Every year the festival offers some of its programmes barrier-free for people with hearing or visual impairments. The inclusion efforts of the International Short Film Festival Oberhausen are supported by Aktion Mensch.
For people with a hearing impairment
For people with a hearing impairment, the Children's and Youth Cinema of the festival shows the competition programme from 12, from 14 and from 16 with subtitles for the hearing impaired and sign language interpreters translate the moderations and Q&As. This also includes all school screenings and presentations at the wekend.
Furthermore, during the Festival 2019, there was a screening with films from 6 years on for all those who can't read yet. The translation into sign language was shown on the screen. The programme was screened for a family audience at the weekend.
For people with a visual impairments
The festival also prepares two programmes for people with a visual impairment. For both programmes of the NRW competition, an audio description is provided via headphones. These programmes are aimed at adults aged 18 and older.
With a three-day subtitling workshop, the Short Film Festival offers pupils a practical insight into translation work for people with hearing impairments. Launched in 2017, the project brings together hearing-impaired and normal-hearing pupils and lets them develop their own subtitles for short films in mixed groups. The results of the workshop will be presented during the festival.
In 2019, a class from the LVR David Ludwig Bloch School in Essen with a focus on hearing and communication and a school class from Oberhausen took part in the project. Interested school classes are welcome to contact the Festival.