Festival 2014

 

BIFF Winners 2014

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  • Low-Budget Feature (budget over €250k)
  • Silent Ones
  • Director: Ricky Rijneke

  • Micro-Budget Feature (budget under €250k)
  • Newlyweeds
    Director: Shaka King


  • No-Budget Feature (under €25k)
  • Play 
    Director: Alec Toller


  • Sci-Fi/Horror Feature 
  • Hazmat 
    Director: Lou Simon


  • Documentary Feature
  • Black Africa White Marble
  • Director: Clemente Bicocchi

  • Animated Short Film
  • The Gold Sparrow
  • Director: Daniel Stessen

  • Short Documentary
  • Hjem – Living at the End of the World
  • Director: Christoph Kirchner & Martina Chamrad

  • Experimental Film (under 30 minutes)
  • Tokyo Halloween Night
  •  Director:  Mari Okada

  • Short Film (under 50 minutes)
  • Lothar
  • Director: Luca Zuberbuehler

  • Sci-Fi/Horror Short (under 50 minutes)
  •  Temma
  • Director: Anya Meksin

  • Short Short (under 5 minutes)
  •  Happy Hour
  • Director: Remy Bazerque

  • Music Video
  • Eve
  • Director: Nicholas Goodman

  • Audience Award: Feature
  • Unforgettable Fire
  • Director: Michelle Regina Iacobelli

  • Audience Award: Short Film
  • ICE
  • Director: Anthony Tarsitano

  • Feature Screenplay
  • Edge of Mania
  • Writer: Irina Tuchinsky & Todd Serlin

  • Sci-Fi/Horror Screenplay
  • Iron Dogs
  • Writer: Neil Chase

  • Comedy Screenplay
  • Spring Pandemonium
  • Writer: Peter Gazdag

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BIFF 2014

The BIFF team are preparing for another fantastic festival of independent filmmaking from February 8-18, 2014 at one of Berlin’s favourite independent cinemas, the Babylon, Rosa-Luxemburg-Str. 30, 10178.
< www.babylonberlin.de/biff.htm >

The Berlin Independent Film Festival continues to champion low-budget filmmaking by giving special attention to films by first- and second-time directors.  All independent film directors are nevertheless invited to submit their work.

You can find our 2014 festival schedule below:

SCHEDULE FOR BIFF 2014

All tickets can be purchased at the Babylon box office, Babylon Kino, Rosa-Luxemburg-Str. 30, 10178.
< www.babylonberlin.de/biff.htm >

Saturday Feb 8:
Opening Night Party: 22:00 until 02:00
at AG Foundation aka Griffin Bar
Invalidenstr 151 Berlin 10115
www.griffinbar.de
DJ Task spins jazz

Sunday Feb 9

Feature 1: (starts 17:30)
Newlyweeds (87m) dir. by Shaka King
Newlyweeds
COMEDY/DRAMA: Lyle is a repo man, an often perilous and/or heart breaking enterprise. His sole companion is his girlfriend Nina, an unemployed capricious dreamer. To dull the stress of their daily lives, they self-medicate with marijuana. But what should be a match made in stoner heaven turns into a love triangle gone awry in this black comedy about addiction.
www.facebook.com/Newlyweeds

Shorts Block 1: (starts 19:30)

A Bit Older And A Little Bit Taller (13m) dir. by Manlio Roseano
Lothar (13m) dir. by Luca Zuberbuehler
Reboot (15m) dir. by Liam Johnson
La strada di Raffael (25m) dir. by Alessandro Falco
The German Who Came to Tea (8m) dir. by Kerry Kolbe
The Magical Shoe Shop (5m) dir. by Tanja Grupp

Feature 2: (starts 21:15)
Silent Ones (97m) dir. by Ricky Rijneke
Silent Ones
DRAMA: After her brother’s disappearance, a young Hungarian woman (Orsa Thoth) leaves aboard a cargo ship to keep her promise of finding a better life. A surreal trip on the fragile edge of life and death.
www.silentonesfilm.com

Monday Feb 10

Feature 1: (starts 17:30)
Herbstflattern (66m) dir. by Birgitta Weizenegger
herbs
DRAMA: The story about a woman, Lene, who gets discharged from a psychiatric hospital after the tragic accident of Sara, a young girl she cared for at the orphanage where she worked as a counselor. The only person Lene has to hold onto is Be Good, a man she met in a chat room on the Internet. Lene desires to get close to him, so that he might provide her with some sense of safety. Having only his mobile number and an out of focus photo in her hands, she searches for Be Good through the streets of Berlin.
www.facebook.com/Herbstflattern

