Berlin Short Film Festival

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Berlin Short Film Festival
LocationBerlin, Germany
WebsiteOfficial Website

Berlin Short Film Festival is a film festival with a special emphasis on independent short films, which annually takes place in Berlin, Germany. It screens German and international short films with a runtime under 50 minutes and awards them in various categories.[1]


The festival was founded in 2014 and takes place at historic Babylon cinema in Berlin[2] The selection of the festival is international, and it awards films in eight categories.[3] Many international filmmakers attend the event, and foreign language films are usually screened with English subtitles due to the international audience.[4]


Source: [5]


  • Best Short Film: Coming Up For Air (Director: Jeroen Hoogaars)
  • Best Short Documentary: Interior Motives (Director: Natalie Shirinian)
  • Best Short Short Film: Dance of the Dead (Director: Scarlet Sykes Hesterman)
  • Best Sci-Fi Short Film: Full Circle (Director: Willem van Egmond)
  • Best Horror Short Film: #YouToo (Directors: Björn Pinxten, Jenne Decleir)
  • Best Experimental Short Film: Artistes Burlesques (Director: John Bickerton)
  • Best Comedy Short Film: Guilty Pleasure (Directors: Yannik Leibacher, René Müller)
  • Best LGBT Short Film: With Reason and With Heart (Director: Inge Theunissen)
  • Best Animated Short Film: Two Balloons (Director: Mark C. Smith)
  • Best Short Feature: 1969–2019 (Director: Ira Schneider)
  • Best Music Video: Midnight Dancer (Director: Dan Przygoda)


  • Best Short Film: Bournonville Today (Director: Signe Roderik)
  • Best Short Documentary: Vanishing History (Director: Daud Khattak)
  • Best Short Short Film: Fortnite: Gasoline, Official Video (Directors: Sven D., Philipp Primus)
  • Best Sci-Fi Short Film: Saturn Voyager (Directors: Iuri Araújo, Guilherme Araújo)
  • Best Horror Short Film: Quiver (Director: Shayna Connelly)
  • Best Experimental Short Film: War For Lizards (Director: Farshad Bagheri)
  • Best Comedy Short Film: State Of Emergency (Director: Tarek Roehlinger)
  • Best LGBT Short Film: MMF (Director: Leonard Garner)
  • Best Animated Short Film: Tall Juan: Cuidacoches (Director: Dante Zaballa)
  • Best Short Feature: The Peculiar Abilities Of Mr Mahler (Director: Paul Philipp)
  • Best Music Video: Metamorphosen (Director: Katharina Ziemkus)


  • Best Short Film: Southern Edge of The Cloud (Director: Ching Yan Alon Chan)
  • Best Short Documentary: The Voice of a Million Times One (Director: Marijn Poels)
  • Best Short Short Film: Breakfast of Champions (Director: Beraat Gökkuş)
  • Best Sci-Fi Short Film: A Magician (Director: Max Blustin)
  • Best Horror Short Film: The Black Bull Incident, Episode One: Pretty Rough Around Closing (Directors: Rob Wright, Si Wright)
  • Best Experimental Short Film: The Charlotte Russe with the Medal of the Wobbling Bubble in its Palm Trilogy (Director: Ira Schneider)
  • Best Comedy Short Film: The Cowboy (Director: Jack Hansen)
  • Best Music Video: Stop Us (Director: This is Felo)


  • Best Short Film: Nothing Escapes My Eyes (Director: David Krippendorff)
  • Best Short Documentary: Born of Stone (Director: Emilio Bellu)
  • Best Short Short Film: The Peacock (Director: Wenquian Gao)
  • Best Sci-Fi Short Film: The Last Journey of the Enigmatic Paul WR (Director: Romain Quirot)
  • Best Horror Short Film: How To Be A Villain (Director: Helen O'Hanlon)
  • Best Experimental Short Film: Artistic Dictatorship (Director: Gor Aroevic)
  • Best Comedy Short Film: Tre Tosser (Three Fools) (Directors: Snobar Avani, Peter Hausner)
  • Best Music Video: Lamentation (Director: Kirk Kelley)


  • Best Short Film: Endangered Species (Director: Ira Schneider)
  • Best Short Documentary: Above & Below: Galapagos National Park (Directors: Florian Fischer, Michael Kugler)
  • Best Short Short Film: Clairvoyance (Director: Hiroki Yokoyama)
  • Best Sci-Fi Short Film: The Long Slow Flight of the Ashbot (Director: Colin West McDonald)
  • Best Horror Short Film: The Graveyard Shift (Director: Peter Feysa)
  • Best Experimental Short Film: conform! (Directors: Alexander Bobenko, Charles Gunn)
  • Best Comedy Short Film: The Critic (Director: Alexander Tuschinski)
  • Best Music Video: IceTruckFuckHardcore (Directors: Johannes Lohmann, Christoph Hertel)


  • Best Short Film: Too Bad (Director: Lorenzo Berghella)
  • Best German Short Film: Roughtown (Director: Gabriele Heberling)
  • Best Short Documentary: Shakespeare’s Intermission (Director: Diana Nilles)
  • Best Sci-Fi/Horror Short Film: O (Director: July Allard)
  • Best Experimental Short Film: Frollein Frappe (Director: Vanessa Aab)
  • Best Short Short Film: Interior (Director: Immanuel Esser)
  • Best Music Video: Seduction (Director: Parker Ellerman)


Friends of short films may rejoice: Inside the Babylon, "Berlin Short Film Festival" showcases (...) the best short films of Europe.

— Sebastian Bauer, article in B.Z.[6]

It’s a big chance to talk about short movies far away from the established industry, a great opportunity of getting new input. But there’s also a big focus on networking and building a big community.

— Article in Kaltblut Magazine, 2015.[7]

BSFF offers Berliners and visitors an extraordinary chance to glimpse the future of cinema.

— Article on homepage of Babylon cinema, 2014.[8]


  1. ^ "Camilla Egan: Berlin Short Film Festival. Published in Exberliner Magazine". Retrieved 2015-07-07.
  2. ^ "Kaltblut Magazine: Article about the festival". Archived from the original on 2015-07-08. Retrieved 2015-07-07.
  3. ^ "Fritz Magazine: Note about the Festival". Archived from the original on 2015-07-08. Retrieved 2015-07-07.
  4. ^ "Ask Helmut: Article about the Festival". Retrieved 2015-07-08.
  5. ^ "Festival Archive". Berlin Short Film Festival. Retrieved 11 June 2020.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  6. ^ "BZ - Article about the festival. Original quote in German: "Freunde des Kurzfilms dürfen sich freuen: Im Babylon werden auf dem "Berlin Short Film Festival" (...) die besten Kurzfilme Europas gezeigt. "". Retrieved 2015-07-07..
  7. ^ "Kaltblut-Magazin: article about Berlin Short Film Festival". Archived from the original on 2015-07-08. Retrieved 2015-07-07..
  8. ^ "Babylon Cinema: Official homepage. Article about the festival". Retrieved 2015-07-07..

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