Berlinale: Regulations Berlinale Shorts

Berlinale Shorts Regulations

Online submission for 2017 will be activated in early September.

Please note that all information currently given on these pages refers to the Berlinale 2016 and is supposed to offer a general insight into film entry procedures.

1 – Aims

The short film as an art form and springboard for young talent is an established tradition at the Berlinale and enjoys high priority. This section shows all genres and types of short films; it is a showcase for the kind of new directions in filmmaking that often make their first appearance in short films. In order to give this special format the attention it deserves, no formal restrictions are imposed. Following the screenings, discussions with the filmmakers serve to establish ties between the public and the artists and provide ample space for communication.

For short films in the section Generation, the specific regulations of that section apply.

2 – Eligibility

World premieres are given priority.
German films have to be world premieres.

Eligible for the Berlinale Shorts competition are fiction, documentary, experimental and animation films up to a maximum length of 30 minutes (including credits).

Accepted formats: DCP, QuickTime ProRes 422, HDCAM or 35mm (depending on the theatre), (other formats only upon request).
Date of completion: Within the 12 months prior to the Festival.

To be eligible

  • films must not have been screened at any festival or similar public event outside their country of origin prior to the Berlinale. Screening at national festivals or events with national focus in the country of origin does not preclude a film from selection.
  • films must not have been released commercially outside their country of origin.
  • films may not have been broadcast nor presented in the Internet / VOD

In case of international coproductions the main country of production will be considered as country of origin.

Films which have previously been submitted and viewed for Berlinale selection cannot apply a second time.

The Festival Director has the right to settle any cases not covered by the regulations.

All films have to be registered online at online film entry. The entry fee is € 60 and payment can be effected by credit card only (Visa, American Express, MasterCard) during the online submission process.
There are special conditions for film schools (please contact the programme organisation ).

The online application and the preview screener for the selection process must be received within the appropriate deadline (November 17, 2015)

3 – Selection and programming

Invitations for the films to participate in the Berlinale Shorts competition are extended by the Festival Director in agreement with the section’s curator.

Formats accepted for selection: DVD (region free / all regions), Blu-ray (region free / all regions) as well as DCP. For other formats please contact the section directly.
Detailed information on technical specifications can be found here (62 KB).

If you apply for several sections and your submission format is DVD / Blu-ray, you are kindly requested to send one screener per section. All screening material for selection should be sent to the following address:

Internationale Filmfestspiele Berlin
Film Office

Voxstraße 3
10785 Berlin
phone +49 30 25920-888
fax +49 30 25920-899

There is the possibility to upload a short film within the online film entry process. More information can be found at Infosheet Short Film Upload.

4 – Versions and subtitling

All films, including German-language films, are shown in their original version with English subtitles.

The producer is required to meet the costs of subtitling.

The original version is the version shown (or which will be shown) in the country of origin.

5 – The International jury

The jury comprises a minimum of three German and international personalities.

No person involved in the production or commercial exploitation of a selected film may serve on the jury.

The Festival Director or an authorised representative may be present during the jury’s deliberations but does not take part in the voting.

The jury members are sworn to secrecy. The jury’s discussions and ballots are strictly confidential, even after the end of the Festival.

6 – Awards

The International Jury is obliged to award the following prizes to short films in competition:

  • Golden Bear for Best Short Film
    The winner of the Golden Bear qualifies for being eligible for next year's short film Oscar®.
  • Silver Bear Jury Prize (Short Film)
  • Audi Short Film Award, endowed with € 20,000, enabled by Audi

The jury also appoints the Berlin Short Film Nominee for the European Film Awards.

For any further questions please consult the General Regulations of the Berlin International Film Festival.

Internationale Filmfestspiele Berlin
Programme Organisation
Potsdamer Straße 5
10785 Berlin
phone +49 30 25920-444
fax +49 30 25920-499


Internationale Filmfestspiele Berlin
Programme Organisation
Potsdamer Straße 5
10785 Berlin
phone +49 30 25920-444
fax +49 30 25920-499