55th International Short Film Festival Oberhausen


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The International Short Film Festival Oberhausen: this is short film in its most concentrated form. Some 450 films are screened in six days, with around 1,100 accredited industry professionals – filmmakers, festival programmers, curators, buyers, journalists and distributors from nearly 50 different countries – flocking to Oberhausen for this annual event. They appreciate the short routes between venues, the opportunity to discover completely new works in the competitions or to rediscover old favourites in the thematic programmes, the close contact with the audience, intensive discussions and long nights.

Oberhausen once again invites those with the courage to venture something new to submittheir films.

The entry requirements for the 55th International Short Film Festival Oberhausen:

NEW: International entries are only eligible if they have not been shown at any other German festival before Oberhausen.
Preview copies are only accepted on DVD (with the exception of submissions via reelport.com).

DVDs are not accepted as screening prints.

Oberhausen organizes the following competitions. Entries are automatically forwarded to the right selection committee depending on the country of production:

  • International Competition
    • Open to film and video formats, maximum 35 minutes in length
    • Awards totalling €24,000
  • German Competition
    • Open to film and video formats, maximum 45 minutes in length
    • Awards totalling €7,500
  • New: NRW Competition
    • 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. Entry deadline is 2 March 2009.
    • For information on submitting the film and regulations look up our web site.

Deadline: 15/01/09 (postmark), 16/02/09 (postmark) – for German productions

Event dates: 30. april to 5. may, 2009


Internationale Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen GmbH
Sabine Niewalda
Grillostr. 34
46045 Oberhausen
phone: +49 (0)208 825-2652
fax: +49 (0)208 825-5413

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