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Submissions for the 68th International Short Film Festival Oberhausen
Oberhausen is now calling for submissions for its 68th edition (30 April – 9 May 2022). Works can be submitted for the following competitions:

On-site
International Competition, German Competition, NRW Competition, International Children’s and Youth Film Competition

Online
International Online Competition and German Online Competition

Submissions for the German MuVi Award will open in mid September.

Conditions for Submissions

Applicable to all submissions
All submissions must be made via our website. Works can be submitted either for an on-site competition or an online competition. Double submissions will not be accepted.

NEW
Co-productions with Germany must be submitted for the respective international competitions. They will then be previewed for the respective international and German competitions.

Production date
After 1 January 2021

Premiere requirements
There are different premiere requirements in the individual competitions. Please check the individual sections and regulations.

Submission deadlines
Online competitions: 3 January 2022
On-site competitions: 1 February 2022
Early Bird deadline (only for the on-site International Competition): 1 October 2021
Eligible submissions received until that date will be previewed in advance. Submitters will be informed of the decisions in November 2021.

Handling fee
The submission of the first five works by one submitter is free of charge. From the sixth submission, a handling fee of 20 euros per film will be charged.

The deadline for all competitions refers to the date of receipt of the submissions. No extensions are possible. You can find the complete submission requirements in the respective regulations.

International productions and co-productions with Germany

Please use this option to submit international productions and, this is new, co-productions with Germany for either the on-site or the online competitions. A submission for two competitions is not possible. Please read the corresponding regulations carefully.

International Competition (on site)

Maximum running time:35 minutes
Seat of production or co-production:not in Germany
Premiere status:must be an international festival premiere
Deadline for submission:1 February 2022

Please find the detailed terms and conditions for submission in our regulations.

New: Early Bird submission deadline on 1 October 2021
This Early Bird deadline only applies to the on-site International Competition. Eligible works received until that date will be previewed in advance. Submitters will be informed of the decisions in November 2021.

Click here to submit for the International Competition

International Online Competition

Maximum running time:35 minutes
Seat of production or co-production:not in Germany
Premiere status:must be a German festival premiere
Deadline for submission:3 January 2022

Please find the detailed terms and conditions for submission in our online regulations.

Click here to submit for the International Online Competition

German productions

Please use this option to submit German productions. Attention, co-productions with other countries must be submitted via the respective international submission forms and will then be previewed for the respective international and German competitions. Please read the corresponding regulations carefully.

German Competition (on site)

Maximum running time:45 minutes
Seat of production:in Germany
Premiere status:must be a German festival premiere
Deadline for submission:1 February 2022

Please find the detailed terms and conditions for submission in our regulations.

Click here to submit German productions

Click here to submit submit co-productions

German Online Competition

Maximum running time:45 minutes
Seat of production:in Germany
Premiere status:not required to be a festival premiere
Deadline for submission:3 January 2022

Please find the detailed terms and conditions for submission in our online regulations.

Click here to submit German productions

Click here to submit co-productions

NRW productions

Submissions for the NRW Competition must be made via the submission form of the on-site German Competition or, in the case of co-productions with other countries, via the submission form of the on-site International Competition. Please enter “produced or co-produced in NRW” under “Production details”.

In addition, all eligible submissions for the German competitions will be previewed for the NRW Competition. Please read the regulations carefully.

NRW Competition

Maximum running time:45 minutes
Seat of production or co-production:in NRW
Premiere status:no festival premiere required
Deadline for submission:1 February 2022

Please find the detailed terms and conditions for submission in our regulations and our online regulations.

Click here to submit German productions

Click here to submit co-productions

Children's and youth film productions

International productions and co-productions with Germany must be submitted via the entry form of the on-site International Competition; German productions must be submitted via the entry form of the on-site German Competition. Please select “children’s and youth film” in the entry form.

In addition, all eligible submissions to the international and German competitions will be previewed for the International Children’s and Youth Film Competition. Please read the regulations carefully.

International Children's and Youth Film Competition

Premiere status:no festival premiere required
Deadline for submission:1 February 2022

Please find the detailed terms and conditions for submission in our regulations and our online regulations.

Click here to submit German productions

Click here to submit international or co-productions

Music videos

Please use this option to submit German music productions or co-productions.Please read the corresponding regulations carefully.

German MuVi Award

Maximum running time:15 minutes
Seat of production or direction:in Germany
Premiere status:not required to be a festival premiere
Deadline for submission:25. February 2022

Please find the detailed terms and conditions for submission in our  MuVi regulation.

Click here to submit for the German MuVi Award

How do I submit my film?

1. Fill in the corresponding entry form and enter a preview link.

2. Wait while the independent committees preview all submissions.

3. The competition selection will be announced exclusively by email by mid-March 2022 (entering a valid email-address is therefore obligatory).

The decisions after the Early Bird submission deadline will be announced through the same channel in November 2021.

4. The International Short Film Festival Oberhausen will invite all filmmakers in the on-site competitions to Oberhausen.

5. If your title has not been selected, you can register for the Open Screening after the competition selection has been announced. This only applies to submissions for the on-site competitions (see § 10 of our regulations).

Regulations

Regulations 68th International Short Film Festival Oberhausen (30 April-9 May 2022)

Competitions on-site (download PDF)

Online Competitions (download PDF)

German MuVi Award (download PDF)

Seminar

Oberhausen Seminar 2022:
In 2022, our Festival, together with the Robert Flaherty Film Seminar (New York) and LUX (London), is organising the Oberhausen Seminar for the eighth time. The seminar leader will be Ruth Noack.

Applications for are expected to be open at the end of 2021.
 

The Oberhausen Seminar

The Oberhausen Seminar is an experimental course designed to explore contemporary artists' moving image practice in the context of a renowned international film festival. International practitioners from various fields - artists and filmmakers, curators and researchers - will use our Festival as a laboratory to discuss ideas in the curation of contemporary moving image media, the infrastructures which allow them to circulate, and the critical frames used to analyse them.

The seminar has been organised by the Festival since 2014 in cooperation with LUX (London) and the Robert Flaherty Film Seminar (New York).

Seminars of the last years

Seminar 2019 – Branka Bencić und Aleksandra Sekulić
Seminar 2018 – Roee Rosen
Seminar 2017 – Michele Pierson und Mike Zryd
Seminar 2016 – Erika Balsom

Contact

Susannah Pollheim
seminar@kurzfilmtage.de

Market Catalogue

Our market catalogue is one of the largest resources for short film worldwide. Here you have access to the submissions to our Festival since 1997, which now include approximately 78,000 titles. All films are available for research by title, synopses, cast and crew, genre, etc. Every year after the festival, the catalogue is expanded to include the latest submissions. 

Professional Access
An additional service for the professional audience, especially buyers and festival representatives, is access to the current titles already during the respective festival as well as to the contact details for all films. If you are interested in this service, please contact Hilke Doering to request a password.

Film Search

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Video Library

In 1989 Oberhausen set up its first short film market, a welcome addition from the start. Today, the Video Library offers 20 excellently equipped stations for viewing the over 7,500 works submitted each year, along with titles from the current screenings, profiles and thematic programme. Access is reserved exclusively for accredited visitors. Since 2021, the Video Library has also been available online for accredited professional visitors. 

Professional Access
Since 2012, the service package has included access to the digital market catalogue, in which the entire annual volume of submissions is displayed. The film stock can be searched by genre, country, director, length or format, and sightings during the festival can also be planned in advance. The catalogue will be made available online about two weeks before the festival begins, protected by a password. Passwords will only be issued to accredited festival guests.

Video Library

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