Films from North Rhine-Westphalia can be submitted free of charge:

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

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

The short film festival will held hybrid for the third 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 4 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.


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
  • Great Festival! Super organization, outstanding selection of movies and a fantastic opportunity to meet filmmakers from all over the world.

    December 2021
  • Nathan Ceddia

    A+++ fantastic festival with great people

    November 2021
  • David-Jonas Frei

    A really nice short film festival, perfect to get to know the nice and old town and the friendly people from all over the world.

    November 2021
  • Amazing communication. Very friendly, loved the opportunities they provided to introduce my film but unfortunately due to ill health I was unable to be as active a participant.

    November 2021
  • Nobin Kurian

    one of the best short film fests ever

    November 2021