Submission for 2023 is open – be part of the next edition

New year, new festival edition, new films. Our deadline for submissions is 01.03.2023. Join us in 2023 and send us your film now. We are looking forward to your submissions.


The International Short Film Festival Detmold is an annual event taking place in the beautiful town of Detmold, showcasing a variety of high-quality short films from around the globe. Every year, we receive more than 3,000 short film submissions from experienced, as well as up-and-coming filmmakers. The festival focuses on non-commercial short films: documentaries, animations, fiction, art-house, music videos, experimental films, etc. We especially encourage submissions on inclusivity and accessibility.


Everyone has the right to participate in cultural life. That is our big why, our mission. We are screening barrier-free film blocks for all visitors with hearing or vision impairments. Audio descriptions, sign-language translation and subtitles make it possible for people with special needs to enjoy short films together with their loved ones and new friends they make during the festival. The festival venue is accessible to everyone. The ISFF Detmold is a celebration of diversity, inclusion and togetherness.


The 19th edition of the ISFF Detmold will come to you both on-site and online. We have implemented numerous digital solutions to make the online experience as close to real-life as possible. Join us at the Stadthalle Detmold, watch at home or on a friend’s sofa – the choice is yours. You can chat with other visitors,  filmmakers and -enthusiasts, network with organisations active in the field of inclusion, enjoy art installations and concerts. The festival buzz won’t escape you wherever you are taking part.

A new festival format for 2023!

2020 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.

For 2023, we’ve come up with something new. The festival will no longer take place just one weekend, but will focus on different themes over a whole week. In addition, the festival will not only take place in the Stadthalle Detmold. Be curious. As soon as the planning is completed, we will present the details to you.

In 2023 we will 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 soon!

Call for Art

We are looking for young and passionate artists to be a part of ISFF Detmold!

This year, we are planning to give place to especially new media artworks in the 19th ISFF Detmold Art Exhibition.
In addition to short films, we are once again looking for artworks for our exhibitions that take place parallel to the International Short Film Festival Detmold. The focus is on multimedia installations. If you have a work of your own, please contact us by email with a description and photos or a sketch of your work. We will then get in touch with you.

Short films and much more!

In addition to our short film programme, we offer a range of side events.

Multimedia exhibitions
Art exhibitions