Filmfest Dresden


Years running: 36 (since 1989)

Filmfest Dresden

International Short Film Festival in Dresden.


As the former location of the DEFA Animated Film Studio, Dresden has a long tradition as a center for animated film, reflected in the orientation of its film festival. Dresden is the only new East-German festival actually founded before the tumbling down of the Wall. Filmfest Dresden is Europe's short film festival with the best funded awards.

It is one of the most important short film events of the year and the leader in the specialized area of animation. Growing numbers of visitors from all branches of the industry and a high degree of audience popularity evidence Dresden's significance for the national short film scene.


International Competition:

  • Animation (Euro 7,500),
  • Fiction (Euro 7,500),
  • Youth Jury Award (Euro 2,000),
  • Audience Award (Euro 3,000).

National Competition:

  • Animation (Euro 3,000),
  • Fiction (Euro 3,000),
  • Audience Award (Euro 2,000),
  • Youth Jury Award (Euro 2,000),
  • Promotion Award (Euro 20,000).

International and National Competition Awards:

  • ARTE Short Film Prize € 6,000 towards purchase of a film, 
  • Golden Horseman for Film Sound € 3,000.


The following film productions are eligible for submission to the competitions:

  • length 30 minutes maximum
  • produced after 31st December 2021
  • genre: short feature or animated film

Submissions via film upload only at Shortfilmdepot.

The applicant is responsible for the costs of dispatching the screening copy to the festival. The festival covers the costs of returning the film to the applicants.

Please note: We only accept 35mm or DCP copies for festival screenings!

Audio language: original

Subtitles language: English

Premiere Requirements

No premiere requirement

Jury and Organizers

Festival Directors: Karolin Kramheller, Katrin Küchler, Alexandra Schmidt




Official Website



Filmfest Dresden - International Short Film Festival
Alaunstr. 62
01099 Dresden

Phone: +49-3 51- 82 94 70
Fax: +49-3 51-8 29 47 19


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Dates & Deadlines
  • Opening Date
    September 01, 2023
  • Deadline
    December 01, 2023
  • Notifications
    March 11, 2024
  • Event Dates
    16 — 21 April 2024
Categories & Fees

For the National and International Competition only short fiction films and animation films are considered. Eligible for submission are short films up to 30 minutes running time.

  • Deadline — €6

For the special programmes (Panorama, Kids, Youth, Experiments, Regional Focus) documentaries and experimental films can be submitted as well. Eligible for submission are short films up to 30 minutes running time.

  • Deadline — €6
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