Short film fest opens Wednesday

A record 5,000 pics submitted this year

COLOGNE — The 50th Intl. Short Film Festival at Oberhausen will be opened Wednesday by German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder.

The world’s oldest short pic fest is also arguably the largest, with a record 5,000 pics or so submitted this year.

Helmers Sonke Wortmann, Wim Wenders, Romuald Karmakar and Finland’s Eija-Liisa Ahtila will host retrospectives from the six-day fest’s abundant back catalog. These include first steps by Roman Polanski, Alain Resnais, Werner Herzog, Martin Scorsese and George Lucas premiered at Oberhausen.

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