Oberhausen introduces new entry requirements

The International Short Film Festival Oberhausen has changed entry requirements for the competitions of its 54th edition, which will take place from 1 to 6 May 2008. The festival is now calling for entries.

There are now two separate entry deadlines for international and German productions: international submissions must have reached Oberhausen by 1 February 2008, German productions by 15 February 2008. There will be no more extensions!

In addition, preview copies will be accepted on DVD only (with the exception of works submitted via www.reelport.com). DVD will, however, no longer be accepted as a screening format.

Our goal is to enable us to better cope with the enormous number of submissions we get – in 2007, almost 6,500 works were sent to Oberhausen. We’re very happy to see so many filmmakers wanting to compete in Oberhausen. Our name stands for an openness towards all kinds of genres and forms which we have no intention of giving up, so we didn’t introduce any limitations in genre or content. We’re hoping that these organisational changes will help us to continue to do justice to every submission we get in the future,” says festival director Lars Henrik Gass. “As for DVD, we tested this format in screenings for three years, but even in the third year there were too many cases when we were unable to achieve the high projection quality we try to maintain and which is very important to us. So we decided to exclude DVD as a screening format for now.

The International Short Film Festival Oberhausen organizes four competitions in which a total of almost €40,000 prize money are awarded.

International Competition

  • Entry deadline 1 February 2008 (date of receipt)
  • Open to film and video formats, maximum 35 minutes in length
  • Awards totalling €24,000

German Competition

  • Entry deadline 15 February 2008 (date of receipt)
  • Open to film and video formats, maximum 45 minutes in length
  • Awards totalling €7,500

Children’s and Youth Film Competition

  • All entries to the International and German Competitions that are appropriate for this competition will be previewed.
  • For entry requirements, see Paragraph 5 of the Regulations
  • Awards totalling €2,000, conferred by two juries of children and young people

MuVi Award for the best German music video

  • has its own set of regulations and entry form
  • Awards totalling €5,000