online Competition
Seasons/Patterns, James Edmonds, 2020, 10'00'', German Competition
Second, André Martins, 2020, 30'49'', German Competition
Shine and Frustration, Shira Orion, 2020, 4'10'', German Competition
Subjekträume, Katharina Voß, 2020, 28'40'', German Online Competition
The Pure and the Damned (Oneohtrix Point Never), Oliver Pietsch, 2021, 4'43'', German MuVi Award
The Source of the Absolute Knowledge (Jaakko Eino Kalevi),Christine Gensheimer, 2021, 4'52'', German MuVi Award
Top Down Memory, Daniel Theiler, 2020, 12'20'', German Online Competition
Tricks for Transformation, Rainer Knepperges, 2020, 9'26'', NRW Competition
Trübes Wasser, Elena Wiener, 2020, 9'54'', NRW Competition
Verwundene Fäden / MπερδεμένεςΚλοστές, Deborah Jeromin, 2020, 40'44'', German Online Competition
Voices and Shells, Maya Schweizer, 2020, 18'10'', German Competition
Was wahrscheinlich passiert wäre, wäre ich nicht zuhause geblieben, Willy Hans, 2020, 21'07'', German Online Competition
weg von hier, Jan Thierhoff, 2021, 28'30'', NRW Competition
X, Mareike Wegener, 2020, 28'40'', German Competition

Germany/Austria
Genosse Tito, ich erbe, Olga Kosanović, 2021, 27'00'', German Competition

Germany/Canada/UK
NOAH (Christian Löffler), Mishka Kornai, 2020, 3'47'', German MuVi Award

Germany/Colombia
Fronteras Visibles (versión discursiva), Christian Diaz Orejarena, 2021, 16'17'', German Competition

Germany/Netherlands
Lana Kaiser, Philipp Gufler, 2020, 13'17'', German Competition

Germany/Portugal
Mansa, Mariana Bártolo, 2021, 22'40'', NRW Competition

Germany/Spain
re:Biber #4 (ThereAreNoMoreFourSeasons), Klöfkorn Gavois, 2021, 7'00'', German MuVi Award

Germany/Turkey
Centauress, Deniz Şimşek, 2020, 8'15'', erman Online Competition
Hundsstern steigt ab, Aykan Safoğlu, 2021, 12'00'', German Competition

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

Germany/USA
(Steve) Temple, Tanita Olbrich, 2020, 6'03'', German Online Competition
Erik/Prince Is Dead - A Fever Dream Letter Scape (Thies Mynther & Jakob S. Boeskov), Thies Mynther/Jakob S. Boeskov, 2020, 12'28'', MuVi International Award
Erosion Project (Dan Su), Dan Su, 2020, 7'08'', MuVi International Award
Phantasmagoria, 1945, Karl Nussbaum, 2020, 11'08'', International Competition

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

Iceland
Dalía, Brúsi Ólason, 2020, 16'11'', Children's and Youth Film Competition

India
Are You Alright (Sofia Ashraf), Sapan Taneja, 2020, 4'01'', MuVi International Award
Kalsubai, Yudhajit Basu, 2020, 19'54'', Children's and Youth Film Competition
Paanchika, Ankit Kothari, 2020, 14'07'', Children's and Youth Film Competition

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

Iran
+x+=+, Niyaz Saghari, 2020, 6'54'', International Online Competition
De-collage, Erphaneh Sadeghzadeh, 2020, 15'22'', International Competition
Leo, Moein Rooholamini, 2020, 5'00'', Children's and Youth Film Competition
Station Three (Quartet Diminished), Pooya Razi, 2021, 2'45'', MuVi International Award

Ireland
A Hero’s Death (Fontaines D.C.), Hugh Mulhern, 2020, 5'10'', MuVi International Award

Israel
בדמותה (In Her Image), Yael Solomonovich, 2020, 9'11'', International Competition

Italy
mille cipressi (a thousand cypresses), Luca Ferri, 2021, 13'52'', International Competition

Japan
Birthday, Yuka Sato, 2020, 8'40'', International Online Competition
Kokoni ite, Rika Mayumi, 2020, 1'53'', Children's and Youth Film Competition
Self Surgery, Hikari Wajima, 2020, 5'23'', International Competition
フレンド (Friend), Gan Wang, 2020, 2'57'', Children's and Youth Film Competition
細胞とガラス (Cells and Glass), Yuki Hayashi, 2020, 9'10'', International Competition
透明な私(Transparent, I am.), Yuri Muraoka, 2020, 11'36'', International Competition

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

Luxembourg
Meng Hoer, Max Jacoby, 2021, 3'00'', Children's and Youth Film Competition

Nepal
ངའིནང (Home), Ngima Gelu Sherpa, 2020, 20'10'', International Competition

Netherlands
Een man in het licht van zijn schaduw (A Man in the Light of His Shadow), Bernard Lier, 2021, 7'24'', International Competition
Nova, Luca Meisters, 2020, 10'39'', Children's and Youth Film Competition
The One (Sandra Hüller), Leopold Emmen (Nanouk Leopold and Daan Emmen), 2020, 2'24'', MuVi International Award
The Spirit Is Willing But The Flesh Is Furry, Valentina Gal, 2020, 10'37'', International Competition

Netherlands/South Korea
The Other Garden; Joel’s Garden, Go-Eun Im, 2021, 11'40'', International Online Competition

New Zealand
Across the Face of the Moon, Rangituhia Hollis, 2020, 10'33'', International Competition
Only Yesterday, Sione Monu, 2020, 8'09'', International Online Competition

Norway
3xShapes of Home, Elisabeth Brun, 2020, 7'00'', International Online Competition
More Woman, More Cry, Anne Haugsgjerd, 2021, 24'00'', International Competition

Norway/Sweden
Elveleie, Sylvelin Maakestad, 2020, 14'40'', Children's and Youth Film Competition

Norway/UK
See What I See, Sam Williams, 2020, 9'01'', International Competition

Phillipines
Count, Adjani Arumpac, 2020, 12'57'', International Competition
Random People, Arden Rod Condez, 2020, 6'36'', International Competition
Rumi X Phantasm, Khavn, 2020, 10'02'', International Online Competition

Poland
Zieleń, Karolina Kajetanowicz, 2021, 8'15'', International Competition

Portugal
A terra de não retorno, Patrick Mendes, 2020, 20'00'', International Competition

Portugal/USA/Australia
Tracing Utopia, Catarina de Sousa/Nick Tyson, 2021, 26'08'', International Online Competition, Children's and Youth Film Competition

Romania
A Fish on a Ladder, Ioana Pasarin, 2020, 2'33'', Children's and Youth Film Competition
Candy Can, Anton Octavian, 2020, 9'15'', Children's and Youth Film Competition
Cântec de leagăn, Paul Mureșan, 2020, 4'00'', International Online Competition

