About ISFF Detmold

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.

Access for everyone

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.

A hybrid festival

The 17th 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.

Final Festival Program

We are happy to announce the official 2021 ISFF Detmold Program

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!

Our catalogue is here!

We are excited to present you the catalogue for the 17th International Short Film Festival Detmold. This year’s catalogue showcases the schedule of the movies and festival events, film synopsises, introductions to special blocks, exhibition and concert details and much more. All the information is available in both English and German.
You can buy the catalogue during the festival for a small fee or view it digitally here. Just click on the picture.
Have fun!

Short films and more!

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

Multimedia exhibitions
Art exhibitions