interfilm - International Short Film Festival Berlin

Submit films!

Now with entry fee - see below

36th International Short Film Festival Berlin 2020

10 - 15 November 2020

Submit films up to 20 minutes - all genres.

We'd love you to take advantage of the elegant service provided by Shortfilmdepot

Read the regulations (PDF)

Submit from 1 February to 14 June 2020

Submitting films ...

After a successful 35th festival edition in 2019 with more than 23,000 people attending, we are now looking forward to submissions for the next interfilm Festival in November. We expect to view over 6000 film entries again in 2020, of which more than 400 will be selected and curated for numerous competitions and special programs, invited and presented to excited audiences at our cinemas and venues. We are looking forward to a rich spectrum of narrative excellence and critical voices as much as curiosities from all over the globe. For 6 festival days in 7 competitions and various special and focus programs, we will celebrate the contemporary short film in all its facets.

... now with entry fee

For years we have been pondering the need to charge submission fees. Once, the sending of DVDs to festivals was cost-intensive for the submitter, but since the electronic transfer of viewing files etc. the administrative work for festivals has increased. Although interfilm always succeeds in putting together a great and rather epic festival (all over Berlin), despite all the jubilation, it is often not known that interfilm, with all due thanks to our sponsors Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg and Media Creative Europe, is not in the best of positions in terms of funding, especially in comparison to other major German and international (short) film festivals. We do our best in terms of service, programming, accommodation, etc., but this quality is also due in no small part to our staff, which we are hardly able to pay adequately. At the moment they are paid on the basis of the legal minimum wage. However, this cannot provide them with a livelihood in the long term.

Viewing 6000 short films every year is an immense challenge. It is accomplished by competent teams of colleagues that use a database grading system. Commenting on the films is a process that keeps us entertained throughout the summer, until the respective curators select the definitive favourites in the autumn. The processes between previewing and programming are different for each festival and become more complex every year. It is precisely these internal processes of professional programming that we want to invest in through the submission fee of 8 euros per submitted film. We strive to pay our reviewers appropriately, and by investing in new staff we want to ensure the quality of the submission and reviewing processes as well as the festival in the long term.

Furthermore, we also want to pay a screening fee of 50 euros per film for those that are not screened in competitions in which prizes can be won, but in special programs. It goes without saying that this amount cannot by any means reflect the effort involved in making a film. Nevertheless, this regulation is intended to contribute towards creating fairness, because films represented by agencies or distributors already demand such fees. From 2020, all films will receive the same remuneration. It should be clear that many smaller festivals are not in a position to pay such screening fees due to their financial situation and we hope that filmmakers will continue to submit films to festivals that are unable to provide such remuneration.

The situation is as precarious for festivals as it is for filmmakers and it is up to policymakers to address these problems.
Of course we cannot state with any certainty how many submissions we will receive in 2020, but we intend to divide the income from submission fees as follows:

1/3: Viewing
One third of the income is to finance our team of viewers, who each have the task of evaluating between 500 to 1000 films in the pre-selection stage. Each film will be screened by at least 2 people independently of one other in order to obtain different perspectives for each submission.

1/3: Curation, Coordination, Infrastructure
The second third of the proceeds will finance the further processing of the films. After the preview phase, the films need to be curated in programs. The films that have been positively evaluated by the viewing team will be watched again and considered for a relevant section. Furthermore, the coordination of this process as well as its underlying infrastructure (database, server, etc.) must also be financed and maintained.

1/3: Screening fees
As described above, films running in a non-competitive program will be paid 50 euros for each program for which they are selected. We assume that this will consume another third of the income.

We believe that these measures are fair and justifiable. Financing them through submission fees is certainly not ideal and is our last option. Regrettably, we have no other choice at present. We are constantly looking for new funding sources and ways in which to expand our existing funding. We hope that this kind of partial financing through submission fees can be repealed in the near future.

Submitting filmmakers may want to consider whether their film fits the KUKI profile. interfilm likes good films. That's relative of course. But we cannot and do not want to specify our criteria, because we are generally open to everything the short form has to offer. Not only do we love films produced to a high standard with an international flair for success, but also those that are courageous in style and content.

Go for it!

The submission fee is not complicated: Simply register with Shortfilmdepot, invest in the success of the film and wait for our feedback. In over 35 years of interfilm, we have seen countless great films and brought them to the screens of (not only) this city. We eagerly await many more!

We are looking forward to the 36th edition of the interfilm Festival from 10 to 15 November 2020!

Questions? - Contact us via submissions@interfilm.de

Festival profile

The festival program: 7 competitions are planned: International Competition, Confrontations Competition, Documentary Competition, German Competition, Green Film Competition, Eject XVIII and Online Competition.

Also: interfilm is an oscar-qualifying festival!
Since 2018, the winners of Best Film and Best Animation Award in the International Competition will be eligible for consideration in the Live Action Short Film and Animated Short category of the Academy Awards® without the standard theatrical run, provided the film otherwise complies with the Academy rules.