Festival 2022

The BIFF team presented another fantastic festival of independent filmmaking from February 9-16, 2022.

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BIFF WINNERS 2022
Here are the award winners from the 2022 Berlin Independent Film Festival.

Audience Award for Best Feature
Precarious by Weston Terray

Best Drama Feature
One Punch by Darcy Yuille

Best Comedy Feature
Shellfish by Hunter Hopewell

Festival Director’s Award for Best Feature
The Fusion Solution by Jeff Mehiel

Best Documentary Feature
Any Given Day by Margaret Byrne

Best Environmental Documentary
Land of the Free: In the Shadows by James Ganiere

Best Short Documentary
When They’re Gone by Kristen Hwang

Best Screenwriting Short Film
Shutter the Doors by Sheri Sussman

Audience Award for Best Short Film
One Last Time by Ernesto Rowe

Jury Award for Best Short Film
Maenad Fever by Tamara Cook

Festival Director’s Award for Best Short Film
Aska by Clara Milo

Best Comedy Short
I Mustache You by Shara Ashley Zeiger

Best Drama Short
Meet the Sky by K.J. Edwards

Best Animated Short
Sina ma Tinirau by Vilsoni Tausie Hereniko

Best Horror Short
The Maid by Kristin Goodman

Best Sci-Fi Short
Orbital Christmas by Mitsuyasu Sakai

Best Experimental Short
Hejleh by Lauren Merage

Best Feature Screenplay
Might Come a Windstorm by Jill Elaine Hughes

Best Comedy Screenplay
Rebranding Henry by Daniel Keith

Best Sci-Fi/Horror Screenplay
Mind Out of Time By Rapsodies

BIFF 2022 SCHEDULE:

Here’s the schedule for the 2022 Berlin Independent Film Festival.

All films are screened on the Eventive online platform.

Panels are free of charge and released one each day of the festival. Feature film tickets cost $10 per feature film, shorts blocks cost $10 per 60 minute block. Films can be watched anytime during the festival run, Feb 9-16.

SHORT FILMS

Shorts Block 1 {buy here}
Kepley by Michael Grant, Stephanie Katherine Grant
The Heartbeat Of Life by Giuseppe Malpasso
Aska by Clara Milo
Kintsugi by Justine Kaneda

Shorts Block 2 {buy here}
When They’re Gone by Kristen Hwang
Meet The Sky by K.J. Edwards
Emily’s Do by Gary Beeber
Hejleh by Lauren Merage

Shorts Block 3 {buy here}
Maenad Fever by Tamara Cook
June by Dwayne Cameron
I Mustache You by Shara Ashley Zeiger
The Package by Marc Desaulniers

Shorts Block 4 {buy here}
An Eye for An Eye by Phoenix Shi
The Pratt in the Hat by Susan Hillary
Shutter The Doors by Sheri Sussman
RunRainbow by David A. Holcombe
The Grave of Saint Oran by Jim Batt

Shorts Block 5 {buy here}
Orbital Christmas by Mitsuyasu Sakai
One Last Time by Ernesto Rowe
The Maid by Kristin Goodman
Two Different Eyes by Juho Lee, Juseung Lee
The Long Night by Terry Aderholt

Shorts Block 6 {buy here}
Here & Gone, Extended by Taylor Graham
Land of the Free: In the Shadows by James Ganiere
Seedtime by Connie Zheng
The Decipio by Jason Gullifer
Sina ma Tinirau by Vilsoni Tausie Hereniko

FEATURES

The Fusion Solution {buy here}
Directed by Jeff Mehiel

DOCUMENTARY
https://www.facebook.com/thefusionsolutionfilm/
Following the unconventional musical journey of Dean Brown, this documentary explores the Jazz Rock Fusion genre, the measures artists take to discover and shape their identity, and the courage it takes to pursue their art.

One Punch {buy here}
Directed by Darcy Yuille

DRAMA
http://www.rooftopfilmco.com/one-punch-feature-film/
A gritty, teen drama about Matt Mercado, a young Italian Australian man on the cusp of adulthood, struggling in his final year at high school and trying to hold on to the friendships and innocence of his youth.

Shellfish {buy here}
Directed by Hunter Hopewell

COMING-OF-AGE COMEDY
http://hunterhopewell.com/shellfish
Instead of finding a ‘real’ job, as his parents lovingly put it, stop motion animator Keller attempts to produce a film in a week with his dumbstruck brother and longtime crush. When their shoot goes wrong, Keller must face his own selfishness and decide which is more important, his filmmaking or close relationships, in this coming-of-age comedy with a twist of stop motion animation.

3.14… {buy here}
Directed by G. Gotham Smith

ROAD TRIP MOVIE
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1740719
Three guys stuck in a life rut run out of gas in the middle of the desert, where they meet magic burros, fire-breathing zebras, Shoshone Ghosts, and Hot Spring Chick, a girl with recurring relationship problems.

