In 2013, OFF were rewarded a very prestigious title in the film business. OFF was acknowledged as Denmark’s first Oscar qualifying film festival. This meant we could send the winners from our Main Competition and Danish Competition straight to the pre-jury of the Academy Awards in Hollywood. In 2015, we were given yet another Oscar qualifying category; the Animation Competition, and as the latest, the winner of the Documentary Competition was also sent to the Oscar selection in 2018. Gladly we can send all winners of our short film competitions to the prestigious Oscar Committee.
However, OFF is for all lovers of the cinema. That is why, in collaboration with Fyens Stiftstidende, we give out the Audience Award as well, which is given to the film, who receives the most votes from the audience. We also have a ‘Youth Jury Award’. In this category, the nominated films are judged by a youth jury consisting of an 8th grade class from one of the local schools, who receive training in what to look for, when judging films. Last, but not least, we award the two best pitches in the ‘Pitch Me Baby’ competition with economic support to bring their film to a reality.
A total of 14 awards are awarded the very best films at the OFF Award show.