The ISFF Detmold celebrates high-quality films by up-and-coming innovative filmmakers from all around the globe. Every year, we receive more than 3,000 short film submissions from about 80 countries. The festival focuses on non-commercial short films: Documentary, animated, experimental and fiction films.

After the short film festival was held hybrid for the first time last year, in the town hall of Detmold as well as online, the principle is to be continued this year. 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. For two years now, many films have been provided with subtitles for the deaf and audio descriptions for the visually impaired.


Everyone has the right to participate in cultural life. That is our big why, our mission.
According to this principle, the 17th 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


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.

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.