Regulations

Here you can find our regulations for the 68th International Short Film Festival Oberhausen, which will take place from 30 April to 9 May 2022 (till 3 May online, from 4 May on site).

Regulations on-site Competitions

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1. General information: The International Short Film Festival Oberhausen is an independent festival accredited by FIAPF, the International Federation of Film Producers Associations, and organized according to FIAPF regulations and the regulations of the Festival. The Festival presents: Competitions (International, German, International Children’s and Youth Film, NRW), German MuVi Award (with separate regulations) and online competitions (International and German, with separate regulations), as well as curated programmes. All submitted films will be previewed for every appropriate Festival programme. The deadline for submissions to the competitions is 1 February 2022 (date of receipt). Submissions must be made via the Festival website. A confirmation of the receipt of a submission cannot be provided. Repeated submissions are not possible. It is not possible to enter a film for both an on-site competition and an online competition, neither simultaneously nor in consecutive years. Submissions cannot be withdrawn from the competition once the submitter has confirmed their participation in writing (see article 9). The submission of the first five works by one submitter is free of charge. From the sixth submission onwards, a handling fee of 20 euros per film will be charged. This applies to all competitions.

2. Organizer of the Festival is the non-profit company Internationale Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen gGmbH, which is owned by the City of Oberhausen. Main sponsor of the Festival is the State of North Rhine-Westphalia.

3. International Competition: The International Competition is meant to present artistic developments, in particular new tendencies, in international short film production for discussion, regardless of national representation. Admitted are works of all genres not exceeding a length of 35 minutes. In rare and exceptional cases, the selection committee reserves the right to admit films of longer duration. Only works are eligible that have not been shown at any international festival before Oberhausen. Productions entering the International Competition must have been completed after 1 January 2021. Entries to the International Competition must be submitted via our website no later than 1 February 2022. Eligible entries can also be considered for the International Children’s and Youth Film Competition (no festival premiere required). In addition, the Festival reserves the right to select films that have won prizes at other festivals for inclusion in the programme “Award Winners of Other Festivals”. Eligible for selection for the International Competition are works whose country of production (seat of the production company) is not German. This includes co-productions with Germany. Co-productions with Germany must be submitted for the International Competition and will be considered for the International as well as for the German Competition. Admitted screening formats are 35 mm, 16 mm, Super 8 and DCP. Details will be checked with the filmmakers after the competition entries have been selected.

4. German Competition: Eligible for the German Competition are works produced or co-produced in Germany (seat of the production company). Co-productions with Germany must be submitted for the International Competition and will be considered for the German as well as for the International Competition. Admitted are works of all genres not exceeding a length of 45 minutes. In rare and exceptional cases, the selection committee reserves the right to admit films of longer duration. Only works are eligible that have not been shown at any other German festival before Oberhausen. Productions entering the German Competition must have been completed after 1 January 2021. Entries to the German Competition must be submitted via our website no later than 1 February 2022. Eligible entries to the German Competition can also be considered for the International Competition, the International Children’s and Youth Film Competition, the NRW Competition and the German MuVi Award. In addition, the Festival reserves the right to select films that have won prizes at other festivals for inclusion in the programme “Award Winners of Other Festivals”. Admitted screening formats are 35 mm, 16 mm, Super 8 and DCP. Details will be checked with the filmmakers after the competition entries have been selected.

5. NRW Competition: Eligible are works produced in North Rhine-Westphalia (seat of the production company). Otherwise, the regulations of the German Competition apply, with one exception: films in this competition are not required to be festival premieres.

6. International Children’s and Youth Film Competition: For works produced in Germany, see the requirements of the German Competition. For international contributions, see the requirements of the International Competition. In both cases, films in this competition are not required to be festival premieres.

7. Further Regulations: German MuVi Award, International Online Competition, German Online Competition: These competitions will be organized with their own separate sets of regulations.

8. Presentation of prize-winners: As part of the partnership between the 68 th International Short Film Festival Oberhausen and the Filmchief screening platform, the prize-winning films will be made available online on 8 and 9 May for 24 hours, worldwide, and through a password-protected connection, within the framework of the presentation of the prize-winning films. A proper request will be sent to the rights owners of the selected films after the written confirmation of their participation in order to obtain their authorization to present their film within the aforementioned framework.