Russia
Alyaska, Oxana Kuvaldina, 2020, 7'06'', Children's and Youth Film Competition
God Beloi Luni, Maxim Pechersky, 21'21'', International Competition
Meetings. Episode 1, Pavel Serdyukov, 20'15'', International Competition
Состязательнаяинфраструктура (Adversarial Infrastructure), Anna Engelhardt, 2020, 9'46'', International Online Competition

Rwanda
Sensory Overload, Ganza Moise, 2020, 6'56'', International Competition

Senegal
Tang Jër, Selly Raby Kane, 2020, 13'37'', International Competition

Singapore/Finland
{if your bait can sing the wild one will come} Like Shadows Through Leaves,Lucy Davis, 2021, 27'52'', International Competition

South Africa
The Town, Lindiwe Makgalemele, 2020, 15'00'', International Competition

South Korea
Walking on the Chairs, Jeamin Cha, 10'58'', International Competition
찾아라달팽이! (In Search of Chok Chok), Dayoon Kim, 20'00'', Children's and Youth Film Competition

Spain
Azkorri árnyéka alatt, Eszter Katalin, 2020, 17'00'', International Online Competition
Forastera, Lucía Aleñar Iglesias, 2020, 19'51'', Children's and Youth Film Competition
Hemen. Gaur. Berriz, Aitor Gametxo Zabala, 2020, 9'22'', International Online Competition

Sweden
Iso ylimäärä, Magnus Fredriksson, 2021, 14'27'', Children's and Youth Film Competition
Minnen, Kristin Johannessen, 2020, 13'32'', International Online Competition
Nattåget, Jerry Carlsson, 2020, 14'34'', Children's and Youth Film Competition
Shower Boys, Christian Zetterberg, 2021, 09'20'', Children's and Youth Film Competition
Untitled Abisko, Sophie Vuković, 2020, 19'16'', International Competition

Switzerland
À l'ancienne, Yasmine Bahechar, 2020, 19'47'', Children's and Youth Film Competition
La Promenade sous les arbres (Walk Under the Trees), Nathan Clement, 2020, 18'49'', International Online Competition
Zoom sur le cirque (Zoom on Circus), Dominique Margot, 2020, 14'26'', International Competition

Taiwan
蟲戲 (The Frolic), Yi-Han Jhao, 2020, 4'34'', Children's and Youth Film Competition

UK
Before We Collide, Gregor Petrikovic/Guy Gooch, 2021, 1'13'', Children's and Youth Film Competition
Covid Messages, John Smith, 2020, 22'26'', International Competition
DID U CUM YET / I’M NOT GONNA CUM (Blackhaine, Richie Culver), William Markarian-Martin/Blackhaine, 2021, 4'00'', MuVi International Award
Divided by Law, Katie Davies/Emma Agusita, 2021, 26'11'', International Competition
Dọlápọ̀ Is Fine, Ethosheia Hylton, 2020, 15'00'', Children's and Youth Film Competition
Material Bodies, Dorothy Allen-Pickard, 2020, 4'22'', Children's and Youth Film Competition
Surge, Sebastian Buerkner, 2020, 4'37'', International Online Competition
The Light of Day, Alex Eisenberg/Anne Bean, 2020, 19'06'', International Online Competition
Traitors (Benefits), Kingsley Hall, 2020, 04'27'', MuVi International Award
TRIFORIUM, Jayne Parker, 2021, 7'22'', International Competition

USA
Dos hombres atentos, Joserraúl Ortiz, 2020, 20'10'', International Online Competition
Girl Is Presence, Lynne Sachs/Anne Lesley Selcer, 2020, 4'00'', International Online Competition
Hungry Baby (Kim Gordon), Clara Balzary, 2021, 05'41'', MuVi International Award
my favorite software is being here, Alison Nguyen, 2020, 19'47'', International Online Competition
No Concept (Matmos), M.C. Schmidt, 2020, 9'58'', MuVi International Award
Nuevo Rico, Kristian Mercado, 2020, 16'07'', International Online Competition
SON CHANT, Vivian Ostrovsky, 2020, 12'46'', International Online Competition
The___________World, Peixuan Ouyang, 2020, 17'56'', International Online Competition

USA/Japan/Spain
Portadoras queer: el doble y la repetición (Ascii.Disko), Ana Laura Aláez, 2020, 15'39'', MuVi International Award

By sections

International Competition

{if your bait can sing the wild one will come} Like Shadows Through Leaves,Lucy Davis, 2021, 27'52'', Singapore/Finland
20-20, Karen Trask, 2021, 1'50'', Canada
8'28'', Su Zhong, 2021, 8'28'', China
A terra de não retorno, Patrick Mendes, 2020, 20'00'', Portugal
Across the Face of the Moon, Rangituhia Hollis, 2020, 10'33'', New Zealand
All the Stops, Josef Dabernig, 2020, 15'38'', Austria
B Plots, Freja Sofie Kirk, 2020, 6'36'', Denmark
Before the fall there was no fall. Episode 02: Surfaces, Anna Dasovic, 2020, 20'01'', Bosnia and Herzegovina/Netherlands
Café de Kinema, Sol Miraglia, 2020, 9'00'', Argentina/Japan
Count, Adjani Arumpac, 2020, 12'57'', Philippines
Covid Messages, John Smith, 2020, 22'26'', UK
De-collage, Erphaneh Sadeghzadeh, 2020, 15'22'', Iran
Divided by Law, Katie Davies/Emma Agusita, 2021, 26'11'', UK
Een man in het licht van zijn schaduw, Bernard Lier, 2021, 7'24'', Netherlands
Eu espero o dia da nossa independência, Bruna Carvalho Almeida/Brunna Laboissière, 2021, 20'40'', Brasil/Algeria
God Beloi Luni, Maxim Pechersky, 21'21'', Russia
Kansanradio - Runonlaulajien maa, Virpi Suutari, 2021, 26'47'', Finland
Meetings. Episode 1, Pavel Serdyukov, 20'15'', Russia
mille cipressi (a thousand cypresses), Luca Ferri, 2021, 13'52'', Italy
Misty Picture, Christoph Girardet/Matthias Müller, 2021, 16'32'', Germany
More Woman, More Cry, Anne Haugsgjerd, 2021, 24'00'', Norway
Nonbinary, Jeanne L'Homer, 2020, 5'52'', France
O, Paul Wenninger, 2021, 5'36'', Austria
Phantasmagoria, 1945, Karl Nussbaum, 2020, 11'08'', Germany/USA
Random People, Arden Rod Condez, 2020, 6'36'', Philippines
See What I See, Sam Williams, 2020, 9'01'', Norway/UK
Self Surgery, Hikari Wajima, 2020, 5'23'', Japan
Sensory Overload, Ganza Moise, 2020, 6'56'', Rwanda
Skinned, Mike Hoolboom, 2020, 8'35'', Canada
Slavnostní problem, Alžběta Bačíková, 2020, 14'33'', Czech Republic
Split, Renata Poljak, 2021, 11'11'', Croatia
Tang Jër, Selly Raby Kane, 2020, 13'37'', Senegal
The Spirit Is Willing But The Flesh Is Furry, Valentina Gal, 2020, 10'37'', Netherlands
The Town, Lindiwe Makgalemele, 2020, 15'00'', South Africa
TRIFORIUM, Jayne Parker, 2021, 7'22'', UK
Untitled Abisko, Sophie Vuković, 2020, 19'16'', Sweden
Walking on the Chairs, Jeamin Cha, 10'58'', South Korea
Zieleń, Karolina Kajetanowicz, 2021, 8'15'', Poland
Zoom sur le cirque, Dominique Margot, 2020, 14'26'', Switzerland
בדמותה (In Her Image), Yael Solomonovich, 2020, 9'11'', Israel
ངའིནང (Home), Ngima Gelu Sherpa, 2020, 20'10'', Nepal
我是一群人2 (I Am the People_2), Xiaofei Li, 2020, 23'46'', China/USA
細胞とガラス (Cells and Glass), Yuki Hayashi, 2020, 9'10'', Japan
透明な私 (Transparent, I am.), Yuri Muraoka, 2020, 11'36'', Japan