Shorts Block 2: (starts 19:30)
Maria (25m) dir. by Elmar Freels
Parallel (13m) dir. by Oliver Briginshaw
ICE (19m) dir. by Anthony Tarsitano
Just Passing By (14m) dir. by Susanne Dollnig
NOVR (19m) dir. by Geoff O’Rourke
Temma (18m) dir. by Anja Meskin
Un Monde Meilleur (24m) dir. by Sascha Feiner

Feature 2: (starts 21:15)
Doomsdays (90m) dir. by Eddie Mullins
Doomsdays
DRAMA: Dirty Fred (Justin Rice) and Bruho (Leo Fitzpatrick) are free-wheeling squatters with a taste for off-season vacation homes in the Catskill Mountains. Their commitment to the lifestyle is challenged, however, when a runaway teen and an aimless young woman join their ranks.
doomsdaysmovie.com

Tuesday Feb 11

Feature 1: (starts 17:30)
The Power of Soul (78m) dir. by Marc Fehse
power of soul
DOCUMENTARY: What began as a minor interview in Hanover developed into one of the most intimate stories of the Funk and Soul era. Stars such Bobby Byrd, Clyde Stubblefield and George McCrae have their say, as well as Pharcyde from the Hip Hoppers in London. They all recognize the greatness of Mr James Brown, the King of Soul, who was a legend in his own lifetime.
thepowerofsoul.de

Experimental Shorts Block 3: (starts 19:30)

Judith (8m) dir. by Takahisa Shiraishi
Tokyo Halloween Night (23m) dir. by Mari Okada
Only Fair (10m) dir. by Peter Rautek
Ecstasy of St. Agnes (20m) dir. by Slawomir J Milewski
Treibjagd (13m) dir. by Christiane Hitzemann

Feature 2: (starts 21:15)
For No Eyes Only (97m) dir. by Tali Barde
fornoeyesonly
THRILLER: When teenage computer geek Sam is unwillingly chained to his desk chair with a broken leg, he entertains himself by spying on his classmates through hacking their web cams – until he witnesses something that nobody was meant to see…
www.avalonfilm.de/for-no-eyes-only.html

Wednesday Feb 12

Feature 1: (starts 17:30)
Black Africa White Marble (77m) dir. by Clemente Bicocchi
white black
DOCUMENTARY: In Congo during the 1880s, Pietro Brazza was the pacifist rival of the notorious Stanley. Brazza’s humanity so endeared him to Africans that today Brazzaville remains the only African capital still carrying a European name. Using an innovative blend of animation, puppetry, archival and original footage, this film traces Brazza’s incredible original journey through the uncharted Congo and then shifts to the present in a David-and-Goliath thriller.
www.blackafricawhitemarble.com

Shorts Block 4: (starts 19:30)

Black Box (20m) dir. by Malte Schulz
Frankenstein’s Monster (12m) dir. by Michael Heerlein
Happy Hour (4m) dir. by Remy Bazerque
Parkplatzliebe (10m) dir. by Peter Meister
Lost and Found (6m) dir. by Tuca Paoli

Feature 2: (starts 21:15)
My Brother’s Vows (89m) dir. by Stephanie Weimar
my brother vows
DOCUMENTARY: A candid and sensitive portrait of my brother’s journey to priesthood – his trials, tribulations and triumphs during this intense time.
www.stephweimar.ca/My_Brothers_Vows_MAIN.html

Thursday Feb 13

Feature 1: (starts 17:30)
Hjem – Living at the End of the World (46m) dir. by Christoph Kirchner, Martina Chamrad
hjem
DOCUMENTARY: Hammerfest (Norway) is the northernmost city in the world. A tough place at the Arctic Circle, where in winter the sun doesn’t rise and during the summer it doesn’t set for months. A place where the magic of the northern lights draws paintings in the sky and the power of nature is as palpable as nowhere else in the world.
hjemthemovie.com

Shorts Block 5: (starts 19:30)

