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: Prize of €4.700. This award is Oscar qualifying.
The Storyteller Award: Prize of €2000.
The Artist Award: Prize of €2000.

Danish Competition:
Best Danish Short Film: Prize of €3300. This award is qualifying.
The Talent Award: Prize of €2000.
Best Acting Performance.

Animation Competition:
Børge Ring Award: Prize of €2000. This award is Oscar qualifying.
Animation Talent Award: Prize of €1350. Only Danish animators can be considered for this award.

Documentary Competition:
Best Documentary Short: Prize of €2000. This award is Oscar qualifying.
The Soapbox Award: Prize of €1350.

Youth Jury Competition:
The Youth Jury Award: Prize of €2000.

Audience Competition:
TV 2/Fyn Audience Award.

European Film Awards:
A jury at OFF19 will select a film from one of the competitions to be qualified for an EFA Award.

1. All genres
2. Maximum length 30.00 minutes (24/25 frames per second)
3. Completed in 2018 or 2019
4. Films can only be submitted once – no resubmissions from previous editions
5. Premiere not required
6. Online digital submission. Films for pre-screening must be uploaded via Filmfreeway
7. Low-quality copies are accepted for selection screening, but cinema screening formats must be high-quality – HD 720p or above
8. ALL films in competition with dialogue must have hardcoded English subtitles. A pre-screening version of a film in Danish or English can be submitted without subtitles
9. No promotional films (e.g. educational, industrial, advertising, tourist films etc.)
10. Please be sure that you have all rights, concerning thirds parties, needed in order to participate at OFF

1. Deadline 1st of April 2019
2. Submission must be done via
3. Early-bird deadline 4th of January to 19th of February: 10 $/film
4. Regular deadline 20th of February to 19th of March: 15 $/film
5. Late deadline 20th of March to 1st of April: 22 $/film
6. NO waivers or refunds

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 2019
2. Entrants will be notified of the selection results no later than May 2019

1. Upload of cinema screening format no later than June 2019
2. An e-mail specifying the technical requirements for cinema screening and a link for upload will be sent out
3. OFF is authorized to a short excerpt (max. 3 minutes) of my film being included in a radio, TV or video programme presenting Odense International Film Festival
4. Selected films may be considered for any award at OFF
5. All film and music rights and clearances must have been obtained by the filmmakers (in accordance with copyright laws)
6. You cannot withdraw your film from OFF after selection by the OFF-selection committee
7. OFF is authorized to screen winning films from OFF19 as part of a Best of OFF19-tour in selected cities in Denmark

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 be not of sufficient quality to ensure satisfactory public screening.

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
  • A very good festival with a lot of filmmakers with good shorts and a good vibe.

    September 2018
  • Christian Einshøj

    The coziest, most unpretentious(but still prestigious), family dinner-like cineast party where everyone is your friend and everyone loves film.

    September 2018
  • Paula Gustafsson

    Very engaged, professional, heartfelt, well organized and lovely festival with great staff, many filmmaker guests from around the world and great programme.

    September 2018
  • I can only recommend this festival! It's absolutely perfect!

    September 2018
  • Andrés Passoni

    I couldn't go but from what I saw it's a great festival and I was very happy that my work was screened in this festival.

    October 2017