Oberhausen is now inviting submissions for the competitions in its 59th edition. Oberhausen Short Film Festival is looking for experiments, new angles and forms, works with their own visual language. For almost 60 years, Oberhausen’s strength has lain in its willingness to embrace the new, the surprising, the idiosyncratic.

Terms and conditions for submission to the 59th edition in brief:

Submissions for the competitions of the 59th International Short Film Festival Oberhausen should be made via the international Internet platform reelport.com, where submitted films can be uploaded directly. If this is not possible, you can also fill in our new online submission form here and send a preview DVD to Oberhausen. They accept only DVD as preview format (Reglement).
Please note: for international submissions the production date must now also be after 1 January of the previous year; for the 59th Festival this means after 1 January 2012!

International productions
Please click here if your film was not produced in Germany (seat of production company).

German productions
Please click here if your film was produced in Germany (seat of production company).

Music videos for the MuVi Award
In october 2012 you’ll find the entry form and regulations of the 59th International Short Film Festival Oberhausen here. They are looking forward to your submission!

Depending on their eligibility for the respective sections, submissions will be viewed for the following competitions:

International Competition
– Entry deadline 15 January 2013 (date of receipt, no extension)
– Open to film and video formats, maximum 35 minutes in length
– Awards totalling € 22,000

German Competition
– Entry deadline 15 February 2013 (date of receipt, no extension)
– Open to film and video formats, maximum 45 minutes in length
– Awards totalling € 7,500

NRW Competition
– Entry deadline 15 February 2013 (date of receipt, no extension)
– 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 € 3,000, conferred by two juries of children and young people

 MuVi Award for the best German Music Video
– Deadline for submission 21 February 2013 (date of receipt, no extension)
– Open to music videos whose director or production company reside in Germany
– Awards totalling 5,500 €

How do I submit my film?
1. Enter and upload your film to reelport.com or fill in the online form and send DVD.
2. Wait until the independent committees have previewed all submissions.
3. Filmmakers whose entries have been selected for competition will be informed in mid-March 2013 by e-mail only. Please be sure to provide a valid e-mail address with your submission accordingly.
4. The Festival invites all filmmakers whose works have been selected for the competitions to Oberhausen.
5. If you are not selected, you can register for the Open Screening once the competition selection has been announced (see paragraph 8 of the regulations).

Answers to all questions about the festival, regulations and programmes.