Berlin Short Awards is a bi-monthly IMDb qualified online short awards event. We are happy to welcome filmmakers from all genres, particularly low or no-budget ones, and all countries, especially from those traditionally underrepresented in the global film industry. Our main goal is to showcase their brilliant projects in Berlin's beautiful city for a diverse audience of cinephiles. Berlin, as a city dates to the 13th century. Reminders of the city's turbulent 20th-century history can be seen in the parts of city. The city's also known for its art scene and modern landmarks like the gold-coloured, swoop-roofed Berliner Philharmonic, built in 1963. We encourage you to submit your work to this online event.
The selected projects are privately judged by a random team of invited experts from academia and the film industry worldwide, against a high standard of merit. From the official selection pool, which has a very competitive acceptance rate, Berlin Shorts Award chose the nominees and award winners of the month. All the Winners will receive the Official Laurels and the winning-category certificate and could request an online screening .

Best German short film
Best international short film
Best first time short filmmaker
Best student short
Best documentary short
Best animation short
Best experimental short
Best horror short
Best comedy short
Best sci-fi short
Best micro short
Best erotic short
Best thriller short
Best music video
Best web series
Best lgbtq short
Best women empowerment short
Best black matter lives short
Best human rights film
Best female director
Best male director
Best producer
Best original screenwriting
Best unproduced script
Best cinematography
Best editing
Best sound design
Best original score
Best make up
Best costume design
Best production design
Best actor
Best actress
Best ensemble


– In order to submit a film, you must own the rights or have permission from the owner.
– Any Foreign film that is not in English must have English or German subtitles.
– All fees are non-refundable.
– Not all the submissions are selected for the official competition. Our Judges are free to make their own choices and no answers will be given about not selected films.
– Filmmakers can submit the film in multiple categories in order to become a multi-award film. Still, the decision about the selection is strictly determined by our judges’ team and no selection is guaranteed.
– Submitting your movie, you authorize Berlin short festival to use, distribute and share the film poster, trailer, synopsis and movie stills in our social media.
– Films can be available online and still be entered in the competition for our festival.
– Films must have been completed within the past 4 years.
– Shorts must be less than 50 minutes.
-We do not require premiere status.

Overall Rating
  • Kathrin Phoenix

    Wow, thank you so much for choosing my LADYBUG shortfilm screenplay as semi-finalist. Hopefully we will find enough money to realise this film about miscarriage to break with the silence, make it part of school education and support the victims. Thank you so much to be part of our mission. Best, Kathrin Phoenix (Lift Film, Berlin)

    December 2022
  • I am so honored that my short vintage erotic film, "ROBIN ON THE BEACH" has been selected as an AWARD-WINNER in this amazing festival. It's not just ANY erotic film; in homage to porn-positive pioneer, Candida Royalle, it's a loving striptease that includes a love poem written by a woman (me).

    November 2022
  • Daniel Tupinambá

    I wasn´t notified of the award and the festival doesn´t have social media in 2022. The experience was very disappointing.

    November 2022
  • Katsi'tsakwas Ellen Gabriel

    It was a great honour to have been chosen to be part of this festival
    Thank you Berlin Shorts Award for supporting independent film makers

    October 2022
  • Amy Guggenheim

    Thrilled to have my short film "Blindsight" included in as a Semi-Finalist in The Berlin Shorts Award - a high quality, well organized, selective event. Appreciate all the communication and hospitality in the process, and look forward to the final round!

    October 2022