It’s time!

From today on you can submit your films for the REC – Filmfestival Berlin 2023!

Please use the submission portal with further information:

We are looking forward to your films!

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The most important at a glance

Films by young filmmakers up to the age of 25 can be submitted. All genres, themes and film lengths are permitted.

There is no entry fee.

The film registration must be done via the portal filmfestivals4u. (Films can also be submitted there for other youth film festivals).

The videos must be available for download. A link without a download option is not sufficient.

Files for download must be submitted in HD standard (1080p, 1080i or 720p) in h264 codec and must not be larger than 100 MByte per film minute.

Download links must be valid until the end of the festival.

It must be possible to download directly (with password if necessary), i.e. the download option must not be tied to a REC – Filmfestival Berlin registration with a service provider (e.g. Dropbox).

As we are a festival with an international audience and we would like to forward your films to international festivals, we recommend that you send us your films with English subtitles.

Conditions of participation

We invite all young filmmakers to submit their work to the festival. The festival is an international young filmmaker competition for works of a young filmmaker generation of pupils, teenagers and students aged 6 to 25.

We are looking for new films of all genres, lengths and formats: Experimental, Documentary, Animation or Feature, Short or Long Film.

The festival wants to show works that are imaginative, unusual, humorous, provocative and idiosyncratic.

Pupils, young people and students between the ages of 6 and 25 who have made films alone or in a group can take part; the decisive factor is the age of the filmmakers in the year in which the films were made. Each participant can submit one or more works.

The topics and lengths can be chosen freely. All works must have been completed after January 1, 2021. There is no entry fee. The film submission must be made as a download.

The festival languages are German & English. Since we are a festival with an international audience and we would like to submit your films to international festivals, we recommend that you submit your films with English subtitles. If the original language of the film is not English or German, the viewing copy should be subtitled in one of these two languages. Otherwise, please include an English dialogue list.

All films will be screened by an independent pre-selection jury, which will compile the festival’s competition program. The selection is not based on technical perfection, but on originality and independence of idea and cinematic realization.

The selected films are presented in individual program blocks, which are not arranged according to age groups.

Jury and prizes

An independent festival jury will award the „Media Clips“ during the festival. The jury will consider age groups in all decisions.

The decisions of the pre-selection jury and the festival jury are not contestable and will be communicated to all participants* by e-mail only, unless they are present in person.


Submission is possible online from December 15, 2022 until May 15, 2023 and is done via the portal filmfestivals4u. The entry form must be filled out online. By submitting, filmmakers* declare that they own all rights to the film without restrictions. Restrictions must be stated. The submitters agree to the publication of the data (e.g. festival catalog/program) and, if applicable, a film excerpt for promotional purposes (e.g. festival trailer).

Screening copies and uploads

Screening copies must be available for download together with the official entry form, as well as optional accompanying materials (e.g. texts on the content and making of the film) by May 15, 2023 (deadline). For downloads we need the files in the formats mpeg4, or h264 for viewing. (Please no gigabyte monsters, i.e. the file must not be larger than 100 MB per minute of film. If the movie is selected for the program and we need a higher resolution, we will contact you).

Download links must be valid until the end of the festival. A link without a download option is not sufficient. The download must be possible directly (if necessary with password), i.e. the download possibility must not be linked to a registration of the REC – Filmfestival Berlin with a service provider (e.g. Dropbox).

Information in the registration form

The information provided on the registration form regarding the program text will be used for the festival catalog. The text should have a length of min. 350 to max. 650 characters. The catalog editors reserve the right to make editorial changes.

All information given when registering a film, such as the year of production and the year of birth/age of the persons involved, must be truthful. With the registration and signature the regulations of the festival are accepted.

If the information provided in the registration form is not truthful – especially regarding the year of creation of the film and the year of birth of the persons involved – the selection / nomination for the festival and, if applicable, an award made by the jury may be revoked. This decision is made by the organizers and the supporting association of the festival and is not contestable.

Organizers and sponsors of the festival

The REC – Filmfestival Berlin is organized in cooperation with the Jugend- und Familienstiftung des Landes Berlin, the outreach gGmbH – Projekt Network and the non-profit association PUMA e.V. with its „Medienzentrum Clip“ (c/o Internetwerkstatt Netti, Friedrich-Wilhelm-Platz 11, D-12161 Berlin) and supported by Youth Welfare Office Berlin-Tempelhof-Schöneberg.

REC Filmfestival 2023

Films can be submitted again from December 15, 2022 –

for the REC Filmfestival 2023

Festival date: September 20th – 23rd, 2023

Please make a note of the date, write it down, write it in the calendar, learn it by heart, and if your film is screened here, we would be happy to welcome you personally at the festival. We look forward to all other guests too!

2022 REC for Kids the winner films


Die Schule gehört uns / The school belongs to us Switzerland

Crossfade TV

School life is characterized by boredom and demotivation. To counteract this, the students decided to conduct an experiment. „School without teachers“ The experiment shows different facets and exciting ideas of new school subjects. Physics with breakdancing or French with chewing gum. With creative ideas, the project motivated not only the jury but also the audience to pursue crazy ideas.


2050 Germany

Jugendbüro Nuthe-Urstromtal

In the end, only a few young people survive who no longer know their own identity. A dramaturgically well-written story with an exciting development and an important message. Climate change, apocalypse, humanity. The dystopian film deals with big themes with well-placed special effects, but always leaves their sympathetic actors in the foreground. Props are used imaginatively and the camera is used professionally. The teens have shown a great team effort to make this entertaining film.

Honorable mentions

Alien Angriff / Alien Attac Germany

Medienprojekt Berlin e.V / Anton Johann Hübner, Felix Eduardo Paul

A meteorite crashes to earth, releasing deadly viruses on humanity, and only when a spaceship sends medicine is there hope again. The two filmmakers have processed a red-hot topic with simple, cinematic means. With great sound and self-made drawings they showed us how 9-year-olds would fight Corona. Great job.

Pasuya and Cloud Taiwan

Ting Yuk Yuen

„Pasuya and Cloud“ is a heartwarming story about a boy and his friendship with a leopard. The mixture of lovingly designed 3D backgrounds and impressively animated 2D characters, makes the film a very special experience. We are allowed to take a look into the fascinating world of the indigenous people of Taiwan, which captivates with a unique visual signature. An exciting adventure that sensitively brings us closer to important themes such as family, friendship and acceptance. A film you won’t forget in a hurry!

The Appliance Make a Stand Ireland

6. Klasse, Scoil San Phroinsias

Can you have compassion for household appliances? The answer is: Yes! In „The Appliance make a stand,“ household appliances are pissed off. When people stare for minutes at an open refrigerator, use their washing machine for a single T-shirt, and toasters become lonely, something is seriously wrong. It’s just good that people are finally being told what they think. In an entertaining and educational way, this animated film tells us everything about the inner workings of household appliances and gives us valuable energy-saving tips to take home with us.