Festival 2013

BIFF Winners 2013

  • Low-Budget Feature (budget over €250k)
  • StringCaesar
  • Director: Paul Schoolman

  • Micro-Budget Feature (budget under €250k)
  • The Taiwan Oyster
    Director: Mark Jarrett


  • No-Budget Feature (under €25k)
  • Rumblestrips 
    Director: Toby Poser


  • Sci-Fi/Horror Feature 
  • Route 30 Too! 
    Director: John Putch


  • Documentary Feature
  • People of a Feather
  • Director: Joel Heath

  • Female Director
  • Johnny Ghost
  • Director: Donna McRae

  • Short Documentary (under 30 minutes)
  • Between Borders
  • Director: Dark Foterek

  • Experimental Film (under 30 minutes)
  • Wenn der Osten plötzlich im Westen liegt
  •  Director:  Ki Bun

  • Short Film (under 50 minutes)
  • Kufsaot
  • Director: Alex Korin & Doron Alon

  • Sci-Fi/Horror Short (under 50 minutes)
  •  Shadow of the Unnamable
  • Director: Sascha Renninger

  • Short Short (under 5 minutes)
  • Hollow Date
  • Director: Alexander Tuschinski

  • Music Video
  • Death by Chocolate
  • Director: Mitch Bekk

  • Audience Award: Feature
  • Little Red
  • Director: Tate Bunker

  • Audience Award: Short Film
  • The Runner
  • Director: Parker Ellerman

  • Feature Screenplay
  • Safeword
  • Writer: Zoe Mavroudi

  • Sci-Fi/Horror Screenplay
  • After Ares
  • Writer: Hunter Hadfield

  • Comedy Screenplay
  • Rock Gods
  • Writer: John Gigrich

 

SCHEDULE FOR BIFF 2013

Friday Feb 8:
Opening Night Party
at AG Foundation aka Griffin Bar
Invalidenstr 151 Berlin 10115
www.griffinbar.de
DJ Task spins jazz
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All screenings, Feb 9-17 are at the Babylon, Rosa-Luxemburg-Str. 30, 10178.  < http://www.babylonberlin.de >

Saturday Feb 9
Tickets for the entire evening cost 7 EUR 
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Feature 1 at 17:30
Little Red (83m) dir. by Tate Bunker

DRAMA: In a contemporary retelling of ‘Little Red Riding Hood’ a wolfish pedophile named Lou, played by Mark Metcalf (Animal House, Seinfield, Buffy the Vampire Slayer), stalks preteen Milwaukeean ‘Red’ on her whimsical, runaway trip to Florida. Happily ever after does not come easily, or without a price, in this hauntingly beautiful adventure film.
www.littleredthemovie.com 

Shorts Block 1 (75m) at 19:30

Clash (11m) dir. by Kai Sitter
Pain Staking (10m) dir. by Adolfo Martinez Perez
Motorbike (23m) dir. by Bert Schmidt
Scars (4m) dir. by Julius Tuomisto
Certified (8m) dir. by Luke Guidici
Keys Wallet Phone (11m) dir. by Juliet Lashinsky-Revene
Op Shop (7m) dir. by Lee Rogers

Feature 2 at 21:15
Fat Cat (88m) dir. by Michele Fiascaris

COMEDY: A gangster comedy set in Italy and in London. It’s the story of two goofy criminals from Italy that get in trouble with their boss, a schizophrenic and flamboyant crime lord named Mosca, and will struggle to come out of this situation alive.
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Sunday Feb 10
Tickets for the entire evening cost 7 EUR 

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Feature 1 at 17:30
Ticket to the Circus (95m) dir. by Barbara Troy

ADVENTURE: A Halloween road trip. Witches in trees, a movie star. A gnome. Two young women on the lam for a murder they didn’t commit become lovers & Detroit’s Most Wanted. Thelma & Louise, younger & gayer.

