Wim Wenders presented the prize, now in its fifth year. Zia's short is about an Iraqi man who finds himself the subject of a manhunt by German police.
The other nominees were documentary Berlin Hair Today by Denmark's Ole Bendtzen and drama The Last Wash from Finland's Ville Jankeri.
Wenders served on the jury with director Uli Gaulke and actress Jasmin Tabatabai. Wenders said: 'The city silently passes by its protagonists and yet remains present at all times Using quiet tones and delicate gestures. Match Factor succeeds wonderfully in describing how the two main protagonists gently grow closer.'
The Talent Campus opened Saturday and runs through Thursday.
The three Berlin Today shorts will show at 6 pm today (Monday) at Hackesche Höfe cinema, Rosenthaler Str. 40/41. The winning short will also be shown on TV station Deutsche Welle.
The Berlin Today 2009 competition will be on the theme 'My Wall.'