The Open Art Short Film Festival's main objective is to build a prominent networking and artistic connection between talented independent filmmakers, screenwriters and film enthusiast.

The Open Art Short Film Festival is an annual event taking place on 8th and 9th October 2016. The occasion will be hosted at the Metropol Kunst Kino in Düsseldorf.

Not only one of the biggest media and advertising cities in the World but Düsseldorf is also one of the most cultural and creative places to visit. With a of Museums, fashion trade shows, music festival and the longest bar in the World, this city has art and culture running through it's veins. 

The festival will provide exposure and networking opportunities for filmmaking projects and creations. The OASFF provides a platform for independent new and old filmmakers and writers to launch their careers and share their creative talents.

Accolades will be awarded for the following disciplines. 
Best Writer
Best Director
Best Performance
Best Short Film
Best Fine Art Film
Best Music / Dance Film
Best Script / Concept
Audience Award
Jury Award

1: All films screening are also eligible for an Audience Award in their respected categories. Award winners are announced within one week following the Festival. The Audience Award is based solely on audience voting at the film’s screening(s). Short Films that have played in Düsseldorf  in a theatrical setting to a public audience prior to September 13, 2016 are not eligible to be screened at the Open Art Film Festival. This includes Shorts nights or other festivals.  We prefer shorts be Düsseldorf and Open Art Festival premiers.

2: Any submitted film must no shorter than 3 minutes and no longer than 40 minutes.  There will be no exceptions to this rule. 

3: When submitting a film please  ensure whether or not to enter the film is placed into the correct genre category, so the film will be watched with that in mind. The Open Art Film Festival reserves the right to switch the entry category to fit programming needs and interests and films WILL NOT BE penalized for the original submission selection.

4: Once an entry payment has been processed we cannot provide a refund. If a payment is disputed, the account holder may be subject to any fees

5: You MUST include your physical address in your submission form entry and in your cover letter. Please do not submit a film without giving us your address, which we need for our records.

6: Please include in your cover letter if your film was NRW (Nord Rhein Westfallen) and if so, the name of the city. (include locations) We offer a special NRW which your film may be eligible and we don’t want to miss your film!

7: All foreign language films MUST have English subtitles. 

8: All submissions MUST be in PAL format. 

9: Please send a screening copy of the film in DVD format, playable on standard DVD players.  DO NOT send press kits or fancy cases (we just throw those away ). 

10: DO send your synopsis and, if desired, a cover letter introducing you/your film. 

11: DVDs will not be returned under any circumstances.  

12:For every film submitted there will be a 25,00- Euro fee. When this has been received we will confirm your presentation at the Open Art Short Film Festival 2016.  

13: The submission fee is not refundable in any circumstances.

Overall Rating
  • 'The Story of 90 Coins' is proud to be part of this small yet cosy short film festival, having obtained the 1st prize Best Cinematography, 2nd prize Best Director and Official Selection short film accolades. Great looking certificates to adorn my studio wall!

    January 2017
  • Double Take - Cinematic Circus

    I cannot give a proper rating on hospitality, quality, nor networking as I was unfortunately unable to physically attend the festival, however, any questions and/or concerns I had, the festival was on point with responding and communicating with me; and in a rather timely fashion. The festival brochure was elegant and displayed my film nicely, which was good to see. Overall, the Open Art Short Film Festival seemed to be a nice festival and I was honored to be accepted into it. I recommend it!

    November 2016
  • While the overall quality of the selected films where really good and all in all I enjoyed my time at the festival, I was really p***** off when I found out (by accident!) that the screening of my film was the day before due to some program changes nobody told me about. Please (!) don't change the program of an international festival last minute. Some people were travailing quite a while to get to this festival and it's an huge disappointment, when you miss your own film.

    October 2016
  • Dor Cohen

    Open Art Short Film Festival was a blast! Communication with Colin was great and he answered all of my questions before the Festival, and I really commend his mission to introduce artists from different professions and walks of life with his 'Open Art Surgery' project. I believe that this festival, already awesome this year, can only get better next year so I'd really recommend you to send your film to it!

    The festival was at a really cozy small 'kino' in Dusseldorf, and the selection was really nice. Personally I'd have either stretched the festival over another day or had less films, or shorter blocks to have more time to stretch and break, but Colin's excitement about showing so many great films really made you forget all that. It was really great talking to him, the judges and the other artists that arrived (even those that didn't have a film in the festival) too! I really felt welcomed and appreciated even though Scraps is my team and mine's first short film. One of the judges even told me to send him my CV so he can talk with some friends of his and see if they need any animators! So there was definitely something to be gained by attending, except of all the great chats, the laughs, the great movie, the cozy Kino and all :D

    The cinema's Air-Con was a bit dry so my eyes did end up hurting after a long time of watching films but yea I think that next time just making blocks shorter will fix it! For some I'd even just give 5 minutes break between the longer films (the 15-20min ones etc.). Especially between 6-7pm some time to grab dinner would have been nice - I had to leave in the middle of a block because my friend and I were really hungry.

    But again, to conclude, this festival was a blast! I had a great time and next year it can only get better! Colin Sinclair is also one awesome guy and it was great participating in his festival, and contributing to his Open Art Surgery mission!

    October 2016