Shorts Block 2 (64m) at 19:30

Fears of Young Caroline (12m) dir. by Talisha Elger
Between Borders (18m) dir. by Dark Foterek
No Rest for the Wicked (16m) dir. by Ryan Schifrin
Sea Pavilion (10m) dir. by Todd Somodevilla & Marysia Makowska
Hit and Run (8m) dir. by Luke McKay

Feature 2 at 21:15
Route 30, Too! (87m) dir. by John Putch

COMEDY: There’s a stretch of Route 30 that’s been haunted for generations by a spirit known as the White Woman. Appearing to drivers as a wailing spectre on that lonely road, no one knows quite what she wants—but lately she seems none-too-happy about the UFO that’s parked itself in the middle of her forest.
www.Route30Too.com
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Monday Feb 11
Tickets for the entire evening cost 7 EUR 
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Feature 1 at 17:30
People of a Feather (90m) dir. by Joel Heath

DOCUMENTARY: People of a Feather takes you through time and into the world of the Inuit on the Belcher Islands in Hudson Bay. Connecting the peoples past present and future is their unique cultural relationship with the eider duck. Eider down, the warmest feather in the world, allows the Inuit and bird to survive the harsh Arctic winter. Featuring groundbreaking footage from seven winters in the arctic, this is the story of the ice, the eider and the People of a Feather.
www.peopleofafeather.com 

Shorts Block 3 (72m) at 19:30

Best if Used dir. by (24m) dir. by Aemilia Scott
I’ve only just begun (6m) dir. by Elias Koskimies
Berlin Angles (21m) dir. by Jens Roth
Room 31 (6m) dir. by Klaas Diersmann
Blackwood (15m) dir. by Natasha Johns-Messenger

Feature 2 at 21:15
StringCaesar (88m) dir. by Paul Schoolman

DRAMA: The early and unknown life of Julius Caesar – from 14-33 – told in three working prisons: Pollsmoor, Cape Town (S.A), Cardiff, Wales (U.K) and The Brotherhood Lodge, Drumheller Penitentiary, Alberta, (Canada). A cast of superb actors led by Sir Derek Jacobi and including many hundreds of prisoners some taking leading roles, together forming an unrivaled ensemble telling the tumultuous story of one of history’s foremost figures.
www.stringcaesarthefilm.com 

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Tuesday Feb 12
Tickets for the entire evening cost 7 EUR 
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Feature 1 at 17:30
Kanse i Morgon (Maybe Tomorrow) (97) dir. by Mariken Halle

EXPERIMENTAL DOCUMENTARY: -”I was wondering if I could film you?” -Film me. What for?”  These are the first words in Maybe tomorrow. A filmmaker knocking at her neighbour’s door. We continue in the streets of Gothenburg. In apartments and in woods. In film sets and dinner parties. Some people telling us to go, some asking us to stay.

Shorts Block 4 (80m) at 19:45

Violet Hour (17m) dir. by Felix van Cleeff
Lars (21m) dir. by Lukas Schuler & Ira Rosenberg
Mossadegh (24m) dir. by Roozbeh Dadvand
Last Exit (18m) dir. by Anthony Capristo & Victor Haselmayer

Feature 2 at 21:15
Confine (91m) dir. by Tobias Tobbell

THRILLER: Pippa (Daisy Lowe) is a physically and emotionally scarred former model living as a recluse in her meticulous Georgian flat. When a heist taking place in the same building goes wrong, Pippa’s home is broken into by the charismatic Kayleigh (Eliza Bennett).  Pippa is taken hostage by this unpredictable and volatile thief who’s looking for a temporary hideout, but when outside forces close in, Kayleigh takes a darker path to get her way. As the confined space becomes a fighting ring, in a tense struggle to get out Pippa learns how to stand up for herself once again.
www.confinemovie.com
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Wednesday Feb 13
Tickets for the entire evening cost 7 EUR 
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Feature 1 at 17:30
Weekend Retreat (75) dir. by Brett Harvey

Comedy: A couple on a quiet romantic weekend away get kidnapped by two bumbling brothers.
www.weekendretreatmovie.com