Savage Land {buy here}
Directed by by Campbell Dalglish & Dr. Henrietta Mann

DOCUMENTARY
http://www.savagelandfilm.com/
When Custer County Police kill 18 year old Cheyenne Arapaho Mah-hi-vist Red Bird Goodblanket in his family’s kitchen, descendants of the Sand Creek and Washita Massacres take us back 150 years to reveal how historical trauma and the horrors of the past are still present in America today.

Any Given Day {buy here}
Directed by Margaret Byrne

DOCUMENTARY
http://anygivendayfilm.com/
A filmmaker with mental illness follows three defendants through a specialized mental health probation program. While sharing their rarely seen struggles, she faces her own challenges, making clear just how precarious the ties between people with mental illness, their families and society can be.

Precarious {buy here}
Directed by Weston Terray

FANTASY
http://precarious-film.com/
A young man searches for a cursed fortune in an inescapable 1960s dreamscape. A hand-built film that recalls an era of fantasy not reliant on digital effects.

OFFICIAL SELECTION 2022
Here’s the 2022 Official Selection:

FEATURES:
3.14… by G. Gotham Smith
Any Given Day by Margaret Byrne
One Punch by Darcy Yuille
Precarious by Weston Terray
Savage Land by Campbell Dalglish & Dr. Henrietta Mann
Shellfish by Hunter Hopewell
The Fusion Solution by Jeff Mehiel

SHORTS:
An Eye for An Eye by Phoenix Shi
Aska by Clara Milo
Emily’s Do by Gary Beeber
Hejleh by Lauren Merage
Here & Gone, Extended by Taylor Graham
I Mustache You by Shara Ashley Zeiger
June by Dwayne Cameron
Kepley by Michael Grant & Stephanie Katherine Grant
Kintsugi by Justine Kaneda
Land of the Free: In the shadows by James Ganiere
Maenad Fever by Tamara Cook
Meet The Sky by K.J. Edwards
One Last Time by Ernesto Rowe
Orbital Christmas by Mitsuyasu Sakai
RunRainbow by David A. Holcombe
Seedtime by Connie Zheng
Shutter the Doors by Sheri Sussman
Sina ma Tinirau by Vilsoni Tausie Hereniko
The Decipio by Jason Gullifer
The Grave of Saint Oran by Jim Batt
The Heartbeat Of Life by Giuseppe Malpasso
The Long Night by Terry Aderholt
The Maid by Kristin Goodman
The Package by Marc Desaulniers
The Pratt in the Hat by Susan Hillary
Two Different Eyes by Juho Lee & Juseung Lee
When They’re Gone by Kristen Hwang

BIFF WINNERS 2021
Here are the award winners from the 2021 Berlin Independent Film Festival. And here’s the festival host Miltos Yerolemou reading out the awards:

2021 BIFF Awards on YouTube

Best Romance Feature
Lust Life Love by Stephanie Sellars & Benjamin Feuer

Best Drama Feature
Ruby by Juliet Ellis

Best Horror Feature
The Reckoning by Neil Marshall

Best Sci-Fi Feature
The Unhealer by Martin Guigui

Best Thriller Feature
The Subject by Lanie Zipoy

Best Documentary Feature
TOPOWA! – Never Give Up by Philip Sansom & Inigo Gilmore

Best Actor
Charlotte Kirk for The Reckoning

Best Short Documentary
We Travel vy Ethan Payne & Brian Foster

Audience Award for Best Short Film
The Bag by Samira Navidi

Jury Award for Best Short Film
Black Key by Yuchen Gao

Festival Director’s Award for Best Short Film
Inner Selves by Meriem Sakrouhi

Best Animated Short
In Solidarity – The Migration Blanket by Salma Zulfiqar

Best Experimental Short
We Agree on the Sun by Writer, Artistic Director, and Producer Sarah Rosenthal; Film Director-Editor Team Amelia Tierney and Jonah Belsky; and Dancer-Choreographer Ayana Kathryn Yonesaka

Best Horror Short
BOB by Johannes Schmidt

Best / Sci-Fi Short
Accepted by Stefano Di Pietro

Best Music Video
Love Song by Yuki Kubo

Best Short Short
Who We Are by Alexis Sallee

Best German Language Short
One Last Job by Sophia Vester

Best Feature Screenplay
Ramona At Midlife by Brooke Berman

Best Sci-Fi Screenplay
City of Silence by E.B. Hughes

Best Comedy Screenplay
Two Sisters by Francesca Van Horne

BIFF 2021 SCHEDULE:

Here’s the schedule for the 2021 Berlin Independent Film Festival.

All films are screened on the Eventive online platform.

Panels are free of charge and released one each day of the festival. Feature film tickets cost $10 per feature film, shorts blocks cost $10 per 60 minute block. Films can be watched anytime during the festival run, Feb 11-15.

