The 67th International Short Film Festival Oberhausen will take place online from 1 to 10 May 2021. Festival passes can be purchased and film programmes viewed on our festival platform. The Festival Space offers a virtual festivalprogramme with discussions, talks and other events, and at the same time provides an open meeting place for casual conversation - in the evening with music in the Festival Bar. You can see our 2021 programme here.

All registered festival visitors will receive a daily newsletter during the festival, informing them about the current programmes.



Tickets can soon be purchased conveniently online on our festival platform. You can pay with PayPal, credit card or by instant bank transfer. You can then enter your own password for the festival platform. Would you like to give away a festival pass? In that case, please contact our guest office.

Children and Youth Pass**5 Euro 

• the complete programme of the children's and youth film competition**
• the films nominated for the ECFA Short Film Award
• MuVi 14+

Festival Pass*                          15 Euro 

• the complete programme
• Professional events
• Original contents of THIS IS SHORT

Industry Pass*                    25 Euro

• the complete programme without geoblocking
• professional events
• Video Library and contact details
• Original contents of THIS IS SHORT

*Access to THIS IS SHORT includes only the original content of the shared platform. Full access to the platform and that of the participating festivals can only take place via THIS IS SHORT.

Note Industry Passes: After filling out your application, we will check it. Your Industry Pass will only be activated once it has been explicitly confirmed by the festival via email.

Note for students: Only group registration is possible. You will find all further information on our website.

**Minimum age for the purchase of a festival pass is 18 years. The pass holder is responsible for compliance with the age requirements for minors. Children and young people may watch the programmes intended for their age group. In the case of Festival Passes and Children's and Youth Passes, regional restrictions for individual films/programmes are possible due to specific agreements with rights holders. Closed events are excluded from the offer.

If you have any questions, please contact our guest office.

Legal notice for visitors

The movies shown during the International Short Film Festival Oberhausen are protected by copyright. Recording sound or images during the screening is a copyright infringment. Any attempt will be prosecuted.

Festival Platform

Our programme starts directly after the opening on our Festival Platform.

This is how it works:

Step 1: Purchase ticket
Tickets can be purchased conveniently online on our Festival Platform. You can then enter your own password for the festival platform.

Step 2: Registration
Please enter your login data (e-mail and password). If you have forgotten your password, please click on: "Forgotten your password or having problems logging in?"

Step 3: Access to the online festival
You are now on our Festival Platform. Under Home you will find an overview of the entire programme: At the top of the carousel you will see the programmes currently running. Below that is an overview of all current and future programmes. Clicking on the individual programme will take you to a detailed page with the film overview.

You have the choice
Click on "Play All" to see the entire film programme. By clicking on individual films you will only see the respective programme. An overview of all programmes can be found here. All start times are given in Central European Summer Time (CEST).

Important note
The programmes of the International, the German and the NRW Competition will each be shown twice as a continuous programme at a fixed time (i.e. not streamed for 48 hours). This is why these programme dates are highlighted separately. To ensure that you do not miss any of the programmes, we recommend that you make a note of the dates in advance.

Technical note

We use Vimeo to show our films. If films do not load quickly or buffer in the middle of the stream, it may be due to the streaming quality or internet speed. To solve the problem, please first check your internet connection, update your browser or try reducing the quality of the stream to 720p. You can find more information here. If the problem persists, we will be happy to help you.

Festival Space

Talking about films, along with watching films, is part of the DNA of every film festival, and especially of the Short Film Festival. Our Festival Space is the virtual and public, freely accessible meeting place where filmmakers, people interested in short film and the curious can easily meet and get to know each other, and where our supporting programme such as discussions, talks, panels and the Festival Bar take place.

This is how it works

You don't need to register or have your own account to use it. You can decide whether to join with video, a photo or just your name. In addition, you can provide further information about yourself; this makes it easier to get in touch.

Step 1: Registration
Enter your full name and profession (a profile picture is also welcome).
Note: Please register with your real name. You can search for other users in Festival Space.

Step 2: Camera and microphone
Activate or deactivate as desired.

Step 3: Entry
You will get a short overview of the functions, then enter Festival Space. Select a room on the right-hand side. Click on the name of the room to go there.

Important note
Like any meeting space, Festival Space has a limited room capacity. Exceeding this capacity can lead to quality restrictions (e.g. speed) or to a temporary closure of the room. In this case, please try to come to the Festival Space at a later time. If the number of visitors is higher than expected in the long term, we will adjust the capacity as soon as possible.

Technical information

End device: We recommend visiting the Festival Space via a computer or laptop! It is also possible to use mobile devices, but this may cause complications and not all functions are supported.

Browser: Most common browsers are supported. However, we recommend the use of Google Chrome in particular. When using Safari, problems may occasionally occur. Ideally, make sure your browser is updated to the latest version!

Camera and microphone settings can be adjusted when entering the Festival Space (but also still in the Space itself).

The use of headphones to reduce echoes is highly recommended!

The use of a LAN cable - if available - is also highly recommended!

Please make sure - if possible before entering the Festival Space - that no other programme is blocking the camera and microphone. Please close Zoom, Skype etc.!

If possible, also close other tabs in your browser so that the internet connection is not further impaired.

