The 61st Oberhausen International Short Film Festival running April 30 – May 5, has selected 132 films from 41 countries for its five competitive programs. With 59 entries the International Competition is the largest section by far. There are 19 films in the German Competition and 11 each in the NRW Competition and the MuVi Award, 35 productions will be shown in the Children’s and Youth Film Competition.
Oberhausen is awarding prizes amounting to 41,250 Euros in all of its five competitions. Whereas large festivals are facing growing criticism for showing too few films by women, the proportion of female filmmakers at Oberhausen is traditionally high: approximately 50% of the films in this year’s competitions are made by women.
The films were selected from almost 6,000 entries from 98 countries. This shows the unbroken strength of the genre of short film as well as the position of the International Short Film Festival Oberhausen as one of the leading festivals of its kind worldwide. Compared to 2014 the number of entries has risen by almost 1,000. The internet plays an important role in this: way over half the films reached Oberhausen via internet upload.
The Oberhausen competitions thus reflect the recent development from bulky reel of film to VHS and DVD, culminating in “immaterial” files. The majority of the competition films have in the past three years been projected in today’s customary DCP format.
Sebastian Buerkner’s FLAMIN Productions commissioned film “The Chimera of M” is among work by a host of FLAMIN alumni featuring as part of an impressive line-up.
This year’s program also includes a profile of William Raban, featuring his FLAMIN-supported work
“Continental Drift,” alongside films by fellow alumni Ben Rivers, Laure Prouvost and Luciano Zubillaga.
59 films from 32 countries were selected for this Competition from 4,553 entries. They will compete for prizes worth a total of 25,500 euros. A number of smaller film nations are represented in this Competition, with films from Kazakhstan, Haiti, Vietnam or Uganda. The presence of Switzerland and Norway is unusually strong, each with three films...more
For this Competition, 19 films were selected from 1,146 entries that will compete for prizes worth a total of 7,500 euros. The German short film is not the domain of film schools, but thrives in a very strong free scene. This is clearly demonstrated by the entries: only approximately 300 works – that is just over a quarter –, come from film schools…more
11 films were selected from 224 entries from NRW. They will compete for prizes worth a total of 2,250 euros. Oberhausen has paid tribute to the strength of film in the federal state of NRW since 2009 in programs reserved for films from NRW. Film school and free productions are fairly equally balanced here…more
17th MuVi Award
11 videos were selected from 204 entries, competing for prizes worth a total of 3,500 euros. The vast majority of the videos – including clips for Deichkind, Mouse on Mars, Von Spar or Chicks on Speed – come from Berlin, Hamburg und Munich, the centers of German music production… more
38th Children’s and Youth Film Competition
35 films from 17 countries were selected from 320 films that were submitted for the German and International Competitions. They will compete for prizes worth a total of 3,000 euros. The Children and Youth film Competition also offers plenty of opportunity to make discoveries beyond the dominant film producing countries, for example with films from Columbia, Argentina, Mexico or Brazil..
In addition to the big festival competitive sections, the Theme program or the Profiles, the 61st International Short Film Festival Oberhausen will present a number of smaller program, from 3D films for children to the Open Screening where films that weren’t selected for the competitions are presented by the filmmakers.
Award Winners of other Festivals
Thursday, April 30, 5 p.m.
A selection of recent shorts, all of which won prizes at other big festivals – Locarno, Rotterdam, Clermont-Ferrand.
May 1, 3 and 4, 6 p.m.
Three programs featuring the most striking European short films of 2014, all of them nominees for last year’s European Short Film Award.
25 Years of the KHM
Friday, May 1, 2.30 p.m.
The Academy of Media Arts Cologne KHM is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. In honour of the occasion, Oberhausen presents a selection of films from the KHM that were all screened in Oberhausen in recent years.
Derek Jarman Newly Restored
Monday, May 4, 10.30 p.m.
Between 1970 and 1983 Derek Jarman made over 80 individual Super 8 films which have now been digitised frame by frame, supported by the LUMAS foundation. Oberhausen will be the first venue to screen a selection of these films in 2K, presented by James Mackay, the initiator of the project.
Michael Brynntrup: Jesus – the Film
Friday, May 1 (German only)
6 p.m.: Book presentation, Festival Space
8 p.m.: Film screening, Kino im Walzenlager
Michael Brynntrup’s project Jesus – der Film (1985/86) saw him assembling 35 episodes from the New Testament, which were filmed by 22 filmmakers on Super 8. Brynntrup will be in Oberhausen to present the book on the film along with a few surprises.
Monday, May 4, 8 p.m.
A program from our distribution catalog in which five filmmakers cast a fresh view on questions of faith and forms of religious practice around the world.
Sunday, May 3, 8 p.m.
Seven extraordinary works by young German filmmakers. A selection by AG Kurzfilm and German Films.
May 3-4, 8 p.m.
Filmmakers not selected for the competitions present their works at the Oberhausen – a real favorite with the audiences.
The Third Image – 3D Cinema as Experiment: a subject for children
May 3, 10.30 a.m.
Films from the program “The Third Image – 3D Cinema as Experiment”, that are suitable for children aged 8 and above, including the premiere of a 3D film made by young people from Oberhausen, Searching for Space.
The Oberhausen Selection
May 3, 4 p.m. (German only)
Citizens of Oberhausen have put this program together from films in the Festival archive – an ideal introduction for people who are curious about short films. In co-operation with the City of Oberhausen’s Office for Equal Opportunities/Life in Old Age Division.
4th Poetry Clip Competition
May 4, 12.30 p.m. (German only)
Oberhausen school groups from the ninth year are entering their poetry clips in the race, all of which will be screened at the Festival. The project is sponsored by the “Arts Open Worlds” program of the BKJ (Bundesvereinigung Kulturelle Kinder- und Jugendbildung e.V.), which is part of the “Culture Makes Strong. Alliances for Education” from the Federal Ministry of Education and Research. The prize money is donated by Energieversorgung Oberhausen (evo).
Filmgeflacker Open Air
May 1, 10.30 p.m.
Oberhausen’s Filmgeflacker art collective will be presenting films from this year’s competitions, and the filmmakers will be invited to discuss their works with the audience. The event will be held in the Kino im Walzenlager in case of bad weather.
May 3, 9 p.m. (German only)
Poetry slammers perform texts inspired by films from the current German Competition. Hosted by Jonas Jahn.