The Oberhausen Seminar 2015

Oberhausen, 6 November, 2014

Open Call for Applications

The second Oberhausen Seminar on contemporary artists’ moving image practice

61st International Short Film Festival Oberhausen, 30 April – 5 May 2015

The International Short Film Festival Oberhausen, in conjunction with LUX (London) and The Robert Flaherty Film Seminar (New York), is organising the second Oberhausen Seminar, which will be held during the 61st International Short Film Festival Oberhausen (30 April to 5 May, 2015). The Oberhausen Seminar is designed for international practitioners who work with moving images. Applications will be accepted now, the deadline for applications is 1 February, 2015.

The Oberhausen Seminar is an experimental course designed to explore contemporary artists’ moving image practice in the context of a renowned international film festival. International practitioners from various fields – artists and filmmakers, curators and researchers who work with the moving image – will use the Oberhausen Festival as a laboratory to discuss ideas in the curation of contemporary moving image media, the infrastructures which allow them to circulate, and the critical frames used to analyse them.

The second edition will be led by Chi-hui Yang, a film programmer, lecturer and writer based in New York. Yang sits on the selection committee for MoMA’s Documentary Fortnight and is the president of the board of directors of the Flaherty Film Seminar. From 2000 to 2010 he was the Director of the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival. Yang is also the programmer of “Cinema Asian American”, an on-demand service offered by Comcast in the US, a Visiting Scholar at New York University’s Asian/Pacific/American Institute and an adjunct professor at Hunter College and Columbia University.

Opinions of participants of the first Oberhausen Seminar:

“I loved the entire framework of a seminar engaging in the festival together. I particularly liked Oberhausen, the setting.”

“Meeting filmmakers was a great idea. The diverse range of filmmakers, curators, and academics was nice and rare.”

Deadline for applications: 1 February, 2015
Seminar fee: Euro 200
E-mail for enquiries:

Seminar fees cover all Seminar sessions, a Festival pass, and refreshments and lunch for the festival period (6 days). All Seminar activities will take place in English. A maximum of 30 applications will be selected.

The organisers:

The International Short Film Festival Oberhausen, founded in 1954, is one of the oldest short film festivals in the world and one of the major international platforms for the short form. Oberhausen is known for its prestigious competition programmes and extensive thematic programmes. In addition, the festival offers visitors a well-equipped Video Library, operates a non-commercial short film distribution service and owns an archive of short films from over 60 years of film history.

LUX is a public arts agency based in London that exists to support and promote artists’ moving image work, through distribution, exhibition, education, publishing and research. The particular focus of LUX is visual arts-based moving image work – a definition which includes experimental film, video art, installation art, performance art, personal documentary, essay films and animation, and is inclusive both in terms of context and critical discourse.

The annual Robert Flaherty Film Seminar, founded in 1955, provides media makers, users, teachers and students an opportunity to confront the core of the creative process, reaffirm the freedom of the independent artist to explore beyond known limits and renew the challenge to discover.

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