To be considered for the Canadian Selection Screenings in must meet the following criteria:

  • Films must be completed in the 12 months preceding the festival;
  • Running time: 60+ minutes;
  • Films may not have been released commercially, nor telecast or webcast, outside their country of origin or in Europe;
  • Films must be:
    • World premieres (Official Competition);
    • International premieres (Encounters)
    • World, International or European premieres (for sections Panorama, Forum and Generation);


Downloadable Vimeo link are preferred

Films in a language other than English must be subtitled in English at the moment of the submission;

Your image editing should be final. The programmers are used to viewing work at the post-production stage (i.e. with no color timing, no final mix, etc.) and, as such, know how to “fill in the technical gaps.”

Short films need be submitted directly to the festival.


Registering your film with Telefilm Canada

The Festival waives its entry fees for films presented at the Selection Screenings in Berlin or entered via Telefilm Canada.

  • Complete the Telefilm application before September 25, 2020;
  • Accepted formats for the screenings in Berlin: downloadable screening link; (Vimeo is preferred)
  • Once your application has been approved you will receive a waiver code
  • Complete the Berlinale application. Deadline October 2, 2020
  • Decision letters will be sent by the Festival

Entry fees and deadline when submitting directly to the Festival:

(Applicable to films not presented or not entered via Telefilm Canada)

Feature length films:

Deadline to submit directly to the Festival: November 3, 2020

Submission fees: 175€

Short films:

Deadline to submit directly to the festival: November 17, 2020

Submission fees: 75€

For more information please consult the Festivals rules and regulations.