Oberhausen is not only the oldest short film festival in the world, it is also one of the most important, alongside Tampere and Clermont-Ferrand. The competition provides a good overview of "serious", avant-garde short film productions (Hamburg, on the other hand, offers the more entertaining films). The festival focuses on innovative, artistic short films, paying special attention to new technical development. Oberhausen hosts the biggest short film market in Germany, attracting the major buyers. All films entered for selection as well as all films of the entry platform reelport.com will be available on video terminals.
The winner of the short film competition automatically qualifies for the OSCAR competition for the Best Short Film.
Two prizes in the Children’s Film Competition and one prize in the Youth Film Competition (1,000 € each).
The Ecumenical Jury will award a prize (1,500 €). In addition, the Ecumenical Jury will make recommendations on purchases from the International Children’s and Youth Film Competition.
The Jury of the FIPRESCI will award a prize.
International Competition Rules:
Children and Youth film productions:
Documents and Other Requisite Items
Subtitles language: English
No premiere requirement
Jury and Organizers
International Short Film Festival Oberhausen
Phone: +49 (0)208 825-2652
Fax: +49 (0)208 825-5413
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Admitted are works of all genres not exceeding a length of 45 minutes.
Eligible are works produced in North Rhine-Westphalia. Admitted are works of all genres not exceeding a length of 45 minutes.
Works of all genres not exceeding a length of 35 minutes. Productions entering the International Competition must have been completed after 1 January 2017.
Works of all genres not exceeding a length of 35 minutes. Only works are eligible that have not been shown at any other German festival before Oberhausen. Productions entering the International Competition must have been completed after 1 January 2017.