9. Selection: All submitters will be informed of the selection results in mid-March 2022. A selected work may not be withdrawn from the competition once the submitter has confirmed their participation in writing. If the ownership of a work is transferred to a successor in title after the selection has been made, the successor’s permission for the film to take part in the competition will have to be conveyed to the Festival. No hire/licence fees will be paid for competition films.

10. Open Screening: Eligible are works submitted to the 68 th International Short Film Festival Oberhausen in accordance with Festival regulations which were not selected for a competition and are no longer than 15 minutes. The work must be presented in person by the filmmakers (the Festival will not cover any travel and accommodation expenses). Filmmakers must be at least 18 years old. Registrations for the Open Screening may not be submitted until after the competition selection has been announced in mid-March 2022. The admitted screening format is DCP. Each filmmaker may present only one work. The Open Screening programme slot is limited and the films will be added to the line-up in the order of registration. All submitters will be informed of the precise application dates with the announcement of the competition selections in mid-March 2022.

11. Dispatch of selected contributions: All screening copies and files of films invited to the competitions must arrive in Oberhausen no later than 7 April 2022. It is recommended that contributors have the documents of reimportation (required for the customs authorities) issued before the films are shipped. Shipments from non-EU member states must be clearly labelled “For temporary, cultural purposes only. No commercial value.” Those dispatches must also be accompanied by a pro forma invoice amounting to a maximum of 20 € (under no circumstances should the amount of the actual production costs be given, even if they were higher). Costs arising from wrong declarations will be charged to the sender.

12. Address for dispatch: Internationale Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen gGmbH, Grillostr. 34, 46045 Oberhausen, Germany, shipping@kurzfilmtage.de, phone +49(0)208 825-2463. Forwarding expenses to Oberhausen are to be paid by the sender.

13. Return: Any changes in the return address can only be considered until 27 April 2022. Return shipping costs of the screening copies are paid by the Festival.

14. Insurance: The Festival insurance covering all entered copies takes effect at the moment the shipments are handed over to the Festival organizer by the transport company and ends with the handing over to the respective carrier after the Festival. The transport itself is at the risk of the sender. The corresponding laws of the Federal Republic of Germany apply.

15. Prizes and Awards:
The International Jury will award the following prizes:
── the Grand Prize of the City of Oberhausen (7,000 €)
── the Principal Prize (3,000 €)

The Jury of the Ministry for Culture and Science of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia will award a prize (5,000 €).

The Jury of the FIPRESCI will award a prize.

The Ecumenical Jury will award a prize (1,500 €).

The International Short Film Festival Oberhausen will award the ZONTA Prize to a female filmmaker in the International or German Competition (1,000 €).

The Jury of the German Competition will award the following prizes:
── the Prize of the German Competition (4,000 €)
── the 3sat Emerging Talent Prize (2,500 €).
This award includes an offer by 3sat to purchase the winning title and present it on 3sat.

The Jury of the NRW Competition will award the following prizes:
── the Prize of the NRW Competition (1,000 €)
── the Promotional Prize of the NRW Competition (500 €) An audience jury will award the following prize: ── Prize of the WDR Westart Audience Jury (750 €).
This award includes an option for WDR to purchase the winning title and present it on WDR.

Two children’s and youth juries from Oberhausen will award one prize each in the International Children’s and Youth Film Competition (1,000 € each).

The Children’s Jury will award a Promotional Prize (1,000 €).

The Jury of the European Children's Film Association (ECFA) will nominate a film in the International Children’s and Youth Competition for the ECFA Short Film Award, which will be conferred at the general assembly during the 2023 Berlinale.

The awards and premiums will be given to the filmmakers. (as of August 2021)

16. Video Library: All submitted preview links, basic information and a contact email of every film are automatically entered in the Video Library and made available for individual viewing during and after the Festival unless stated otherwise in a written instruction to be submitted to the Festival no later than 30 March 2022 (date of receipt). The Video Library is passwordprotected. Access is granted only to accredited visitors during the Festival in Oberhausen as well as online until 10 June 2022. All accredited guests have free access to the Video Library. An online market catalogue will be published containing short synopses and password-protected contact addresses for the submitted contributions. The Festival reserves the right to provide selected industry experts with password-protected access to individual competition entries after the Festival for individual viewing purposes. In accordance with FIAPF regulations, the Festival undertakes to obtain authorisation from the right holders for any additional use of their film.