International Online Competition

+x+=+, Niyaz Saghari, 2020, 6'54'', Iran
3xShapes of Home, Elisabeth Brun, 2020, 7'00'', Norway
Azkorri árnyéka alatt, Eszter Katalin, 2020, 17'00'', Spain
Belos Carnavais, Thiago B. Mendonça, 2020, 16'39'', Brazil
Berlabuh, Haris Yuliyanto, 2020, 14'49'', Indonesia
Birthday, Yuka Sato, 2020, 8'40'', Japan
Cântec de leagăn, 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, 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, Aitor Gametxo Zabala, 2020, 9'22'', Spain
Ieva, Vytautas Plukas/Domas Petronis, 2021, 13'57'', Lithuania
Kalsubai, Yudhajit Basu, 2020, 19'54'', India
La Cumbre, Felipe Lopez Gomez, 2021, 8'14'', Colombia
La Promenade sous les arbres, Nathan Clement, 2020, 18'49'', Switzerland
Las Credenciales, Manuel Ferrari, 2020, 19'06'', Argentina
Las Sombras, Paulo Pécora, 2020, 18'02'', Argentina
Minnen, Kristin Johannessen, 2020, 13'32'', Sweden
my favorite software is being here, Alison Nguyen, 2020, 19'47'', USA
Nuevo Rico, Kristian Mercado, 2020, 16'07'', USA
Oasielles, Nathalie Rossetti, 2020, 7'30'', Belgium
Only Yesterday, Sione Monu, 2020, 8'09'', New Zealand
Pole Žin (Fields of Žinas), Marie Lukáčová/Anna Remecova, 2020, 8'49'', Czech Republic
Rumi X Phantasm, Khavn, 2020, 10'02'', Philippines
SON CHANT, Vivian Ostrovsky, 2020, 12'46'', USA
Suodji, Marja Helander, 2020, 5'00'', Finland/Norway
Surge, Sebastian Buerkner, 2020, 4'40'', 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, 11'40'', Netherlands/South Korea
The___________World, Peixuan Ouyang, 2020, 17'56'', USA/China
Tracing Utopia, Catarina de Sousa/Nick Tyson, 2021, 26'08'', Portugal/USA/Australia
Trampa de luz, Pablo Marín, 2021, 8'30'', Argentina
Un très long temps d'exposition (A very long exposure time), Chloé Galibert-Laîné, 2020, 7'00'', France
ΜεσογειακόΤοπίο (Mediterranean Landscape), Christiana Ioannou, 2020, 6'04'', Cyprus
Состязательнаяинфраструктура (Adversarial Infrastructure), Anna Engelhardt, 2020, 9'46'', Russia
(Dangerous Bridge), Aixing Wang, 2020, 33'24'', China
装起来了就在你面前 (I’m Disguised, Right in front of You), Zhu Changquan, 2020, 10'00'', China

German Competition

27 SCHRITTE, Andrea Schramm, 2021, 21'12'', Germany
Cutting Edges,Céline Berger, 2020, 14'30'', Germany
Die klaffende Wunde,Jovana Reisinger, 2020, 5'00'', Germany
Doors of Reception,Bjørn Melhus, 2021, 2'30'', Germany
Du bist doch kein Kind mehr,Mira Partecke/Annika Kuhl, 2020, 20'52'', Germany
feminism is a browser_materialisation, Charlotte Eifler, 2020, 11'50'', Germany
Fronteras Visibles (versión discursiva), Christian Diaz Orejarena, 2021, 16'17'', Germany/Colombia
Genosse Tito, ich erbe, Olga Kosanović, 2021, 27'00'', Germany/Austria
Hundsstern steigt ab, Aykan Safoğlu, 2021, 12'00'', Germany/Turkey  
Im gelben Licht, Simon Rupieper, 2020, 7'28'', Germany
Lana Kaiser, Philipp Gufler, 2020, 13'17'', Germany/Netherlands
Misty Picture, Christoph Girardet/Matthias Müller, 2021, 16'32'', Germany
Mood, Sonia Knop, 2020, 6'46'', Germany
OCTAVIA’S VISIONS, Zara Zandieh, 2020, 17'36'', Germany
Proll!, Adrian Figueroa, 2021, 30'00'', Germany
Seasons/Patterns, James Edmonds, 2020, 10'00'', Germany
Second, André Martins, 2020, 30'49'', Germany
Shine and Frustration, Shira Orion, 2020, 4'10'', Germany
Voices and Shells, Maya Schweizer, 2020, 18'21'', Germany
X, Mareike Wegener, 2020, 28'40'', Germany

German Online Competition

(Steve) Temple, Tanita Olbrich, 2020, 6'03'', Germany/USA
Annäherung, Sonya Schönberger, 2020, 7'52'', 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 / MπερδεμένεςΚλοστές, Deborah Jeromin, 2020, 40'44'', Germany
Was wahrscheinlich passiert wäre, wäre ich nicht zuhause geblieben, Willy Hans, 2020, 21'07'', Germany