Blind Lucky (17m) dir. by Thomy A. Heinelt
Game Over (20m) dir. by Leonie Thoene
Aus der Stille (16m) dir. by Lina Schuller
Perfektes Timing (20m) dir. by Alex Vafiopoulos

Feature 2: (starts 21:15)
I Play With The Phrase Each Other (110m) dir. by Jay Alvarez
playthe
DRAMA/EXPERIMENTAL: The story told through phone calls that begins with Jake, a young neurotic who is persuaded to move to the city to live with his friend Sean, a fanatical poet who survives by swindling inexperienced Craigslist customers. When Jake arrives in the city, Sean has disappeared, and as he struggles to secure a job and a place to stay, Jake discovers a nocturnal world of neon poverty in which his friend is thriving.
www.thecellphonemovie.com

Friday Feb 14

Feature 1: (starts 17:30)
They Will Outlive Us All (73m) dir. by Patrick Shearer
they will outlive us all
B-MOVIE HORROR/SCI FI: New York City. 2016. In the years since Hurricane Sandy, the city has been brought to its knees by a series of ‘Frankenstorms.’ Roommates Margot and Daniel attempt to survive this ‘new’ New York by avoiding it at all costs. But with the advent of three strange deaths in their Brooklyn building, the world they’ve been hiding from begins knocking hard on the back door.
www.theywilloutliveusall.com

Horror Short (Starts 19:30)
Cough (11m) dir. by Jason Kempnich

Feature 2: (starts 19:45)
Return of the Moonwalker (90m) dir. by Mike Maria & Mike Moreau (Out of Competition)
moonwalk
COMEDY: Count Cagliostro, a time-traveling sorcerer, runs a punk circus with his eccentric wife in Berlin. His ultimate feat will be to raise Michael Jackson from the dead in order to start a revolution. Enter the looking-glass world of this pacy multi-genre parody.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Return_of_the_Moonwalker

Feature 3: (starts 21:30)
HazMat (80m) dir. by Lou Simon
hazmat
HORROR: The television crew of the ‘Scary Antics’ hidden camera show sets up a disturbed young man for a practical joke, but the joke is on them when heads roll.
www.hazmatmovie.com

Saturday Feb 15

Feature 1: (starts 17:30)
Unstoppables (70m) dir. by Daniel Jariod
Unstoppables
DOCUMENTARY: Juan Mendez lost his left arm and left leg in a motorcycle accident twenty years ago. After a period of denial and sadness battling with the changes in his life he decided to fight back and took up cycling which led to him founding a cycling club, The Pirates which helps others find their strength. He is now considered the world’s number one athlete in his class.
www.unstoppablesdocumentary.com

Shorts Block 7: (starts 19:30)

The Stranger (12m) dir. by Lucio Lepri
Hermit (16m) dir. by Susannah Lane Bragg
Dead End (15m) dir. by Tonia Mishiali
The Gold Sparrow (13m) dir. by Daniel Stessen
Le Train Bleu (18m) dir. by Stephanie Assimacopoulo
Am I Not Your Girl (8m) dir. by Xavery Robin

Feature 2: (starts 21:15)
Play (79m) dir. by Alec Toller
PLAY
COMEDY: When the opening night of a new play goes horribly awry, the actors are forced to frantically improvise the plot on stage. Clashing egos, tested friendships and a series of disastrous misunderstandings combine to create the most offensive, shocking and accidental piece of theater ever to debut in front of a live audience.
www.playthefilm.com

Sunday Feb 16

Feature 1: (starts 17:30)
Unforgettable Fire: the story of a U2 tribute band (56m) dir. by Michelle Regina Iacobelli
UNFORGETTABLEFIRE
DOCUMENTARY: Exploring the personal lives and challenges of the members of one of the longest running U2 tribute bands in the world. We see the members morph from their daily routine into rock star doppelgangers by getting a glimpse of the band at home, jobs, and on stage mimicking one of the most established and popular bands in the world.
www.gobblegoleproductions.com

Shorts Block 8: (starts 19:30)
Aquarius (15m) dir. by Mark Auerbachx
Durandal (14m) dir. by Juanma Romero Garriz
Reflections (12m) dir. by Ashley Pegg
Dessert (8m) dir. by Jolanda Lucchini
Stock Exchange (12m) dir. by Frederic Mosbeux
ZIBIDI (12m) dir. by Nart Zeqiraj
La Bouillabaisse (7m) dir. by Andrea Lanfredi, Nicola Parolini

