Internationale Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen

Children's and Youth Film

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

Childrens' Jury 2019

Schule an der Hagedornstraße, Oberhausen


Sabi Etemovski
Joel Hellwig
Leon Reuschenbach
Colin Schindler
Gina-Marie Wieczorek

Youth Jury 2019

Berta-von-Suttner-Gymnasium, Oberhausen


Sophie Ducrot

Sara Kovač

Antonia Reinecke

Hannah Spriesterbach

Maurice Turnbach

The ECFA-Jury 2019


Elisa Giovannelli

Christian Exner

Christoffer Olofsson

Moderation 2019

Berta-von-Suttner-Gymnasium, Oberhausen


Martina Antunovic

Melin Bulut

Malene Flack

Charlotte Flegel

Lara Hillbrandt

Noemi Hiemesch

Louisa May

Jason Michalek

Jette Peil
Marie Schön

Realised by Einar Fehrholz and Simon Mellnich with pupils of Schule an der Hagedornstraße and erta-von-Suttner-Gymnasium: Ameer Jamed, Leo Schwier und Emma Wolf (Schule an der Hagedornstraße) sowie Emily Heye, Anna Koch, Elena Tauhardt und Franziska Walter (Berta-von-Suttner-Gymnasium).

Last Year's Jury:


The ECFA-Jury 2018: Lina Paulsen, Germany; Hilde Steensens, Belgium; Ivana Jakobović Alpeza, Croatia