SHORT FILMS

Shorts Block 1 {buy here}
A Circle Line Train by Martin Venier
The Cat by Mary Apick
We Travel by Ethan Payne & Brian Foster
Leo by Fabienne Mahé

Shorts Block 2 {buy here}
Goodbye Home by Jonathan Chong
New Dutch Herring by Ruben van Duijn
Proof of Loss by Katherine Fisher
Hairdryer by Jinglu Ji

Shorts Block 3 {buy here}
Love Song by Yuki Kubo
Oldboy’s Apples by Brad Hock
Unblinded by Paul Jerndal
Pride of Katanga by SJ Finlay
Man Of Fire by Heather Schmidt

Shorts Block 4 {buy here}
ORO by Francesca Malinverno
The Others by Jeanne Koepp
Accepted by Stefano Di Pietro
Driven by Keir Beck
Daughters of Revolution Eritrea – Peace in Time of War by Christine Vogelsang

Shorts Block 5 {buy here}
Who We Are by Alexis Sallee
We Agree on the Sun by Sarah Rosenthal, Amelia Tierney, Jonah Belsky, and Ayana Kathryn Yonesaka
One Last Job by Sophia Vester
BOB by Johannes Schmidt
Black Key by Yuchen Gao

Shorts Block 6 {buy here}
Inner Selves by Meriem Sakrouhi
This One’s for Emily Post by Cronin Cullen
The Bag by Samira Navidi
Sheltered by Charlotte Rose Manning
The Shadow of Your Smile by Carlos Ospina

Special Shorts Screening:
In Solidarity – The Migration Blanket +Q&A {buy here}
Directed by Salma Zulfiqar

FEATURE FILMS:

Lust Life Love {buy here}
Directed by Stephanie Sellars & Benjamin Feuer

DRAMA/ROMANCE
http://www.lustlifemovie.com/
When a bisexual, polyamorous sex blogger falls madly in love with a monogamous man, she comes face to face with the frightening truth about herself.

TOPOWA! – Never Give Up {buy here}
Directed by Philip Sansom & Inigo Gilmore

DOCUMENTARY
https://www.phix.london/factual#topowa
This is the inspirational journey of 12 young musicians from some of the toughest slums in Uganda, to some of the biggest music stages in the world.

Ruby {buy here}
Directed by Juliet Ellis

DRAMA
https://julietellis.com/work/film/ruby
Both tenderly loved and carelessly neglected by her mother, Ruby copes through her imagination. She tries to create a manageable world from her drawings and cut out pages of catalogues.

The Reckoning {buy here}
Directed by Neil Marshall

FANTASY/HORROR
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt9182964/
A woman is falsely accused of witchcraft in England in 1665, the year of the Great Plague. While enduring a brutal trial in which she is tormented by demons both real and spiritual, her persecutors attempt to break her will , while she plots violent revenge against them.

The Unhealer {buy here}
Directed by Martin Guigui

SCI-FI/THRILLER
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1318523/
A botched faith healing on a bullied teenager bestows Native American powers that “reflect” any attempted physical harm back on his aggressor. When his lifelong tormentors pull a prank that kills someone he loves, he uses his powers for revenge and goes on a bloody rampage to settle the score.

The Subject {buy here}
Directed by Lanie Zipoy

DRAMA/THRILLER
https://www.thesubjectmovie.com/
A successful white documentary filmmaker deals with the fallout from his last film, which caught the murder of a Black teenager on tape. Now, someone else is videotaping his every move, threatening his idyllic life.

BIFF 2021 OFFICIAL SELECTION

Features:
TOPOWA! – Never Give Up by Philip Sansom & Inigo Gilmore
Ruby by Juliet Ellis
The Reckoning by Neil Marshall
The Unhealer by Martin Guigui
Lust Life Love by Stephanie Sellars & Benjamin Feuer
The Subject by Lanie Zipoy
No Ordinary Love by Chyna Robinson

Short Films:
We Agree on the Sun by Sarah Rosenthal, Amelia Tierney, Jonah Belsky, and Ayana Kathryn Yonesaka
The Shadow of Your Smile by Carlos Ospina
Leo by Fabienne Mahé
New Dutch Herring by Ruben van Duijn
The BAG by Samira Navidi
BOB by Johannes Schmidt
Accepted by Stefano Di Pietro
Sheltered by Charlotte Rose Manning
This One’s for Emily Post by Cronin Cullen
The Others by Jeanne Koepp
Driven by Keir Beck
One Last Job by Sophia Vester
Man Of Fire by Heather Schmidt
We Travel by Ethan Payne & Brian Foster
In Solidarity – The Migration Blanket by Salma Zulfiqar
Proof of Loss by Katherine Fisher
The Cat by Mary Apick
Who We Are by Alexis Sallee
Goodbye Home by Jonathan Chong
Oldboy’s Apples by Brad Hock
Black Key by Yuchen Gao
Hairdryer by Jinglu Ji
Unblinded by Paul Jerndal
Love Song by Yuki Kubo
ORO by Francesca Malinverno
Inner Selves by Meriem Sakrouhi
Daughters of Revolution Eritrea – Peace in Time of War by Christine Vogelsang
A Circle Line Train by Martin Venier
The Shadow Of Your Smile by Carlos Ospina
Pride of Katanga by SJ Finlay