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.

BIFF takes place at the Babylon Cinema in downtown Berlin. 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.

Awards in the following categories:
Best Feature (over £100k)
Best Micro-budget Feature (under £100k)
Best No-Budget Feature (under £10k)
Best Documentary
Best Sci-Fi / Horror Feature
Best Female Director Feature
Best LGBT film
Best Short Film
Best Short Documentary
Best Animated Short
Best Experimental Short
Best Horror / Sci-Fi Short
Best Music Video
Screenplay Award categories:

Best Feature Screenplay
Best Sci-Fi / Horror Screenplay
Best Comedy Screenplay

*Preview format should be digital submission, either through a submission platform, or via a hosting platform like Vimeo. If digital submission is impossible for you, drop us an email and we'll work something out.
*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

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  • Stephanie Sellars

    It was an honor to premiere at BIFF! Communication was good throughout and the quality of the films overall was high. Miltos Yerolemou was an excellent host, full of charm, enthusiasm and well-rounded Q&A questions. Although I missed being there in person, the virtual format worked well. Thanks BIFF for a great festival!

    April 2021
  • We are really proud to have won the Best Sci-Fi Short Film Award at Berlin Independent Film Festival with my film "Accepted"! The festival has been running for 13 years and is definitely one of the most established independent film festivals in Europe. The communication was good and the films in the competition were amazing.

    March 2021
  • juliet ellis

    We had a great time with the Q&A session with Miltos Yerolemou, very knowledgable about our film. it was great to win Best Drama. I would say I would have liked to have more communication/conversations with other film makers via zoom. It would also be really helpful for independent filmmakers to have networking opportunities, there was actually none. Meeting more people in the industry especially as it was all online is really important. There is a feeling that the film was shown, but I didn't really feel part of anything. Still a good festival.

    March 2021
  • samira navidi

    It was an honor to be part of this Festival. We enjoyed it a lot. The communication was great—a well-organized Festival.

    February 2021
  • Sarah Rosenthal

    So much appreciation to BIFF. A special shout-out to Erich who went out of his way to communicate thoughtfully with filmmakers. He was on his game and responsive every step of the way. Thank you Erich! Thank you BIFF! A wonderful experience.

    February 2021