Around 30 films compete for the following awards in the Berlinale Shorts section:
- the Golden Bear for the Best Short Film
- the Jury Prize (Silver Bear)
- 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 DAAD Short Film Prize
The award goes to an artistically distinctive and visually avant-garde film and it comes with a three month Berlin scholarship for the director from the DAAD Artists-In-Berlin Programme.
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.