International premieres are required. 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: 35mm, HDCAM, QuickTime ProRes 422 LT (other formats 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 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
- German productions may not have been presented publically prior to the Festival.
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 € 50 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 email@example.com)