With its selection of radically distinctive styles, the Berlinale Shorts competition sets the trends for the art house cinema of tomorrow. The short form is the wild heartbeat alongside the feature-length film competition.
The Berlinale Shorts competition presents world and international premieres which compete for the Golden and Silver Bears as well as the €20,000 Audi Short Film Award and a nomination in the European Short Film category at the European Film Awards. The Golden Bear grants the winning film the right to compete for a short film Oscar®.
The programme reflects the unique qualities of the short form: radically and unrestrainedly addressing aesthetic, social and political issues, being the seismograph of a critical engagement with the present, and giving the film auteurs of tomorrow room for experimentation. Berlinale Shorts presents both renowned contemporary artists and filmmakers and young talents on the brink of being discovered. In her selection of the competition films, the curator is advised by an international selection committee.
Every year, the section also screens film classics which relate to current topics and tendencies in cinematic art, placing the programme in a wider cultural context. In the discursive "Notes on Cinema" events, political strategies are developed with the specific aim of anchoring the short form in society.
During the year, the section and its partners Zeit Online and Arte present a selection from the programme. In collaboration with local partners, Berlinale Shorts is present at festivals and events around the world throughout the year with Berlinale Spotlight programmes.