Internationale Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen

A strong year for the short film

A strong year for the short film


From 3 to 8 May 2018, the 64th International Short Film Festival Oberhausen is presenting more than 500 films from over 64 countries. There are over 80 film programmes, including the competitions and the four new sections “Conditional Cinema”, “re-selected”, “Labs” and “Lectures”. Added to these are a series of discussions, networking and other events. With more than 100 analogue films, the festival is also presenting more analogue works than in the past ten years. The five competitions showcase current short film productions from across the globe; 132 new short films from 33 countries were selected, vying for prizes worth a total of 42,000 Euros. Almost 7,300 works were submitted for the competitions, more than ever before.


In the International Competition, the biggest and oldest of the five, Oberhausen is presenting 53 productions from 33 countries. More than half the films are world premieres. In addition to well-known filmmakers like Robert Frank, with Harry Smith at the Breslin Hotel, the competition line-up features a particularly high number of films by newcomers – discoveries that are new to the international festival scene.


23 films will compete in the German Competition, including 14 world premieres. Once more these include many films from art schools. North Rhine-Westphalia, the festival’s home state, is also particularly well represented with four works.


245 submissions were previewed for the NRW Competition which is reserved for productions from North Rhine-Westphalia. These are films from very diverse contexts; the majority are independent productions, three films come from the Cologne Academy of Media Arts. 


The MuVi Award presents 11 clips, the Children and Youth Film Competition features 37 works.


A selection of high-res stills from various competition films is now available for download here.



Oberhausen, 18 April 2018


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