The International Short Film Festival Oberhausen, as a festival like so many others, is also directly affected by a cancellation. The decision to hold the festival as an online edition was made early on.
With the blog, now online since 3 April, the International Short Festival Oberhausen is launching an experiment with which it responds to the current crisis, a forum in which many voices will speak up and many issues be discussed, with contributions on a variety of topics, sometimes in German, sometimes in English. The blog thus makes the process of the crisis visible, as well as those who are affected by it.
Last but not least, the blog is intended as a prelude to and framework for the online festival in mid-May, in which Oberhausen expects to screen around 350 films online. Until the end of May, one or two posts a day are planned. The Festival cooperates with numerous institutions, from the Oberhausen Theatre to the New York art platform e-flux, all of which will contribute to the blog.
Various film series and cooperations will be part of the blog:
From my window / From your window
Under the title “From my window / From your window”, the Oberhausen Festival, together with the art platform e-flux, is publishing a series for which artists and filmmakers are invited to contribute a short video letter or statement, a small window on their current situation and how they are living through this time; to be presented together with a programme of films that are pertinent to the moment, and that are culled from material freely accessible online. The series is inspired by Józef Robakowski’s legendary short film Z mojego okna (From My Window), Poland 1978-1999.
e-flux is an art information service, archive, artist project and curatorial platform started in 1998.
Can and should one make films now?
In addition, German filmmakers contribute to a series entitled “Can and should one make films now? The condition: the making of their films must not take more than one hour. So far, Oberhausen award-winners such as Max Linz, Brenda Lien, Alexandra Gerbaulet (the latter two also winners of the German Short Film Award), Franz Müller, Dietrich Brüggemann and many others have agreed to contribute.
Now is not the time for criticism
Under this title, the Oberhausen Theatre focuses on social areas that have become particularly burning issues in times of Corona and asks questions that are neglected in current news reporting. In each episode of the series, an expert will speak on a selected topic. What is the state of the German healthcare system? What does the crisis mean for people living in poverty? What consequences does social distancing have for women in violent relationships? From now on, these and other questions will be examined on a weekly basis.
The One Minute Healing Tool
Every day until the festival, the Festival, in cooperation with the Dutch The One Minutes Foundation, will present a one-minute film.