Shorts Block 5 (64m) at 19:30

Singing Moon (23m) dir. by Chiyume Sugawara
No Messages (18) dir. by Cian McGarrigle
Kufsaot (21m) dir. by Alex Korin & Doron Alon

Feature 2 at 21:15
Welcome to Harlem (105m) dir. by Mark Blackman

Musical: After realizing that most of Manhattan today is less about art and culture and more about money and corruption, Marty decides to take a chance and move uptown to Harlem, NYC. Once there, he finds a hilarious adventure of friendship, love and community enveloped in music, dance, grit featuring one of the most unique neighborhoods on the planet. Once there, Marty quickly learns that Harlem is not quite what he expected….
www.welcometoharlemthemovie.com
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Thursday Feb 14
Tickets for the entire evening cost 7 EUR 
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Feature 1 at 17:30
Der Schneekönig “The Snow King” (72) dir. by Johannes Edelhoff & Timo Grosspietsch

DOCUMENTARY: The Snow King was one of Europe’s biggest cocaine Dealers. At 17, he became a criminal for the first time. He worked as a pimp, a debt collector and finally as a drug dealer. The police arrested him several times. When he came out of jail it did not take long and the next deal was planned. Today he is still in prison. The film shows the Snow King’s life in open prison and his dealer career in the past

Shorts Block 6 (77m) at 19:30

Dog Bytes (8m) dir. by Melissa Martin
Lilli (30m) dir. by Jan Buttler
The Runner (9m) dir. by Parker Ellerman
A Beautiful Impurity (13m) dir. by Zaheer Ahmad
Apartment 15 (17m) dir. by Mattia Puleo & Matteo de Simone

Feature 2 at 21:15
The Taiwan Oyster (107m) dir. by Mark Jarrett

COMEDY: After the tragic death of a newly arrived Ex-pat, ESL kindergarten teachers Simon and Darin steal the corpse in order to perform the final rites for the fallen stranger. Their quest for the perfect burial spot becomes a quixotic odyssey along Taiwan’s picturesque East Coast Highway, where they encounter welcoming families, personal demons, and Nikita, their traveling companion. The duty, transport, and dementia fueled by frequent substance abuse, ignites an internalization in all three characters as they define their personal feelings concerning mortality, purpose, burial rites and the concept of legacy.
www.thetaiwanoyster.com
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Friday Feb 15
Tickets for the this evening are sold out.

Feature 1 at 17:30
Rumblestrips(84m) dir. by Toby Poser & John Adams

Drama: A mother is arrested for growing marijuana, and in between conviction and sentencing she takes her two young daughters on an RV trip to come to terms with and prepare them for her absence.

Shorts Block 7 (77m) at 19:30

Wild Side (4m) dir. by Rob Agbayani
Lizacid (4m) dir. by Lexi Kiddo
Hollow Date (3m) dir. by Alexander Tuschinski
Diner’s Club (8m) dir. by Ricky Lloyd George
Performance Anxiety (15m) dir. by Reid Waterer
2 – A Short Film (10m) dir. by Kegan Sant
Nasty Piece of Stuff (9m) dir. by Jordan Baseman
Puppeteer (24m) dir. by Pauline Lam

Feature 2 at 21:15
Wide Awake Cafe (87m) dir. by Sebastian Karge

DOCUMENTARY: Catering food at music festivals is a beautiful but rough experience. While festival visitors join a world of ease and adventures, the Wide Awake Cafe team needs to follow its professional work routine, setting up the marquee and preparing the food week after week, while being affected by the festival life at the same time.
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Saturday Feb 16

Tickets for the entire evening cost 7 EUR 

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Feature 1 at 17:30
Johnny Ghost (76m) dir. by Donna McRae

THRILLER: Millicent is a professional musician who teaches at a university. She also has a commemorative tattoo that stretches across her shoulder. When she tries to get the tattoo removed, the ghosts of her post punk past come back to haunt her and try to make her pay for what she has done.
www.johnnyghostfilm.com

