34th International Short Film Festival Berlin 2018
International Competition

International Competition

The INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION is the festival’s centerpiece, and this year as always we had more than 6,000 entries from 120 countries. We have put together ten programs with 79 films from 39 countries aimed at reflecting the wide diversity of the short films produced in the last two years.

We have assembled 40 animated films and 39 live-action short films that demonstrate tremendous imagination and tell of family conflicts, bizarre encounters and anecdotes from the working world in this section (two programs are dedicated to animated films, five are mixed and the three programs denoted CONFRONTATIONS are dedicated to human rights). The films show life as an all-embracing entity and the little things in everyday situations, which are just as important. One constant throughout all of this is that the filmmakers are not bound by any constraints regarding film medium or creativity. The animated film in particular is very strong, finding new aesthetic forms and narratives along the way.

The INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION invites audiences to take a journey around the globe that is not meant to exhaust viewers, but rather the cinematic experience should act as a means to learn more about the world. Lastly, as of this year, INTERFILM is an official Academy Award® Qualifying Festival. Winning films automatically qualify for the Oscars®, affording them an opportunity to reach a wider audience.

With the kind support of Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, SAE Institute, 25p Cine Support, D-Facto Motion, bpb Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung, UNHCR – The UN Refugee Agency

14 programs





Animation 1 - Mind Games

IC 01 Animation 1 - Mind Games


22.11.18, 17:30h, Babylon 1

24.11.18, 15:30h, Babylon 1

25.11.18, 19:00h, ACUD Kino

Family Ties

IC 03 Family Ties


22.11.18, 13:30h, Babylon 1

23.11.18, 21:30h, Babylon 1

25.11.18, 18:00h, Rollberg Kino

Strange Stories

IC 04 Strange Stories


21.11.18, 21:30h, Babylon 1

23.11.18, 15:30h, Babylon 1

24.11.18, 19:00h, ACUD Kino

Work & Pleasure

IC 05 Work & Pleasure


22.11.18, 19:30h, Babylon 1

23.11.18, 21:00h, ACUD Kino

24.11.18, 13:30h, Babylon 1

Life Expectations

IC 06 Life Expectations


21.11.18, 15:30h, Babylon 1

22.11.18, 21:00h, ACUD Kino

24.11.18, 21:30h, Babylon 1

Sex & Affection

IC 07 Sex & Affection


21.11.18, 21:00h, ACUD Kino

23.11.18, 17:30h, Babylon 1

24.11.18, 19:30h, Babylon 1