Call For: Entries to Berlinale Shorts and Generation


The 63rd Berlin International Film Festival will take place from February 07-17, 2013 and we are currently preparing the new festival edition. We would like to draw your special attention to the SHORT FILM COMPETITIONS and encourage you to submit your films.


Below you can find a brief summary of the application guidelines.


Berlinale Shorts


Berlinale Shorts is hosting up to 30 short films. They compete for the Golden and the Silver Bear, a nomination for the Best European Short Film (Prix EFA) and aBerlinscholarship from the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service).


  • Duration no longer than 30 minutes.


  • Production completed no earlier than 2012.


  • The film may have participated in national competitions or side selection in festivals in the country of its origin, but not outside the country of origin.


  • World premieres are preferred.




Generation is hosting two competitions with short films dedicated to a young audience: Kplus screens programmes for children of various age groups; short films for an audience from 14 years on are presented in the 14plus competition. A Crystal Bear for the Best Short Film is awarded in each competition. Participants in both competitions also run for the awards of the Generation Kplus or 14plus International Juries, endowed with each € 2,500.


  • Duration no longer than 30 minutes


  • Production completed no earlier than 2012


  • World, international and European premieres are preferred/ German premieres are accepted.


Please submit films through our website by November 14, 2012.


Short films can be uploaded directly online.  Infosheet Short Film Upload


In case you submit several films and want to pay the entry fee by bank transfer for the whole package, please contact Ms. Brigitte Abel at the programme organisation to get the code required in the entry form. If you want to use a credit card you will have to pay each single submission separately during the application process. You are requested to send a list with film titles and the names of the directors to the programme organisation.


Please find further regulations as well as an overview of the prizes awarded by independent juries on our website


If you have questions regarding your submission please get in touch with:


Berlinale Shorts: Nicole Stecker (, t. +49.30.25920-212)

Generation: Laura Höfer (, t. +49.30.25920-423)

Programme Organisation: Brigitte Abel (, t. +49.30.25920-446)



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