17. Data protection: By submitting your film/s to the International Short Film Festival Oberhausen you are authorizing us to process the data entered by you for the purpose of organizing the activities of the International Short Film Festival Oberhausen (festival, distribution, archive). This authorization provides the legal base for processing your data (art. 6 sect.1a, European General Data Protection Regulation). Your data will be stored for no longer than is necessary for the purposes referred to above and will not be passed on to third parties. You will find more detailed information about data protection and your rights according to the GDPR on www.kurzfilmtage.de at “Data Protection”.

18. Legal notice: These regulations are available in German and English. In case of doubt the German version applies.

As at: August 2021, subject to change

Regulations Online Competition

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1. General information: The International Short Film Festival Oberhausen is an independent festival accredited by FIAPF, the International Federation of Film Producers Associations, which pledges to abide by the FIAPF regulations and which is organized according to the own regulations of the Festival. The Festival presents: online competitions (International Online Competition, German Online Competition) as well as on-site competitions (International, German, International Children’s and Youth Film, NRW, German MuVi Award, all with separate regulations). Furthermore, curated programmes are presented in addition to the competitions. The deadline for submissions to the online competitions is 3 January 2022 (date of receipt). Submissions must be made via the Festival website. Repeated submissions are not possible. A confirmation of the receipt of a submission cannot be provided. It is not possible to enter a film for both an online competition and an on-site competition, neither simultaneously nor in consecutive years. Submissions cannot be withdrawn from the competition once the submitter has confirmed their participation in writing. The submission of the first five works by one submitter is free of charge. From the sixth submission onwards, a handling fee of 20 Euro per film will be charged. This applies to all competitions.

2. Organizer of the Festival is the non-profit company Internationale Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen gGmbH, which is owned by the City of Oberhausen. Main sponsor of the Festival is the State of North Rhine-Westphalia.

3. International Online Competition: The International Online Competition is meant to present artistic developments, in particular new tendencies, in international short film production for discussion, regardless of national representation. Admitted are works of all genres not exceeding a length of 35 minutes. In rare and exceptional cases, the selection committee reserves the right to admit films of longer duration. Only works are eligible that have not been shown at any other German festival before Oberhausen. Productions entering the International Online Competition must have been completed after 1 January 2021. Submissions to the International Online Competition must be made via our website no later than 3 January 2022. Eligible entries can also be considered for the International Children’s and Youth Film Competition. In addition, the Festival reserves the right to select films that have won prizes at other festivals for inclusion in the programme “Award Winners of Other Festivals”. Eligible for selection for the International Online Competition are works whose country of production (seat of the production company) is not Germany, and co-productions with Germany. Co-productions with Germany must be submitted for the International Online Competition and will be considered for the International as well as for the German Online Competition. The films may not be submitted to any other competition of the Festival. Selected films must be sent as files. Details will be checked with the filmmakers after the competition entries have been selected.

4. German Online Competition: Eligible for the German Online Competition are works produced or co-produced in Germany (seat of the production company). Co-productions with Germany must be submitted for the International Online Competition and will be considered for the German as well as for the International Online Competition. Admitted are works of all genres not exceeding a length of 45 minutes. In rare and exceptional cases, the selection committee reserves the right to admit films of longer duration. Productions entering the German Online Competition must have been completed after 1 January 2021. Entries to the German Online Competition must be submitted via our website no later than 3 January 2022. Eligible entries to the German Online Competition can also be considered for the International Children’s and Youth Film Competition and the NRW Competition. In addition, the Festival reserves the right to select films that have won prizes at other festivals for inclusion in the programme “Award Winners of Other Festivals”. The films may not be submitted to any other competition of the Festival. Selected films must be sent as files. Details will be checked with the filmmakers after the competition entries have been selected. There are no premiere requirements in the German Online Competition.

