Internationale Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen

Children and Youth

The declared aim of the Festival is to introduce children creatively to topics and to give them a new perspective on their world. For this reason, the Children's and Youth Cinema has been accompanied from the outset by media education activities, which have become increasingly important in recent years. In various projects, workshops, special programmes and in cooperation with schools in Oberhausen and the city's youth parliament, Oberhausen cultivates direct dialogue with children and young people and promotes an open and productive exchange.


Contact: Franziska Ferdinand

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Partner school project


Since 2009, the annually changing partner schools have been actively involved in shaping the programmes of the Children's and Youth Cinema. A secondary school and a primary school from Oberhausen nominate groups of schoolchildren who gain insight into the festival through various tasks.


Two juries of five schoolkids each evaluate the films of the Children's and Youth Film Competition and award the prizes. In a joint project week, pupils from both schools develop the trailer for the Children's and Youth Cinema and produce it together with filmmakers from Oberhausen. And last but not least, after intensive preparation, a group from the secondary school act as moderators of the programmes in the Children's and Youth Film Competition. This also includes moderating the discussions with the international filmmakers present.


The partner schools of the International Short Film Festival Oberhausen 2020 are Königschule and Freiherr-vom-Stein-Gymnasium. If you are interested in working with us as a partner school, please contact us.

Mal kurz Film

One class, one film, one workshop


Short films are wonderfully suited for use in class. But how can this be made as uncomplicated as possible? Mal kurz Film gives teachers an opportunity to gather ideas for their own lesson plans in the cinema, while the pupils intensively engage with a film.


The offer is limited to one school class and includes a film screening followed by an accompanying workshop by a media educator in the cinema. Age groups and possible topics will be discussed in advance. The session lasts 45 or 90 minutes, depending on the length of the film.


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Seeing the Other


The project Seeing the Other, launched in 2017, explores the potential of short films for political education. Members of the Youth Parliament of Oberhausen view films from the programmes and archive of the Festival, searching for films and themes that occupy and move them. The result is a film programme curated by young people for young people at the interface of politics and (short) film. The participating young people moderate the programme and lead the discussion with the audience.

Poetry Clip Competition


From 2011 to 2016, schoolkids from Oberhausen addressed the question "How do I see you?" in the run-up to the Festival. In writing workshops, they developed their own texts on this question in order to convert them into jointly produced poetry clips. The results were filmic insights into the lives of young Oberhausen residents, which were presented and awarded prizes at the festival. The Poetry Clip Competition was launched together with the Peter Ustinov Foundation and was a collaboration between the Festival and Energieversorgung Oberhausen.

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Children’s Choice


Children are unbiased and open-minded when it comes to movies. In order to strengthen and preserve this quality, however, they need offers outside their viewing habits. In the Children’s Choice project, which ran from 2011 to 2013, primary school pupils from Oberhausen intensively studied the genre of experimental short films and conducted their own experiments to reflect on what they had seen. The children selected their favourites from the films they watched together and presented them in their own programme during the festival. Children’s choice was sponsored by the BHF-Bank Foundation.

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