The Capital Filmmakers Festival is dedicated to showcasing independent filmmakers from around the world to a global audience. We will visit numerous Capitals around the globe.

The Capital Filmmakers Film Festival is all about bringing together different cultures, different cities and different point of views.

So come and join the Capital Filmmakers Festival Berlin edition in 2023 and experience the culture and wonder of Berlin!

Part of your submission goes toward planting trees! This is done in collaboration with Grow My Tree. While only our award winners receive certificates of the trees planted, we want you to know that each and every submission contributes. Thank you for helping us plant a greener world!

Varying awards are given each edition. Each award winner receives:

- Digital laurel
- Digital certificate of their award
- Digital certificate of the trees that were planted on behalf of that edition

Official selection and semifinalists also receive digital laurels.

Any year of production is accepted.

Films that are already distributed online are accepted.

The “Short shorts” category is for shorts under 10 minutes in length.

The “Shorts” category is for films up to 40 minutes in length.

The “Feature” category is for films that are more than 40 minutes in length.

Films that use third party material must have the necessary rights and permissions to use this material.

If your submission is officially selected, the festival may screen your film as part of their activities for up to 12 months after the festival date. By sending us your submission, you agree with this unless this is specifically stated to us by email. For all these screenings between festivals, a special permission will be requested stating a time frame and the city.

We do not pay screening fees.

We do not provide invitation letters for visa purposes.

The decisions of the programmers and jury are final and irrevocable.

By submitting to us, you consent to receive occasional emails with tips and discount codes for this and partner festivals (approximately four times a year). You can reach out to us on if you do not wish to be on this list or, alternatively, unsubscribe when you receive the first email. We will never spam and we will only send you information that we believe is valuable to you!

Overall Rating
  • Tree certificate is a very ingenious idea of capital filmmakers festival. Thank you

    October 2022
    Response from festival:

    We are so glad to know that you liked your tree certificate! Thank you for the feedback. Best of luck for the future!

  • Great Festival of Berlin 🇩🇪 Big thank you to selected our film JUST LIKE WATER 🎥 Greetings from Greece 🇬🇷

    August 2022
    Response from festival:

    Thank you, Manos, and congratulation on being selected!

  • Julieta Olaso

    Excelente Festival! Gracias por seleccionar al corto documental A pie de fosa género y memoria de la Represión.

    October 2021
  • Ronald Urbanczyk

    Very great experience and nice team.

    October 2020
  • Olivia Lina Gasche

    Es war wegen Corona etwas kleiner als geplant. Aber wir wurden sehr freundlich empfangen und wir freuen uns sehr, dass unser Film Teil davon war. Ich freue mich schon auf nächstes Jahr!

    October 2020