apply to the competitions that take place on site in Oberhausen: International Competition, German Competition, NRW Competition and Children’s and Youth Film Competition

Regulations online
apply to the online competitions: International Online Competition and German Online Competition

MuVi regulations
apply to both music video competitions: German MuVi Award and MuVi International Award


Oberhausen Seminar 2021:
In 2021, our Festival, together with the Robert Flaherty Film Seminar (New York), is organising the Oberhausen Seminar for the seventh time. In 2021 the Seminar will take place online for the first time.

Please note:
For this year, all seminar spaces are already taken.

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, until 2019) and the Robert Flaherty Film Seminar (New York).

Seminar 2021 under the lead of Jörg Heiser

Jörg Heiser is an art critic and curator and lives in Berlin. He was editor of the international art magazine frieze for twenty years and continues to write for the Süddeutsche Zeitung and other media and magazines. He is professor and director of the Institut für Kunst im Kontext at the Universität der Künste Berlin. Among other curatorial projects he was co-curator of the Busan Biennial 2018 in South Korea. His books include All of a Sudden. Things that Matter in Contemporary Art (2008) and Double Lives in Art and Pop Music (2019).

The seminar will be held in English.

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


Susannah Pollheim

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. Click here (LINK: Search film) to go to the film search.

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


Video Library

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. From 2021, the Video Library will be available exclusively online to accredited professional visitors from May 10 until June 11. In addition, the selected films for the competitions will be available online in the Video Library of This Is Short, the short film portal of the European Short Film Network (ESFN), from mid-June to mid-July.

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