Welcome to the Film Entry

After having successfully wrapped our 2020 Berlinale edition, the global health crisis has shaken the world as we knew it. For the Festival 2021 the Berlinale plans to put into place a physical edition, taking into account the necessity to redesign the festival’s activities and programming including the total number of films due to the then applicable rules and regulations. The Berlinale guidelines for the 2021 festival reflect this situation.

In order to submit a film to the Berlinale you have to send the film and the completed film entry form to the festival before the given deadline. The festival does not consider film entries for which the selections 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 receipt of entry forms and films

Feature-length films: Nov 03, 2020
Short films: Nov 17, 2020

  • Submission: available from beginning of September only via www.berlinale.de. A successfully completed film entry does not automatically mean the inclusion of the film in the festival programme.
  • Deadline for submission: November 3, 2020 for feature-length films / November 17, 2020 for short films
  • Processing fee: €175 feature-length films / €75 short films (regardless of the number of sections you apply for)
  • Date of completion: within the 12 months prior to the festival
  • 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
  • Documentation for submission: Duly completed entry form (including short synopsis and cast and credits)
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, 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, Tagesspiegel Readers’ Jury Award
Generation
(Regulations)
min. 60’ 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
Retrospective and Homage do not receive submissions. For more information on the special programmes Berlinale Classics, Berlinale Special, Berlinale Series and Forum Expanded please visit the respective 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 completion of your registration.

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