OFF is Denmark’s most courageous and most adventurous short film festival. We always offer a varied and experimenting film programme garnered with thought-provoking off-screen experiences, debates, workshops, concerts and much more.

Every year in August, film enthusiasts from all over the world have the opportunity of catching an exceptional selection of Danish and international short films in Odense that would otherwise never reach the big screen.

Main Competition:
The H.C. Andersen Award (Oscar qualifying)
The Storyteller Award
The Artist Award

Danish Competition:
Best Danish Short Film (Oscar qualifying)
The Talent Award
Best Danish Actor Award

Animation Competition:
Børge Ring Award (Oscar qualifying)
Animation Talent Award (Only Danish animators can be considered for this award)

Documentary Competition:
Best Documentary Short (Oscar qualifying)
The Soapbox Award

Youth Jury Competition:
The Youth Jury Award

Audience Competition:
Audience Award

European Film Awards:
A jury will select a film from one of the competitions to be qualified for an EFA Award.

1. Deadline 1st of April 2023
2. Submission must be done via
3. Early-bird deadline 1st of January: 10 Euro/film
4. Regular deadline 15th of March: 15 Euro/film
5. Late deadline 1st of April: 20 Euro/film
6. NO waivers or refunds

1. All genres are welcome
2. Maximum length 30 minutes (24/25 frames per second)
3. Completed in 2022 or 2023
4. Work in progress is accepted (Final cut, but missing elements in post-production such as mix or grading is accepted).
5. Films can only be submitted once – no resubmissions from previous editions
6. Premiere not required
7. Online digital submission only. Films for pre-screening must be uploaded via FilmFreeway.
8. Low-quality copies are accepted for selection screening, but cinema screening formats must be high-quality – HD 720p or above
9. All films must have English subtitles also when the spoken language is English
10. No promotional films (e.g. educational, industrial, advertising, tourist films etc.)
11. Please be sure that you have all rights, concerning thirds parties, needed in order to participate at OFF

The organizers will appoint a selection committee that will be in charge of the final selection for the competition. The organizers may also authorize persons, whom they consider competent, to pre-select films for the selection committee or directly to the competition.
1. Final selection screenings in April 2023
2. Entrants will be notified of the selection results no later than the 17th of May 2023

1. Upload of cinema screening format no later than June 2023
2. An e-mail specifying the technical requirements for cinema screening and a link for upload will be sent out. We accept ProRes 422, 422HQ and H264 file formats and 5.1 surround sound. Unfortunately we cannot screen DCP formats.
3. ALL films with dialogue must have hardcoded English subtitles. Also if the spoken language is English.
4. OFF is authorized to use a short excerpt (max. 2 minutes) of the film in a radio, TV or video programme presenting OFF - Odense International Film Festival
5. OFF is authorized to screen the film at, for a period of two weeks as a part of OFF23. OFFStream will be geo-blocked and limited to streaming in Denmark and all films will be password protected behind a payment wall.
6. Selected films may be considered for any award at OFF
7. All film and music rights and clearances must have been obtained by the filmmakers (in accordance with copyright laws)
8. You cannot withdraw your film from OFF after selection by the OFF-selection committee
9. OFF is authorized to screen winning films from OFF23 as part of a Best of OFF23-tour in selected cities in Denmark
10. Selected, Danish films will be screened on FilmFreeway before the festival by the Danish Film Academy as selection of the nominated short films for the Robert prize (Short fiction/Animation)

1. All screenings at OFF will be distributed directly from a central secure server to the various cinema platforms.
2. The Festival reserves the right to refuse or cancel the screening of any film if advised by authorized technicians that the film is not of sufficient quality to ensure satisfactory public screening.
3. OFF does not offer a screening fee for selected films

1. The organizers will nominate an international jury, a national jury, an animation jury, and a documentary jury all consisting of three members, as well as a youth jury
2. The juries will award prizes to films in the festival’s five competition programmes.

Overall Rating
  • This is hands down the BEST film festival I have ever been to! Incredibly well organised, run, and attended. Our film THE STUPID BOY screened 7 times in the week and every time to a packed auditorium, which was the same for all the other screenings. Thousands of people. Really strong selection and so well hosted. The entire city of Odense are invested in the festival and all turn up for screenings and events so it’s a real buzz everywhere you go. And their awards event is legit, with a packed theatre, drinks, awards presentations, live performances. It felt so special to be there and I will be doing everything I can to come back again. Very grateful too that we won the Audience Award and the Youth Jury award, although we were already so pleased to have attended and met so many brilliant filmmakers and had some fun times. Sincere thanks Birgitte and the entire, amazing OFF team.

    October 2022
  • Emma Ishøy

    Wonderful festival! Thank you for showing my 'EVA - a visual essay on the female body' all week!

    October 2022
  • Seren Sahin

    We were nominated with our short film "Killing Bagheera". A great festival that is very organized. The festival team took wonderful care of us in Odense. The awards evening was heavenly. Thank you for a great time and great communication.

    October 2022
  • NICE to be there again

    September 2022
  • Anders Wilhelmsson

    Very well organized event with true love for the short film format!

    September 2022