Internationale Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen


© Kurzfilmtage / Daniel Gasenzer

This discussion series, introduced in 2006, has established itself successfully as a forum where scholars, curators, artists and authors discuss aesthetic, technological, political and economic issues concerning the short format. Previous panellists include Catherine David, Chris Dercon, Diedrich Diederichsen, Alexander Horwath, Oskar Negt, Jonathan Rosenbaum, Martha Rosler, Akram Zaatari.


In 2013 the following topics were discussed:

What are the next steps after film studies? 


Even the best film courses can leave open questions. A discussion between film students from North Rhine-Westphalia and experts from commissioning, production and festival organisation that will address questions regarding perspectives, possibilities and pitfalls after a film degree.

In cooperation with the film schools internationale filmschule köln, Academy of Media Arts Cologne and University of Applied Sciences and Arts Dortmund, and the Filmbüro NW, this podium is the opening event for the "NRW Day".



Christian Cloos, ZDF / Kleines Fernsehspiel (Mainz)

Meike Martens, Blinker Film (Cologne)

Katja Wiederspahn, Viennale (Vienna)



Sirkka Möller, curator (Berlin)

Taught by Surprise: Children in Touch with Experimental Films


Children watch, programme and work with experimental film – an unusual approach at first glance. But what's really surprising is particularly popular with children. What can we learn from how children experience film? Film educators, curators and artists discuss their approaches and put on film programmes for young and old.



Alejandro Bachmann, film educator (Vienna)

Lydia Beilby and Leanora Olmi, Screen Bandita (Edinburgh)



Sara Laukner, filmmaker (Oberhausen)

Stefanie Schlüter, film educator (Berlin)

What Was Cinema?


Never before have so many films been made that are unlikely ever to be seen at the cinema. The question is no longer: What is cinema? but rather: What was cinema? For the blink of an eye in terms of cultural history, cinema was a specific form of perception. In this panel discussion, early cinematic practices will be addressed as well as strategies embraced by contemporary art, which has discovered in cinema its own special space.


Maeve Connolly, author and film scholar (Dublin/Berlin)
Thomas Elsaesser, film scholar (Amsterdam)



Bert Rebhandl, author (Berlin)

Collect Me. Or: a Gift May Be for Nothing


Today, moving images represent a matter-of-fact part of the collecting policies of public museums. What economic and programmatic role do art collectors play in this field? Why does an art collection pay much more than a film collection for the same work? Which considerations determine whether a film or video work will be purchased?

Florence Parot, curator (Paris)
Walter Seidl, curator, author and artist (Vienna)
, artist (Lubiljana)



Dietmar Schwärzler, curator (Vienna)

Remote Control: the Role of the Digital Viewer


What methods does the contemporary viewer make use of to engage with others on the Internet and how, if at all, does this relate to the act of viewing moving image in the cinema? This panel will debate the future of the image by asking if our use of the Internet is purely opportunistic searching and circulating information – or is it possible to think of an emerging visual language from within this sphere?

Shama Khanna, curator "Flatness: Cinema after the Internet" (London)

Ed Atkins, artist and co-curator "Flatness" (London)

Anthea Hamilton, artist and co-curator "Flatness" (London)

Vera Tollmann, curator and author (Berlin)



Adam Pugh, curator and author (Norwich)