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 35.000 DKK (€4.700). This award is Oscar qualifying.
The Storyteller Award: Prize of 15.000 DKK (€2000).
The Artist Award: Prize of 15.000 (€2000).

Danish Competition:
Best Danish Short Film: Prize of 20.000 DKK (€2700). This award is Oscar qualifying.
The Talent Award: Prize of 15.000 (€2000).

Animation Competition:
Børge Ring Award: Prize of 15.000 DKK (€2000). This award is Oscar qualifying.
Animation Talent Award: Prize of 10.000 (€1350). Only Danish animators can be considered for this award.

Documentary Competition:
Best Documentary Short: Prize of 15.000 (€2000). This award is Oscar qualifying.
The Soapbox Award: Prize of 10.000 (€1350).

Youth Jury Competition:
The Youth Jury Award: Prize of 10.000 (€1350).

Audience Competition:
Audience Award.

European Film Awards:
A jury at OFF21 will select a film from one of the competitions to be qualified for an EFA Award.

WHY PLASTIC? Short Films
Special competition for OFF21 in collaboration with the multi award winning, non-profit media organization, THE WHY Foundation. Films in this competition must focus on the topic of plastic within the following themes:
1st prize: Prize of €2500, 2nd prize: Prize of €1250, 3rd prize: Prize of €500.

Be aware of the additional/special rules and terms for WHY PLASTIC? Short Films, which differ from the rules and terms for the Main, Danish, Animation and Documentary competitions.

1. Deadline 1st of April 2021
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

Additional/special rules and terms for WHY PLASTIC? Short Films:
1. Deadline 1st of June 2021
2. No submission fee if you ONLY submit to this competition. If you wish to submit your film for other categories, you have to pay the regular submission fee.
OBS: Deadline for all other competitions at OFF is 1st of April 2021.

1. All genres are welcome
2. Maximum length 30 minutes (24/25 frames per second)
3. Completed in 2020 or 2021
4. Films can only be submitted once – no resubmissions from previous editions
5. Premiere not required
6. Online digital submission only. 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 must have English subtitles also when the spoken language is English
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

Additional/special rules and terms for WHY PLASTIC? Short Films:
1. Maximum length 2 minutes (24/25 frames per second)

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 2021
2. Entrants will be notified of the selection results no later than 26th of May 2021

Special rules and terms for WHY PLASTIC? Short Films:
1. Final selection screenings in June 2021
2. Entrants will be notified of the selection results no later than 1st of July 2021
3. It is important that the films are factual, and the organizers may fact check submitted films.

1. Upload of cinema screening format no later than June 2021
2. An e-mail specifying the technical requirements for cinema screening and a link for upload will be sent out
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. Selected films may be considered for any award at OFF
6. All film and music rights and clearances must have been obtained by the filmmakers (in accordance with copyright laws)
7. You cannot withdraw your film from OFF after selection by the OFF-selection committee
8. OFF is authorized to screen winning films from OFF21 as part of a Best of OFF21-tour in selected cities in Denmark

Additional/special rules and terms for WHY PLASTIC? Short Films:
1. Upload of cinema screening format no later than 1st of August 2021
2. The films are to be part of the global impact campaign "WHY PLASTIC?", starting in October 2021. You can find more information about this campaign on their website:

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.

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 six competition programmes.

Overall Rating
  • Sia Søndergaard

    Odense International Film Festival is fantastic!

    November 2020
  • Benoît Verdier

    Amazing and great Festival!

    A wonderful team!

    September 2020
  • Темир Бирназаров

    Very good fedtival. I received Storyteller award for my shortfilm "On the boat". Thanks a lot)

    September 2020
  • Great festival, very well organized and the best award show I´ve been to! Besides that Odense is a beautiful city and I hope more of my films gets selected to OFF so I can revisit this Danish pearl.

    September 2020
  • Mihai Dragolea

    Great movie selection, great team! I enjoyed myself a lot and the screening of my short documentary was flawless sound and video wise. There are a lot of pannels and discussions, Odense is a city where you can get together with other professionals easily and establish new connections. Thanks Odense!

    September 2020