Now celebrating its 12th year, the 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 film fans an extraordinary chance to glimpse the future of cinema.

The 2024 Berlin Short Film Festival will show dozens of short films at the Babylon cinema in downtown Berlin. Screenings 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
  • Fumiko Kikuchi

    I am honored that my work "Me I See in You" was selected for the Best Experimental Short Film. And I am grateful to the festival staff for their support! Thank you so much.

    February 2024
  • My sand animation film has been selected for screening at the Berlin Short Film Festival and won in Best Animation category! It’s a huge honor and an opportunity to see my work on the big screen at the Babylon cinema in the heart of Berlin. I want to thank the festival organizers for this amazing opportunity!

    February 2024
  • Nice festival , in the best v’city ever , the babylone theater is a place open since 1929 , it was the cinema of fritz lang.! Thank you very much for this superb festival, we had a very good evening at the Griffin Bar with the other teams, everyone was very nice.. And the selection was a good quality ! Such a well organized festival with excellent communication!

    We are very grateful that our short film « croix de bois croix de fer » was included and we highly recommend you apply for the Berlin short film festival .

    February 2024
  • Max Fritzsching

    This was the first live screening of our film in summer 2023 and we are grateful for the opportunity and this great experience! Legendary cinema, great people.

    February 2024
  • Courtney Sanello

    A LIVE screening at an EPIC historical cinema - BABYLON BERLIN cinema! What a joy to see FIRST REFUSAL on the big screen. Amazing directors and networking opportunities. Can't wait to be back.! Thank you!

    February 2024