9.1 The award is presented to the European director(s) (see 1.6) of a European short film.

    9.2 To be eligible, the main production country of a short film has to be European (see 1.5). The film must be produced in 2023 or 2024 and shall not exceed 30 minutes. Eligible are fiction, documentary, animation and experimental films.

    9.3 The EUROPEAN SHORT FILM 2024 is presented in co-operation with 30 European film festivals (see short film network) which include the different genres in their respective (main/international) competition(s).

    9.4 At each of the listed festivals, a jury appointed by the festival selects a single candidate (there shall be no ex-aequo candidates). The same film(s) may get selected at several festivals within the circuit.

    9.5 Short film candidates must be submitted by their rights-holders and made available for viewing to the nomination committee. The submitted version has to be the original language version with English subtitles (for accessibility reasons this is also mandatory for English-language films).

    9.6 Based on the complete list of candidates the participating festivals nominate five short films.

    9.7 The nominations are announced four to eight weeks prior to the European Film Awards Ceremony and are made available for viewing to the Academy Members who vote for the winner.

    9.8 The votes are kept by a notary or an auditor. The winner is announced during the European Film Awards Ceremony.