Feature 2: (starts 21:15)
The Warehouse (100m) dir. by Andrew McGeary & Matt Taylor
warehouse
Charlie is a down on his luck property developer has one last chance to save his family and livelihood by redeveloping a run-down warehouse. Run-ins with an anti-social artist squatting upstairs are raising his already elevated stress levels. Somebody is clearly trying to derail his efforts, but the artist is not the only one with a grudge against Charlie.
thewarehouse.dreamhosters.com

Monday Feb 17

Music Videos Block: (starts 17:30)
Life On Earth (4m) dir. by Olivier Babinet
Utopia (4m) dir. by Lara Celenza
Deathcrush – Lesson #16 for Beatmaster V / Fun (3m) dir. by Kenneth Karlstad
Viviente (6m) dir. by Ivalo Frank
A world between walls (4m) dir. by Martin Mostert
Lamb – Wise Enough (5m) dir. by Vandad Kashefi
Now you can heal (4m) dir. by Andrius Sarapovas
Solar Scene (4m) dir. by steven young
Floex – Gone (music video) (4m) dir. by Andrea A. Stuart
Ghost of a smile (4m) dir. by peder thomas pedersen, simon bonde
The Man Who Was Forever Haunted by His Head (6m) dir. by Claudio Sichel
EVE (3m) dir. by Nicholas Goodman
Lights In The Sky (3m) dir. by David Rosen
Five Past Ten (4m) dir. by Lara Celenza
Are We Apart (4m) dir. by Viktor Enoksen
Girls don’t cry part II (4m) dir. by Jérémie Seguin
From One Island To Another (6m) dir. by Paul Jerndal
Mimic (2m) dir. by lucio arese
Familiar Act (4m) dir. by Saray Blades
Behind the Brave (5m) dir. by Fabien Dapvril
Moonbeam – Madness (3m) dir. by Pavel Khvaleev

Shorts Block 9: (starts 19:30)
Pequeño bloque de cemento con pelo alborotado conteniendo el mar (16m)
dir. by jorge lópez navarrete
Katya & The Scarlet Sails (12m) dir. by Vika Evdokimenko
L’Incognita (22m) dir. by Enrico Muzzi
Cruz Verde (28m) dir. by Sandra Birkner

Feature 2: (starts 21:15)
The Brightest Colours Make Grey (88m) dir. by Daniel Audritt
Brightest-Colours-Make-Grey
DRAMA: Stanley is a retrophilic wannabe writer living in London. He sleeps on an old dilapidated sofa-bed and revels in his own self-indulgent melancholy. After a meeting at a gallery, Stanley and a mysterious girl spend the day walking through London talking about love, life and everything else. However Stanley never completely knowing where he stands with the enigmatic and secretive girl with whom he is spending the day.
www.facebook.com/TheBrightestColoursMakeGrey

Tuesday Feb 18:
Closing Night Party: 22:00 until 02:00
at AG Foundation aka Griffin Bar
Invalidenstr 151 Berlin 10115
www.griffinbar.de
DJ Task spins jazz
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 BIFF Official Selection 2014

Feature Films:

The Power of Soul (78m) dir. by Marc Fehse
My Brother’s Vows (89m) dir. by Stephanie Weimar
Black Africa White Marble (77m) dir. by Clemente Bicocchi
Hjem – Living at the End of the World (46m) dir. by Christoph Kirchner, Martina Chamrad
Silent Ones (97m) dir. by Ricky Rijneke
Unforgettable Fire *the story of a U2 tribute band* dir. by Michelle Regina Iacobelli
Doomsdays (90m) dir. by Eddie Mullins
Return of the Moonwalker (90m) dir. by Mike Maria & Mike Moreau (Out of Competition)
Newlyweeds (87m) dir. by Shaka King
Unstoppables (70m) dir. by Daniel Jariod
HazMat (80m) dir. by Lou Simon
The Brightest Colours Make Grey (88m) dir. by Daniel Audritt
Play (79m, Canada) dir. by Alec Toller
I Play With The Phrase Each Other (110m) dir. by Jay Alvarez
They Will Outlive Us All (73m) dir. by Patrick Shearer
Herbstflattern (66m) dir. by Birgitta Weizenegger
For No Eyes Only (97m) dir. by Tali Barde
The Warehouse (100m) dir. by Andrew McGeary & Matt Taylor

