Submission

Oberhausen is now calling for entries to the competitions of its 69th edition. Our focus is on new works with their own visual language, new perspectives and forms. Oberhausen's strength for 69 years has been its openness for the innovative, surprising, and original.

Conditions for Submissions

Applicable to all submissions
All submissions must be made via our website (online entry form). Film submissions are only possible specifically for one competition at a time. Double submissions will not be accepted.

Production date
After 1 January 2022

Premiere requirements
There are different premiere requirements in the individual competitions. Please check the individual sections and regulations.

Submission deadlines
For all competitions: 1 February 2023
Early Bird deadline (only for the International Competition): 1 October 2022
Eligible submissions received until that date will be previewed in advance. Submitters will be informed of the decisions in November 2022.
The deadline for all competitions refers to the date of receipt of the submissions. No extensions are possible.

Admitted screening formats
For all competitions except MuVi: 35 mm, 16 mm and Super 8 as well as DCP
MuVi: DCP

Handling fee
The submission of the first five works by one submitter is free of charge. From the sixth submission, a handling fee of 20 euros per film will be charged.

You can find the complete submission requirements in our regulations and the MuVi regulations.

Competition selection
All selection results will be announced in mid-March 2023.

International productions

Please use this option to submit international productions and co-productions. In advance please read the detailed terms and conditions in our regulations carefully.

Maximum running time:35 minutes
Seat of production or co-production:not in Germany, except for co-productions
Premiere status:German festival premiere
Deadline for submission:1 February 2023

Early Bird submission deadline on 1 October 2022
This Early Bird deadline only applies to the International Competition. Eligible works received until that date will be previewed in advance. Submitters will be informed of the decisions in November 2022.

Click here to submit for the International Competition

German productions

Please use this option to submit German productions. International co-productions are to be submitted as international productions. In advance please read the detailed terms and conditions in our regulations carefully.

Maximum running time:45 minutes
Seat of production:in Germany
Premiere status:no festival premiere is required
Deadline for submission:1 February 2023


Click here to submit for the German Competition

NRW productions

Submissions for the NRW Competition must be made via the submission form of the German Competition. Please enter “produced or co-produced in NRW” under “Production details”. In addition, all eligible submissions for the German competitions will be previewed for the NRW Competition. Please read the regulations carefully.

In advance please read the detailed terms and conditions in our regulations carefully.

Maximum running time:45 minutes
Seat of production or co-production:in NRW
Premiere status:no festival premiere required
Deadline for submission:1 February 2023


Click here to submit for the NRW Competition

Children's and youth film productions

International and co-productions must be submitted via the entry form of the International Competition, German productions must be submitted via the entry form of the German Competition. Please select “children’s and youth film” in the entry form. All eligible submissions to the international and German competitions will be previewed for the International Children’s and Youth Film Competition.

In advance please read the detailed terms and conditions in our regulations carefully.

Premiere status:no festival premiere required
Deadline for submission:1 February 2022


Click here to submit German productions

Click here to submit international productions and co-productions

Music videos

Please use this option to submit German music videos. The director or production must be based in Germany. The director and producer of the video must be authorized by the owner of the rights to the piece of music used to produce a music video for this title. 

In advance please read the detailed terms and conditions in our muvi-regulations carefully.

Maximum running time:15 minutes
Seat of production or co-production:in Germany
Premiere status:no festival premiere required
Deadline for submission: 22 February 2023


Click here to submit for the German MuVi Award

How do I submit my film?

1. Fill in the corresponding entry form and enter a preview link.

2. Wait while the independent committees preview all submissions.

3. The competition selection will be announced exclusively by email by mid-March 2023 (entering a valid email-address is therefore obligatory).

The decisions after the Early Bird submission deadline will be announced through the same channel in November 2022.

4. The International Short Film Festival Oberhausen will invite all filmmakers in the on-site competitions to Oberhausen.