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
  • Was a complete pleasure to screen in competition at a festival in. Berlin. Our smartphone feature film ONE PUNCH was accepted up we had the chance for a different audience to see our story. Unfortunately it was online, as many festivals have been lately, but we appreciated the effort by the organisers to keep going through the tough times and share these films with the world. Thanks team!

    March 2022
  • Carole Starcevic

    It is a true honor for the Rapsodies team that our script ‘Mind out of Time’ - based on a disruptive sci-fi high concept - has been chosen as the best Sci-Fi screenplay. After winning numerous awards in our three countries of predilection (because country of origin for our writers), USA - UK - France, the Rapsodies team tried new contests in a different cultural country. Thank you Berlin! It's worth it to participate!

    February 2022
  • Thank you so much for the award! I hope you’ll have a real non virtual event next year and I want to go to Berlin next time!

    February 2022
  • Jill Elaine Hughes

    My feature screenplay won the entire festival. Which is great. However, I'm not sure what that actually means or includes/or the benefits as this has not been communicated. My screenplay MIGHT COME A WINDSTORM was initially labeled AWARD WINNER in FilmFreeway but then was downgraded to Selected. Please restore AWARD WINNER since it won the festival and advise what that actually entails.

    No information shared about networking or other benefits of winning the entire screenplay contest. Inconsistent communication from festival. Thanks and look forward to updates.

    February 2022
  • Ernesto Rowe

    My best thoughts for this festival! Great communication and team. Truly wished I could've made the trip over there! Hope to have more opportunities! We are all very happy for the audience award for best short film ONE LAST TIME :))))

    February 2022