The Oberhausen Short Film Days is an important annual film festival for several reasons. It is a hotspot for upcoming directors to find an audience before they have made it big. Roman Polanski and Win Wenders both debuted here in their younger days. The festival is also important because it provides an audience for amazing films that are considered too bizarre or unmarketable for major theaters. Every year, the films are connected with a series of themes based on genre, content, and style. There are also highly competitive competitions for best film in several categories.