NRW Competition

Aus Aktuellem Anlass, Johannes Klais/Florian Pawliczek, 2020, 14'00'', Germany
Bis zum letzten Tropfen, Simon Schnellmann, 2020, 5'46'', Germany
Doom Cruise, Hannah Stragholz/Simon Steinhorst, 2021, 16'45'', Germany  
Hoch Sitzen, Oliver Gather, 2021, 24'37'', Germany
La Bâche, Volker Köster/Frédérique Laffont, 2020, 4'00'', Germany
Like You Really Mean It, Ale Bachlechner, 2020, 12'45'', Germany 
LYDIA, Christian Becker, 2021, 21'10'', Germany
Mansa, Mariana Bártolo, 2021, 22'40'', Germany/Portugal
Tricks for Transformation, Rainer Knepperges, 2020, 9'26'', Germany
Trübes Wasser, Elena Wiener, 2020, 9'54'', Germany 
weg von hier, Jan Thierhoff, 2021, 28'30'', Germany

Children's and Youth Film Competition

A Fish on a Ladder, Ioana Pasarin, 2020, 2'33'', Romania
À l'ancienne, Yasmine Bahechar, 2020, 19'47'', Switzerland
Alyaska, Oxana Kuvaldina, 2020, 7'06'', Russia
Before We Collide, Gregor Petrikovic/Guy Gooch, 2021, 1'13'', UK
Candy Can, Anton Octavian, 2020, 9'15'', Romania
Dalía, Brúsi Ólason, 2020, 16'11'', Iceland
Dix ans, Clélia Schaeffer, 2020, 15'00'', France
Dọlápọ̀ Is Fine, Ethosheia Hylton, 2020, 15'00'', UK
Elong E'nabe, Niels Devlieghere, 2020, 14'00'', Belgium
Elveleie, Sylvelin Maakestad, 2020, 14'40'', Norway/Sweden
Es geht um Müll, Lisa Meier, 2020, 3'53'', Germany
Forastera, Lucía Aleñar Iglesias, 2020, 19'51'', Spain
He An, 2020, Weijia Ma, 2020, 14'50'', China/France
Iso ylimäärä, Magnus Fredriksson, 2021, 14'27'', Sweden
Kaolin, Corentin Lemetayer Le Brize, 2020, 22'19'', France
Kiki la plume, Julie Rembauville/Nicolas Bianco-Levrin, 2020, 5'47'', France
Kokoni ite, Rika Mayumi, 2020, 1'53'', Japan
L'ours qui avala une mouche, Pascale Hecquet, 2020, 7'24'', Belgium/France
La Chamade, Emma Séméria, 2020, 9'26'', France
Latitude du printemps, Sylvain Cuvillier/Chloé Bourdic/Théophile Coursimault/Noémie Halberstam/Maŷlis Mosny/Zijing Ye, 2020, 7'25'', France
Leo, Moein Rooholamini, 2020, 5'00'', Iran
Lupin, Helene Ducrocq, 2020, 11'11'', France
Material Bodies, Dorothy Allen-Pickard, 2020, 4'22'', UK
Meng Hoer, Max Jacoby, 2021, 3'00'', Luxembourg
My Mother’s Hair, Zeynep Sıla Demircioğlu, 2020, 3'39'', Germany
Nattåget, Jerry Carlsson, 2020, 14'34'', Sweden
Niebla, Leonardo Romero Zarza, 2020, 10'26'', Colombia
Nonbinary, Jeanne L'Homer, 2020, 5'52'', France
Nova, Luca Meisters, 2020, 10'39'', Netherlands
Ourse, Nicolas Birkenstock, 2020, 27'23'', France
Paanchika, Ankit Kothari, 2020, 14'07'', India
Shower Boys, Christian Zetterberg, 2021, 09'20'', Sweden
Ton français est parfait, Julie Daravan Chea, 2020, 04'19'', France
Tracing Utopia, Catarina de Sousa/Nick Tyson, 2021, 26'08'', Portugal/USA/Australia
Trona Pinnacles, Mathilde Parquet, 2020, 13'20'', France
Un caillou dans la chaussure, Eric Montchaud, 2020, 11'28'', France/Switzerland
Vevnitř, Viktorie Štěpánová, 2020, 5'40'', Czech Republic
フレンド (Friend), Gan Wang, 2020, 2'57'', Japan
蟲戲(The Frolic), Yi-Han Jhao, 2020, 4'34'', Taiwan
찾아라달팽이! (In Search of Chok Chok), Dayoon Kim, 19'57'', South Korea

German MuVi Award

Fanuks: I Want To Sing Like Ella (Der Plan), Duc-Thi Bui/Marc Engenhart, 2021, 5'30'', Germany
Forever Corona (Oliver Polak, Erobique), Kay Otto, 2020, 3'41'', Germany
Haare Zu Gold (Hans Unstern), Hans Unstern, 2020, 9'19'', Germany 
Junge Milliardäre (UWE), UWE, 2020, 4'42'', Germany
Mrs Yamahas Summer Tune (Richard von der Schulenburg), Katharina Duve/Timo Schierhorn, 2020, 4'21'', Germany
NOAH (Christian Löffler), Mishka Kornai, 2020, 3'47'', Germany/Canada/UK
Out of Control (DJ Hell), Stacie Ant, 2020, 3'42'', Germany
Pointilist (Kröter), Jo Zahn, 2021, 5'58'', Germany
Rasenmäher in E-Moll (beißpony), Stephanie Müller/Klaus Erika Dietl, 2021, 14'59'', Germany
re:Biber #4 (ThereAreNoMoreFourSeasons), Klöfkorn Gavois, 2021, 7'00'', Germany/Spain
The Pure and the Damned (Oneohtrix Point Never), Oliver Pietsch, 2021, 4'43'', Germany
The Source of the Absolute Knowledge (Jaakko Eino Kalevi), Christine Gensheimer, 2021, 4'52'', Germany

MuVi International Award

A Hero’s Death (Fontaines D.C.), Hugh Mulhern, 2020, 5'10'', Ireland
A Jurist for Nothing (A. F. Jones), Lana Z Caplan, 2020, 5'04'', France/Mexico/USA
ABIKOU (Joan Bagés), Alexandra Bouge, 2021, 6'38'', France
Are You Alright (Sofia Ashraf), Sapan Taneja, 2020, 4'01'', India
DID U CUM YET / I’M NOT GONNA CUM (Blackhaine, Richie Culver), William Markarian-Martin/Blackhaine, 2021, 4'00'', UK
Erik/Prince Is Dead - A Fever Dream Letter Scape (Thies Mynther & Jakob S. Boeskov), Thies Mynther/Jakob S. Boeskov, 2020, 12'28'', Germany/USA
Erosion Project (Dan Su), Dan Su, 2020, 7'08'', Germany/USA
Hungry Baby (Kim Gordon), Clara Balzary, 2021, 05'41'', USA
I Like It When You’re Gone (Tom Rosenthal), Ada Güvenir, 2020, 03'06'', Belgium
No Concept (Matmos), M.C. Schmidt, 2020, 9'58'', USA
Portadoras queer: el doble y la repetición (Ascii.Disko), Ana Laura Aláez, 2020, 15'39'', USA/Japan/Spain
Station Three (Quartet Diminished), Pooya Razi, 2021, 2'45'', Iran
The One (Sandra Hüller), Leopold Emmen (Nanouk Leopold and Daan Emmen), 2020, 2'24'', Netherlands
Traitors (Benefits), Kingsley Hall, 2020, 04'27'', UK

Catalogue

Festivalkatalog 2021

The Festival Catalogue 2021 is available as PDF for download here.

