Local Projects

The Festival has been commited to various local projects in Oberhausen and the surrounding area for many years. Here is a selection of the projects.

Kurzfilmtage Special

Wednesday, 2.11.2022
6 pm: Made in NRW: Gossing Sieckmann
8 pm: Highlights of the 2022 competitions

Following the programme at 8 pm
Bar at the Unterhaus
Friedrich-Karl-Strasse 4
46045 Oberhausen

School screenings (bookable in advance)
Wednesday, 2.11.2022
11 am: Children's cinema: Comforting and Defying (from 12 years)

Admission prices
Single ticket 5,00€
Day pass* 8,00€

Booking via www.lichtburg-ob.de
Tel. reservation: +49(0)208 824290
*The day pass includes a free drink in the Unterhaus

Free admission for guests of Oberhausener Tafel

School performances
Single ticket 1,00 / pupil (accompanying person free)
Booking and information via Cathrin Ernst
ernst(at)kurzfilmtage.de / +49(0)15753739878

Ticket sales and venue
Elsässer Str. 26
46045 Oberhausen

(Sonntag, Büscherhöfchen 2 @ Gossing Sieckmann)

Wednesday, 2 November
6 pm: Made in NRW: Gossing Sieckmann
Miriam Gossing and Lina Sieckmann live and work in Cologne. Both are graduates of the Academy of Media Arts in Cologne. As part of their studies, the two learned to film with a 16 mm camera. The result is the film Sonntag, Büscherhöfchen 2, which was shown at the 2014 Short Film Festival Oberhausen and is the prelude to a whole series of jointly realised works. Their works are characterised by quiet shots that show interiors and their surroundings, deliberately blurring the line between reality and fiction. The programme shows a selection of the cinematic works by Gossing and Sieckmann that were shown as part of the Short Film Festival. They have been shown internationally in many exhibitions and at film festivals and have won several awards. The filmmakers will be present.

Sonntag, Büscherhöfchen 2, Gossing Sieckmann, Germany 2014, colour, no language, 11'
Desert Miracles, Gossing Sieckmann, Germany 2015, colour, English with German subtitles, 11'
Ocean Hill Drive, Gossing Sieckmann, Germany 2016, colour, English with German subtitles, 21'
Souvenir, Gossing Sieckmann, Germany/Netherlands 2018, colour, English with German subtitles, 21'

(Boa Noite @ Catarina Ruivo)

8 pm: Highlights of the 2022 competitions 
The programme shows a selection from the competitions of the last festival edition. In Muss ja nicht sein, dass es heute ist four friends sit together and search for the right words for a text message that is never to be sent. While an Oberhausen subculture is illuminated in Cruiser, which transfers the insignia of the motorbike scene to cycling, the leading actress in Theorie und Praxis tries to pick herself up and finally start doing everything, but her armchair won't let her go. The feature film Boa Noite shows the relationship between grandmother and grandson and how they protect each other from their fears. In the music video Feel Like Change, we accompany a family as they break out of their constraints with the help of rituals and dances and find themselves together anew in the process. Wordless communication also takes place in Corina Andrian's surrealistic dance film Dancen. Presented by members of the Short Film Festival team.

School screenings
11 am: Children's cinema: Comforting and Defying (from 12 years)
With imagination and the necessary portion of courage, the young people in this programme try to meet their growing bodies and needs, the changes in these and the reactions of their environment. A programme full of defiance and consolation - for all those aged 12 and over for whom giving up and giving in are not options.

Free as a Bird, Annelies Kruk, Netherlands 2021, colour, Dutch with German incl. subtitles, 15'
Erb es tkhur em When I Am Sad,  Lilit Altunyan, Armenia 2021, colour, Armenian/French with German incl. subtitles, 7'
Hong Se Zang Li Red Funeral, Jane Zhang, China/Macau 2022, colour, Mandarin with German incl. subtitles, 15'
SilenceVoiceNoise, Gonzalo Lugon, Peru 2021, colour, Spanish with German incl. subtitles, 9'

School and community garden in Königshütter Park

On the initiative of festival director Lars Henrik Gass, the Festival took over a plot of land in the park next to the Short Film Festival Villa in March 2022 and transformed it into a school and community garden. Twenty fruit trees and nearly 100 shrubs were planted and several raised beds were built. 

