Berlin Sci-fi Filmfest is now in its 5th Year and after a difficult 2020 for all filmmakers and festival curators, we are still here. Our aim is to offer a platform for independent sci-fi Filmmakers to present their work on the big screen and to a live audience in one of the most beautiful and world-famous cinemas in Berlin – The Babylon, where in 1927 Metropolis had its first screening.
2020 saw us expand our horizons due to COVID pandemic. The first online Virtual Theatre was screened through XERB.TV. It proved to be a success and our plan is to run it in sync with the live festival. Our aim is always to make the festival more interesting, more international and more film-maker friendly. Over the last few years, we have been delighted by over 400 films from more than 38 different countries.
Our festival is the first genre-specific sci-fi film festival in Germany. We are passionate about film making and are interested in all things Sci-fi from geek interest, documentary, web-series, narrative, animation, music, experimental, fan-films, in fact, as long as it is Science Fiction – we love it!
Our festival is evolving, we are adding more events and attractions as we go. Our aim is a Sci-fi fun-fest that takes place at the end of November. We believe we have something for every science fiction fan.
Our first festival launched on the 17th and 18th November 2017 at the Babylon Cinema. The cinema first opened in 1929 for silent movies, it had an orchestra pit and a cinema organ which is still used today. It has three screening areas. The main theatre for 500 people and the smaller Salle 2 and 3 for 70 and 45 respectively.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the 2020 festival at the Babylon is scheduled for the end of November, confirmation will be made in due course.
Our first festival Virutal Theatre launched on 27th November 2020 on XERB.TV. It proved to be a success and kept the festival alive. In 2021, we want to look at ways of growing with the organisation and making it an even better experience for the filmmakers.
What The Filmmakers Said
I was thrilled and delighted to have been selected for this year’s event and was very impressed with the communications, website and streaming service you guys put together.
Mike Hay (Dir: Even the Rats)
I’ve been meaning to write to tell you what a great time I had with the Berlin Sci-Fi Film Festival. I’ve been involved in a number of film festivals this year – but by far, I had the most fun with yours.
Wade Chitwood (Dir: The Prospector)
I think you and the whole team did a great job adapting to the on-line version and trying to get us filmmakers involved and connecting with each other and the audiences.
Borja Torres (Dir: Dark Lights)
Alexander Pfander – Festival Director
I am a scriptwriter, director & creator of films and series, with a strong interest in storytelling and new world creating. My media experience includes editing and post-production. I am the creator of the award-winning Sci-fi Web series, Mission Backup Earth. I’m always looking for new adventures in the media world and as a Sci-fi fan, I want to connect filmmakers and audiences by showcasing work from around the world that celebrates the Sci-fi genre. WEBSITE
Anthony Straeger – Festival Director
I’ve been in the business for over 30 years, both as an actor, filmmaker and writer. With a passion for horror and Sci-fi, I’ve written many short and feature scripts including: Between the Walls, (optioned in the UK) and The Kamenka Experiment, which has won four screen writing awards. I recent co-wrote Fotoautomat Man, which premiered in June 2020. It’s a joy to be part of Berlin Sci-fi Filmfest, and I really believe we are building something for the future. WEBSITE
Isabella Hermann – Festival Director
I’m a political scientist by training and a science-fiction fan by passion. Holding a PhD in International Relations, I talk and write about how science-fiction interacts with world politics and mirrors societal challenges. In this way, science-fiction shows us not only alternative futures but makes us think about what kind of future we want to live in. WEBSITE
BERLIN SCI-FI JURY
We are delighted and honoured to have a great team of jurists.
Rene von Bodisco:
Was born in 1974, his cinematic work starting early in the 90s. He’s worked on many productions like ALPHA 0.7 (Sci-fi series ARD) & Emmy award-winning GENERATION WAR/ UNSERE MÜTTER, UNSERE VÄTER. In 1998 he produced/directed/VFX’d his Star Trek Fan Feature film, ‘BORG WAR 3 – ATLANTIS. When he was allowed to shoot in the Command Center of ESA (Darmstadt). He also writes for the Official German Star Trek website. Conducting interviews with the creators of the Star Trek Picard series and Star Trek Discovery.
Hails from the Ukraine, but has now resided in Berlin for several years. He has studied media and met Alex Pfander on the set of Mission Backup Earth where he was involved in the sound department and then subsequently worked with Anthony Straeger on his production of Fotoautomat Man. Iwan said: I love science fiction. Whether pure science fiction or fantasy, it is always one more book, one more film and as a science fiction addiction, it is a wonderful way to relax.