Internationale Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen

Children's and Youth Film

Ahtapot @ Engin Erden

The Children's and Youth Film Competition is one of the most popular sections of the Festival and opens up unusual perspectives on the world not only for young viewers. Whether animation or documentary, experimental or feature film, there are no limits to the variety of cinematic forms.


Artistic short films for the next generation have been well-established in Oberhausen since 1978. This is based on the conviction that short films are an excellent medium for introducing children and young people to new and challenging topics and forms of expression (film education).

Moutons, loup et tasse de thé… @ Marion Lacourt

Every year, an independent committee selects around 45 films and videos from more than 25 countries from the submissions to the German and International Competition and programmes them for the various age groups from the age of three.  


The prizes totalling 2,000 € are awarded by juries of children and young people. In addition, a jury of experts nominates a film for the ECFA Short Film Award which was initiated by Oberhausen.


Contact: Franziska Ferdinand

43th Children's and Youth Film Trailer

Realised by Einar Fehrholz and Simon Mellnich with pupils of Königschule Oberhausen: Mats Basteck, Henry Kopavnik and Julia Stommel.

Jury of the International Children's Film Competition


Nikola Mader

Salman Omer

Lulzim Sinani

Kimberly Terwiel

Ahsen Melda Topcu


Jury of the International Youth Film Competition


Kimmo Doering

Lilith Laukner

Jason Michalek




Jan-Willem Bult

Monica Koshka-Stein

Ivana Kvesic

The ECFA-Jury since 2018:


Elisa Giovannelli, film education, Italy (2019); Christian Exner, qualified educationalist, Germany (2019); Ivana Jakobović Alpeza, film education, Croatia (2018); Christoffer Olofsson, film critic and curator, Sweden (2019); Lina Paulsen, film selector, curator, Germany (2018); Hilde Steensens, director of Filem’On, Belgium (2018)


Juries of the last years: Further Information

·       Regulations

·       Film submission

·       Accreditation

·       Professionals

·       Offers for kindergartens

·       Offers for schools

·       Barrier-free short films

·       Further training for educators and cooperations

·       Workshop for Children: Analogue film material