5. Online presentation: As part of the partnership between the 68 th International Short Film Festival Oberhausen and the Filmchief screening platform, the works selected for the online competitions will be available between 30 April and 3 May 2022 for 48 hours each. Prize-winning films will be available online on 8/9 May as part of the presentation of the prize-winning films for an extra period of 24 hours. The number of viewers will be unlimited. The service will be accessible by acquiring a festival pass or by obtaining a festival accreditation. The online availability of the works will be free of charge for the festival. All works will be available password-protected and worldwide within the above-mentioned framework.

6. Selection: All submitters will be informed of the selection results in mid-February 2022. A selected work may not be withdrawn from the competition once the submitter has confirmed their participation in writing. If the ownership of a work is transferred to a successor in title after the selection has been made, the successor’s permission for the film to take part in the competition will have to be conveyed to the Festival. No hire/licence fees will be paid for competition films.

7. Online Prizes and Awards:
The Jury of the International Online Competition will award the following prizes:
── the Grand Online Prize of the City of Oberhausen (5,000 €)
── the Principal Online Prize (2,000 €)
── the e-flux Prize (3,000 €)

The Jury of the Ministry for Culture and Science of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia will award one prize in the International Online Competition (3,000 €).

The Ecumenical Jury will award a prize.

The Jury of the German Online Competition will award the Prize of the German Online Competition (2.500 €).

The awards and premiums will be given to the filmmakers.

8. Video Library: All submitted preview links, basic information and a contact email of every film are automatically entered in the Video Library and made available for individual viewing during and after the Festival unless stated otherwise in a written instruction to be submitted to the Festival no later than 30 March 2022 (date of receipt). The Video Library is passwordprotected. Access is granted only to accredited visitors during the Festival in Oberhausen as well as online until 10 June 2022. All accredited guests have free access to the Video Library. An online market catalogue will be published containing short synopses and password-protected contact addresses for the submitted contributions. Inclusion in the Video Library is free of charge. In accordance with FIAPF regulations, the Festival undertakes to obtain authorisation from the right holders for any additional use of their film.

9. Data protection: By submitting your film/s to the International Short Film Festival Oberhausen you are authorizing us to process the data entered by you for the purpose of organizing the activities of the International Short Film Festival Oberhausen (festival, distribution, archive). This authorization provides the legal base for processing your data (art. 6 sect.1a, European General Data Protection Regulation). Your data will be stored for no longer than is necessary for the purposes referred to above and will not be passed on to third parties. You will find more detailed information about data protection and your rights according to the GDPR on www.kurzfilmtage.de at “Data Protection”.

10. Legal notice: These regulations are available in German and English. In case of doubt the German version applies.

As at: August 2021, subject to change

Regulations of the German MuVi Award

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1. General information: The German MuVi Award for the best German music video is organized by the Internationale Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen gGmbH and will be awarded at the 68th International Short Film Festival Oberhausen (Kurzfilmtage). The deadline for submissions is 25 February 2022 (date of receipt). Submissions must be made via the Festival website. Repeated submissions are not possible. A confirmation of the receipt of a submission cannot be provided. The submission of the first five works by one submitter is free of charge. From the sixth submission onwards, a handling fee of 20 Euros per video will be charged.

2. Organizer of the Festival is the non-profit company Internationale Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen gGmbH which is owned by the City of Oberhausen. Main sponsor of the Festival is the State of North Rhine-Westphalia.

3. Commitee and jury: The Internationale Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen gGmbH will appoint a selection committee consisting of a minimum of three members. The Festival management will appoint an independent jury consisting of three members who will select the winning titles from the entries nominated by the selection committee.

4. Selection: On the basis of all the submissions, the selection committee nominates ten to twelve music videos for the MuVi Award, which will be publicly presented at the 68th International Short Film Festival Oberhausen. The essential criterion of selection is not the quality or type of music but only the visualization of the musical concept. Submitters will be informed of the selection results in mid-March 2022. If the ownership of a work is transferred to a successor in title after the selection has been made, the successor’s permission for the video to take part in the competition will have to be conveyed to the Festival. Submissions will also be considered for the Festival’s German Competition, NRW Competition and International Children’s and Youth Film Competition.

