Obscura Filmfestival

We are a young team of enthusiastic film fans, long familiar with the scene. Our team leader, David Ghane, an avid movie collector, has been visiting 7 to 13 film festivals a year since 2004, sometimes volunteering there, and has himself appeared in horror movies.

We have made it our business to provide a platform for those movies which by their particular nature have it difficult in Germany. Many festivals are drifting more and more into the Arthouse track. Those who are bored with that will find what they are looking for here, as we go back to the roots of the genre. This festival is ideal for those who - like us - love offbeat, trashy, raunchy Underground Grindhouse cinema, who don't feel represented by the current local offer, but who don't want to drive endless kilometers to another city to get their fix.

At every Obscura Filmfest we present dozens of films that represent the different facets of fantastic cinema.

Highlights of past festival editions include the german premieres of the argentinian Fantasy Sci Fi Cyberpunk Actionfilm "Daemonium", the Backwoods films "What the Waters Left Behind", "Drifter" and "Escape from Cannibal Farm" as well as the international premiere of another Genre Hybrid "Chicago Rot", which is also a great mashup of Fantasy, Sci Fi, Cyberpunk, Gore and even Crime.
Another Highlight was the crazy japanese Splatterfest "Kodoku - Meatball Machine" which had an extensive festival history including the biggest festivals of its kind. Hanover had the honour to present the german premiere of "Trauma", an ultra violent Exploitationfilm from Chile.

More information incl. an archive on the new and old websites:

Awards & Prizes
Audience Award Best Short and Feature Film

Rules & Terms
The 4. Obscura Filmfestival Berlin takes place between the 02.11.2018 and the 04.11.2018 in the Union cinema in Berlin.

The following genres are accepted at the Obscura Filmfestival:

Action, horror, thriller, science fiction, fantasy, adventure and adult oriented obscure little weird movies which still have to have a fantastic genre element in it.

No Arthouse films/documentaries/music videos are accepted, only fictional films with the above genres.

Movies that are neither in German nor English language must have English subtitles. All films should be from the years 2017 & 2018. Feature films should not yet have been shown in Germany, Short films may have be shown before but should not be available on the Internet (Vimeo, Youtube).

Movies can be submitted offline as a DVD / Blu-Ray (region free), online as a video file on PC or as a Vimeo / Youtube link until the 02.09.2018. The submission fee is 8, 12, 16 US$ per film, the festival does not pay any screening or KDM fees. The submission fee is not refundable.

The address for offline movie submissions is:

David Ghane
Obscura Filmfest
Manteuffelstr. 11
12103 Berlin

Online submissions via email to obscura (at) gmx.net.

If the film is not listed on the IMDB page, please provide the following details when submitting: Film title, genre, running length, language, production country, production year, production company, previous festival participations.

Movie selection
The filmmakers will be informed about the participation of their films by the 23.09.2018. Once a film has been accepted into the official festival program from both sides it can no longer be withdrawn. This also holds if the rights have been sold to a German label or a (different) World Sales in the meantime.

In addition, the author agrees that the festival can use up to 10 seconds from the film or filmtrailer, as well as up to 5 pictures / screenshots for promotional purposes for print material, website, social media channels, festival trailers, TV reports and press. The use extends to the period between the announcement of the film in the festival program until one week after the festival date.

All selected films are mentioned on the website and in the flyer with the following information: language, genre, running length, production year, production country, production company, one or more film stills, a self-written short description as well as excerpts from reviews. Afterwards the data migrates to the archive.

If a film is accepted then an exhibition copy must be provided until the 10.10.2018 in case the submitted screening copy is not suitable for cinema exhibition. Only films that have been positively tested in the cinema until that date will find their way into the program and the program brochure, which will be printed directly afterwards.

Should shipping costs arise, the submitter accepts the shipping charges to the festival and the filmfest the return shipping. Customs charges or any other costs incurred due to false declarations will not be accepted and will be billed to the sender.

Exhibition formats
The following formats are accepted:
Blu-Ray/DVD (region free)
mp4/mov (H.264, Pro Res) files (HD, Blu-Ray compatible)

Movies that are neither in German nor in English language must have English subtitles, burned directly into the picture is preferred, and not in the black bars of Cinemascope titles.

The films selected for the festival program will be shown exactly one time at the Obscura Filmfestival.
The participants assure that they have all necessary rights for the exhibition of their films and that they are transferred to the filmfest for the time being. They assure that the screenings of their films do not infringe on any copyright or performance rights of third parties.
The audience votes for the best long and short film and the winner receives a trophy.
The festival runner reserves the right to allow exceptions in special and justified cases.


Films from the Washington Film Festival screening at the World Film Fair

Director: Brendan Petersen
Director: Zoe Kavanagh