For the first time, the Kurdish Film Festival Berlin is including a Competition for Short Films into the programme. The Competition programme creates a platform to share your work with an international audience and discover new networks. Hereby, the festival wishes to encourage and support young Kurdish filmmakers and and new talents form the Kurdish regions and the diaspora.

The Kurdish Film Festival Berlin has been founded in 2002 and celebrates its 10th anniversary in 2020. Over the years, the cultural event has established itself in the Berlin festival scene and is now known also beyond the Kurdish community, among Berlin cinema lovers and the general public.

In its uniqueness, the festival is the oldest and largest event on Kurdish film in Europe. The program consists of short films, documentaries and feature films. Works by filmmakers from the four parts of Kurdistan - Iraq, Iran, Turkey, Syria - and the Diaspora are presented, as well as striking works by European filmmakers about Kurds. Supporting events such as panel discussions, workshops or concerts complement the film program. The wide-ranging program provides an insight into the diversity of Kurdish society and creates space for multicultural encounters and discussions.

CASH AWARD for Best Short Film


- Short Films by Kurdish filmmaker from the Kurdish regions in Iraq, Iran, Turkey, Syria; by Diaspora Kurdish filmmakers, or by European filmmakers about Kurds.
-the short film with a maximum length of 20 minutes can be narrative fiction or documentary.
-All films selected for the Festival must be screened in their original language with English subtitles. English-speaking films do not need to be subtitled.
- Films completed within the years 2019 and 2020 are eligible for submission and can be part of the program.
-All rights, permissions, and clearances must be obtained before the submission and applicants must ensure that they have the right to submit the work concerning third parties connected with the production of the film in question. By submitting your film, you agree to this and the responsibilities involved. The Kurdish Film Festival Berlin assumes no responsibility for violation of copyright law.

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