Celebrating experimental, unconvential and independent films we launched our VoD Platform 2018 and the same year initiated the annual Film Festival in Berlin with the same mission!

We welcome all forms of films made by film makers who go with their own style and stories - may they be macabre, unsympathetic, quiet, violent, dreamy or anything else.

We pay for accomodation for all selected films to encourage and support their travel to the Berlin for the Festival. The event aims to create a relaxed and friendly atmosphere where guests feel welcomed and at home - networking, mingling and simply having a good time. Participating at the festival should be a valuable experience, not just another screening in an unknown place.

Since 2019 we collaborate with Film Critic Kirk Fernwood, owner of the film critic blog onefilmfan.com. He writes extensives reviews on all participating films at the Festival. This is a collaboration we have entered so that all film makers regardless if visiting Berlin or not receives something valuable to bring with them on their continuous Festival and overall films journey.

Furthermore, all films are invited to our VoD Platform Illambra. We launched 2018 building completely from scratch and use a straight forward 50/50 model for revenue. For us it's first and foremost about true independent films finding a home online where they can be hosted and presented together in a qualitative manner. We're looking to build a solid library over time, presenting authors rather than titles, and grow the user base organically.

For more information please do not hesitate do contact us.

- We pay for accomodation for all selected film makers.

- Movie Blog OneFilmFan.com will write an extensive review on all participating films.

- All submitted films will be considered for Illambra regardless if selected for the Festival or not.

- All selected films will be invited to Illambra.

-There is no limit as to how many films a Film Maker can submit. However, each film can only be submitted once in one single category. If your film is suiting in more than one category, then please choose the one you find most suiting.

-Completion date does not influence the submission selection.

-Previous Festival history for the Film does not influence the submission selection. Neither Films displayed in multiple festivals nor World premieres are given priority.

-Please make sure that your submission includes a Film Synopsis a Director Biography and a still photo from the film as these are needed to produce Film Festival material such as webpresentation, flyers, posters etc.

-No refunds.

- The sender of the submitted film is responsible for all copyrights. The applicant is legally authorized to enter the film in the festival and, if selected for the festival, authorized to give screening permission.

-The applicant has secured all necessary rights for both picture and sound, and exhibition will not violate or infringe upon any rights, including but not limited to music, images, and content.

-If selected for the festival the applicant acknowledges and agrees that the film will be displayed in front of a live audience.

-The film remains the property of the author.

Overall Rating
  • Irit Reinheimer

    It was an honor to be part of the Berlin Illambra Experimental Film Festival. I appreciated the team offering accommodations for the filmmakers - although I was not able to attend, it was a generous offer from a small festival in its second year. In addition, each film was given a written review - I have never heard of a festival doing this. For those of us who can not make it to all of our film's screenings, it is very meaningful to get in writing someone's impression of your work. I hope one day I get to attend the festival!

    December 2019
  • I was unable to attend the festival. The communication by email and Instagram posts was plenty helpful. Great communication , back and forth . A kind , easy going experience .

    December 2019
  • Oliver Smith

    Although I was not able to attend, I was impressed how professional and yet personal everything was with BIEFF. Great communication. And each film got a review. Wish more festivals did this. Top notch.

    December 2019
  • Kathy Smith

    Although I could not attend the Berlin Illambra Experimental Film Festival due to my work schedule I was very impressed with the communication, coordination, hospitality and organization. Not only did they communicate immediately upon selection but also offered two nights acommodation in Berlin.

    The festival artists/organizers were professional and the festival well publicized on social media and via posters around Berlin. The selection looked really interesting and I reviewed many of the other filmmakers online. They also had a film critic Kirk Fernwood of One Film Fan http://onefilmfan.com/ review each of the films selected. This is an important aspect for artists, rarely done by many festivals and much appreciated by all I am sure!

    Overall this is a unique and professional festival that is setting a new benchmark for experimental films from around the world. I highly recommend!

    December 2019
  • David Harkin

    Although I never got over to the festival, the professionalism, courtesy and communication of the festival organisers has been excellent.

    December 2019