The 67th International Short Film Festival Oberhausen opens on 1 May

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


The 67th International Short Film Festival Oberhausen opens on 1 May

Until 10 May the festival will show almost 400 films online


For the second time, the International Short Film Festival Oberhausen is moving the festival completely online. This edition, with around 400 films from 60 countries, over 60 film programmes, well over 100 introductions, video statements by filmmakers and talks, almost 50 virtual receptions, meetings and discussions, as well as an evening festival bar, will open on 1 May at 7.30 pm.


Daniel Schranz, Lord Mayor of Oberhausen, and State Secretary Klaus Kaiser, representing the Ministry of Culture and Science of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia, will speak at the opening. The programme includes an extensive conversation between Annika Bethan and festival director Lars Henrik Gass as well as further talks with Baloji and Melika Bass, to whom retrospectives are dedicated in the festival. Two of the films from the extensive programme of the Festival can already be seen here. The opening was conceived and produced by


"Last year, Oberhausen was the first German film festival ever to go completely online. The idea that a festival had to be limited to one place for a few days a year was overcome and the city of Oberhausen became a non-material space. This year we set out to digitally create the social energy that makes a festival more than a streaming platform," says festival director Lars Henrik Gass.


The programmes

Eight competitions, three more than last year, reflect current short filmmaking worldwide; despite the Corona Year 2020, this is not a Corona film showcase, but demonstrates the creativity and diversity of the short film format with a variety of themes and forms. The thematic programme "Solidarity as Disruption" approaches solidarity as a political project; outstanding filmmakers and artists (Baloji, Belgium/Congo; Melika Bass, USA; Marie Lukáčová, Czech Republic, and Salla Tykkä, Finland) will be presented with work shows in four Profiles. Current and older works from Lebanon or a rarely shown film by Robert Frank, About Us, are on the programme as well as works from the Festival archive in a selection dedicated to Amos Vogel. With the new MuVi International Award, Oberhausen has expanded its music video programmes, and the children's and youth programme is also fully accessible online.


Exchange and Networking: The Festival Space

Oberhausen is not only about watching films, but above all about exchanging ideas. That's why the festival is opening a digital Festival Space from 1 May, a social platform that makes uncomplicated virtual encounters possible, requires no elaborate registration, where visitors can talk to each other or to the filmmakers, and where the Festival Bar opens every evening with music. Admission is free for everyone.

From 1 May, 10 pm:


On 10 May 2021, the 67th Short Film Festival will close with an online award ceremony, where a total of 27 prizes worth almost 52,000 euros will be awarded. The opening and award ceremony can be followed free of charge via the festival website as well as on Vimeo and Facebook.


Oberhausen is also an audience festival, reaching visitors from almost 100 countries in 2020. Tickets for the 67th edition are already available in advance or online during the festival:


Festival Pass: 15 euros

Children's and Youth Pass: 5 euros

Payable via PayPal, credit card or instant bank transfer here:


Oberhausen, 29 April 2021


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