The distribution programme 2023 is out

69th International Short Film Festival Oberhausen

The new Oberhausen distribution programme is out
With 42 new short films, feature-length programmes and an extra offer of supporting films

The International Short Film Festival Oberhausen presents its new distribution catalogue. 42 new short films from the programmes of the 69th festival are now available for non-commercial distribution. Among them are award winners, music videos, highlights from the competitions, children's films and much more. All films can be rented individually or in ready-made programs. In addition, there are thematic programmes such as "Latin American Perspectives," the three-part series "Made in Germany," or children's and youth film compilations, which also include older titles. With "Comfort and Defiance," Oberhausen has also put together a new programme for children 12 and up.

From Oleksiy Radynski's documentary Chornobyl 22 about the Russian invasion of the region around Chernobyl, awarded the Grand Prize of the City of Oberhausen, to Gernot Wieland's social portrait Turtleneck Phantasies, winner of the German Competition, to Lynne Sachs's meditation on a post-pandemic world in limbo, Swerve. In distribution are films by Ulu Braun (St. Mickeyland), Bjørn Melhus (RESOLUTION), Sophia Groening (Frau Michels dreht die Zeit zurück), Schorsch Kamerun (Das eigensinnige Kind, music video for Raison), Mox Mekälä (Noita miettien, Thinking about that) or Yuri Muraoka (Gankyu no Hito, The Eyeball Person) as well as all candidates for the MuVi Award 2023. The spectrum ranges from the Ukraine war to the protests in Iran to indigenous rituals and personal reflections on history, from AI films to feature film miniatures.

New to the programme is "Comfort and Defiance", a selection of films for children over 12 dedicated to the changes and needs of a complicated age. From the first rituals of masculinity to the emergence of the period, the stories here are about young people around the world who face up to these challenges.

The feature-length programmes
For "International Competition 2023" and "German Competition 2023", Oberhausen has compiled highlights from this year's competitions. "MuVi Award 2023" brings together all the candidates for the prize for the best German music video. "Art and Experiment" offers an overview of the most interesting international works on the borderline between art and film, and "Prize Winners 2023", finally, a selection of award-winning films from the competitions of the 69th Festival. In addition, Oberhausen has compiled a list of films particularly suitable as supporting films.

All works are available for on-site screenings, many also for online exploitation. The Oberhausen distribution works internationally and non-commercially.

The complete programme is online here:

You will find all available current and older titles and programmes here with detailed information and short excerpts; a search function further facilitates access.

Contact distribution:
Carsten Spicher, spicher(at)

High-resolution stills from all programmes are available in the Downloads section below.


Oberhausen, 6 October 2023

Press contact: Sabine Niewalda, phone +49 (0)208 825-3073, niewalda(at)