Trailer 2021

Press review

Every year there are reports about our festival. Here you can finde a collection of opinions about our festival.

2021

Festival

The strength of this festival is precisely that you come across exciting things utterly unexpectedly, because the programming obeys no algorithm but only the principle of intellectual, aesthetic and political curiosity.
Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, 12 May 2021
https://www.faz.net/aktuell/feuilleton/kino/kurzfilmtage-oberhausen-transparent-i-am-ausgezeichnet-17337178.html

The 2021 edition was a model example of a virtual festival.
Cineaste, USA, August 2021
https://www.cineaste.com/fall2021/international-short-film-festival-oberhausen-2021

Even if the offer of this film format [essay films with voiceover monologue] is particularly rich at the moment – Oberhausen is still also rich in magnificent works without words.
Frankfurter Rundschau, 11 May 2021
https://www.fr.de/kultur/tv-kino/oberhausener-kurzfilmtage-die-stunde-der-kinoerzaehler-90529811.html

Thrilling – Oberhausen reflects the pandemic experience and shows political awareness.
epd film, June 2021

Reassured, one realized that the films were still there, that they work and make a difference because they know how to tell something sensually and emphatically, cleverly and lucidly
Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger, 13 May 2021

With the largest selection of short films available online (400 plus), Oberhausen may have set a new threshold for film festivals.
Senses of Cinema, July 2021
https://www.sensesofcinema.com/2021/festival-reports/the-realm-of-the-sensible-and-the-short-film-the-67th-international-short-film-festival-oberhausen/

Smaller festivals, who don’t depend so much on glamour anyway, usually attract a bigger audience than usual when they’re accessible online. This is what we would wish for the 2021 vintage.
Süddeutsche Zeitung, 8 May 2021
https://www.sueddeutsche.de/kultur/karl-may-stockhausen-marteria-1.5287857

Of course, one approached the programme, which was as diverse as ever, with the question: What traces has the pandemic left in the latest productions? Roughly speaking: The consequences are clearly visible in some places – but overall, at least in the films selected for Oberhausen in 2021, things went on without masks.
Der Standard, Österreich, 10 May 2021
https://www.derstandard.at/story/2000126514726/kurzfilmtage-oberhausen-vielfalt-trotz-pandemie

This year’s online edition […] also drove home the point that, while streaming is far from the “real thing” when it comes to a full festival or a theater experience, there is much that can be done to deliver ambitious, thoughtful, vanguard programming online, and to keep cinephile culture alive.
MUBI Notebook, July 2021
​​​​​​​https://mubi.com/de/notebook/posts/state-of-the-festival-international-film-festival-oberhausen-2021

A multi-faceted kaleidoscope of films that addressed a globalized society and challenges by aesthetic and formal means.
Neues Deutschland, 30 April 2021
https://www.neues-deutschland.de/artikel/1151468.kurzfilmtage-oberhausen-ins-nichts-starren.html?sstr=kurzfilmtage

Lyrical, almost contemplative images and silence or subjective, whispering voiceovers left us intensely affected even in the distributed form of monitor projection – maybe because the festival compiled programmes of four to six films which showed up the thread running through its selection.
epd film, June 2021

Short films without boredom.
WAZ, 3 May 2021

The International Short Film Festival Oberhausen offers media trauma therapy, solidarity as disruption and a look at colonial film heritage.
die tageszeitung, 30 April 2021
https://taz.de/Kurzfilmtage-Oberhausen-online/!5762996&s=kurzfilmtage/

If there is one impulse shared by the films, it is this: to bear witness!
kultur.west, May 2021
https://www.kulturwest.de/inhalt/die-nebel-der-freiheit/

The programmes are varied, the film genres are in motion – a sign of quality in short film.
Westfälischer Anzeiger, 4 May 2021
https://www.wa.de/kultur/kurzfilmtage-oberhausen-gehen-online-und-bieten-400-filme-90486274.html

The online films keep up with the Oberhausen standards; they are young, experimental, often documentary, never superficially entertaining. And always in search of something new, special, different.
Artechock, 6 May 2021
https://www.artechock.de/film/text/artikel/2021/05_06_kurzfilmtage_oberhausen_dunja_bialas.html

The 67th International Short Film Festival Oberhausen convinced with the most diverse designs of a fragmented reality.
Neues Deutschland, 30 April 2021
https://www.neues-deutschland.de/artikel/1151468.kurzfilmtage-oberhausen-ins-nichts-starren.html?sstr=kurzfilmtage

In Oberhausen, the Corona crisis is seen as an opportunity and accelerator for new ideas and formats.
Ruhr Nachrichten, 1 May 2021

The team around festival director Lars Henrik Gass has put together attractive film packages for home cinema from the large number of short films submitted and screened.
aufdengrund.com, 17 May 2021
https://aufdengrund.com/2021/05/17/67-oberhausener-kurzfilmtage-filmvielfalt-als-futter-fur-die-seele/

Profiles

Retrospectives of four artists and filmmakers from four countries and three continents who all like to cross borders: between music and film, between art, installation and short film.
WAZ Oberhausen, 27. April 2021

Baloji

Baloji’s oeuvre, to whom a special focus is dedicated, testifies to political relevance, uninhibited creativity and intelligence.
Stadtrevue Köln, May 2021

Melika Bass

Bass is a Chicago-based artist whose films are remarkably (and excitingly) difficult to pigeonhole.
Cineaste, USA, August 2021
https://www.cineaste.com/fall2021/international-short-film-festival-oberhausen-2021

Children’s and Youth Cinema

A reliable starting point – for all age groups – is always Oberhausen’s Children’s and Youth Cinema.
WAZ, 3 May 2021

Sometimes it is almost exhilarating to witness how the films open windows into the world and go on journeys of discovery as playful as they are poetic, as thirsty for life as they are curious, as wide awake as they are thoughtful.
Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger, 28 April 2021

Diverse, challenging and rich in highlights.
kinder-jugend-filmportal.de, 18 May 2021
https://www.kinder-jugend-filmportal.de/festivals/aufmerksame-und-unverstellte-blicke-in-die-welt.html

The only thing educators should not expect from these films is conventional didactics.
WAZ Oberhausen, 5 May 2021

NRW Competition

The variety in this showcase of current film production is enormous.
WAZ Oberhausen, 1. Mai 2021

Dieter Wieland

An overdue homage: Oberhausen discovers the “television journalist” Dieter Wieland and shows twelve of his extraordinary films on their freely accessible online Channel.
filmdienst.de, 6 May 2021
https://www.filmdienst.de/artikel/47720/dieter-wieland-regisseur-im-portraet

Others

Theme

Since the 1990s, a central and successful part of our profile has been the Theme, an extensive programme on annually changing issues.

