First competition films 2022 selected

68th International Short Film Festival Oberhausen, 30 April – 9 May 2022


First competition films selected

Thirteen works set to compete in the International Competition


In a first selection round, the International Short Film Festival Oberhausen has chosen thirteen works for its International Competition 2022. Among them are eight world premieres; five titles will be shown for the first time outside their country of production. Works from all five continents have made it into the selection. More short films will be added after the final submission deadline on 1 February 2022; all in all, the Festival will be presenting around 45 works in this competition.


World premieres:


Bóng Xà Bông (Soapy Faggy), Phạm Nguyễn Anh Tú, Vietnam 2021

Kolme päivää sadetta (Three Days of Rain), Matti Harju, Finland 2021

Norra Grängesbergsgatan, Amin Zouiten, Sweden 2021

Odorless Blue Flowers Awake Prematurely, Panos Aprahamian, Lebanon 2021

on a beautiful day, Elodie Pong, Switzerland/Morocco 2021

Seeing in the Dark, Taiki Sakpisit, Thailand 2021

Under the Lake, Thanasis Trouboukis, Greece/Finland 2021

Weathering Heights, Hannah Wiker Wikström, Sweden 2021


Shown for the first time outside their country of production:


Boa Noite (Sleep Tight), Catarina Ruivo, Portugal 2021

Encarnado, Otávio Almeida/Ana Clara Ribeiro, Brazil 2021

Manchmal weiss ich nicht wo die Sonne, Samantha Aquilino, Switzerland 2021

Tous les fleuves s'appellent le Nil (All Rivers Are Called the Nile), Gustavo de Mattos Jahn, France 2021

Whakapapa Algorhythms (Ancestral Algorhythms), Jamie Berry, New Zealand 2021


“We were impressed by the quality of submissions so far”, comments Hilke Doering, head of the Oberhausen International Competitions. “And we’re happy to see a number of filmmakers again who have already presented works at our Festival in previous years, including Elodie Pong, who last competed in 2007 with Je suis une bombe, or Phạm Nguyễn Anh Tú, who was in our International Competition as recently as 2020 with không đề #2.


Submissions for all competitions of the 68th International Short Film Festival Oberhausen are still open. The deadline for submissions to the online competitions is 3 January 2022, for the on-site competitions 1 February 2022.


Oberhausen, 1 December 2021


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