The entry requirements for the 57th International Short Film Festival Oberhausen:

  • Entry deadline for international productions is 15 January 2011 (date of receipt, no extensions).
  • Entry deadline for German productions is 15 February 2011 (date of receipt, no extensions).
  • Submissions should be made via the international Internet platform. If this is not possible, only DVD may be used as the preview format.
  • International productions must be German festival premieres.

Seeking short films that are out of the ordinary

Effective immediately, the 57th International Short Film Festival Oberhausen is inviting filmmakers from around the world to submit new works for the 2011 competitions. Regardless of genre or format, Oberhausen is seeking unusual film languages, works that change our ways of seeing things. The Festival will present five competitions: International, German, Children’s and Youth Films, Films from NRW and the MuVi Award for the best German music video, with its own set of regulations.

International Competition

  • Entry deadline 15 January 2011 (date of receipt)
  • Open to film and video formats, maximum 35 minutes in length
  • Awards totalling €24,500

German Competition

  • Entry deadline 15 February 2011 (date of receipt)
  • Open to film and video formats, maximum 45 minutes in length
  • Awards totalling €7,500

NRW Competition

  • Entry deadline 15 February 2011 (date of receipt)
  • Open to film and video formats, maximum 45 minutes in length
  • Awards totalling €1,500

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

The MuVi Award for the best German music video has its own set of regulations and entry form.

How do I submit my film?

  1. Enter and upload your film to reelport.com, or complete the attached form and send in your DVD.
  2. Wait until the independent committees have previewed all submissions.
  3. Filmmakers whose entries have been selected for competition will be informed in mid-March 2011 by email only. Please be sure to provide a valid email address with your submission accordingly.
  4. The Festival invites all filmmakers whose works have been selected for the competitions to Oberhausen.
  5. If you are not selected, you can register for the Open Screening once the competition selection has been announced (see paragraph 8 of the regulations).

A new development in 2011 is that the Festival will provide the opportunity of publishing films or film segments from the Festival programme under the Oberhausen banner on onlinefilm.org following the event. Filmmakers can decide for themselves whether to make their works available as a stream or a download, and under what conditions.