2021

„Solidarity as Disruption“, curated by Branka Benčić (Croatia) and Aleksandra Sekulić (Serbia), was conceived as our Theme programme 2020 and had to be cancelled due to Corona. In 2021, we presented this programme, which was more topical than ever, online. The programme asks how solidarity can be redefined as a political project through cinematic means. Based on a focus on films from the former Yugoslavia since the 1960s, the curators examine the concept and its history in a broader context, from collective film movements to the aesthetics of workers as political subjects.

The works range from masterpieces of the "Black Wave" such as Želimir Žilnik's Nezaposleni ljudi (The Unemployed) from 1968 to more recent works such as Nika Autor's Obzornik 63 - Vlak senc (Newsreel 63 - The Train of Shadows) from 2017, from Jean-Marie Straub and Danièle Huillet's Europa 2005-27 Octobre (2006) to Museum Songspiel 20XX (2011) by the Chto Delat collective from St Petersburg.

Profiles

The Oberhausen Profiles are traditionally dedicated to the works of outstanding filmmakers, some of whom have dealt with short films for decades.

2021

Baloji
In 2019, Baloji's Zombies was one of the discoveries in Oberhausen: a visually extravagant dance video that switched effortlessly between glamour, street party and rubbish dump and was awarded the Principal Prize of the International Jury. Better known as a rapper and DJ, Baloji has since created a small but impressive body of short film, which Oberhausen presented in the first ever showcase of his work. Located somewhere between short film and music video, they range from a parody of entertainment television in African dictatorships to a declaration of love for beauty.

Melika Bass
Her film Creature Companion won a Special Mention of the International Jury in 2018, in 2021 Oberhausen presented a selection of works by the multiple award-winning American director and installation artist Melika Bass, a USA Artist nominee in Film for 2021, among others. The selection comprises films from 2008 to 2018. Bass’ works are metaphorical narratives, often carried by silent, repetitive movements, taking a close look at ritualized movements of the human body and often set in the Midwest.

Marie Lukáčová
The works of Czech video artist Marie Lukáčová, co-founder of the feminist group “The Fourth Wave”, are activist and feminist, but at the same time always permeable to utopias, legends and phantasies, interspersed with surreal elements that expose the flaws in the (social) system. In 2020 she won a Special Mention of the Ecumenical Jury for Milenina píseň, her new work Pole Žin was selected for our 2021 International Online Competition. After numerous exhibitions in the Czech Republic, Poland and Greece Oberhausen presented, for the first time at a film festival, a selection of her works.

Salla Tykkä
The Finnish photographer and video artist Salla Tykkä first gained international attention with a trilogy in which she transformed male movie genres into female stories of awakening. Lasso (2000), in which she dissects the Western genre, was selected for the 2002 International Competition in Oberhausen. Tykkä looks back on numerous solo and group exhibitions, including the 2001 Venice Biennale. Oberhausen has frequently shown her works since then and presented an overview of the works of an artist who expands autobiographical references in her works into analyses of the relationships between male and female characters, between sexuality and emotion.

Distributors

The distribution screenings at Oberhausen are a showcase for international distributors of experimental films, who present new works from their catalogues here. In the online edition in 2020, too, the following distributors each presented a selection of their works.

Archives

The section Archives was launched in 2013 to bring some attention to an often neglected subject: archiving and restoring experimental films.

2021

In 2020, two archives presented their work online.

Chaos of the Present: Robert Frank/Visual Studies Workshop
With the photo book "The Americans" (1958), Robert Frank created a milestone in the history of modern photography, only to devote the rest of his life to short film - twice, for The Present and True Story, he was honored with main prizes at the International Short Film Festival Oberhausen. In 1971, he took a teaching position at the newly founded Visual Studies Workshop in Rochester (USA) and gave his six students the task of "describing the chaos of the present". The result is About Us; the Visual Studies Workshop presented the little-known and rarely shown short film in Oberhausen.

Anniversary for Experiments: Collectif Jeune Cinema
In the early 1970s, the art of film reorganised itself. All over the world, filmmakers, following the example of the New York Filmmakers Coop, joined forces to fight for progressive film. This spirit also gave birth to Collectif Jeune Cinema (CJC), a Parisian distribution cooperative that celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2021. Founded in the context of the Festival International du Jeune Cinéma of Hyères, the collective now has around 400 members from all parts of the world and distributes more than 1,600 mainly experimental films. The anniversary programme which CJC presented in Oberhausen also comes from this rich archive: Rarely shown films from the French underground scene of the 1970s and 1980s, by filmmakers such as Pierre Bressan and Jean-Pierre Ceton, including Yves-André Delubac's Le chant des Signes, a classic attic find.

Conditional Cinema

Mika Taanila’s project for Oberhausen is an investigation of "live cinema" as a tool to explore the utopias of art after Capitalism. Taking up some of the strands Taanila addressed in his hugely successful 2014 "Memories Can’t Wait – Film Without Film" programme for Oberhausen, "Conditional Cinema" puts the emphasis on the idea of live "films" and how they respond to the decline of manual labour and the problem of obsolete humans. "Conditional Cinema" is designed as a three-year project.

Find more information on the project here.

Conditional Cinema 2021: Blast of Absence

Conditional Cinema was initially supposed to be an organic three-year cycle of conceptual film programs from 2018 to 2020. In 2020 the pandemic made us delay the third part for year. Now in the current ever-so-unstable situation we presented a thematic interim report dealing with the concept of absence.

This streaming experiment celebrates the absent sector with films on nothing at all, on the absent humans, on clay sculptures, non-places and ghosts.

The program starts with an infection triptych. By documenting a quick human action of sneezing, Edison not only started copyrighted filmmaking, but also predicted pandemic future horrors.

We embrace cinematic works that go against the grain and create a soft void around them – only for the viewer to step in and take it from there. In most cases the human protagonist is absent or at least off-screen.  

Manuela de Laborde’s Ficciones has been the core and constant evolving process of Conditional Cinema’s cycle from spring 2018. It follows the organic growing of the actors, the small clay sculptures created by the artist, followed by growing moss, shooting period and ageing. The slow and graceful project is completed now with the premiere of the completed wonderful film.

The Conditional Cinema cycle will be completed in May 2022, back in safe physical cinema conditions.

re-selected

Instead of propagating the digital "rescue" of a cinematic work as an ideal, the project is interested precisely in the unique characteristics of a print, which are as a rule obliterated during digitisation. This leads to questions and insights connected with a print’s concrete history, specific target publics and historical configurations. Where and when was a film shown at all? Who saw it, in what version and within which structure?

