Berlinale: Berlinale Shorts

Berlinale Shorts Regulations

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 or QuickTime ProRes. 35mm or other formats only upon request.

To be eligible

  • films must not have been screened at any international film festival prior to the Berlinale. A presentation in the country of origin will be tolerated.
  • films must not have been released commercially outside their country of origin.
  • Films must 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 have to be world premieres to be eligible for Berlinale Shorts.

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.


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