Internationale Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen

International Competition

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The world's oldest short film competition is a forum for experiments, unusual content and formats, and the place for cinematic discoveries. Every year, filmmakers from all over the world present themselves here.


New: In addition to the existing International Competition, an International Online Competition will be introduced from 2021, which will be held separately from the International Competition on site with its own regulations.


The International Competition selection includes artistic contributions from all genres, explores the freedom of the short form, surprises and enriches the audience. The industry audience research new films here and a premiere screened in this competition is often a springboard for selection by other festivals – not least for the Oscar (Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences).

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The competition presents a selection of the most interesting works of the year and invites filmmakers from all over the world to present their work in person. There is also a focus on works from countries outside the strong production infrastructures, especially from Eastern and South Eastern Europe and the African states.


The Festival will also appoint separate selection committees and juries in the competitions. Each competition will award its own prizes. The Grand Prize of the City of Oberhausen will continue to be awarded to a film in the traditional International Competition.


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.


Contact: Hilke Doering

·       Regulations

·       Regulations online

·       Film submissions

·       Accreditation

·       Professionals

Among the international competition films were works by


Eija-Liisa Ahtila, Santiago Álvarez, Lindsay Anderson, Roy Andersson, Kenneth Anger, Andrea Arnold, Yael Bartana, Neil Beloufa, Jürgen Böttcher, Walerian Borowczyk, Stan Brakhage, Vera Chytilová, Jem Cohen, Terence Davies, Khavn De La Cruz, Valie Export, Milos Forman, Robert Frank, Karpo Godina, James Herbert, Takashi Ito, Joris Ivens, Ken Jacobs, Jean-Pierre Jeunet, Isaac Julien, Miranda July, William Kentridge, Jan Lenica, George Lucas, Dusan Makavejev, Jonas Mekas, Mike Mills, Kornel Mundruczo, Robert Nelson, Yoko Ono, Adina Pintilie, Roman Polanski, Laure Prouvost, Alain Resnais, Pipilotti Rist, Martin Scorsese, Cate Shortland, John Smith, Michael Snow, Alexander Sokurov, Jan Svankmajer, Eva Stefani, István Szabó, Matsumoto Toshio, François Truffaut, Gus Van Sant, Agnès Varda, Bill Viola, Apitchatpong Weerasethakul, Jia Zhang-Ke, Zelimir Zilinik

Members of the juries of the last few years


Frank Beauvais, France (2020); Lerato Bereng, South Africa (2020); Clarissa Chikiamco, Singapore (2019); Katie Davies, Great Britain (2018); Javier H. Estrada, Spain (2019); Dmitry Frolov, Russia (2020); Jörg Heiser, Germany (2019); Kristy Matheson, Australia (2018); Michał Matuszewski, Poland (2020); Petar Milat, Croatia (2018); Adina Pintilie, Romania (2019); Daniel Queiroz, Brazil (2018); Brittany Shaw, USA (2020); Timo Soppela, Finland (2018); Salla Tykkä, Finland (2019); more