The 69th International Short Film Festival Oberhausen will take place from 26 April to 1 May 2023. Tickets are available from mid-April.


Tickets can be purchased online from mid-April via our website and via the website of the festival cinema Lichtburg Filmpalast Oberhausen and of the Kino im Walzenlager. Telephone reservations are also possible at the festival cinemas Lichtburg Filmpalast Oberhausen and Kino im Walzenlager. Further information will follow.


On Site

(incl. ESFN)

Festival pass


8 €

Accreditation professionals
(more info here)

50 €

10 €
incl. Video Library

Student pass
(more info here)

25 €


Individual ticket adults

8 €


10 tickets adults**

40 €


Please note: Visitors to the film programmes of the Short Film Festival Oberhausen must be at least 18 years of age. Excluded from this are the children's and youth cinema as well as explicitly labelled programmes.

Admission prices children's and youth cinema

Individual ticket children3 € (*2 €)
Individual ticket adults4 €
Family ticket (max. 4 people)10 €

Groups of 10 or more children
(2 accompanying adults per group
have free admission)

2 € / child

* Discounts are available for the unemployed, pupils, students with ID and groups of ten or more.

**Only available on site at Lichtburg (advance booking by telephone possible). A 10 visits-ticket can be used flexibly and can be used by one person as well as by several people together. For example, one person can use it for 10 showings, or 5 people can use it together for two showings. A combination of individual and group redemptions is also possible. You can only purchase these tickets on site.

Ticket purchase and advance booking

Not applicable for accredited guests!

Festival pass Online competitions
The online festival pass is available exclusively via our festival platform.

Festival platform

Online ticket sales for on-site programmes
Single tickets are available directly through our programme or at our cinemas.

Programme overview

Exclusively available on site
10 and family tickets are only available directly at our cinemas.

Lichtburg Filmpalast Oberhausen
Tel + 49 (0)208-824 29-0

Kino im Walzenlager
Tel +49 (0)208-8597877
17.30 h bis 20.15 Uhr (außer Mi, Sa)


50% discount on all programs, except school performances. The RUHRTOP.CARD benefit can be used several times, while the RuhrKultur.CARD benefit can only be used once. Not valid for special events. Cannot be combined with other discounts.

Festival catalogue

The festival catalogue can be purchased for 5,00 € (pre-ordered) and on site.


Subject to changes caused by the ongoing pandemic and official requirements, we are planning a hybrid Festival for our 2022 edition, starting with the online competitions from 30 April to 3 May on our Festival platform. From 4 May we will continue with our traditional competitions and all other programmes on-site in Oberhausen. So the 68th edition will last 10 days, from 30 April to 9 May 2022.

Only online accreditation is still possible. Accreditation for the on-site festival is only possible at the increased price on site.

Accreditation application

You will be redirected to an external page. After filling out your accreditation application, we will check it. Your accreditation is not valid until it has been expressly confirmed by the festival via e-mail. The deadline for accreditation is 22 April 2022.

Click here for the form

Who can apply for accreditation?

• Persons or institutions who can credibly demonstrate a professional interest in attending the festival
• Maximum of three persons per organisation

Accreditations of individual students of film studies, film schools, etc. are not possible.

Services and prices

Accreditation includes access to the following services:

• Free entry to all festival events* (depending on availability) in compliance with the Covid 19 regulations then in place (except closed events such as the opening, award ceremony etc.).
• Access to all online competition films (unrestricted by geo-blocking). 
• Video Library with contact details
• Access to the programme of THIS IS SHORT*.

The catalogue can be pre-ordered for 5.00 euros via our accreditation form and collected on site. The catalogue can be sent to you If you pay the shipping costs.

Accreditation fee: 50,00 euros on site, 10,00 euros online

Payable in advance via (no separate account necessary). The following payment methods are available: instant bank transfer, credit card, PayPal, Klarna.

The festival may contact you by e-mail after accreditation to send you festival-related information. Accredited persons will appear on a delegates list (print and online, no contact details).

* This pass does not include access to other participating festivals behind THIS IS SHORT, but only to the common platform. Full access to the platform and the four festivals is only available via


Registration is only possible for groups visiting the festival as part of an official excursion from a university. Accreditations of individual students of film studies, film schools etc. are not possible.

Student groups receive discounted access to the following services:

• Free access to all festival events* (subject to availability) in compliance with the Covid 19 regulations then in force on site (excluding closed events such as the opening, award ceremony, etc.).
• Access to all online competition films
• Access to the programme of THIS IS SHORT
• Special events

Costs student pass: 25 Euro

Please contact Carsten Spicher to register a student group.


Press accreditations are free of charge if a copy of published articles or a letter of assignment is presented 2022 for the respective festival year. Entries in event calendars do not count as coverage. Our press office will be pleased to answer any questions.


If you have any questions concerning the accreditation, please contact our guest office:

Xenia Fehrholz


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 online pass or the acreditation only allows 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.

Festival locations

Below you will find information about cinemas, venues and contact points of the festival organization. You can find a clear city map with all important information here



Lichtburg Filmpalast
(Lichtburg, Gloria, Star, Sunset, Studio)
Elsässer Str. 26
Tel +49 (0)208-824290

Kino im Walzenlager
Zentrum Altenberg, Hansastr. 20
Tel +49 (0)208-8597877

Please note: All festival programmes are classified age 18 and over with the exception of the children's and youth film programmes.


