"Cutting edge", "politically daring", avant-garde": these are just some of the buzzwords that have been used to describe the International Short Film Festival Oberhausen. Behind these is the festival&8217;s constant quest for what&8217;s new, whether in terms of form or content. The festival is now calling for entries for its competitions, on the lookout for film or video works that exhibit unabashed individualism, by filmmakers who aren&8217;t afraid to venture off the beaten track. Oberhausen is the perfect opportunity for directors to present their works to the international short film scene and audience.

Submitting works to the festival



  1. Read the Regulations.
  2. Send preview copy to Oberhausen with all documentation by 15 January 2006 (postmark). Films and videos can also be submitted online through the international submission platform www.reelport.com!
  3. Wait, until an independent committee has selected the works to appear in competition.
  4. 23 March 2006: A list of all titles selected for the competitions is published on the Internet at www.kurzfilmtage.de. By the end of March, all entrants will also receive e-mail notification of the results of the selection process.
  5. All preview tapes/DVDs submitted will be made available in the Film Market for viewing during the festival by prospective buyers.
  6. The ShortFilm Festival invites the filmmakers of all titles selected for competition to come to Oberhausen.


Deadline for submissions: 15 January 2006 (postmark)
No entry fee
Preview formats: VHS, S-VHS, DVD
Screening formats: see Entry Form
And what happens after the festival?
After the event, Oberhausen purchases a selection of works from the festival for its noncommercial, international distribution catalogue.

h3. Regulations of the 52nd International Short Film Festival Oberhausen, 4-9 May 2006

  1. The International Short Film Festival Oberhausen is an independent festival acknowledged by FIAPF/IFFPA, the International Federation of Film Producers Associations, and organized according to FIAPF regulations and the regulations of the festival. The Festival presents: Competitions (International, German, Children&8217;s and Youth Films) as well as special programmes. Films and videos submitted will automatically be considered for all suitable categories as well as for the special programmes and the film market, unless stated otherwise (see paragraph 12). Deadline for submissions to all competitions is 15 January 2006 (date of postmark). Repeated submissions are not possible. Online submissions via reelport (www.reelport.com) shall be accepted. Confirmation of the receipt of a submission cannot be provided.
  2. Organizer of the festival is the company Internationale Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen gGmbH which is owned by the City of Oberhausen. Main sponsor of the festival is the Land of North Rhine-Westphalia.
  3. International Competition: The International Competition is meant to present artistic developments, in particular new tendencies, in international short film and video production for discussion, regardless of national representation. Admitted are films and videos of all genres not exceeding a length of 35 minutes, preferably as German premieres. In rare and exceptional cases the Selection Committee reserves the right to admit films and videos of longer duration. In addition, the Committee reserves the right to select films that have won prizes at other festivals for inclusion in the programme "Award-Winners from Other Festivals". The decisive factor in determining the country of origin of a film for the purposes of the International Competition is the country in which the film was produced (i.e the location of the production company). Films on CD-ROM or in Beta digital, Beta SP/NTSC or U-matic video formats cannot be screened. Productions entering the International Competition must have been completed after 1 January 2004.
  4. German Competition: The German Competition is open to contributions by directors of German citizenship and to works produced in Germany. Admitted are films and videos of all genres not exceeding a length of 45 minutes. In rare and exceptional cases the Selection Committee reserves the right to admit films and videos of longer duration. Films on CD-ROM or in Beta digital, Beta SP/NTSC or U-matic video formats cannot be screened. Productions entering the German Competition must have been completed after 1 January 2005.
  5. International Children&8217;s and Youth Film Competition: For films and videos by directors of German citizenship and works produced in Germany, see the requirements of the German Competition. For international contributions see the requirements of the International Competition.
  6. Selection: In mid-March 2006 the Selection Committee will make a decision on the selection based on all entered contributions. If the ownership of a work is transferred to a successor in title after the selection has been made, the successor&8217;s permission for the film to take part in the competition will have to be conveyed to the festival.
  7. Dispatch of Selected Contributions: All screening prints and presentation tapes invited to the competitions must arrive in Oberhausen no later than 13 April 2006. It is recommended that contributors have the documents of reimportation (required for the customs authorities) issued before the films or videos are shipped. Shipments from non-EU member states must be clearly labelled "For temporary, cultural purposes only. No commercial value."Those dispatches must also be accompanied by a pro forma invoice amounting to a maximum of 20€ (under no circumstances should the amount of the actual production costs be given, even if they were higher). Costs arising from wrong declarations will be charged to the account of the sender.
  8. Address for dispatch: Internationale Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen gGmbH, Grillostr. 34, 46045 Oberhausen, Germany, phone +49(0)208 825-2463. Forwarding expenses to Oberhausen are to be paid by the sender.
  9. Return: Any changes in the return address may only be considered until 28 April 2006. Expenses for return shipment of screening prints are paid by the Festival. Preview tapes will be returned on request only. Respective requests have to be made by 31 December 2006 (date of exclusion). Expenses for return shipment of preview tapes are to be paid by the addressee.
  10. Insurance: The festival insurance covering all entered films and videos takes effect at the moment the shipments are handed over to the festival organizer by the transport company and ends with the handing over to the respective carrier after the festival. The transport itself is at the risk of the sender. The corresponding laws of the Federal Republic of Germany apply.
  11. Prizes and Awards
    The International Jury will award the following prizes:
    the Grand Prize of the City of Oberhausen (7,500€),
    two Principal Prizes (3,500€ each),
    the ARTE Prize for a European short film (2,500€).
    The Jury of the Minister President of North Rhine-Westphalia will award a prize (5,000€).
    The Jury of the FIPRESCI will award a prize.
    The Ecumenical Jury will award a prize (1,500€).
    The Cinema Jury will award a prize in connection with a buying option on the awarded work by the KurzFilmAgentur Hamburg.
    The International Short Film Festival Oberhausen will award a prize (500€).
    The Jury of the German Competition will award the following prizes:
    the prize for the best contribution to the German Competition (5,000€),
    the 3sat Promotional Award (2,500€). This award includes an option for 3sat to purchase the winning title and broadcast it on 3sat.
    Two childrenand youth juries from Oberhausen will award one prize each for the best contribution to the Children&8217;s and Youth Film Competition (1,000€ each, donated by Kinderkanal, the children&8217;s channel of ARD and ZDF).
    The awards and premiums will be given to the film directors.
  12. Film Market: All submitted preview copies are automatically entered in the film market and made available for individual viewing unless stated otherwise in a written instruction to be submitted to the festival by 15 January 2006 (date of postmark). All accredited guests have free entrance to the film market. A film market catalogue will be published containing short synopses and contact addresses for the entered contributions. Participation in the film market is free.
  13. In case of doubt the festival direction will decide according to the International Regulations. These regulations are available in German, English, French and Spanish.
    In case of doubt the German version applies.