10th Annual

Berlin Independent Film Festival

February 13, 2020 to February 19, 2020

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OPEN CALL FOR ENTRIES • Select a Category of Entry to continue.

Low-Budget Feature (budget €250k to €1M)
Low-Budget Feature (budget €250k to €1M)
Micro-Budget Feature (budget under €250k)
Micro-Budget Feature (budget under €250k)
No-Budget Feature (budget under €25k)
No-Budget Feature (budget under €25k)
Sci-Fi / Horror Feature Film
Low budget Sci-Fi and Horror features
Female Director Feature
Feature film with female director
Documentary Feature
Independent Documentary Feature
Short Film
Narrative films less than 50 minutes long
Short Documentary
Documentary films less than 30 minutes long
Animated Short
Animated films less than 50 minutes long
Experimental Short
Experimental films less than 50 minutes long
Horror / Sci-Fi Short
Horror / Sci-Fi films less than 50 minutes long
Music Video
Music Videos less than 10 minutes long
Feature Screenplay
International screenplays in any genre
Sci-Fi / Horror Screenplay
Sci-Fi / Horror Feature Screenplays
Comedy Screenplay
Comedy Feature Screenplays


The Berlin Independent Film Festival is at the epicentre for low-budget filmmaking in Europe. While the Berlin Independent Film Festival is not connected with the Berlin Film Festival (Berlinale), BIFF runs at the same time, and not far from the European Film Market and draws on all the film industry power gathered in Berlin for those events.

As well as a offering plenty of screening opportunities for indie films, BIFF is developing into a crucial business hub for the low-budget film industry. BIFF hosts workshops and networking social events where attending filmmakers help each other out with marketing advice and EFM tips.

With an emphasis on showcasing new filmmakers achieving great things with tiny budgets, BIFF’s exciting programme of films and events combines a commitment to indie filmmaking ideals with a solid understanding of their potential in the marketplace.


The BIFF team are preparing for another fantastic festival of independent filmmaking at one of Berlin’s favorite independent cinemas.

The Berlin Independent Film Festival continues to champion low-budget filmmaking by giving special attention to films by first- and second-time directors and films achieving amazing results with small budgets.

BIFF takes place at the Babylon Cinema in downtown Berlin at the same time as the European Film Market

The Berlin Independent Film Festival is not connected with the Berlin Film Festival (Berlinale).


Claudine Biswas-MacKenzie (Festival Coordinator); Jim Devaux (Director)


*All entries must be submitted digitally
*If you are submitting more than one entry, a separate submission is required for each film.

Please send any related press materials, including electronic press kit, and photos to info@berlinfest.com

Our email address is:info@berlinfest.com


Although due care will be exercised, BIFF cannot assume any liability for damage to entries.

All film entries must be submitted digitally. If that is a problem for you, drop us an email and we'll work something out.

If selected to be showcased during the event, all screening copies must be received by Jan 21st, 2018

All photos provided must be clearly identified on the back. Photos will not be returned & may be used for any festival promotions.

Films which have been broadcast on Television, Cable or have had an international theatrical release prior to BIFF are NOT eligible for any competition but may be screened, out of competition.

Non-English language produced films must have English subtitles or be dubbed in English.

All entrants certify that they have been given full rights to use any and all music in their films.

Film Producers are responsible for insurance and shipment costs of films to BIFF.

Selected film entries will be notified by Jan 7, 2019.

Filmmakers or screenwriters accepted and attending the festival are responsible for travel, lodging, and all other expenses.