Festival Café
Zentrum Altenberg Schlosserei, Hansastr. 20
invited guests only
5. – 8.5. 12 – 20 h
9.5. 12 – 18.30 h

Festival Bar
Zentrum Altenberg, Hansastr. 20
5. – 9.5. from 23 h

Zentrum Altenberg, Hansastr. 20
Celluloid Expanded
6. + 8.5. from 22 h

Festival Space
Elsässer Str. 21, 46045 Oberhausen

Festival Centre
Bert-Brecht-Haus, Langemarkstr. 19 – 21 h

Guest office

International Short Film Festival Oberhausen
Grillostr. 34, 46045 Oberhausen

During the festival
Bert-Brecht-Haus, Langemarkstr. 19-21
Tel +49 (0)208 825 – 3061
4. – 8.5. 10 – 21.30 h
9.5. 10 – 19 h


Xenia Ferholz
+49 (0)208 825-3061

Festival organisation

The individual contact points are located in the Bert-Brecht-Haus, Langemarkstr. 19-21. Our staff can be reached at the corresponding telephone number during the festival.

Press office
Tel +49 (0)208-825-3073
4. – 9.5. 10 – 18 h

Finances (in the guest office)
Tel +49 (0)208-825-2858
5. - 9.5. 10-13 h

Video Library (for accredited persons only)
Tel +49 (0)152 10357905
Reservation required, accredited visitors only
4.+ 9.5. 9 – 18 h
5. – 8.5. 9 – 21.30 h

Copy management
Grillostr. 34, 45046 Oberhausen
Tel +49 (0)208-825-2463
4. – 9.5. 10 – 12.30 h, 14 – 18 h


The festival grounds, the cinemas and the guest office are within walking distance of Oberhausen's main train station (approx. 10 minutes).

Climate friendly arrival

The majority of a festival's CO2 emissions are caused by travel to and from the festival. We are therefore pleased if you choose sustainable means of transport for your journey.

Thanks to our cooperation with Deutsche Bahn and the DB Event Ticket, you can travel to the International Short Film Festival Oberhausen in a relaxed and climate-friendly manner - with 100% green electricity on long-distance trains.

DB Event Ticket

  • valid within Germany
  • inclusive City-Ticket from a distance over 100 kilometres
  • Festival proof required (confirmation of accreditation, tickets, etc..) - if required, we will provide you with a proof, please contact us.
  • No BahnCard discount possible
  • Booking possible until one day before departure

The offer is valid till 10 May 2022.

Useful information

Cabs are available around the clock at the Oberhausen Central Station.
Cab Head Office Oberhausen
Willy-Brandt-Platz 1
Tel +49 (0)208 666 666

Call a Bike (DB)
Bikesharing service of Deutsche Bahn. After registration, bikes can be rented around the clock at several locations in Oberhausen. We have more information available in the guest office.

Your stay

Whether short film, industrial culture or fine arts - the city of Oberhausen has a lot to offer. Sights such as the Gasometer and Oberhausen Castle make a visit to the Ruhr Valley city an experience.

Are you planning a stay in Oberhausen during the International Short Film Festival and are looking for accommodation and event tips? The Tourist Information Oberhausen is at your disposal for information and individual advice.

Tourist Information Oberhausen
Willy-Brandt-Platz 2
46045 Oberhausen
Tel +49 (0)208 824570


You can find accommodation in and around Oberhausen via the hotel search of the Tourismus Information Oberhausen. We recommend one of our partner hotels for overnight stays in Oberhausen and the surrounding area:

B & B Hotel Duisburg
B & B Hotel Mülheim
Arthotel ANA Soul

NH Hotel
In Hostel Veritas

Accommodation for rent?

Do you live in Oberhausen and have some privacy to offer to an exciting guest from the film industry? For the accommodation of our guests we are looking for private accommodations and offer in return not only interesting encounters but also 6 tickets for the International Short Film Festival. If you are interested, please contact our guest support with information about the number of rooms and your language skills at: guestoffice(at)

Oberhausen in a nutshell

The Short Film Festival in a nutshell
From 30 April to 3 May our two online competitions will run. From 4 May we continue in the cinema, where our five traditional competitions with a total of 163 short films will be shown: 

•    International Competition
•    German Competition
•    NRW Competition
•    Children's and Youth Film Competition
•    MuVi Award

The competitions are made up of individual programmes, in each of which different films are shown. For example, there are 8 different programmes with usually 5-6 films in the International Competition. In the Children's and Youth Film Competition, the different programmes are composed according to age groups, and only in the MuVi Award are all music videos shown together. The award ceremonies from these competitions take place on Saturday (MuVi), Sunday (Children's and Youth) and Monday (all others in the big award ceremony) .

There are also many other programmes that can be watched parallel to these competitions. For example, our Profile series, where several films by one artist are shown together, the programmes of film distributors who present their offerings, film archives that select special films or our respective thematic programme. There are performative events, discussions and a relaxed conclusion in the evening in our festival bar.

You can download our programm booklet here


Guest office
Xenia Fehrholz
E-Mail: guestoffice(at)
Phone: +49 (0)208 825 3061