|when:||November 14th - 19th, 2023|
|address:||Strassburger Str. 55|
10405 Berlin (Germany)
|tel:||+49 (0)30 - 25 29 13 20|
|deadline:||May 29th, 2023|
|entry form:||Online Submission|
interfilm Berlin organises the Berlin International Short Film Festival as well as interfilm Short Film Distribution. Established in 1982, the festival has years of experience and a growing number of contacts in the international cultural and short film sectors. This has enabled interfilm to forge ongoing links with several significant institutions and hold frequent, regular events, testifying to the festival’s success at bringing the short film format to an ever wider audience.
interfilm’s goal is to search out skilled and creative filmmakers and bring their work together - presenting them in an international, culturally political framework in order to best facilitate the exchange of imaginative ideas. interfilm offers a wide variety of short live-action, animation and documentaries to enthusiastic audiences who value the short film format in its own right.
interfilm has established itself as one of the most important short film festivals in Europe. It is the second oldest German short film festival (after Oberhausen), and is recognised as the second most significant and oldest international film festival in Berlin after the Berlinale. More than 7.000 films with a maximum running time of 20 minutes are submitted each year. Of those, approximately 500 films are selected and organised into different thematic programs. These include; international, German, animation, documentary and children’s films. 'Focus On' highlights productions from specific countries or regions. Beyond that there are also special sections devoted to areas such as music videos, commercials, experimental films, historical films and retrospectives.
At 9 Berlin venues interfilm celebrates 400 films from more than 60 countries in more than 50 programs. With 20,000 visitors and 700 accredited guests from all over the world, the festival confers 17 prizes worth 35,000 euros.
The award for Best Film, endowed with 6000,- Euro by Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, went to the intoxicating comedy "How it Feels to be Hungover" by Viktor Hertz from Sweden. Both the award winner of Best Live Action - the refugee tragedy "Dark Chamber" by Otto Banovits (Sweden / Hungary) - and Best Animation - the underwater parable "Plankton" by Gustaf Lindstrom (England) - scored points towards an ®Oscar, because as of this festival edition the winners of these interfilm categories are automatically in the running for a nomination at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in Los Angeles (info below). - All prizes and winners are listed here - and click here for festival impressions.
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.