The International Short Film Festival Oberhausen, founded in 1954, is one of the biggest international platforms dedicated to the short format. The Festival presents every imaginable format and genre, from children’s films to artist video, in every possible type of mix – as long as they’re short. Oberhausen is known for its willingness to embrace experimental works. Numerous filmmakers and artists, from Roman Polanski to Jonas Mekas to Isaac Julien, from Pipilotti Rist to Eija-Liisa Ahtila, have presented their works there.
Oberhausen organizes five competitions for new short works. In 2013, the line-up includes 131 productions from more than 40 countries. In addition, Oberhausen is known for its large-scale thematic programmes and retrospectives. The theme in 2013 is “Flatness: Cinema after the Internet”, compiled by the London-based curator Shama Khanna to explore the future of the cinema in the digital age. The programme features works by Ed Atkins, Harun Farocki, Anthea Hamilton, Oliver Laric, Chris Marker and many others. Also in Oberhausen in 2013: the first European retrospective of the works of American experimental filmmaker Luther Price, presented by the filmmaker himself. Rare Croatian documentaries from the 1960s and 70s by Petar Krelja, Krsto Papic and Zoran Tadic. Works by Ho Tzu Nyen, one of the most interesting young South East Asian artists. Sensual Super 8 films by Helga Fanderl, and the surreal and subversive works of Laure Prouvost.
Five panel discussions on current issues concerning the short format round off the programme. In 2013, the topics will be, among others, “Collect Me. Or: A Gift May Be for Nothing”, a discussion of the role played by collectors in the museums’ purchasing strategies of moving image works, and “What Was Cinema?”, about practices of early cinema as well as strategies of contemporary art, which has discovered the space of the cinema theatre.
59th International Short Film Festival Oberhausen, 2 -7 May, 2013
Elsässer Str. 26