Internationale Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen

Looking back on the 2019 Festival

Oberhausen looks back on a successful festival


With almost 18,200 admissions in total, the International Short Film Festival Oberhausen has once again registered an increase in the number of entries. A particularly positive development was a significant increase in the number of purchased tickets. Almost 3,800 tickets were purchased, which corresponds to an increase of around 20% in the number of tickets purchased. If the newly introduced tickets for students are added, the number of purchased tickets issued even increases to almost 7,200. The "merchandising" articles of the Festival were also very popular: 170 festival bags and almost 100 festival T-shirts were sold during the festival, in addition to 30 glasses of honey from the Festival’s own production on the roof of its offices.


The 65th International Short Film Festival Oberhausen ended on Monday, 6 May 2019 with the award ceremony. The main prizes went to productions from African countries or with an African background. The Grand Prize of the City of Oberhausen in the International Competition went to the Rwandan-Swiss co-production I Got My Things and Left by Philbert Aimé Mbabazi Sharangabo. The Main Prize of the International Jury was won by the Belgian-Congolese co-production ZOMBIES by Baloji and the prize for the best entry in the German Competition was won by ma nouvelle vie européenne by Abou Bakar Sidibé/Moritz Siebert. Sidibé was born in Mali and records his life as a refugee in Germany in this film. Almost 1,000 trade visitors were accredited.


The 66th International Short Film Festival Oberhausen will take place from 13 to 18 May 2020.


Oberhausen, 16 May 2019


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