Now entering its fourth year, the annual 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 2017 Berlin Short Film Festival will show over 100 short films. Five 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.

Awards & Prizes

Awards will be available to international short films in the following categories:
- Best Short Film
- Best Short Documentary
- Best Short Short Film
- Best Sci-Fi Short Film
- Best Horror Short Film
- Best Experimental Short Film
- Best Comedy Short Film
- Best Music Video

Rules & Terms


- All entries must be submitted digitally. Send us a link to your film on an online platform like Vimeo. Be sure to give us the online location of your film, with any relevant passwords needed for viewing, as well as your submission tracking number.
- If you are submitting more than one entry, a separate submission is required for each film.
- please send any related press materials, including electronic press kit, and photos to, including your tracking number.

14 Reviews

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    Peeter Urbla

    First festival for "Mausoleum" in Berlin! Good communication, nice and diverse program!

    April 2017
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    Wolfgang Rauh

    It was a great experience to be there, and seeing our film shown with the great work of so many others honored us. Will surely get there again!

    August 2016
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    Alexander Tuschinski

    It was great to have my film screened at Berlin Short Film Festival! I was very pleased by the projection quality and the large crowd - besides many filmmakers, there were also lots of local film fans, filling up almost the whole screening room. The festival-team was very friendly, I had a great time and met some incredible people :)

    August 2016
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    Hiroki Yokoyama

    I was very honored that my film was awarded best short short last year. To attend the festival, I visited Berlin for the first time. I really enjoyed it and hope to be there again.

    August 2016
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    Ritchie Vermeire

    Nice Festival , thanks for nominated Rose

    August 2016