Short films for everyone

This year our festival will be barrier-free for the first time. Every individual has a right to participate in the cultural life.
In order


International Short Film Festival Detmold

The ISFF Detmold is dedicated to high-quality films by innovative filmmakers from all around the world. More than 3,000 short film submissions come from around 80 countries each year. The festival focuses more on non-commercial short films: Documentary, animated, experimental and feature films. From big premieres to the first work of young talents everything is represented. In addition to the short films, there will be numerous highlights of art and music during the festival. Various artists will present their works in Hangar 21. The festival will feature different cultural and artistic events & meetings as well as festival performances and happy hours in the "Hangar 21"s various halls. These events include interviews, podium discussions, photography, paintings and sculptures exhibitions, video installations, happenings, sound, light, water, lasers, music performances, and street theater. During the festival, two workshops will be held where 100 participants learn to shoot their own short film and their own music . Every year, ISFF Detmold cooperates with the schools and a selection of children films is presented. The festival takes place with the presence of the city mayor in the 22,000m2 Hangar 21, which is known for its prestigious and important cultural and artistic activities.

Looking for art, exhibitions, music & co

Do you have performances, pictures, street art, images, sculptures that you want to show to an audience in the area of the Hangar 21 during the 15th ISFF Detmold?
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Submissions over

The submissions are over. Many thanks for all the wonderful films. We will now put together the festival program. And select the best films for it.
We are excited...

15 years of International Short Film Festival

2019 the ISFF will be in the 15th edition! Yeah! 15 years of International Short Film Festival - thats a reason to celebrate! We show short films from all over the world in Hangar 21, Detmold. The programm is accompanied by video mappings, art installations, concerts and workshops. We are glad to welcome a great number of international filmmakers and artists. A bunch of spectacles are waiting for you!

Thank you for 2018!

We had a really delightful festival with lots of brilliant short films, interesting art and great guests. A big thank to all of the filmmakers around the whole world for over 3.000 films, which were sent to Detmold. 6 months long we were watching, watching, watching. All films have been beautiful, but in 5 days we can't show all of your films. We are very sad that we can't show all of them. Thank you for all the lovely films.

Why do we love short films?

Cinema is the seventh and the last kind of art and has begun with short films. Formerly people told themselves stories. Since 2500 years they are shown us - in the theater, paintings & sculpturing, music, dancing, literature, architecture and in cinema. They are everywhere and for everyone in the atmosphere – as we would have inhaled them. Short films give us the possibility to recognize all kinds of structures we met. Every filmmaker has got his own aura, his own way to show us what is need to be shown. So let’s enjoy that at least some of them mirror us. That’s our story and we were not happy, if we wouldn’t have one.

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