Final Festival Programme

We are pleased to announce the official programme of ISFF Detmold 2023. This year we have chosen 3 different venues in Detmolder city centre. At each location, short films will be shown for 2 days. Click on the days to see the programme for each day.

Cafe Cup

Grabbe Haus

Stadthalle Detmold


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


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. We will show the films in three different location:

  • 21. – 22. August: Open Air at Cafe Cup. (For bad weather we will be inside)
  • 23. – 24. August: Grabbe Haus
  • 25. – 26. August: Stadthalle Detmold

The entrance is for free. Just the after show party has an entrance fee.

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!