Horror Shorts Block 8 (87m) at 19:30

Shadow of the Unnamable (16m) dir. by Sascha Renninger
Shining Night (16m) dir. by Keith Oncale
The Rising (13m) dir. by Sebastian Mattukat
You Missed Sonja (20m) dir. by Félix Koch
Anaphora (22m) dir. by Andre Albrecht

Feature 2 at 21:15
Bucksville (105m) dir. by Chel White

THRILLER: In a small, wooded town, a young man struggles to leave a secret militia started by his father. With an eerily beautiful tone, Bucksville touches on the timely topics of ethics and the militia movement, within the context of family conflict. It is also a film about love, loyalty, and the loss of innocence.
www.bucksvillemovie.com
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Sunday Feb 17
Tickets for the entire evening cost 7 EUR 
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Music Videos at 17:30

Wild Side dir. by Rob Agbayani
Bird of Flames dir. by Chel White
Sexy dir. by Dee Shin
Lizacid dir. by Lexi Kiddo
Madsen love is a killer dir. by kai kurve, joffrey jans
U Teen Blues dir. by Peter Leder
Vanishers (4m, italy) dir. by Giacomo Francia
Scars (5m, Finland) dir. by Julius Tuomisto
Death by Chocolate – Tell Me What You See dir. by Mitch Bekk
Steam Machines dir. by Melissa Edmon
Moby Music Video dir. by Hank Isaac
Моби – “вэ Дэй″ dir. by Kai Waker
Timothy Blackman – Wolves dir. by Alistair Cheyne
I’ve Only Just Begun dir. by Elias Koskimies
Rebekah Starr Band – Irrational Boy dir. by Marcos Durian
So Many Ways dir. by Jillie Simon and Thomas Simon

Shorts Block 9 (90m) at 19:30

Wenn der Osten plötzlich im Westen liegt (14m) dir. by Ki Bun
Far (23m) dir. by Brian Crewe
1000 Grams (15m) dir. by Tom Bewilogua
Sunnipaev (7m) dir. by Erik Norkroos
Blood Moon (29m) dir. by Diana Valentine

Feature 2 at 21:15
Menschenliebe “Philanthropy” (80m) dir. by Alexander Tuschinski

COMEDY: Arnold Richter studies physics, loves opera and writes novels. Not exactly the hobbies most women find attractive!
Time for a change: Somehow, it has to be possible to learn how to seduce any woman within a few days. Just like ‘Don Giovanni’ does in Mozart’s opera!

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Monday Feb 18:
Closing Night Party
at AG Foundation aka Griffin Bar
Invalidenstr 151 Berlin 10115
www.griffinbar.de
DJs El Beck & Andre Herzig spin rap & electro


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 BIFF Official Selection 2013

Feature Films:

Little Red (83m) dir. by Tate Bunker
Fat Cat (88m) dir. by Michele Fiascaris
Ticket to the Circus (75m) dir. by Barbara Troy
Route 30, Too! (87m) dir. by John Putch
People of a Feather (52m) dir. by Joel Heath
StringCaesar (88m) dir. by Paul Schoolman
Kanse i Morgon “Maybe Tomorrow” (97) dir. by Mariken Halle
Confine (91m) dir. by Tobias Tobbell
The Final Member (75) dir. by Jonah Bekhor & Zach Math
Welcome to Harlem (105m) dir. by Mark Blackman
Weekend Retreat (75) dir. by Brett Harvey
Verity’s Summer (102) dir. by Ben Crowe
Der Schneekönig “The Snow King” (72) dir. by Johannes Edelhoff & Timo Grosspietsch
The Taiwan Oyster (107m) dir. by Mark Jarrett
Rumblestrips (84m) dir. by Toby Poser & John Adams
Wide Awake Cafe (87m) dir. by Sebastian Karge
Johnny Ghost (76m) dir. by Donna McRae
Bucksville (105m) dir. by Chel White
Menschenliebe “Philanthropy” (80m) dir. by Alexander Tuschinski

