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.

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Overall Rating
  • Häly Heinecker

    This festival is an absolute disappointment. I'm assuming the organizers profit off the high entry fees and try to spend as little money as possible on the screenings, as they are not advertised anywhere and take place in a small, poorly managed cinema room in the back of Babylon.
    The so-called "workshops and networking social events" did not take place and the "opening night party" consisted of two organizers and a few of their non-film related aquaintances showing up one hour late to a bar.
    The audience - only the filmmakers and our friends - was not let into the main entrance and left to wait in the cold. Finally, a grumpy employee showed up chewing on a bag of popcorn and leading us into a smelly back room with about 20 seats. Quite comedic actually, but not exactly worth spending 60€ for.
    I highly advise against wasting your money at this festival, I have gotten much better service at festivals with free entry.

    November 2020
  • Michael Rebitzki-Vennhoff

    Excellent Festival. Amazing Setup. Great Communication. Highly recommended! It was a pleasure being part of this years edition.

    April 2020
  • Thank you very much for the screening of my very first film Wu. I liked the venue, the atmosphere and the spirit of your Festival!
    May I add a small critique? It would be great, if DCP is an option for the next round! :-)

    March 2020
  • Markus Kowalski

    Unfortunately, the festival did not communicate well. I said that I will attend the festival but when I wanted to get my ticket they were already sold out, so I couldn't attend the premiere of my film. Also, there is no good networking or any other events. I definitely won't apply there again.

    June 2019
  • I am very sad that i spent 60 bucks on a festival that does not seem to value the entries at all. I just got one mail with the timing of the screening, that's it. I didn't have the feeling that I would have been welcomed there so I din't bother to come all the way to Berlin.
    Felt highly unprofessional.

    March 2019