For all applications the General Guidelines for Film Submission and Participation apply.
For short films in the section Generation, the specific regulations of that section apply.
1 – Eligibility
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 or 35mm (depending on the theatre). Other formats only upon request.
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. Screenings at national festivals or events with national focus in the country of origin do 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 on the Internet / VOD
In case of international co-productions the main country of production will be considered as the country of origin.
- World premieres are preferred.
- German films must be world premieres (with the exception of submissions to Perspektive Deutsches Kino).
The Festival Director reserves the right to rule on any cases not provided for in these guidelines.
2 – 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.
3 – 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.