source: Oberhausen Facebook page

source: Oberhausen Facebook page

With more than 500 films from 55 countries, the International Short Film Festival Oberhausen is presenting more films than ever in 2016. Nearly half the competition films are world premieres (71 of 151), another record. The programme includes more than a 100 screenings. Oberhausen is expecting around 1,000 accredited visitors from across the world.

The complete programme with all film titles is now online at

“Anyone who wants to understand where cinema is going and what kind of alternatives societies offer will be able to discover in short films a variety of options and concepts that is far more diverse than anything long films have to offer”, says festival director Lars Henrik Gass.

The Festival offers five competitions, an extensive thematic programme of new Latin American shorts entitled “El pueblo” (the people), five Profile programmes dedicated to Josef Dabernig (Austria), Sun Xun (China), Raquel Chalfi (Israel), Jeanne Faust (Germany) and Anne Haugsgjerd (Norway), three Archive presentations of the Centre Georges Pompidou (France), the Center for Visual Music (USA) and the Videokunstarkivet (Norway), the Distributors’ Screenings series and a variety of other film programmes. In addition, Oberhausen will continue its successful Podium series of discussions, offer an exhibition of photos, paintings and drawings by Josef Dabernig and Sun Xun, a reading by Raquel Chalfi, book presentations, its daily Festival Bar and much more.

The festival will be held between the 5-10th of May, the deadline for accreditation deadline is th 22nd April 2016.