Now celebrating its 11th 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 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 2023 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
  • Jonathan Blagrove

    Thankyou Berlin
    Would love to know how the film went down
    Best Wishes Jonny Phillips

    November 2022
  • olly sindle

    The festival online worked pretty well, but there was no correspondence with Filmmakers since the films went online. I tried to contact the organisers a couple of times with questions but heard nothing back from my emails. There were also no awards issued or mentions of any of the films. Overall very disappointing.

    September 2022
  • Meg Griffiths

    Thank you for selecting and honoring our film, Berlin Short Film Festival!

    August 2022
  • Well-run digital festival with high quality films. We appreciated this opportunity to share our first project with the world! Excellent communication and organization.

    July 2022
  • THANK YOU Berlin Short Film Festival for all the work that goes into putting on a festival especially in these times. We were so happy to be involved this year and have our Documentary Short be selected alongside so many great films. Thanks again for the support and acknowledgment. - Jonny

    March 2022