The program at the 21. International Short Film Festival Berlin

Once again the international competition is at the core of the festival. About 100 films compete for the 'interfilm Short Awards' in the categories: best film, best animation, best camera, best documentary, and best film against violence and intolerance. The prizes are awarded by an international jury.

For the third time, the German competition presents homegrown productions. From three competition programs the jury will chose the two winners of the 'interfilm Short Awards' in the category German short film.

Additional audience competitions are the 'Immaginale', and 'Eject - the long night of unusual films'.

Along with the various competitions, a special emphasis is being given to short film productions from Poland, Sweden and Spain.

Further highlights of the festival are the numerous special programs:

A retrospective dedicated to the Icons of Italian animation will include films from Roberto Catani, Bruno Bozzetto and Guido Manuli. Another special program is dedicated to the British filmmakers Phil Mulloy and Vera Neubauer. Amongst others, seven new episodes of Phil Mulloy’s ‘The Christies’ will be premiered.

The series Local Heroes shows an Otto Sander Special with short films from 1964 to 2005 in which the actor from Berlin has participated.

Top of the League presents colleagues from Australia and France, European winners at the Oscars and a Best of Going Underground, the international short film festival in the Berlin underground. Also this year the European Short Film Award will stop by at interfilm and bring along the winners of the Prix UIP 05.

Collages with music, pictures and animation will be shown in the special program Clipped - Music and Animation. More Digital Tracks can be seen at a-side and b-side with a selection of legendary music videos from directors Anton Corbijn, Mark Romanek, Stéphan Sednaoui, and Jonathan Glazer, which have been released by the Directors Label in four compilations.

And there is even more: interfilm + offers a colorful mixture of documentaries of a different kind, animation art from East Asia and humorous, weird and wonderful commercials by students from German film and art schools.

The Forum accompanies the film program with podium discussions and lectures given by international guests. Film and media representatives from Poland, Germany, Sweden, Great Britain and Italy report on the current state of the short film production in their countries. A further event will focus on perspectives in German-Polish cultural exchange.