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Short Films

A Bit Older And A Little Bit Taller (13m) dir. by Manlio Roseano
Lothar (13m) dir. by Luca Zuberbuehler
Reboot (15m) dir. by Liam Johnson
The Magical Shoe Shop (5m) dir. by Tanja Grupp
La strada di Raffael (25m) dir. by Alessandro Falco
The German Who Came to Tea (8m) dir. by Kerry Kolbe
Maria (25m) dir. by Elmar Freels
Parallel (13m) dir. by Oliver Briginshaw
ICE (19m) dir. by Anthony Tarsitano
Just Passing By (14m) dir. by Susanne Dollnig
Judith (8m) dir. by Takahisa Shiraishi
Tokyo Halloween Night (23m) dir. by Mari Okada
Only Fair (10m) dir. by Peter Rautek
Ecstasy of St. Agnes (20m) dir. by Slawomir J Milewski
Treibjagd (13m) dir. by Christiane Hitzemann
Black Box (20m) dir. by Malte Schulz
Frankenstein’s Monster (12m) dir. by Michael Heerlein
Happy Hour (4m) dir. by Remy Bazerque
Parkplatzliebe (10m) dir. by Peter Meister
Lost and Found (6m) dir. by Tuca Paoli
Blind Lucky (17m) dir. by Thomy A. Heinelt
Game Over (20m) dir. by Leonie Thoene
Aus der Stille (16m) dir. by Lina Schuller
Perfektes Timing (20m) dir. by Alex Vafiopoulos
Cough (11m) dir. by Jason Kempnich
NOVR (15m) dir. by Geoff O’Rourke
Un Monde Meilleur (24m) dir. by Sacha FEINER
Temma (18m) dir. by Anya Meksin
The Stranger (12m) dir. by Lucio Lepri
Hermit (16m) dir. by Susannah Lane Bragg
Dead End (15m) dir. by Tonia Mishiali
The Gold Sparrow (13m) dir. by Daniel Stessen
Le Train Bleu (18m) dir. by Stephanie Assimacopoulo
Am I Not Your Girl (8m) dir. by Xavery Robin
Aquarius (15m) dir. by Mark Auerbachx
Durandal (14m) dir. by Juanma Romero Garriz
Reflections (12m) dir. by Ashley Pegg
Dessert (8m) dir. by Jolanda Lucchini
Stock Exchange (12m) dir. by Frederic Mosbeux
ZIBIDI (12m) dir. by Nart Zeqiraj
La Bouillabaisse (7m) dir. by Andrea Lanfredi, Nicola Parolini
Pequeño bloque de cemento con pelo alborotado conteniendo el mar (16m) dir. by jorge lópez navarrete
Katya & The Scarlet Sails (12m) dir. by Vika Evdokimenko
L’Incognita (22m) dir. by Enrico Muzzi
Cruz Verde (28m) dir. by Sandra Birkner

____

Music Videos

Life On Earth (4m) dir. by Olivier Babinet
Utopia (4m) dir. by Lara Celenza
Deathcrush – Lesson #16 for Beatmaster V / Fun (3m) dir. by Kenneth Karlstad
Viviente (6m) dir. by Ivalo Frank
A world between walls (4m) dir. by Martin Mostert
Lamb – Wise Enough (5m) dir. by Vandad Kashefi
Now you can heal (4m) dir. by Andrius Sarapovas
Solar Scene (4m) dir. by steven young
Floex – Gone (music video) (4m) dir. by Andrea A. Stuart
Ghost of a smile (4m) dir. by peder thomas pedersen, simon bonde
The Man Who Was Forever Haunted by His Head (6m) dir. by Claudio Sichel
EVE (3m) dir. by Nicholas Goodman
Lights In The Sky (3m) dir. by David Rosen
Five Past Ten (4m) dir. by Lara Celenza
Are We Apart (4m) dir. by Viktor Enoksen
Girls don’t cry part II (4m) dir. by Jérémie Seguin
From One Island To Another (6m) dir. by Paul Jerndal
Mimic (2m) dir. by lucio arese
Familiar Act (4m) dir. by Saray Blades
Behind the Brave (5m) dir. by Fabien Dapvril
Moonbeam – Madness (3m) dir. by Pavel Khvaleev