The school garden is intended to facilitate sustainable and communal action for a more liveable city. To this end, the Kurzfilmtage works together with neighbouring schools (Anne-Frank-Realschule, Brüder-Grimm-Schule and Marienschule) and extracurricular partners in Oberhausen (the Caritasverband, the BUND district group and the gardening and landscaping company IN & OUTSIDE).

The project was funded by a generous grant from the Deutsche Postcode Lottery.

The Oberhausen Selection

Here the International Short Film Festival Oberhausen brings its films to those who can no longer attend the festival on their own. The special feature: The films are selected by citizens of Oberhausen between the ages of 65 and 90. Every year from January to March, they screen films from the archive of the Short Film Festival and put together a programme. The criteria are set by the participants themselves: The films must be easy to understand, i.e. in German or without text, and shorter than fifteen minutes.

Traditionally, the Oberhausen selection celebrates its premiere during the festival, then goes on tour from autumn. The concept, which was launched in 2015, is enjoying growing popularity and is to be continued in the future.

Thanks to a grant from the Sparkassen-Bürgerstiftung Oberhausen, all screenings are free of charge for the organisers. A projector and screen are brought along if required, and on request the films are presented by a member of the selection group or by the Festival.


A Different Perspective

Participants of the International Integration Café Oberhausen, who put together a joint film programme as a group and then present their favourites to the festival audience. The examination of the programme offers them the opportunity to get to grips with culture and film language - and last but not least to improve their German language skills, as discussions are held in German. Working with the films, contact with the festival visitors and the final presentation of the selected films strengthen the social integration of the participants on numerous levels.

A Different Perspective was created in 2018 in cooperation with the language café in the Zentrum Altenberg. In 2019, the cooperation was extended to the integration café of the terre des hommes group in Oberhausen. 


Susannah Pollheim

Seeing the Other

The project Seeing the Other, launched in 2017, explores the potential of short films for political education. Members of the Youth Parliament of Oberhausen view films from the programmes and archive of the Festival, searching for films and themes that occupy and move them. The result is a film programme curated by young people for young people at the interface of politics and (short) film. The participating young people moderated the programme and led the discussion with the audience.

WAZ Cinema Café

Every first Thursday of the month, our festival cinema, the Lichtburg Filmpalast Oberhausen, presents a special morning programme: In cooperation with the local daily newspaper WAZ and the Backwerk Oberhausen bakery, long films worth seeing are shown. As a special highlight, we are contributing a short film from our film archive that matches the main film to every screening.

You can find the exact dates and the film selection here.


Oberhausen’s Filmgeflacker art collective has been presenting films from the current year’s competitions and inviting filmmakers to discuss their works with the audience for more than ten years.

Children's Choice

Children are unbiased and open-minded when it comes to movies. In order to strengthen and preserve this quality, however, they need offers outside their viewing habits. In the Children’s Choice project, which ran from 2011 to 2013, primary school pupils from Oberhausen intensively studied the genre of experimental short films and conducted their own experiments to reflect on what they had seen. The children selected their favourites from the films they watched together and presented them in their own programme during the festival. Children’s choice was sponsored by the BHF-Bank Foundation.

Poetry Clip Competition

From 2011 to 2016, schoolkids from Oberhausen addressed the question "How do I see you?" in the run-up to the Festival. In writing workshops, they developed their own texts on this question in order to convert them into jointly produced poetry clips. The results were filmic insights into the lives of young Oberhausen residents, which were presented and awarded prizes at the festival. The Poetry Clip Competition was launched together with the Peter Ustinov Foundation and was a collaboration between the Festival and Energieversorgung Oberhausen.