Competition Categories

The short film is a genre as multifaced as ever! Expect butterflies in your stomach but also brace yourself for an unwavering stare into the pits of human existence.

The number of short film in this competition varies and consists of 60-75 international and Danish film. After a thorough viewing they are chosen from a field of over 2,500 short film; firstly by a pre-jury and secondly by a selection jury, who chose the film with the biggest OFF-feel. The chosen short films are shown during the festival and by the end of the festival week the jury of the main competition hands out three awards; H.C.A. Award, Storyteller Award, and Artist Award.
*Notice that all film in the main competition are unsuitable for children.

Danish short film is alive and kicking. Don’t take our word for it: See for yourself in this competition.
It is a difficult task for the jury to pick our and chose the best short film form Denmark. Some of the films also compete against international film in the main competition.
In this competition the following awards are handed out: Best Danish Short Film and the Talent Award.
In addition, the Danish Film Academy has shortlisted the films in this selection for their Robert award, also known as the Danish Academy Award.

At OFF, we know animation. From exclusively screening animated films between 1975 and 1983, OFF has since expanded its definition of a short film to include all genres. Audiences are in for a stunning sensory overload with pieces of creative madness from international and Danish animators.

In this competition, the Danish Animation Society (ANIS) chooses the animation jury, who hands out the awards: Børge Ring Award and the Talent Award.

This competition category was added to the festival in 2018 and is the place to get your fix of undiluted documentary screenings. We feature documentaries that make full use of their platform given to enlighten their audience, either by bringing forth a new, important subject or point-of-view, or giving an existing discussion new light.

We know the long documentary from TV, but the short version is still very unknown to many people. The short documentary can be very intense and it introduces the audience to parts of the world, which one would seldom (or never) otherwise experience. During less than 30 minutes the audience has the opportunity to visit areas of the world, they didn’t knew existed, they get to meet people with strange personalities, or to simply experience a slice of life, depicted in unusual ways.
In this competition two awards are handed out: Best Short Documentary and the Soapbox Award.

Short film have a lot of great qualities, one of them being the ability to broaden the mind and start a conversation. This competition show short film made with young audiences especially in mind.
Every year the jury for the youth competition is a specially chosen, local school class with children in the age of 14-16. Their job is to choose the best youth short film across all of the competitions.
*All film suited for young audiences ages 14 and up.

The ‘Pitch Me Baby’ competition is a live pitch competition for Danish filmmakers. The Danish Film Directors/ Danish Writers Guild award a DKK 35,000 scholarship to the person who most persuasively can pitch their short film idea in front of a jury and an audience. Contestants only have an intense five minutes to present their idea. When the presentation is over, the jury will probe and prod the contestant for 15 minutes with shrewd questions to test the validity of the project.