Internationale Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen

Children's and Youth Film

My Best Friend's Shoes © Ajitpal Singh

Un travail de fourmis © Anaïs Sorrentino

Lili dans les nuages © Toma Leroux


Oberhausen has been showing international short films for children and youth since 1978 and, sind 1993, has held the Children's and Youth Film Competition, whose prizes totalling 2,000 € are to this day awarded by young people's juries.


The Children’s and Youth Film Competition is one of the most popular festival sections, presenting an average of 45 films from more than 25 countries every vear, selected by an independent committee from submissions to the German and International Competitions. The filmmakers are invited to Oberhausen to present and discuss their films with the audience in person - an event that regularly draws applause from both sides.


The competition programmes are compiled for various age groups ranging from three to 16 years of age and are shown on weekday mornings to give school classes the opportunity to attend. Additional screenings over the festival weekend are organised for the public and for accredited children’s film experts.


In 2018, a new prize is being added for the first time to the Children’s and Youth Film Competition: a dedicated jury of experts will nominate a candidate for the ECFA (European Children's Film Association) Short Film Award, which was initiated by Oberhausen.


Over time, Oberhausen has consistently rounded out its children's and youth film screenings with thematic programmes or media education projects. The trailer is produced by the youngsters themselves; children have curated experimental film programmes; secondary school pupils have produced their own “poetry clips” and moderate the screenings. For several years, Oberhausen has also been screening selected programmes as inclusive presentations with the assistance of Aktion Mensch.


In partnership with institutions such as Matthias-Film and Katholisches Filmwerk, Oberhausen is also promoting the distribution of short films for children. In 2018, the festival will be joining with the “Arbeitsstelle kulturelle Bildung NRW” for a second time to organise the symposium “LOOK. Offen für Fremdes”, which is aimed at decision-makers in the field of education in NRW.


Contact: Franziska Ferdinand

Contact Look: Hilke Doering

The ECFA-Jury 2018

Lina Paulsen, Mo & Friese, Hamburg
Hilde Steensens, Filemon, Brüssel
Ivana Jakobović Alpeza, Sedmi kontinent, Zagreb

Realised by Einar Fehrholz and Simon Mellnich with pupils of Luisenschule and Sophie-Scholl-Gymnasium: Emila Damm, Marlon Marschalleck und Paula Schinko (Luisenschule) sowie Valentin Bonifacio, Maja Fröber und Johanna Schürken (Sophie-Scholl-Gymnasium).