Rules & Regulations: FILMFREEWAY






Due to German Covid Regulations and high demand  we have extended our deadline for submissions. Final Submission cut-off will now be August 1st, 2021.

After y tough year, we are dedicated to bring you even more new content, presenting our new section with amazing short films, diverse and internationally reflective.

More about BERLIN SERIES including terms & conditions, rules and how to submit, or to buy conference ticketsplease use the button above.



Nick Vallelonga


 Writer, Actor, Producer

("Green Book”)

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Annette Hess


Showrunner, Writer

(Ku'damm 56 & 59, Weissensee)


Cynthia Khalifeh


Actress, Producer

(Paparazzi, Abriaa Wa Laken: Innocent... However)


Florence Faivre



("The Expanse”)


Johannes Betz



(Das Boot)


Birgit Fuß



(Rolling Stone)

"This was my first year working with the Berlin TV Series Festival.  It was an honor to be asked to be a part of it.  It was a fantastic experience.  This Festival opened me up to brilliant producers, writers, directors and actors that I did not know about, to TV Series that I might not have ever got a chance to see.  The hard part about judging was that all the participants were so good, it was so difficult to choose winners in categories, I wanted to choose them all.  Which is a great testament to the caliber of participants in this festival, truly the best talent in the world were competing.  It also shows how important this festival is, showcasing these amazing programs and giving them more exposure, which they all deserve. Congrats to everyone involved, and I thank Mark Olan and the Festival for having me be a part of it."  - Nick Vallelonga, Chair 2020 - Two time Golden Globe and Two time Academy Award winner for Green Book

Studio Tarara (Winner BEST SERIES 2019) : a leap into the wild 90s behind the scenes of a fictional, successful sketch comedy. But it doesn‘t stop with sex, drugs and rock & roll in nostalgic decorations. We are quickly captivated by the main character, the tragic television star Rick Bolsens. Crashed, soon replaced by a successful colleague, he tries to gain recognition and a new love. The secret of the tragic death of an Enseble member hovers over everything. An intense drama with strong characters."- Nataly Kudiabor  (UFA) - Jury 2019

"We all love murder mysteries. While the genre has its rules and conventions, we really appreciate it when the creators bring us intriguing new characters, a compelling dilemma and a fresh location. However, no matter how much you stir or shake the formula, you aren’t going to reinvent it. Unless you are the creators of Studio Tarara, which tosses all those rules and conventions out the door and brings us something so fresh and original that we very quickly come to believe that this is the way mysteries have always been told - from inside out. The writing and direction is brave and honest; the production design, cinematography, hair, wardrobe, makeup, sound - every creative craft - drops us gently into a time and world that many of us wouldn’t know but, having found, don’t want to leave - and the acting is so superior that we might think these characters were just captured on security cameras. Studio Tarara is great drama, mystery and powerful social commentary. We applaud not just the creators and artists behind the show, but the broadcasters who were brave enough to allow them to produce something really unique." - Paul Haggis (Crash, Million Dollar baby) -  Jury President (2019)

ELIGIBILITY (to be eligible for consideration):
1. You must fully comply with these Entry Rules & Regulations, including all deadlines, episode duration, entry material and other requirements.  
2. Non-English language works must have English subtitles at the time of submission (except for series in the German language). Dialogue lists will not be accepted.
3. The series must have a minimum of a “German Premiere status”.  
4. All series must have been produced in 2020/2021.  
5. For series that have already premiered in the Country of Origin, to be eligible for the Official-Competition, the premiere date must have been after December 1st  2020
Drama Series / Comedy Series / Docu Series - 25min - 60min  | Shorts Films -  5min - 35min.


In Competition


BERLIN  SERIES discovers, highlights and celebrates the latest episodic work, new long form pilots/series of the global  TV landscape. The are part of the BERLIN SERIES Official Selection of the BERLIN TV SERIES FESTIVAL and run in Competition for the BERLIN SERIES Award.

Official Competition World Premieres section: the series must not have been screened in any international festival nor have been broadcast in their country of origin before September 2nd 2021. Exceptions for local previews or market screenings in festivals in the country of origin and certain Partner Festivals may be considered.  

All submitted series must consist of episodes intended to be at least 25 minutes in length. The festival will screen the first 2 episodes for series that exceed 40 minutes of length per episode, including credits. For series that run under 40 minutes, including credits, the festival will screen the first 3 episodes. Not longer than 1 hour, including credits.



The Virtual Premiere Section is there to feature all Series & Short Films looking to maek their online premiere.

More Details to the platform soon.


A platform for independent filmmaking, creative expression and immersive entertainment, BERLIN SERIES supports emerging and is establishing the norm, more diversity, more female voices.

We are curating innovative and interactive experiences, oragnizing post-screening performances, panels, and Pitch-Forum. Short films invited to participate in BERLINSERIES21 will be shown in the section determined most appropriate by Festival programmers, in their sole discretion. If you are submitting a student film, please submit via our FILMFREEWAY to get the discounted submissions fee. You will need a copy of your student ID to qualify.


Short-length (under 35 minutes) narrative, documentary, animated and experimental films that have not screened publicly in the Berlin/Brandenburg region prior to BERLINSERIES21. Submitted Shorts cannot have had ANY public screening, broadcast, distribution, or exhibition before July 20, 2021in any country out of the origin country. All submitted shorts must not to be longer than 35 minutes in length. The festival will screen the short film including credits.  We accept shorts across all genres, from annimation, docu-short to fiction. The rule of our diversity standard in that section applies: At least one actor/actress from an underrepresented racial or ethnic group must be cast in a significant role. At least one person of the general ensemble cast must be from underrepresented groups (women, racial, ethnic, LGBTQ+, or people with disabilities). At least one person of the other departmetns behind the camera must be from underrepresented groups (women, racial, ethnic, LGBTQ+, or people with disabilities). Please provide us with name and photos.