Internationale Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen

German Competition

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The oldest German short film competition impresses its audience every year with its surprising diversity, topicality and critical eye. Here, innovative short films by established filmmakers and newly discovered talents, produced in Germany but with themes from all over the world, compete.


Whether political essay, virtuoso animation or radical formal experiment - the German Competition gathers independent artistic positions from all genres and is especially appreciated by the international audience as a showcase of German short film. A premiere screened here attracts attention and often opens doors to other festivals.

The Ghosts We Left at Home © Faris Alrjoob

In addition to the German Competition the Festival will launch the German Online Competition in 2021. In the German Competition films must be German festival premieres, while no premiere is required in the German Online Competition. Films may only be submitted for one specific competition.


The Festival will also appoint separate selection committees and juries in the competitions. Each competition will award its own prizes and some of the entries submitted here also take part in the International


The online competitions will also take place on different dates than the competitions in the cinema: From 1 to 4 May 2021, the Festival will present its new online sections; from 5 May Oberhausen is planning to show the traditional competitions in the cinemas. Prizes will be awarded on 9 May 2021.


Kontakt: Carsten Spicher

·       Regulations

·       Regulations Online

·       Film submissions

·       Accreditation

·       Professionals

Among the international competition films were works by


Jürgen Böttcher, Detlev Buck, Phil Collins, Hellmuth Costard, Doris Dörrie, Andreas Dresen, Valie Export, Harun Farocki, Jeanne Faust, Werner Herzog, Romuald Karmakar, Alexander Kluge, Volker Koepp, Korpys/Löffler, Jan Krüger, Matthias Müller, Bjørn Melhus, Werner Nekes, Peter Schamoni, Ulrich Schamoni, Angela Schanelec, Christoph Schlingensief, Rudolf Thome, Adolf Winkelmann und Sönke Wortmann

Members of the juries of the past few years


Kathrin Becker, Berlin (2019); Bernd Brehmer, Munich (2020); Stefan Butzmühlen, Artelshofen/Berlin (2019); Matthias Dell, Berlin (2018); Heike Klippel, Brunswick (2018); Ekkehard Knörer, Berlin (2019); Bettina Steinbrügge, Hamburg (2020);  Carolin Weidner, Offenbach/Main (2020); Katja Wiederspahn, Vienna (2018); more