Film Submission

Submission info for BIFF 2017

BIFF 2017 Submission Guidelines

(for screenplay submission information, see here)

The Berlin Independent Film Festival is dedicated to showcasing new emerging film talent. Please submit via Withoutabox* or FilmFreeway.

https://filmfreeway.com/festival/biff

 

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 Sept 16, 2016; Regular — ending Oct 21, 2016;  Late — ending Dec 2, 2016
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 (€250k to €1M)
Best Micro-budget Feature (under €250k)
Best No-Budget Feature (under €25k)
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

1. If selected to be showcased during the event, all screening copies must be received by February 1st, 2017

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. The determination of the winners is final.

3. Jury Film Award categories:

Best Feature (€250k to €1M)
Best Micro-budget Feature (under €250k)
Best No-Budget Feature (under €25k)
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

4. Selected film entries will be notified by Jan 8, 2017

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.

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