Film Submission

Submission info for BIFF 2020

BIFF 2020 Submission Guidelines

(for screenplay submission information, see here)

Selected film entries for BIFF 2020 will be notified by Oct 30, 2019

The BIFF team will present another fantastic festival of independent filmmaking from February 19-23, 2020 at one of Berlin’s favourite independent cinemas, the Babylon, Rosa-Luxemburg-Str. 30, 10178.

The Berlin Independent Film Festival 2020 will be dedicated to showcasing new emerging film talent. Submissions via Withoutabox will be open till September 16 2019.

https://filmfreeway.com/festival/biff

https://www.withoutabox.com/login

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

Submission info:
We prefer only digital submissions for consideration.  Please use one of the festival submission platforms, either FilmFreeway or Withoutabox, or send us an email with a vimeo or other hosting solution link.  If digital submission is impossible for you, drop up an email and we’ll work something out.

Entry Fees:
Deadlines: Early — ending Aug 14, 2019; Regular — ending Aug 30, 2019;  Late — ending Sept 13, 2019
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

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 Short Film

Best UK 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

Best EU Screenplay

1. If selected to be showcased during the event, all screening copies must be received by Jan 21st, 2019

2. 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.

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

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

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

Award Categories:
1. 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.

2. Winners agree to participate in the publicity for the Festival as well as other promotional events, including the website.

3. 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 Short Film

Best UK Short Film

Best Short Documentary

Best Animated Short

Best Experimental Short

Best Horror / Sci-Fi Short

Best Music Video

Screenplay Awards categories:

Best Feature Screenplay

Best Sci-Fi / Horror Screenplay

Best Comedy Screenplay

Best EU Screenplay

4. Selected film entries for BIFF 2019 will be notified by Jan 8, 2018

Accepted Filmmakers Or Screenwriters

1. Filmmakers or screenwriters accepted and are attending the festival are responsible for travel, lodging, and all other expenses.

2. 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 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.

3. 3. BIFF Nominees agree to participate in the publicity for the Festival and related promotional platforms, including BIFF events, website, social media, international press coverage and allowing BIFF to link to third party websites such as Vimeo hosting their film trailers. Participant filmmakers consent to having their exhibited film material edited by G. Papinutto of Agence Gamines for the purpose of creating BIFF festival trailers.

 

 

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