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 19th 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 18th 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 5 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

Music videos

We accept:

Independent short films by professionals and upcoming filmmakers.

Submission can be of any genre: 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
  • It was great as always, being part of the festival for about 8 years and connecting with filmmakers, festival makers and audience as well.

    December 2022
  • Thank you so much

    I cant wait for next year

    December 2022
  • The festival is located in a very interesting little town and the screenings had good attendance. The team was able to provide accommodation for many visiting filmmakers so it was a good networking opportunity as well. The program itself had a lot of filler content which could be improved, but there were some great films in there as well.

    September 2022
  • The whole team of the ISFF Detmold was so sweet and kind. A such pleasure and to be part of this event, it was a real moment of sharing about cinema, art and creative people ! I couldn't recommend enough this festival and its crew ! Thank you !

    August 2022
  • Christoph Theiler

    Was very happy to be part of the festival

    August 2022