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 18th 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 2022 ISFF Detmold Program

We stay hybrid! Visit us in the Stadthalle or online

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. Tickets are now available in the presale or during the event on location.

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.

2022 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!

Short films and more!

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

2022: The year for 2 ISFF awards

ISFF Detmold 2022 announces two winners of this year’s festival. The first award goes to a short film chosen by the official jury of ISFF Detmold 2022. The other is awarded to a short film deemed best by the festival team.

The selection process was challenging, yet enjoyable for both the team and the jury, therefore, we would like to extend our thank you to all filmmakers who submitted their film to this year’s festival programme.