Going Underground is a short film festival in the Berlin subway .
The short films of the annual festival are broadcast exclusively on the double monitors in the Berlin window on BVG trains . Berliner Fenster GmbH organizes “Going Underground” together with the short film distributor “ Interfilm Berlin ”. The films are a maximum of 90 seconds long and run without sound. Sex and violence scenes must be avoided.
In February 2006 the short film festival took place for the fifth time at the start of the Berlinale. The films were shown on the 3,768 monitors in the Berlin window and thus reached around 1.6 million viewers every day.
A total of 457 films from 39 countries were submitted for “Going Underground 5”, 14 of which took part in the festival. In 2006, in addition to the “Going Underground Award”, a second competition with seven additional films was announced for the first time. This “Renewable Movies” competition is exclusively dedicated to the topic of “Renewable Raw Materials”. The award sponsor and co-initiator is the FNR (Fachagentur Nachwachsende Rohstoffe eV).
In both competitions, a total of 21 films from 10 countries were selected from all submissions, of which the first three from both categories were awarded. The winners received prize money of 1,000 to 3,000 euros for the “Going Underground Award” and 750 to 2,500 euros for the Renewable Movie Award.
A total of 60,000 viewers, who also won something, voted for their favorite film during the last four festivals.