Oberhausener festival kicks off

Event enters its 53rd year

COLOGNE — German short film festival Oberhausener Kurzfilmtage kicked off Thursday with topical showcase “Don’t Look Now! — Children, Childhood, Cinema.”

The opener’s accent follows local pubcaster ARD’s recent theme week “Children Are Our Future.”

In its 53rd year, the Oberhausen fest is arguably the world’s longest-running event dedicated to short films. Some 147 productions from 43 countries will screen till fest’s Tuesday close.

The festival is divided into four competitions, with 64 pics running in the international competition, 27 entries in the German one, 12 clips in the sidebar on musicvideos and 46 in the children and youth films section.

With eight entries, the U.K. has the most in the international section. Russia and Canada are represented with four submissions each.

Probably the oldest participant in the section is U.S. vintage avant-gardist Ken Jacobs with “Capitalism: Slavery.”

Additionally, the fest has compiled five profile programs on artists from various regions.

These are Dutch helmer Marjoleine Boonstar, Japanese lenser Kanai Katsu, Israeli video artist Guy Ben-Ner, American filmmaker Ken Kobland, plus a mix of newcomers from the German state North-Rhine Westphalia.

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