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69th International Short Film Festival Oberhausen – Call for Entry 2023

Dear Asian filmmakers, the International Short Film Festival Oberhausen (Germany) is accepting short films until February 1, 2023.

About the festival:
The International Short Film Festival Oberhausen has been part of this highly charged field for over 60 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 7,000 films submitted on average per year, around 500 films shown in the festival programmes and over 1,100 accredited industry professionals are proof enough.

EFA, Oscars, BAFTA
Since summer 2021, Oberhausen is one of the nomination festivals for the European Film Awards. This means that European short films selected for the competitions of the 68th International Short Film Festival Oberhausen can be nominated for the award. The Festival is also a qualifying festival for the U.S. Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Short Film Oscar (here, only award winners are considered) and the British Academy Film Awards (here, a film must have been selected for competition).

International Competition
The world’s oldest short film competition is a forum for experiments, unusual content and formats, and the place for cinematic discoveries, regardless of genre and production country. Every year, filmmakers from over 40 countries present themselves here. Only international festival premieres are admitted to this competition. The professional audience researches new films here, and a premiere shown in this competition is often a springboard for selection at other festivals – not least for the Oscar.

German Competition
With surprising diversity, topicality and a critical eye, Germany’s oldest short film competition impresses its audience anew every year. Innovative short films by established filmmakers and newly discovered talents, produced in Germany but with themes from all over the world, compete here. The German Competition gathers independent artistic positions of all genres and is appreciated especially by international audiences as a showcase of German short film. A premiere shown here is noticed attentively and is often a door opener for other festivals. In addition, some of the entries submitted here also take part in the International Competition.

NRW Competition
In the youngest competition at Oberhausen, the filmmakers of the region meet their audience. The varied programme presents independent productions as well as the most interesting student films of the current year. Here, regulars of the Festival meet new talents still to be discovered – a mixture highly appreciated by both regional and professional audiences.

North Rhine-Westphalia is not only home to the Oberhausen Festival but also one of the most important and creative film production locations in Germany. And the NRW competition, as diverse in scope as North Rhine-Westphalia as a film location, is open to all genres, styles and themes.

International Children’s and Youth Film Competition
The Children’s and Youth Film Competition was established in 1978 and is one of the most popular sections of our Festival. It not only opens up unusual perspectives on the world to young viewers. Whether animation or documentary, experimental or feature film, there are no limits to the variety of cinematic forms.

General Rules for all categories:
– Films must have been completed after January 1st, 2022.
– Submissions must be made via the Oberhausen’s website (link below).
Repeated submissions are not possible.
– Submissions cannot be withdrawn from the competition once the submitter has confirmed their participation in writing.
– The submission of the first five works by one submitter is free of charge. From the sixth submission onwards, a handling fee of 20 euros per film will be charged. This applies to all competitions.
– Admitted screening formats are 35 mm, 16 mm, Super 8 and DCP (for on-site screenings)

Competition Information:

Notification Date: Mid-March 2023

We urge directors and/or producers to read the Rules and Regulations here: RULES

We remind readers that the 69th International Short Film Festival Oberhausen will take place from April 26 – May 1, 2023 online and on-site (Oberhausen, Germany).

To see other Call for Entries please follow the next link: “Call For Entries”.

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