Festival goes online for the second time

67th International Short Film Festival Oberhausen, 1-10 May 2021


The 67th festival edition goes online for the second time

Festival moves its projected on-site programmes online


In 2020, Oberhausen was the first German film festival forced to go online - with great success – by the Corona pandemic. Now the decision has been taken to go online-only once again in 2021. From 1 to 10 May, more than 400 short films, over 190 of them in the eight competitions alone, will be streamed for audiences and professionals.


"We are going online to reach the largest possible audience for the films and to guarantee the greatest security for our audience. We had to make this decision, like many other cultural institutions, against the background of a lack of reliable guidelines for opening up cultural institutions and staging cultural events on the part of German politics," says festival director Lars Henrik Gass, explaining the decision. "However, we hope to be able to reach a worldwide audience again with an outstanding programme that we would never have reached in Oberhausen alone, and to contribute to the democratisation of film culture."


The original plan was for a hybrid festival: while the online competitions scheduled from 1 to 4 May will be presented as planned, most of the programmes planned on site from 5 to 10 May are now shifting online, including the five traditional competitions of the Festival.


Eight competitions: more films, more female directors, more prizes

Around 140 short films and music videos from almost 50 countries have been selected for the International (44 works), German (21 works), and NRW Competition (11 works), the Children's and Youth Film Competition (40 works) and the German and International MuVi Awards (25 clips). Together with the online-only competitions held for the first time this year, Oberhausen is now showing a total of over 190 works from more than 50 countries in eight competitions, more than ever before. The traditionally high proportion of female directors has grown once again in 2021: in almost all competitions it is well over 50 percent. The prize money has also increased: the festival now awards prizes worth a total of almost 52,000 euros, 15,500 euros of which are awarded in the online-only competitions. All competition organisers agree in their praise of the quality and diversity of the short films, all of which were produced under the difficult conditions of 2020.


Curated programmes: Solidarity, strong female filmmakers, short films from Beirut

In addition to the competitions, the Festival 2021 will present online, among other things, parts of the Theme programme "Solidarity as Disruption" originally planned for 2020. In the Profiles the festival presents four outstanding female and male filmmakers and artists: Baloji (Belgium/Congo), Melika Bass (USA), Marie Lukáčová (Czech Republic) and Salla Tykkä (Finland). In cooperation with the Goethe-Institut Beirut, Oberhausen presents current films from Lebanon; fourteen international distributors of experimental moving images present their new film catalogues and much more.



Accreditations for the 67th International Short Film Festival Oberhausen are possible from 31 March via www.kurzfilmtage.de. An accreditation for Oberhausen includes access to the original content of THIS IS SHORT, the joint short film platform of the European Short Film Network.


Oberhausen, 29 March 2021


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