The Berlin Sci-fi Fimfest will be showcasing the best of its 2018 Science Fiction film entries from around the world in the heart of one of Europe's oldest and most widely now cities - Berlin. We will celebrate the Science Fiction genre and its filmmakers who seek out new life and new civilizations, boldly going where no man has gone before.

The festival screenings will be on 16-17 November 2018 at Berlin's Babylon cinema in Berlin-Mitte.

You can submit in the following categories:

Best Feature (Min. 60 minutes)
Best Web-series (Max. 30 minutes)
Best Fan Film (Max. 60 minutes)
Best Action Short (Max. 40 minutes)
Best Drama Short (Max. 40 minutes)
Best Animation
Best Comedy
Best Experimental/Music
Best VFX
Outstanding Film Award
Grand Jury Award

SPONSORED AWARDS
From CRAWFORD TALENTS Berlin for
Best Actor (250$)
Best Actress (250$)

From QUID IN SHRAPNEL for
Best Director (250$)

All of the winners above will receive the BSFF award and runners-up will receive a BSFF certificate, which will be sent as PDF.

Additional PDF Certificated will be given for winners in the following categories:
Best Experimental/Music
Best Story
Best Cinematography
Best Trailer

Plus: The Dublin Sci-Fi Film Festival Short Film Automatic Acceptance

Here are our rules to enter:

Films submitted must belong to the Sci-fi genre, we are interested in a full range of films from geek interest, documentary, narrative, animation, experimental and fan films.

YOU MUST submit to the a primary genre first and then submit to a secondary. If you submit to the secondary only the submission is void. Please make sure you state which category your secondary submission is in or it will be void.

Films must be in English or have English subtitles.

All submissions are preferred as a digital upload/download .MOV or DCP files only please. If you have a Vimeo account make sure it is the best quality you have and that we can download it.

To help you with your submission have a look at this article: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/essential-film-festival-submission-information-anthony-straeger/
We require that you provide a downloadable link, poster, 2 - 6 stills and an overview.

You give the Berlin Sci-fi Filmfest permission to use the film or its trailer and/or any other marketing materials you supply to us for any promotional purposes for the festival.

You give the Berlin Sci-fi Filmfest permission to show your film royalty-free during the festival at the designated venue(s).

Once a film is officially accepted to the festival, the filmmaker can no longer withdraw it from the festival lineup.

The filmmaker is responsible for submitting the final screening materials to us at least 21 days before festival begin.

You must have all copyright clearances, including music, for all the work you submit to us.

Fan-films are an exception as they are always homages to existing franchises. We do accept and want Fan-films in the festival.

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  • WATARU YANAGIDA

    Thank you, BSFF. We were so happy to see you at Babylon. CHIHARU KIMURA, the main actress of our short movie “Rococo Neuron", won the Best Actress for your filmfest. After the award ceremony, I returned to the hotel in Berlin and I sent her an email to Japan. She was taken by surprise and was very happy, when she heard about the good news. I would like to thank the BSFF team from the bottom of my heart. Thank you very much.

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    Response from festival:

    Thank you Wataru for the kind words and the award to Chiharu was very well deserved. Thank you for taking the time to join us.

  • Devi Snively

    I knew from the moment these guys reached out to let us know we got in that we had to attend this one -- and I'm so glad we did. You would never guess this was their first year. They were so organized and programming was excellent and eclectic in the best possible way -- with a variety of takes on Sci-fi and not just a bunch of movies about space aliens. Everybody was so accommodating and friendly that in between films we had a hard time leaving the lobby for all the great discussions going on. Oh, and attendance was impressive, especially for a first year. Many shows sold out and all had good sized audiences. The venue was perfect. A lovely historic cinema, centrally located with great sound and picture quality. Such a fun group of people with a nice international crowd of filmmakers and attendees. By all means go if you are lucky enough to get in!

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    Response from festival:

    Well we are blown away, by your review. We worked hard to make our first year a success and thanks to people and productions like yours in made the whole process a joy. Thank you Devi for let us and our audience discover 'Bride of Frankie'. We sincerely hope to see you again.

  • J.L. Wolfenstein

    Good luck with everything, wish we could be there.

    November 2017
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    Response from festival:

    Thanks for being a part of what has been a great first year festival. The Departure is an excellent short with a good twist/resolution at the end. Wish you look and hope to see you next time at BSFF.

  • Mark Largent

    The festival runners were quick in their responses and made the whole experience a great one. Only wish I could have been there in person.

    November 2017
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    Response from festival:

    You were missed... especially as you won Best Fan Film. The award is on it's way and hope you enjoy the 3D printing of the Fernsehen Turm Berlin. Thank you for submitting and being a great part of the festival.

  • Oliver Theurich

    We had an incredible time at Berlin Sci-Fi Filmfest!
    The staff and admin were extremely well organized and friendly. Thanks to Alexander Pfander (FESTIVAL DIRECTOR)!
    The screening of our film (REWINDER) was amazing.
    Can't wait until next year!

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    Response from festival:

    Thanks Oliver for the kind words and well done with Rewind. We were really pleased to have you as part of the program and YES, join us again next year.