5. Conditions for participation: Eligible are music videos not exceeding a duration of 15 minutes and produced after 1 January 2021. In rare and exceptional cases, the selection committee reserves the right to admit videos of longer duration. The director or production of the video must be based in Germany. The director or production of the video must be authorized by the owner of the rights to the piece of music used to produce a music video for this title. The piece of music used in the music video must be available for sale on a sound storage medium in the formats LP/12’’, CD, MC, MD or as a digital audio file on a publicly accessible Internet platform. The performer’s or composer’s country of origin are irrelevant. Submissions must be made via our website or have arrived in Oberhausen by 25 February 2022.

6. Open Screening: Eligible are works submitted to the 68th International Short Film Festival Oberhausen in accordance with Festival regulations which were not selected for a competition and are no longer than 15 minutes. The work must be presented in person by the filmmaker (the Festival will not cover any travel and accommodation expenses). Filmmakers must be at least 18 years old. Registrations for the Open Screening may not be submitted until after the competition selection has been announced in mid-March 2022. The admitted screening format is DCP. Each filmmaker may present only one work. The Open Screening programme slot is limited and the films will be added to the line-up in the order of registration. All submitters will be informed of the precise application dates with the announcement of the competition selection.

7. Dispatch of selected contributions: All screening copies and files of films invited to the competitions must arrive in Oberhausen no later than 7 April 2022. Screening format is DCP. Details will be clarified with the filmmakers after the selection of the nominations. Entries are at the risk and expense of the submitters.

8. Presentation of the prize-winning films: As part of the partnership between the 68th International Short Film Festival Oberhausen and the Filmchief screening platform, the prize-winning music videos will be presented password protected and worldwide on the screening platform of the International Short Film Festival Oberhausen on 8/9 May for 24 hours.

9. Address for dispatch: Internationale Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen gGmbH, Grillostr. 34, 46045 Oberhausen, Germany, shipping@kurzfilmtage.de, phone +49(0)208 825-2463. Forwarding expenses to Oberhausen are to be paid by the sender.

10. Return: Any changes in the return address can only be considered until 27 April 2022. Return shipping costs of the screening copies are paid by the Festival.

11. Insurance: The Festival insurance covering all entered prints takes effect at the moment the shipments are handed over to the Festival organizer by the transport company and ends with the handing over to the respective carrier after the Festival. The transport itself is at the risk of the sender. The corresponding laws of the Federal Republic of Germany apply.

12. Prizes:
The MuVi Jury will award the following prizes: 1st Prize, worth 2,000 €, and 2nd Prize, worth 1,000 €. In addition, there will be an Audience Prize worth 500€.
The awards and premiums will be given to the directors.

13. Video Library: All submitted preview links, basic information and a contact email of every film are automatically entered in the Video Library and made available for individual viewing during and after the Festival unless stated otherwise in a written instruction to be submitted to the Festival no later than 30 March 2022 (date of receipt). The Video Library is password protected. Access is granted only to accredited visitors during the Festival in Oberhausen as well as online until 10 June 2022. All accredited guests have free access to the Video Library. An online market catalogue will be published containing short synopses and password protected contact addresses for the submitted contributions. The inclusion in the Video Library is free of charge. The Festival reserves the right to make competition films available to selected industry experts for individual viewing after the Festival.

14. Data protection: By submitting you work/s to the International Short Film Festival Oberhausen you are authorizing us to process the data entered by you for the purpose of organizing the activities of the International Short Film Festival Oberhausen (festival, distribution, and archive). This authorization provides the legal base for processing your data (art. 6 sect.1a, European General Data Protection Regulation). Your data will be stored for no longer than is necessary for the purposes referred to above and will not be passed on to third parties. You will find more detailed information about data protection and your rights according to the GDPR on www.kurzfilmtage.de at “Data Protection”.

15. Legal notice: Exceptions and all cases of doubt regarding these regulations will be decided by the selection committee in consultation with the festival management of the 68th International Short Film Festival Oberhausen.

16. Legal notice: These regulations are available in German and English. In case of doubt the German version applies.

As at: August 2021, subject to change