Submitting & Participating
If you're interested in participating, it all starts with the submission. We charge a small fee for this, high enough not to be spammed by films and low enough to make sure it does not cripple film makers wishing to have their film considered. While we strive to screen as many films as we can, we cannot invite all films submitted and must make the decision of how many we can screen without it lowering the quality we offer to those we invite.
Focus is on films with a personal style that are self produced - not tied to big production companies, institutions or TV stations.
In our programming we first and foremost seek bravery, a lust to experiment and express using the medium of Film, regardless if the film maker is an amateur starting out or an establishedprofessional. Experimental, Fiction, Documentary, Animation and all sorts of genres – anything goes as long as the banner of Independence is held high. Attention in the selection process will be given to artistic originality and creativity.
Participating at the festival should be a valuable experience, and something film makers look forward to return to. To encourage and support this we provide accomodation to all selected film makers in Berlin for the Festival.
So far we have screened hundreds of films from more than 50 different countries such as Brazil, Iran, USA, Russia, Sweden, Lebanon, Tunisia and of course Germany to name a few. We've also been blessed to have film makers visiting the festival from many of these countries.
For more information please visit the "submit & participate" tab.
Returning Film Maker
One section very dear to us and hopefully for everyone who has ever participated at our Festival with a film is the Cut Blanche section for returning film makers.
It is exactly what it sounds like. If you had a film by us you have a cut blanche to register whatever film you have completed since then in the "Cut Blanche" section. This is a special category reserved only for returning film makers and is separated from the competition section. If you wish to participate in the competition you must enroll through the submission
For more information please visit the "Cut Blanche" or "Plan your Premiere" tab.
Regardless if you are a returning film maker or participate for the first time - we pay accomodation for you in order to support your visit! Nothing fancy, but a bed for you and a +1 during the festival weekend.
Visiting the Festival, to present your film, to meet other film makers, mingle and network with guests is a vital part of a films Festival tour and something we heavily advice you to do. Not only is it fruitfull for your films promotion tour, it's also often a valuable and fun experience!