Now celebrating its eighth year, the annual Berlin Short Film Festival aims to be one of Europe's leading film festivals for international film-makers. It is a unique platform for new talent and a celebration of cinematic creativity and innovation.

The Festival attracts a broad selection of shorts by film-makers working in every genre and format, and offers Berliners and visitors an extraordinary chance to glimpse the future of cinema. The festival prides itself upon providing opportunities for talented directors, producers, writers, actors and crew members from all over the world to learn together and exhibit their work in a stimulating international environment.

The 2021 Berlin Short Film Festival will show over 100 short films. Four days of premières and networking events provide ample opportunities for selected film-makers to showcase their achievements, learn from their fellows and build contacts for future collaborations. The Festival also benefits from the vibrant Berlin film-making community and the cinema's proximity to the media hub of the metropolis.

The festival is open to any film in any genre under 50 minutes in length, and especially prioritises low-budget films of independent spirit and exciting new talent.

Berlin Short will recognise the year's best shorts working in their genres:
- Best Short Film
- Best Documentary Short
- Best Sci-Fi Short
- Best Horror Short
- Best LGBT Short
- Best Experimental Short
- Best Student Short
- Best Short Feature
- Best Animated Short
- Best Short Short
- Best Music Video

All films in all genres under 50 minutes will be considered. We consider a short short to be under 5 minutes. Filmmakers certify they have the rights to music used in their films. Please upload a digital screener to FilmFreeway or email a private Vimeo link to

Overall Rating
  • Sule Nisancioglu

    Great festival. Good clear communication and very helpful team. Shame we could not get together due to covid restrictions but there will be better times to meet. Thank you for the best documentary award in 2020.

    March 2021
  • Adam DeCarlo

    Everyone at BSFF were so lovely and easy to communicate with. Wish the festival could have been in person this year, but I'll definitely be submitting again. The online festival was great, all things considered!

    September 2020
  • Ivan Francis Wilder

    Great festival! Thank you so much for officially selecting my movie! :)

    September 2020
  • Good, clear and fast communication about everything. Flexible people. Very good experience!

    October 2019
  • A great festival with a varied selection of interesting topics. It was an honor for us to be part of the official selection of this festival and to be able to show our documentary “Hot Dogs on a Tricyle” to the BSFF audience. Before the start of the festival, the communication was fast, clear and very pleasant. There could have been more networking opportunities though. Thank you BSFF-Team for your great work!

    July 2019