Films from North Rhine-Westphalia can be submitted free of charge. Please send us an email;

The ISFF Detmold celebrates high-quality films by up-and-coming innovative filmmakers from all around the globe. Last year, we received 4000 film submissions from about 125 countries.

The festival focuses on non-commercial short films: Documentary, animated, experimental and fiction films.

During the festival, we are exhibiting artworks from various fields. We are open for entries.

This year, we are planning to give place to especially new media artworks in the 20th ISFF Detmold Art Exhibition.

The short film festival will held hybrid for the four time, in the town hall of Detmold as well as online.

However, with even more perfected technology, possible among other things through so-called virtual reality headsets.

The online transmission of the films and even the supporting program in real time, including a 360-degree stream in even better quality, can make films an impressive experience for everyone.


Everyone has the right to participate in cultural life. That is our big why, our mission.
According to this principle, the 20th International Short Film Festival Detmold offers „short films for everyone“. As both the site and selected film-blocks are barrier-free, everyone is able to take part in the art.

For 6 years now, many films have been provided with subtitles for the deaf and audio descriptions for the visually impaired.


In addition to the short films, we’re offering a fine selection of art and music.

Everyone is invited to do networking and exchange ideas with associations and institutions alike, active in the field of inclusion.

International Competition

Music videos

North Rhine-Westphalia Competition

We accept:

Independent short films by professionals and upcoming filmmakers.

Submission can be of any genre: Fiction, documentary, animation, art-house, children and teen, music videos and beyond.

We are also open to entries from related artistic fields, such as installations and performances for the festival venue.

For this year, we are looking for especially new media artworks for the festivals' exhibition.


Maximum runtime: 10 minutes
Completed entry form
English subtitles (also for films with English dialogues)
Two film stills (.jpeg)
A portre of the director (.jpeg)

Rules and Terms:

Your submission implies that you have the legal right to represent and submit the film for consideration, along with your acceptance of ISFF Detmold regulations.

All films are required to have English subtitles.

To submit a film, you must have created the project yourself, own the rights or have permission from the owner of the content to submit the film. We do not send out any personal tickets. All invitees‘ names will be on the list at our ticket desk. Any purchased tickets will also be on this list.

Overall Rating
  • Lea Haufler

    A very nice festival made by very nice people! The networking and getting together there was super fun and very laid-back, which made it very easy to connect. The curation of the festival itself could be a little bit higher quality, but there were also a lot of great short films that I've seen there and it's very diverse.

    February 2024
  • Arne Körner

    Very enthusiastic crew. Good programming and nice people!

    September 2023
  • Jonathan Brunner

    Unfortunately I could attend in person, but the communication was great! Must be a great festival to go to :)

    September 2023
  • I enjoyed every moment to be at the International Short Film Festival Detmold. Well organized event, good communications a very symptomatic festival. I saw many good films in Detmold. Hope to come back at one time.

    September 2023
  • Maria Naidyonova

    Thank you! I had a fantastic time at the festival!🔥

    September 2023