The Filmfestival Münster is an event organised by the Filmwerkstatt Münster (Muenster Filmgruppe e.V.). It takes place every second year — in the autumn of odd numbered years (i.e. 2001, 2003, etc.). The oldest competitive film festival in the Westphalia region started in 1981 and was called Filmzwerge — Tage des unabhängigen Films (Short films — the days of independent film). Even though the name and concept of the festival has changed over the years, the competition of German-language short films remains the centrepiece of the festival.