The International Short Film Festival Oberhausen is one of the biggest international platforms for the short format. Founded in 1954 and thus the oldest short film festival in the world, Oberhausen was and is known for its willingness to embrace experiments. Over the course of its history, this has made the festival a touchstone for new developments in film and a platform from which numerous careers were launched. Filmmakers like Roman Polanski or Romuald Karmakar, George Lucas or Cate Shortland, but also artists like Doug Aitken, Eija-Liisa Ahtila, Pipilotti Rist, or Isaac Julien have shown their works in Oberhausen.
Today the Festival presents short moving image work from a wide range of aesthetic, formal, cultural, or social backgrounds. In five competitions – for international, German, international children’s and youth films, music videos and productions from North Rhine-Westphalia – Oberhausen annually showcases a cross section of the current state of short production across the globe.
Equally renowned are the extensive thematic programmes whose subject changes annually, such as “Shooting Animals” (2011), “Flatness” (2013), or “Memories Can’t Wait – Film without Film” (2014). Profile programmes dedicated to outstanding filmmakers and artists and the Podium discussion series complete the Festival programme. In addition, Oberhausen runs a well-stocked Video Library, a non-commercial international short film distribution branch, and manages a unique archive of short films from more than 60 years of film history.
Oberhausen registers more than 6,500 submissions on average per year. Almost 450 films are screened, more than 1,000 accredited visitors from over 50 countries annually visit the Festival, an average of around 18,000 entries are registered per year. The Festival’s annual short film tour “Oberhausen on Tour” travels to around 50 venues on several continents. In addition, the International Short Film Festival Oberhausen, in co-operation with the AG Kurzfilm, manages the only international online short film magazine in the world, shortfilm.de.
Internationale Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen
Tel. +49 (0)208 825-2652
Fax +49 (0)208 825-5413
Artistic Director: Dr. Lars Henrik Gass
Lichtburg Filmpalast Oberhausen