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International Short Film Festival Oberhausen

Short film is still the prime source of innovation for the art of film - the experimental field in which future cinematic vocabularies first crystallize. Today its diversity of forms, themes and approaches across the globe is greater than ever - video or film, short fiction film or essay, installation, graduation film or artist's video, animation, documentary, and all imaginable hybrids thereof.

The International Short Film Festival Oberhausen has been part of this highly charged field for over 50 years now, as a catalyst and a showcase for contemporary developments, a forum for what are often heated discussions, a discoverer of new trends and talent, and not least as one of the most important short film institutions anywhere in the world. Some 6000 films submitted on average per year, around 500 films shown in the festival programmes and over 1100 accredited industry professionals are proof enough.

In the course of more than five decades, the International Short Film Festival Oberhausen has become one of the world's most respected film events - a place where filmmakers and artists ranging from Roman Polanski to Cate Shortland, from George Lucas to Pipilotti Rist have presented their first films. Oberhausen has managed to instigate various political and aesthetical developments, for instance through the Oberhausener Manifest, perhaps the most important group document in the history of German film. Careful programming and a pioneering choice of subjects has helped the Festival to build up its exclusive position in an increasingly unpredictable market.


The 57th International Short Film Festival Oberhausen, taking place from 5- 10 May 2011 in Oberhausen.

In October 2010 you'll find the entry form and regulations of the 57th International Short Film Festival Oberhausen here. We are looking forward to your submission!

Entry deadline for International productions: 15 Januar 2011 (date of receipt)

Entry deadline for German productions: 15 February 2011 (date of receipt

Thursday, May 5, 2011 - 10:26pm to Tuesday, May 10, 2011 - 10:26pm
Submission Deadline 
Saturday, January 15, 2011 - 12:00am