Berlinale Shorts Regulations

For all applications the General Guidelines for Film Submission and Participation apply.

1. Eligibility

Eligible for the Berlinale Shorts competition are fiction, documentary, animation, hybrid and experimental films, which fulfil the following criteria:

  • maximum length of 30 min (including credits).
  • have not participated at any international film festival. A presentation in the country of origin will be tolerated. A prior presentation at an online festival is permitted as long as the streamings were only accessible in the country of origin (geoblocking).
  • have not been broadcast nor presented on the Internet/VOD.
  • World premieres are preferred (general information on premiere status).
  • German films have to be World Premieres to be eligible for Berlinale Shorts

Accepted formats are: DCP or QuickTime ProRes. 35mm or other formats only upon request.

The Artistic Director of the festival 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 Artistic Director of the festival 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.

Contact Programme Coordination

Linn Löffler
phone +49 30 25920-212