Every year, the Berlin Indie Film Festival hosts live screenings of international films in Berlin, focusing on discovering talents. Among the monthly winners, selected films will be shown at the prestigious Babylon theater in Rosa-Luxemburg-Straße 30, 10178 Berlin.

Among the jury members are Amelia Antonucci, founder, and director of Cinema Italia SF, LLC; Emanuela Mascherini, actress/writer, and director; and Gaia Kim Bartolini, screenwriter.

The last live festival took place at Babylon on January 25th, 2023



Best Feature Film
Best Short Film
Best Documentary
Best Short Documentary
Best Actress - Feature Film
Best Actor - Feature Film
Best Actress - Short Film
Best Actor - Short Film
Mobile Feature Film
Mobile Short Film
Best Director - Feature Film
Best Director - Short Film
Best Director - Documentary
Best Director - Short Documentary
Best Music Video
Best Student Film
Best Experimental Film
Best Animation
Commercial &. Advertising
Health and Covid 19
Artist Film - Short
Comedy - Short
Dance Film (Short)
Green & Environment
Fashion (Short)
Family Friendly (Short)
Music Video (Short)
VR & Immersive Experience
360 Film
Science Fiction
Best Trailer
Best Editing
Best Original Score
Best Sound Design
Best Screenplay
Best First Time Director

Honorable Mentions

All winners receive a certificate (pdf/jpg file)

We accept short films up to 31 minutes, fiction, documentary, or other narrative forms, depending on the category.

We accept feature films from 51 minutes.

By submitting your film you agree to the following:
- Parts of your film - including a trailer, teaser, film poster, extracts, and stills - will be used for promotional purposes.
- Entry fees are non-refundable.
- Multiple entries are allowed for each filmmaker and each entry may be entered in multiple categories.
- The films must include English subtitles unless the spoken language is English

Overall Rating
  • Arca Lui Scora

    It was a vivid, gorgeous, extraordinary experience. Thank you, Berlin Indie Film Festival! You were the first festival ever that our experimental short, was submitted and it also won an award - you are our lucky fest!

    January 2023
  • The Berlin Indie Film Festival revived memories: Der Linden str, Kudamu's bohemian spots, Berlin galleries and museums.
    Marek Wojtasik

    December 2022
  • Rita Panahi

    Thank you for selecting my film.

    November 2022
  • Festival incrível, muito feliz com a participação. Muito obrigado por tudo. Vida longa!!!

    November 2022
  • Will Light

    No even sure if it's a real festival, they don't hold the events, but maybe just annual one, which they don't clarify who is invited. I did not hear anything from them, but only through Filmfreeway, and only a month later sent an email, and received an answer which monthly competition my film was in... but no screening whatsoever. NOT RECOMMENDED.

    November 2022
    Response from festival:

    When you submit your work, please read the instructions on the site and on filmfreeway. The reviews won't be helpful if someone ignores the description and says they don't know how something works when it was described very clearly. Berlin's Babylon cinema hosts the main annual events, which are open to everyone. There was a clear statement online about that. To say that the event isn't real is not only defamatory but also strange. The reason for this is that everyone who attended, posted their photos online, and was informed about the event in exactly the same way as everyone else.