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 2023 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
  • Kim Johnson

    The Berlin Short Film Festival has been so amazing and exciting to be a part of. Each interaction has been informative, rewarding and connecting me and my film to a bigger world of wonderful filmmakers and viewers. Danke!

    February 2023
  • Oliver Zech

    Very friendly and uncomplicated festival experience for filmmakers!

    February 2023
  • Andy Moore

    Thank you for showing my film Valley Fever Dream, and for the Best Experimental Short Film Audience Award.

    February 2023
  • Marie Aymone Gerard

    Thank you so much Berlin Short Film Festival!
    Amazing experience and blessed to be selected as best short feature!

    February 2023
  • Thanks for the great festival and for the opportunity to participate. Everything was great :)

    February 2023