Professionals

Oberhausen is now calling for entries to the competitions of its 67th edition. Our focus is on new works with their own visual language, new perspectives and forms. Oberhausen's strength for 67 years has been its openness for the innovative, surprising, and original.

 

Submission

Submissions for the 67th Festival edition
The International Short Film Festival Oberhausen is expanding its 2021 programme with three new competitions and developing its online presence. Consequently, the Festival will organise eight competitions annually from 2021.

On site:
International Competition, German Competition, NRW Competition, International Children's and Youth Film Competition, MuVi Award for the best German music video, MuVi International Award for the best international music video.

New online:
International Online Competition, German Online Competition, MuVi International Award for the best international music video.

Music videos

All submissions must be made via our website. We only accept preview links. For each submission you have to fill in our online entry form. Please note: the production date for all submissions must be after 1 January 2020!

Attention! Film submissions are only possible specifically for one competition at a time. Double submissions will not be accepted.

MuVi Award for the best German music video

Maximum running time:15 minutes
Seat of Production:director and/or production reside in Germany
Premiere status:not required to be a festival premiere
Deadline for submission:25. February 2021

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

Submission for the German MuVi Award

MuVi International Award for the best international music video

Maximum running time:15 minutes
Seat of production:director and production do not reside in Germany
Premiere status:not required to be a festival premiere
Deadline for submission:25. February 2021

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

Submission for the MuVi International Award

Conditions for Submissions

Competition criteria
All submissions must be made through our website. Works can only be submitted for one competition at a time. Double submissions will not be accepted.

Date of production
After 1 January 2020

Format
Submission only with individual viewing link per film

Premiere status
Please refer to the individual sections or our competition overview for the conditions

Processing fee
The submission of the first five entries by one person is free of charge. From the sixth submission onwards, a processing fee of 20 euros per film will be charged.

Deadlines
Please note the deadlines for each competition. The date of reception applies to all submissions. An extension is not possible.

The complete conditions of submission can be found in the respective regulations.

How do I submit my film?

1. Fill in our entry form, including a preview link.

2. Wait until the independent committees have previewed all submissions.

3. Filmmakers whose entries have been selected for competition will be informed no later than mid-March 2021 by e-mail only. Please be sure to provide a valid e-mail address with your submission accordingly.

4. The Festival invites all filmmakers whose works have been selected for the competitions to Oberhausen.

5. If you are not selected, you can register for the Open Screening once the competition selection has been announced (see section 10 of the regulations). 

International productions

Submissions deadline has expired.

If you are coming to Oberhausen in May, 1- 10 May 2021, you'll have the opportunity to see the selected works. Visit the 67th International Short Film Festival!

The submission of the 68th Festival will be possible in August 2021. Please check again, when our entry form and regulations for 2022 will be online here.

German productions

Submissions deadline has expired.

If you are coming to Oberhausen in May, 1- 10 May 2021, you'll have the opportunity to see the selected works. Visit the 67th International Short Film Festival!

The submission of the 68th Festival will be possible in August 2021. Please check again, when our entry form and regulations for 2022 will be online here.

NRW productions

Submissions deadline has expired.

If you are coming to Oberhausen in May, 1- 10 May 2021, you'll have the opportunity to see the selected works. Visit the 67th International Short Film Festival!

The submission of the 68th Festival will be possible in August 2021. Please check again, when our entry form and regulations for 2022 will be online here.

Children's and youth film productions

Submissions deadline has expired.

If you are coming to Oberhausen in May, 1- 10 May 2021, you'll have the opportunity to see the selected works. Visit the 67th International Short Film Festival!

The submission of the 68th Festival will be possible in August 2021. Please check again, when our entry form and regulations for 2022 will be online here.

Accreditation

We are planning extensive festival programmes to be presented from 1 to 10 May 2021, both online and on-site. Due to the pandemic, however, we are facing a lot of uncertainties. We have therefore postponed our accreditation deadline and are planning to open accreditations for the 67th International Short Film Festival Oberhausen from the end of March to the end of April here.

Press accreditation

No accreditation fee will be charged for press accreditations, provided that the press office receives proof of the editorial office's planned coverage 2021 by e-mail. Entries in calendars of events do not count as reporting. Our press office will answer any queries in this regard.

Regulations

Regulations
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

Workshops

In 2021 Oberhausen offers two workshops for different target groups, which all have one thing in common: they deal with analogue film, its haptics, technology or artistic practice.

Workshop 1 - Analogue Film Technology: Projection Practices

The technical challenges of projecting analogue archive copies as well as setting up installations and performances that use analogue film technology are growing continuously. The workshop aims to establish quality standards and integrate them into the curatorial practice of a film festival. Experienced film technicians will share their knowledge of the material and its projection technologies as well as their practical implementation in dialogue with filmmakers and artists. Basic knowledge of analogue film technology required.

Directed by: Lena Martin (Frankfurt/Main)

The workshop will be held in German.

Further information will follow soon.

Workshop 2 - The Living Image: An analogue film workshop for children

The Living Image: An Alternative Experience of Time and Material

The materiality of an analogue film strip can make many aspects of the moving image tangible and comprehensible, especially for children. In this workshop children work with film material, shooting and developing their own analogue film. The workshop will introduce environmental issues by dealing with the recycling of material or ecologically compatible photochemical development methods. The children will present their workshop results in the form of an Expanded cinema performance during the Festival. A video documentation will be produced for subsequent use in educational institutions.

Directed by: Christopher Gorski and Oliver Bassemir (Analogfilmwerke e.V., Hamburg), Stefanie Schlüter (film agent, Berlin)

Closed event in cooperation with a school in Oberhausen.

Contact

Susannah Pollheim
workshop@kurzfilmtage.de

Seminar

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 not only take place on location, but also online for the first time. Further information will follow. The Seminar will be held in English.

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).

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. 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

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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 four weeks after the festival. 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.

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