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Short Films

Clash (11m) dir. by Kai Sitter
Pain Staking (10m) dir. by Adolfo Martinez Perez
Motorbike (23m) dir. by Bert Schmidt
Scars (4m) dir. by Julius Tuomisto
Certified (8m) dir. by Luke Guidici
Keys Wallet Phone (11m) dir. by Juliet Lashinsky-Revene
Op Shop (7m) dir. by Lee Rogers
Fears of Young Caroline (12m) dir. by Talisha Elger
Last Exit (18m) dir. by Anthony Capristo & Victor Haselmayer
Between Borders (18m) dir. by Dark Foterek
Apartment 15 (17m) dir. by Mattia Puleo & Matteo de Simone
No Rest for the Wicked (16m) dir. by Ryan Schifrin
Sea Pavilion (10m) dir. by Todd Somodevilla & Marysia Makowska
Hit and Run (8m) dir. by Luke McKay

Best if Used dir. by (24m) dir. by Aemilia Scott
I’ve only just begun (6m) dir. by Elias Koskimies
Berlin Angles (21m) dir. by Jens Roth
Room 31 (6m) dir. by Klaas Diersmann
Blackwood (15m) dir. by Natasha Johns-Messenger
Violet Hour (17m) dir. by Felix van Cleeff
Lars (21m) dir. by Lukas Schuler & Ira Rosenberg
Mossadegh (24m) dir. by Roozbeh Dadvand
Singing Moon (23m) dir. by Chiyume Sugawara
No Messages (18) dir. by Cian McGarrigle
Kufsaot (21m) dir. by Alex Korin & Doron Alon
Dog Bytes (8m) dir. by Melissa Martin
Lilli (30m) dir. by Jan Buttler
The Runner (9m) dir. by Parker Ellerman
A Beautiful Impurity (13m) dir. by Zaheer Ahmad

Wild Side (4m) dir. by Rob Agbayani
Lizacid (4m) dir. by Lexi Kiddo
Hollow Date (3m) dir. by Alexander Tuschinski
Diner’s Club (8m) dir. by Ricky Lloyd George
Performance Anxiety (15m) dir. by Reid Waterer
2 – A Short Film (10m) dir. by Kegan Sant
Nasty Piece of Stuff (9m) dir. by Jordan Baseman
Puppeteer (24m) dir. by Pauline Lam
Shadow of the Unnamable (16m) dir. by Sascha Renninger
Shining Night (16m) dir. by Keith Oncale
The Rising (13m) dir. by Sebastian Mattukat
You Missed Sonja (20m) dir. by Félix Koch
Anaphora (22m) dir. by Andre Albrecht
Wenn der Osten plötzlich im Westen liegt (14m) dir. by Ki Bun
Far (23m) dir. by Brian Crewe
1000 Grams (15m) dir. by Tom Bewilogua
Sunnipaev (7m) dir. by Erik Norkroos
Blood Moon (29m) dir. by Diana Valentine

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Music Videos

Wild Side dir. by Rob Agbayani
Bird of Flames dir. by Chel White
Sexy dir. by Dee Shin
Lizacid dir. by Lexi Kiddo
Madsen love is a killer dir. by kai kurve, joffrey jans
U Teen Blues dir. by Peter Leder
Vanishers (4m, italy) dir. by Giacomo Francia
Scars (5m, Finland) dir. by Julius Tuomisto
Death by Chocolate – Tell Me What You See dir. by Mitch Bekk
Steam Machines dir. by Melissa Edmon
Moby Music Video dir. by Hank Isaac
Моби – “вэ Дэй″ dir. by Kai Waker
Timothy Blackman – Wolves dir. by Alistair Cheyne
I’ve Only Just Begun dir. by Elias Koskimies
Rebekah Starr Band – Irrational Boy dir. by Marcos Durian
So Many Ways dir. by Jillie Simon and Thomas Simon