Call for submissions

Submission opend until 15th of April 2021

  • 15.04.21

    Submission Deadline

  • 30.06.21



  • 01.08.21

    Festival Program

We’re looking forward to your short film of any genre:
Feature, documentary, animated or arthouse, children and teens, music videos and beyond.

Maximum runtime: 10 minutes.

We accept independent shorts by film professionals and upcoming filmmakers.

What’s more: We’re open to your entries from related artistic fields, such as installations and performances.


  • Max length: 10 min
  • English subtitles

About ISFF

The ISFF Detmold celebrates high-quality films by up-and-coming innovative filmmakers from all around the globe. Every year, we receive more than 3,000 short film submissions from about 80 countries. The festival focuses on non-commercial short films: Documentary, animated, experimental and feature films.

Access for everyone

Everyone has the right to participate in cultural life. That is our big why, our mission.
According to this principle, the 16th International Short Film Festival Detmold offers „short films for everyone“. As both the site and selected film-blocks are barrier-free, everyone is able to take part in the art. Feel free to join us!

A wide horizon starts at ISFF

Everyone is invited to do networking and exchange ideas with associations and institutions alike, active in the field of inclusion.
In addition to the short films, we’re offering a fine selection of art and music.
This year, the magic happens in Stadthalle Detmold. We’re looking forward to meet you there!

We continue our journey!

Last year we introduced you to a new format of the ISFF Detmold. While we welcomed our lovely guests at the Stadthalle Detmold, hundreds of others tuned in via our online stream to watch films, as well as celebrate inclusivity, togetherness and the art of filmmaking.

But we took it one step further. In addition to a simple online live-stream that allows you to watch movies on a screen best suitable for you, we brought the whole cinema to you. We experimented with a 360° live-stream that takes you inside the festival venue, almost like sitting there yourself, watching the films, hearing and seeing the crowd around you.

To make this experience available for everyone, we created festival kits, including DIY virtual-reality headsets, the festival program and small surprises.
This year we plan to continue with the hybrid festival. We want to improve this format to give our guests an even higher quality experience. So be ready for another ISFF Detmold. We will definitely be ready for you.

See you in October!

Short films and more!

We do not only short films. The International Short Films Festivals offers various side program.

Multimedia exhibitions
Art exhibitions