Film Submission

Submission info for BIFF 2015

BIFF 2015 Submission Guidelines

(for screenplay submission information, see here)
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The Berlin Independent Film Festival is dedicated to showcasing new emerging film talent.

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The alternative is to pay via Paypal and complete the submission form

Submission info:
*All entries must be shipped prepaid.
*Do not declare a value on your submission, as this will hold it up in customs.
*Preview format must be DVD. Preview DVD’s should be clearly labelled with the title, running time and contact information (name, phone number, e-mail.) or WaB number.
*If you are submitting more than one entry, a separate submission is required for each film, although they may be mailed together.

Entry Fees:
Deadlines: Early — ending Sept 12, 2014; Regular — ending Oct 17, 2014;  Late — ending Dec 5, 2014
Fees for feature films are £75 early, £80 regular, £85 late .
Fees for short films are £45 early, £50 regular, £55 late.
Fees for music videos: £25 early, £30 regular, £35 late

Fees for feature scripts are £45 early, £50 regular, £55 late.

Please send any related press materials, including electronic press kit, and photos to info@berlinfest.com

Our submissions address is:
BIFF
Office 2
72 Great Titchfield St.
W1W 7QW
London, UK

Although due care will be exercised, BIFF cannot assume any liability for damage to entries.

Entry Rules:
1. The Berlin Independent Film Festival is open to international films in one of 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

2. All film entries must be received by the postal receipt deadline of January 4, 2015. PLEASE NOTE all entries must be postmarked, uploaded or emailed by the appropriate postmark deadline AS LISTED ABOVE to be eligible for consideration.

NTSC and PAL submissions will be accepted, as will Region 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6.

3. We cannot return DVD entries under normal circumstances.

4. If selected to be showcased during the event, all screening copies must be received by February 1st, 2015

5. All photos provided must be clearly identified on the back. Photos will not be returned & may be used for any festival promotions.

6. Films which have been broadcast on Television, Cable or have had an international theatrical release prior to BIFF are NOT eligible for any competition but may be screened, out of competition.

7. Non-English language produced films must have English subtitles or be dubbed in English.

8. All entrants certify that they have been given full rights to use any and all music in their films.

9. Film Producers are responsible for insurance and shipment costs of films to BIFF.

10. The title of the work and name of entrant must be on all mailing containers, labels, can reels and film leaders.

11. If you choose not to submit via Withoutabox, you can also submit via postal mail, and pay the submission fee via PayPal and send us an signed entry form.

Our submissions address:
BIFF
Office 2
72 Great Titchfield St.
W1W 7QW
London, UK

Award Categories:
12. All film entries will be considered for the Awards competition. Award winners will be selected by a panel of active film industry professionals. All films go through a screening process and are reviewed by at least two film industry professionals.

13. Winners agree to participate in the publicity for the Festival as well as other promotional events, including the website. The determination of the winners is final.

14. Jury Film Award 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 Short Short
Best Horror / Sci-Fi Short
Best Music Video
15. Screenplay Award categories:

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

17. Selected film entries will be notified by Jan 10, 2015.

Accepted Filmmakers Or Screenwriters
18. Filmmakers or screenwriters accepted and are attending the festival are responsible for travel, lodging, and all other expenses.

19. Filmmakers or screenwriters accepted into BIFF – will receive the following:

Two(2) festival passes per submitted film to see all the festival films FREE
Admittance for filmmakers to the “Opening Night Event” or the “It’s A Wrap Party”

All stated information, eligibility and submission guidelines, terms and conditions of entry, and entry information is subject to change by the Berlin Independent Film Festival, without notice.

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