Around 30 films compete for the following awards in the Berlinale Shorts section:
- 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 Berlin Short Film Nominee for the European Film Awards
The winning film is awarded the Berlin nomination for the
European Film Academy Short Film.
The Berlinale Shorts International Jury consists of three filmmakers and artists with a working relationship to the short form. At home in multiple artistic and cultural fields, they each bring with them their own perspective on the way they view and evaluate the competing films: talented international directors, young artists and actors as well as short film curators and film academy directors award works that tread new cinematographic territory.
The prize winners of 2016 will be chosen by Sheikha Hoor Al-Qasimi (curator, director of the Sharjah Art Foundation), Katerina Gregos (curator, art historian) and Avi Mograbi (filmmaker).