The BEST INDEPENDENT INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL shows a selection of shortfilms. The best Indie Films will win the Best Indie Film Award and will be screened in a Best of-festival program in selected film theatres. We are accepting films up to 30 Minutes. We will screen the nominated films in a summer and a winter edition of our festival.

For our independent corporation network we are also searching for feature films, which can be screened at the venues of our film festival partners.

Best Independents Director Award
Best Independents Director of Photography Award
Best Independents Scriptwriter Award
Best Independents Main Actor Award
Best Independents Main Actress Award
Best Independents Score Award
Best Indie Documentary Award
Best Independent Animation Award
Best Indie Music Clip Award
Best Indie Film Award
Best Indie Editing Award
Best Independent Visual FX
Best Independent Trailer

Selection process:

Films submitted will be screened and selected by a neutral committee.


There is no limitation of the production year.

The films shouldn't imply any illegal exposures according to German StGB law (e.g. pornography, excessive violence or sedition etc.).

Screening and presentation copy:

Screening copies (DCPs or MOVs), photos/film stills and other submitted footage remain in the festival archive, they will not be send back.

Return of presentation copies can be done after the last presentation during the festival directly to any authorized person or else by mail latest 1 month after the festival to the address provided by the filmmaker.

The festival organizers only accept the costs for re-dispatching of the presentation copies.

The sender has to provide sufficient postal fees for the transmittal of the presentation copies. Film transmittals with insufficient postal fees will be rejected.

The following formats are valid for the film submission:

Mpeg2, h264, HD (1920x1080) or SD (720x576)
Download link to video server
Video DVD (PAL)

Legal Provisions:

All copyrights remain with the filmmakers.

The filmmakers have to guarantee that they possess all copyrights and personal rights necessary for the festival presentation.

Films submitted for the festival cannot be withdrawn. Upon submission the filmmakers accept the presentation of their films during the festival.

All transmittals and other materials are not covered by insurance. The organizers do not assume any liability in case of damage or loss.

The risk of transport is on the side of the sender. Under no circumstances will the organizers be liable. Transmittals from abroad have to carry the remark:

“For cultural purposes only – no commercial use”.

Decisions of the festival administration are binding and unappealable.

Any legal process is excluded.

The festival administration can provide extracts of submitted films (up to 3 minutes) as well as still pictures for means of non-commercial festival advertising to internet, press, radio and television networks.

The presentation of all films that are accepted in the festival program will be free of any charges or fees.

Overall Rating
  • Frank Shouldice

    Could not attend, unfortunately, but up against such strong competition we were delighted to win Best Indie Documentary Award at the BEST Independents . . . thank you!

    December 2019
  • Carlo Avventi

    Very good communication. Unfortunately I couldn't attend the festival.

    December 2019
  • Cengiz Akaygün

    I felt honored to be a Part of the Festival.

    October 2019
  • Frank Prinzi

    I am VERY honored to have been part of your wonderful film fest.
    I wish you many years of great films and good cheer!
    Frank Prinzi (IT'S A MESS)

    January 2019
  • Thank you for everything! Everything was great. I am so grateful.

    December 2018