New distribution catalogue and new online services

International Short Film Festival Oberhausen


New distribution catalogue and new online services

51 new acquisitions from the 2020 festival programme now available


The International Short Film Festival Oberhausen has expanded its distribution catalogue with 51 new acquisitions from the 2020 festival programme, all of them now available for non-commercial distribution. The Festival is also introducing a new feature: almost all current titles are now also available for online rentals. Among the acquisitions are award-winning films and highlights from the programmes of the 66th Festival, supplemented by some older works. These include the films from the highly acclaimed 2019 Alexander Sokurov Profile. In addition, Oberhausen continues the option to rent films particularly suitable as supporting films regularly at volume discounts.


New: Online distribution

Nearly 50 new titles can now be rented both on-site and online. Among them are numerous award winners and highlights from the competitions of the 66th Festival, as well as the eleven works from the film series "Can and should we make films now?" The films can be rented individually or as feature-length programmes. Oberhausen is again offering a number of ready-made programmes such as "Award Winners 2020," "Art and Experiment 2020," "International Competition 2020," "German Competition 2020," or "MuVi Award 2020," as well as assistance in putting together individual programmes. The service is intended to support non-commercial venues from cinemas to festivals to institutions of all kinds, not only in the pandemic but also in the future, in offering short film programmes online.


"We see online distribution as a complementary future prospect, not only for short film. For us, the cinema hall is still the essential place, but we definitely expect that not only festivals, but also cinemas will continue to offer online options after the pandemic," says Carsten Spicher, head of the Oberhausen distribution.


Also in distribution

Exclusively for on-location use, Oberhausen will be distributing programmes such as "Made in Germany 3: Migration," the third part of the theme-based "Made in Germany" series featuring the best German short films of the last ten years. Also available are the children's film compilation "Making Discoveries," the eleven works of the highly acclaimed Alexander Sokurov Profile, or the first two parts of the "Made in Germany" series, as well as several older programmes from the children's and youth film section.



All works are listed with detailed information and trailers on the Festival website. In addition, PDFs of all ready-made programmes can be downloaded. A new feature is a shopping cart function that makes it easier to put together your own programmes. For this purpose, the entire distribution stock of the last 20 years can be searched by various criteria. The Festival has also expanded its digital services: From now on, the entire rental process, from compiling the programme to booking, can be handled online.


Catalogue and conditions:


Carsten Spicher, spicher(at)


Oberhausen, 23 February 2021

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