Check that the use of the camera and microphone is enabled by clicking on the lock symbol in front of the URL.

Please note that the contents of Festival Spaces (including chat messages) may be displayed incorrectly if you have the page translated by your browser.

Should you still encounter technical problems...

... a look at the provider's Help Centre might help.

Otherwise, visit our Guest Office or send us an e-mail and we will be happy to help you.

Rooms in the Festival Space

Here you arrive and directly choose a room to visit.

Guest Office
The digital guest office is available to answer your questions throughout the festival.
Opening hours: 10 am - 1 pm and 3 pm - 9.30 pm (CEST)

Here you can see an overview of the daily events in the Festival Space. Information on the film programmes, on the other hand, can be found in our programme

Festival Lounge
The Festival Lounge invites you and your friends to talk in a relaxed atmosphere. During the day as an open meeting place and in the evening from 9 pm (CEST) as a festival bar with playlists and live DJ sets.

Here, for example, our Q&As and panels will be shown - and from 5 May our competition discussions. Viewers can participate and ask questions via the chat function.

How do I move around in the Festival Space

There are two types of rooms in the Festival Space.

Meeting Rooms

  • Here you appear as a circular avatar with your video image.
  • By clicking on your avatar and dragging yourself around, you move through the room.
  • If you are near another person, you can talk to them.
  • If you move away from them, the size of the image and the volume of the other person decrease continuously. After a certain distance, communication is no longer possible.
  • In addition, you can communicate with everyone present via the chat function. Private chats are not possible.

Stage rooms

  • Here you do not appear as an avatar, but only as "present" in the room list.
  • Free movement is not possible or necessary in a stage room.
  • You can communicate with all those present via the chat function. Private chats are not possible.

Special features and tips

  • The chat function allows you to communicate with anyone present in the room you are in (private chat is not possible).
  • The room list has a search function in case you want to find a specific person in the Festival Space. Simply click on the magnifying glass and enter the name of the person.
  • Clicking on a person in the list will take you directly to that person - even if they are in another room.


Opening and award ceremony

The opening on 1 May 2021 at 19:30 (CEST) and the award ceremony on 10 May 2021 at 19:30 (CEST) can be followed freely via our website, Facebook and Vimeo and on our Festival Platform.

There will be a German and an English version available, each of which can be accessed on each platform. Afterwards, we cordially invite you to our Festival Bar in the Festival Space with a live DJ set.


THIS IS SHORT, the joint short film platform of the four festivals of the European Short Film Network ESFN (Kurzfilmtage, Go Short, Vienna Shorts and Short Waves), is open until 30 June to anyone with an Oberhausen festival pass. Hundreds of the best current short films, handpicked by the festivals, await those interested.

General notice
Our passes only allow access to the original content of the shared platform. Full access to the platform and the content of the participating festivals can only be obtained through THIS IS SHORT.

Note on registration: You can also register directly with THIS IS SHORT using the access data for our festival platform. If you are already logged in to our festival platform and open THIS IS SHORT in a new tab, the system will recognise you and you will not have to log in again.


How can I participate?

Tickets will shortly be available for purchase on our Festival Platform. No single tickets will be offered, only festival passes for the entire festival period. All further information can be found under Tickets.

How and where can I watch films?

All films can be viewed via the Festival Platform. This year's festival programme can be found here.

Note on inclusion
Most of the films are subtitled in English or German, with the exception of the Children's and Youth Film programmes up to and including age 10 and up, which are only available with a German voiceover. You can find an overview of the available language versions here.

How long can I watch the film programmes?

Programmes can usually be viewed online for 48 hours on our Festival Platform, with the exception of the International, the German and the NRW-Competition, each programme of which will be shown twice as a continuous programme at fixed times. The subsequent discussions – as well as the Q&As and panels - take place live in our Festival Space.

The Home page on our Festival Platform and our programme page provide an overview.

It is strictly forbidden to make sound or image recordings during the online screenings and/or to download the streamed films. This is a punishable copyright infringement; any attempt will be reported to the police.

In which language can I watch the films?

The competition programmes are shown in two versions, one for English speakers and one for German speakers. Most programmes other than the competitions are shown in one language version. Information about the language versions can be found in the overview below and in the programme.

I have problems registering. What can I do?

For your access to our Festival you need your mail address and the password you have chosen. If you have forgotten your password, you can request a new password under Forgotten your password or having problems logging in?
If you still have problems logging in, please contact our guest office.

My question was not answered. Who can I contact?

You can contact our guest office in the Festival Space if you have any queries during the festival.
We will do our best to answer them as quickly as possible. If you have any further problems, please send an email to our guestoffice.

Our guest office in the Festival Space is available at the following times:
10am – 1pm and 3pm – 9.30pm (CEST)

My registration for THIS IS SHORT does not work

In some cases, THIS IS SHORT may state that it does not recognise you in the system and will not allow you to log in. In this case, please log in to our website:

Then open another tab in the same browser:

THIS IS SHORT will then recognise you in their system.


Guest office
Xenia Fehrholz
E-Mail: guestoffice(at)
Phone: 0208 825 3061

In the Festival Space, our guest office is available at the following times:
10am - 1pm and 3pm - 9.30pm (CEST).