Denmark’s international short film festival is open for submission

OFF – Odense International Film Festival – opened on January 15 for the submission of short films to the festival’s competitions and looks forward to receiving films from around the world. The festival will take place from 27th of August to 2nd of September 2018, and will again this year do our outmost to create a week of film, celebration and immersion in film – and of course, a lot of world-class short films and love!


New competition: The documentary gets its own price

OFF has a long tradition of documentaries, but in recent years the short documentary has been in the program alongside fiction and animation films. Now we introduce a focus on documentaries by adding a new competition to the established categories: a competition for the short documentary with two new awards: The Best Documentary Short and The Soapbox Award. The selected films will now spread out over five categories including the International and National Competition, the Animation Competition, the Youth Competition, and the new documentary competition, and a total of 10 prizes will be awarded. All films are still under 30 minutes.


From OFF to Oscar

The short film festival in Odense is the only Danish festival, which can send winning films to the Academy Awards in the short film category the following year. The status as Oscar-Qualifying festival came in 2013 for the main competition and the Danish competition, while our animation contest was granted this fine status in 2015. This is a seal of approval of the festival’s high standard, and a huge opportunity for the filmmakers and their films to move closer to the coveted Oscar Award.


From OFF to Robert

Every year, the Danish Film Academy awards the Robert to the best Danish films, including short films. A new collaboration with OFF, started in 2016, means all Danish short films must go through OFF’s selection to be considered for a Robert. Out of the selected contributions at the festival, 10 films are shortlisted, which the members of the Danish Film Academy then vote on to find the five nominees for the Robert. The nominees are announced at the festival’s award ceremony OFF Awards, and the winner of the Robert for Best Danish Short Film will be selected at the Robert Award show in February of the following year.


Festival director Birgitte Weinberger comments:

“Odense is the short film mecca, and it shows films in all shades: animation, short films for children and youth, from all over the world and with a special focus on Denmark. Several thousand short films from all corners of the world find their way to OFF’s selection, which through hours of film watching finds the 100 best, which the festival will spoil its audience with in summer, and which simultaneously is in the running for OFF awards, 200,000 Danish kroner, and not least, the honor of winning. We’re looking forward to receiving and watching the latest from all over the world and presenting it to our amazing audience this summer.”


OFF is an industry festival, but indeed also a festival for the public. In 2017, over 27,000 film-loving guests found their way to OFF, to the great pleasure of organizers as well as filmmakers. The art of film does not become relevant until it meets the viewer, and at OFF, great emphasis is placed on the encounters between humans; on inspiration, networking, insight and outlook.


Deadline for registration 1 April 2018.

OFF receives short films of max. 30 minutes, in all genres. The film must be completed in 2017 or 2018. Read specifications and submit your film here. All properly registered films will be notified of the outcome of the selection at the end of May.
For further information: 


Festival director Birgitte Weinberger: / 65 51 28 37