Prints differ from one another; their specific impact histories take different courses and cannot simply be boiled down to the history of a particular film. Every print is an original – and not just when it turns out to be the only remaining print of a film, which is ever more frequently the case as negatives become lost and analogue media are withdrawn from service.

re-selected is a joint project headed by Tobias Hering and run by Oberhausen and Arsenal – Institute for Film and Video Art as part of "Archive außer sich" in cooperation with the Haus der Kulturen der Welt, supported by the BKM within the framework of "Das Neue Alphabet", based on a resolution of the German Bundestag.

2019

Film history as print history
In the biography of a film print there are often coincidences and peculiaritiesthat have little to do with the film itself but have decisivelyshaped its reception history. With this in mind, the re-selected project,begun in 2018 and headed by Tobias Hering, is dedicated to the Oberhausen archive. One of three programmes in 2019 is devoted to earlyfilms by Želimir Žilnik, which caused a sensation in Oberhausen andwhose archived prints bear witness to how being shown or not shownbecame a political issue and films became secret messages. ŽelimirŽilnik will be present.

Re-selected 1
Oh dem Watermelons, Robert Nelson, USA, 1965, 11'00"
La fórmula secreta, Rúben Gámez, Mexico, 1965, 43'00"
with Armando López

Re-selected 2
Ustanak u Jasku, Želimir Žilnik, Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, 1972, 17'24"
Crni Film, Želimir Žilnik, Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, 1971, 15'30"
Socijalni Eksperiment (Performance), Dejan Đurković/Romy Ruegger/Tobias Hering, 15'00"

Re-selected 3
Waseyat Ragol Hakiem, Daoud Abdel Sayed, Egypt, 1976, 19'00"
An Thawra, Omar Amiralay, Yemen, 1978, 27'00"
with Alia Ayman + Kais al-Zubaidi

2021

The project "re-selected", curated by Tobias Hering, examines film history as the history of individual film prints and is dedicated to selected films from the archive of the International Short Film Festival Oberhausen. In its third edition, "re-selected", curated by Tobias Hering, continued its investigation in 2021.

Even if a project dedicated to film prints and their particularities is difficult to reproduce in an online festival, the question of a reconsideration of analogue archival and cinematic practices remains relevant. In 2021, the programme is dedicated to film curator and critic Amos Vogel, who has left his mark on the festival over many years, first as a jury member and then as a co-selector in the USA. Four films from our archive were shown that demonstrably meant a lot to him and need no further introduction: Sunday (1961) by Dan Drasin, Relativity (1966) by Ed Emshwiller, Agnes Varda's Black Panthers (1969) and finally Gunvor Nelson's Kirsa Nicholina (1969).

More

Here you can find a colourful mix of fixed programme elements that have become indispensable to our festival, but also always new and diverse interesting offers.

Award Winners of Other Festivals

On its first day, Oberhausen traditionally shows short films that have received awards at other festivals. A cross-section of the past festival season.

2021
With four short films from six countries, we are showing a selection of award winners from other festivals. Whether the struggle of a group of young girls with the role imposed on them (SESTRE), coping with domestic violence (Sunsets, Everyday), exploring collective memory through crowd simulation software (This Means More) or the portrait of a forced literacy project in the Amazon (Apiyemiyekî?) – here are award winners from Clermont-Ferrand, Paris, Rotterdam and Vienna.

Festival Highlights

The best of the best: To mark the conclusion of the festival, the Oberhausen team will show their personal favourite films from the competitions.

The One Minutes

47 one-minute films from a total of 15 countries will be shown this year in cooperation with the One Minutes Foundation. Two curated series, "PⒶW" by Ceel Mogami de Haas and "Comfort and Vision" curated by Salim Bayri, question the interplay between animals, poetry and reason and to what extent the perception of comfort, the place where the fewest unpredictable things happen, has changed over the last year due to having to stay at home. What has become strange, familiar, irritating or reassuring? All this in one minute of film.

MuVi 14+

A programme of international music videos for kids aged 14 and older. MuVi 14+ is a rich and varied cross section of recent video clips ranging from handmade to computer-generated. See the programme below.

Goethe-Institut Beirut

In 2020, Oberhausen launched a special cooperation series with the Goethe-Institut: each year one of the German institutes abroad presents the cultural and short film scene of its host country. 2021 the journey goes to Beirut, shaken by the catastrophic explosion in the port. Under the title "Prophecies from the Sea", it featured both recent films that deal directly with the explosion, its causes and consequences, and older works that deal with earlier historical upheavals in Lebanon. Films by Chantal Partamian, Ali Cherri, the Atlas Group and Ghassan Salhab are among those on show.

Professionals

The Oberhausen Seminar

The Oberhausen Seminar is an experimental course designed to explore contemporary artists' moving image practice in the context of a renowned international film festival. International practitioners from various fields - artists and filmmakers, curators and researchers - will use our Festival as a laboratory to discuss ideas in the curation of contemporary moving image media, the infrastructures which allow them to circulate, and the critical frames used to analyse them.

The seminar has been organised by the Festival since 2014 in cooperation with LUX (London, until 2019) and the Robert Flaherty Film Seminar (New York).

Oberhausen Seminar 2021

Oberhausen Seminar 2021:
In 2021, our Festival, together with the Robert Flaherty Film Seminar (New York), is organising the Oberhausen Seminar for the seventh time. In 2021 the Seminar took place online for the first time.

Seminar 2021 under the lead of Jörg Heiser
Jörg Heiser is an art critic and curator and lives in Berlin. He was editor of the international art magazine frieze for twenty years and continues to write for the Süddeutsche Zeitung and other media and magazines. He is professor and director of the Institut für Kunst im Kontext at the Universität der Künste Berlin. Among other curatorial projects he was co-curator of the Busan Biennial 2018 in South Korea. His books include All of a Sudden. Things that Matter in Contemporary Art (2008) and Double Lives in Art and Pop Music (2019).

Young Audience

Workshops and film education

In addition to the short film programme, the International Short Film Festival Oberhausen offers workshops every year for educators as well as for young film enthusiasts and school classes.

Shortscreen – Film education online

"Off to the online seminar!" was the motto in 2021 for the young audience of the International Short Film Festival Oberhausen. They got to know exciting perspectives on current topics and look intensively at details in the cinematic realisation. An offer in cooperation with the filmothek der jugend NRW.

One topic - two films: Hair, hairstyles, beauty - that can keep you pretty busy. What is beauty anyway, are there standards and who sets them? What expectations can one bow to? What limits do you have to find for yourself? In DOLÁPÒ IS FINE and MY HAIR you get to know two young black women who have to take a special look at these questions.

