Welcome to the Film Entry

In order to submit a film to the Berlinale you have to send the film and the completed film entry online form to the festival before the given deadline. The festival does not consider film entries for which the selection screeners have not been submitted within the deadline. A film entry is only possible with a personal account and using the online registration form below.

In any case, the festival asks you to carefully read its General Guidelines for Submission and Participation as well as the additional special regulations of the individual sections. Please find below an overview of the most important requirements.

Deadlines

for the receipt of entry forms and screeners

Feature-length films: Nov 02, 2022
Short films: Nov 16, 2022
Series: Nov 23, 2022

  • Submission: In order to be admitted to the selection, both the online entry form and the selection screener must have been received by the Berlinale within the deadlines mentioned below. A successfully completed film entry does not automatically mean the inclusion of the film in the festival programme.
  • Deadline for submission: November 02, 2022 for feature-length films / November 16, 2022 for short films / November 23, 2022 for series
  • Processing fee: €175 feature-length films and series / €75 short films (regardless of the number of sections you apply for)
  • Date of completion: Within the 12 months prior to the festival. Re-submissions are not eligible.
  • Premiere Status: world premieres are given priority, however, the sections have different requirements (see sections overview).
  • Categories: all sections accept fiction films, documentary forms, animation as well as experimental films but no industry films or commercials.
  • Accepted formats for selection: file upload or DCP. See technical specifications.
  • Formats for festival presentation: DCP or QuickTime ProRes. 35mm and other formats only upon request. See technical specifications.
Section Running time incl. credits Premiere Status
Minimum Requirement

(world premieres are preferred)
Awards
Competition
(Regulations)
min. 60' International premiere
(German productions and co-productions have to be world premieres)
Golden Bear, Silver Bears, GWFF Best First Feature Award, Berlinale Documentary Award, Prize of the Ecumenical Jury, Prize of the FIPRESCI Jury, Guild Film Prize, Teddy Awards, Peace Film Prize, Amnesty International Film Award, Berliner Morgenpost Readers' Jury Award
Encounters
(Regulations)
min. 60' International premiere
(German productions and co-productions have to be world premieres)
Best Film, Special Jury Award, Best Director, GWFF Best First Feature Award, Berlinale Documentary Award, Prize of the FIPRESCI Jury, Tagesspiegel Readers’ Jury Award, Teddy Awards, Peace Film Prize, Amnesty International Film Award
Berlinale Shorts
(Regulations)
max. 30' International premiere
(German productions and co-productions have to be world premieres)
Golden Bear, Silver Bear, Berlin EFA Nominee, Teddy Award
Panorama
(Regulations)
min. 60' European premiere GWFF Best First Feature Award, Berlinale Documentary Award, Panorama Audience Awards, Prize of the Ecumenical Jury, Prize of the FIPRESCI Jury, CICAE Art Cinema Award, Label Europa Cinemas, Teddy Awards, Peace Film Prize, Amnesty International Film Award
Forum
(Regulations)
min. 60' European premiere GWFF Best First Feature Award, Berlinale Documentary Award, Prize of the Ecumenical Jury, Prize of the FIPRESCI Jury, CICAE Art Cinema Award, Teddy Awards, Caligari Film Prize, Peace Film Prize, Amnesty International Film Award
Generation
(Regulations)
max. 20' (short films)
min. 60' (feature films)
European premiere Crystal Bears, Awards of the Generation International Juries, GWFF Best First Feature Award, Berlinale Documentary Award, Teddy Awards, Peace Film Prize, Amnesty International Film Award
Perspektive Deutsches Kino
(Regulations)
min. 30' German premiere /
No theatrical release prior to the festival
Compass-Perspektive-Award, Kompagnon-Fellowship, Heiner Carow Prize, GWFF Best First Feature Award, Berlinale Documentary Award, Teddy Awards, Peace Film Prize, Amnesty International Film Award
Berlinale Series
(Regulations)
Series must consist of four or more episodes.
At least two episodes or a minimum of 75 minutes should be made available.
International premiere -
Berlinale Classics
(Regulations)
min. 60' International premiere -
Retrospective and Homage do not receive submissions. For information on the programmes Berlinale Special and Forum Expanded please visit the respective section profiles.
If you want to submit a film to the European Film Market please use the EFM Film Entry.
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  • The submitted data will be made available for download in PDF format after the completion of your registration.

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