The 65th International Short Film Festival Oberhausen will open on 1 May 2019 at 7.30 p.m. in the Lichtburg Filmpalast in Oberhausen with around 400 international guests from politics, culture and film. Isabel Pfeiffer-Poensgen, Minister for Culture and Science of North Rhine-Westphalia, Daniel Schranz, Lord Mayor of the City of Oberhausen, and Lars Henrik Gass, Director of the International Short Film Festival Oberhausen, will speak at the opening. Numerous members of the State Parliament and representatives of the German and international film scene are among the guests, including Adina Pintilie, winner of the 2018 Berlinale Golden Bear and member of the 2019 Oberhausen International Jury. Afterwards, a selection of films from the festival programmes will be screened.
The 65th International Short Film Festival Oberhausen can report several records: until 6 May, the festival will be showing over 600 short productions from almost 70 countries, more than ever before. A total of 150 film programmes await visitors, ranging from one-minute films to Alexander Sokurov's 327-minute work Duhovnye Golosa (Spiritual Voices). The great Russian filmmaker is expected in Oberhausen on the occasion of an extensive retrospective of his early work. A further focus is dedicated to the genre of cinema trailers: under the title "The Language of Attraction: Trailers between Advertising and the Avant-garde", Oberhausen will show around 100 trailers and numerous works by artists inspired by the genre. A total of around 1,000 trade visitors from 65 countries have been accredited for the festival.
140 works compete in the Festival's five competitions for prizes worth a total of almost 42,000 euros. More than 7,600 works were submitted. Numerous thematic programmes, discussions and special events complete the programme.
The awards ceremony of the 65th International Short Film Festival Oberhausen will take place on Monday, 6 May 2019.