Short film inclusive: subtitles and workshops for all

It has become a tradition: In its fifth year, all programmes of the Youth Film Competition were equipped with German subtitles for the hearing impaired. The screenings in the 12+, 14+ and 16+ programmes were also accompanied by sign language interpreters. This is made possible by Aktion Mensch - we are happy about this and say thank you!

Workshop: Talking Pictures - Short Film Worlds for Children and Youth
An online workshop that provides space for intensive and playful engagement with an exceptionally beautiful short film from this year's competition programme. Tailored to an inclusive setting and with appropriate methods, the participating pupils were given access to the short film as a special form.

Educators

Short films are more suitable for educational work than almost any other genre. They offer starting points for the most diverse topics, for political education as well as for language teaching and not least for film analysis and the development of media competence. This is why Oberhausen has been organising annual conferences for educators in cooperation with various partner insitutions for more than 25 years. Through cooperation with institutions such as Matthias-Film and Katholisches Filmwerk, our Festival is also involved in the distribution of children's short films. There are also screenings especially for school classes.

Continuing education for religious education

Organised in cooperation with the secretariat of the German Bishops' Conference: Church and Society of the Protestant Church in the Rhineland and Westphalia, this workshop is aimed at religion teachers in particular. Outstanding contributions from the current Children's and Youth Film Competition are viewed together, analysed and discussed with regard to their use in religious education. Every year, Matthias Film and the Katholisches Filmwerk purchase films for educational work under the title "Edition Kurzfilmtage".

Offers for families

In 2021, we were delighted to offer a special online pass for all fans of our Children's and Youth Cinema: more than 60 red-hot short films from all over the world in custom-fit programmes for all age groups, were on show. Families welcome! For kids from three years up to young adults, our wonderful programme offers cause for wide eyes, plenty to talk about and, with the dozen music videos for our 14+ audience, delicacies for the ears as well. The individual programmes were each available for 48 hours. They are perfect for first and also quite unusual film experiences – whether fiction, documentary, MuVi, animation or experimental arrangement.

Workshops on the Weekend: See, Chat, Try One’s Hand

We miss the shared experience in the cinema! What did you like, what didn't you like? What questions and ideas did come up? We met online: to talk, to get inspired and to come up with one or two ideas of our own - inspired by the images and stories we have seen.

Figure out animation
The world of animated film is wonderful and full of surprises. But why do the characters move at all? We want to find out together, with paper and scissors. You will need: a computer, a tablet or smartphone with a camera, paper, crayons or wax crayons and scissors.

Ages six and up

Short film detectives
Many films raise questions. Which ones do you ask yourselves? We'll go on a search together - for snails and drones, alternative endings and the funniest moments. You will need a computer, tablet or smartphone with a camera, paper or cardboard, crayons or wax crayons, scissors and glue.

Ages 10 and up

Kindergarten/Schools

The declared aim of the Festival is to introduce children creatively to topics and to give them a new perspective on their world. For this reason, since its foundation in 1978, the Children’s and Youth cinema has been expanded through media-pedagogical activities, which have become increasingly important in recent years. In various projects, workshops, special programmes and in cooperation with schools in Oberhausen and the city's youth parliament, Oberhausen cultivates direct dialogue with children and young people and promotes an open and productive exchange.

School screenings in all age groups

The programmes of the Children’s and Youth Film Competition were shown during the festival on weekdays in morning events especially for schools. The programmes are carefully tailored, both in terms of content and form, to seven age groups from three to sixteen years old. All programmes were presented by pupils from Oberhausen in a manner appropriate to their age. Filmmakers from all over the world were present during the screenings and answer the questions of the young audience. School classes can register for the screenings from mid-April. We are also happy to provide suggestions on how the films shown can be integrated into lessons.

2021: Free online screenings for schools

Turning necessity into a virtue? As much as we missed the encounters at the Lichtburg Filmpalast, the school screenings online offered many advantages: flexible to use from 5 to 10 May, free of charge, possible in distance learning or face-to-face classes. There are seven programmes, each focussing a specific age group, as they would be shown in the cinema, with recorded introductions and interviews with the filmmakers as well as accompanying materials for preparation and follow-up.

Partner school project

Since 2009, the annually changing partner schools have been actively involved in shaping the programmes of the Children's and Youth Cinema. A secondary school and a primary school from Oberhausen nominate groups of schoolchildren who gain insight into the festival through various tasks.

Two juries of five schoolkids each evaluate the films of the Children's and Youth Film Competition and award the prizes. In a joint project week, pupils from both schools develop the trailer for the Children's and Youth Cinema and produce it together with filmmakers from Oberhausen. And last but not least, after intensive preparation, a group from the secondary school act as moderators of the programmes in the Children's and Youth Film Competition. This also includes moderating the discussions with the international filmmakers present.

The partner schools of the International Short Film Festival Oberhausen 2021 were Königschule and Gesamtschule Osterfeld. If you are interested in working with us as a partner school, please contact us.

Kindergarten programme

Short films are a wonderful way for the very youngest to get to know the cinema as a place and film as a medium. For more than ten years, our Festival has been inviting newcomers to the cinema to take part in a film and interactive programme. Age-appropriate short films of various genres are embedded in an accompanying programme of moderation, questions, movement and games. The programme is open to kindergartens as well as private individuals with children aged 3 and older. The visit was free of charge.

Trailer

By Einar Fehrholz and Simon Mellnich in collaboration with the children of the partner schools 2021:
Königschule: Mariam Kadiri, Elay Kaczmarek, Eylül Cucu, Samuel Mader
Gesamtschule Osterfeld: Aylin Mahmoud, Merle Pajzderski, Angelina Vullo Ze

Festival Space

Talking about films, along with watching films, is part of the DNA of every film festival, and especially of the Short Film Festival. Our Festival Space was the virtual and public, freely accessible meeting place where filmmakers, people interested in short film and the curious could easily meet and get to know each other, and where our supporting programme such as discussions, talks, panels and the Festival Bar took place.

 

Rooms in the Festival Space

Lobby
Here you arrive and directly choose a room to visit.

Guest Office
The digital guest office is available to answer your questions throughout the festival.

Programmes
Here you can see an overview of the daily events in the Festival Space. Information on the film programmes, on the other hand, can be found in our programme

Festival Lounge
The Festival Lounge invites you and your friends to talk in a relaxed atmosphere. During the day as an open meeting place and in the evening from 9 pm (CEST) as a festival bar with playlists and live DJ sets.

Stages
Here, for example, our Q&As and panels will be shown - and from 5 May our competition discussions. Viewers can participate and ask questions via the chat function.

Award Ceremony

Festival Magazine

THIS IS SHORT

THIS IS SHORT, the joint short film platform of the four festivals of the European Short Film Network ESFN (Kurzfilmtage, Go Short, Vienna Shorts and Short Waves), is open until 30 June to anyone with an Oberhausen festival pass. Hundreds of the best current short films, handpicked by the festivals, await those interested.