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Oberhausen International Short Film Festival - 2020 Online Edition

Internationale Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen
Grillostr. 34
46045 Oberhausen
phone +49-2 08-8 25 26 52
fax +49-2 08-8 25 54 13
email: info@kurzfilmtage.de

Dr. Lars Henrik Gass

International Competition
Hilke Doering

German and NRW Competition
Carsten Spicher

Year of Foundation 1954

Event Date from 13 May 2020 till 18 May 2020

Event Date

in Oberhausen, Germany

International Competition

Sections International Competition, National Competition, NRW Competition, International Children´s and Youth Film Competition (5-16 years), Music Videos from Germany, Conditional Cinema, Open Screening, Special Programs (certain subjects or genres), Film Market

Category Short, Feature

Terms of Entry international competition/international entries to the children and youth film competition: 35 min. or less, films must have been completed after 1 January 2019, German festival premiere; national competition/NRW competition/German entries to the children and youth film competition: 45 min. or less, films must have been completed after 1 January 2019, previous participation in other festivals is possible, no subtitles necessary; submission format: DVD, online;
MuVi-Award: 15 min. or less, completed after 1 January 2019, director or producer living in Germany; Open Screening: submitted films that haven't been invited may be screened, if the director presents them in person (one film per director)

Genre Children & Youth, Comedy, Drama, Documentary Films, Experimental, Animation, Art, Music


Format 16 mm, 35 mm, Super 8, DCP

Registration Deadline International Films: 1 February 2020
German Films: 15 February 2020
MuVi-Award: 25 February 2020

Fees each submitter can register 5 films without fee; additional submissions: 20 Euro per film

Attendance Figures 19,000

Participants of the Film Industry 1,100 distributors, TV buyers with slots for shorts, scouts from other festivals, representatives of non-profit organizations

Grand Prize of the City of Oberhausen (Euro 8,000)
Main Award (Euro 4,000)
E-Flux Award (Euro 3,000)
Awards of the North Rhine-Westphalia Ministry of Family, Childen, Youth, Culture and Sport (1st Prize: Euro 5,000; 2nd Prize: Euro 3,000)
Ecumenical Jury Award (Euro 1,500)

Zonta Prize (Euro 1,000 to a female director in the International or German Competition)

Best Contribution to the German Competition (Euro 5,000)
3sat Promotional Award (Euro 2,500 and broadcast on 3sat TV)

NRW Competition
Best Contribution to the NRW Competition (Euro 1,000)
NRW Promotional Award (Euro 500)
West ART Award (Euro 750, including an option to be broadcast on WDR)

Best Children's Film (Euro 1,000)
Best Youth Film (Euro 1,000)
ECFA Short Film Award Nomination

MUVI AWARDS (Best German Music Video)
1st Prize (Euro 2,500)
2nd Prize (Euro 1,500)
3rd Prize (Euro 1,000)

Number of Films Shown ca. 450, ca. 130 from 40 countries in the competition programs

Media Coverage about 200 accredited regional, national and international journalists; among the media partners are ARTE and 3sat; solid regional coverage; summaries in most of the national dailies and trade papers (also international); TV-summaries in cultural and regional magazines

Specific Characteristics Recognized by FIAPF (International Federation of Film Producers Associations) as Documentary and/or Short Film Festival. The winner of the short film competition automatically qualifies for the OSCAR competition for the Best Short Film.

Evaluation Oberhausen is not only the oldest short film festival in the world, it is also one of the most important and best-regarded. The competition provides an excellent overview of avant-garde short film productions. The festival focuses on innovative, artistic short films, paying special attention to new technical development.

Oberhausen hosts the biggest short film market in Germany, attracting the major buyers, curators and festival representatives. All films entered for selection will be available on video terminals.

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