Terms & Conditions of Entry

BerIin Sci-fi FiImfest


  1. Films submitted must belong to the Sci-fi genre. 
  2. Films not belonging to the Sci-fi genre will not be taken into consideration. 
  3. Films from all over the world are welcome to enter, however, if the film is in a language other than English, it must be submitted with embedded English subtitles. 
  4. The submitter must complete all the relevant information including: a non-watermarked film, a poster, a logline (one sentence only), credits with cast and role included, production year etc.
  5. By submitting (and in the event the film is selected) it is agreed that you will supply us with all the material we require, e.g. the film, all film credit information, 1 Poster or 2 Production stills – Within 15 working days of notification.
  6. All submissions are preferred as a DCP files or digital upload/download .MOV. For Vimeo users: ensure the film is of the best possible quality and that we are able to download it. If you would prefer to send us a hard drive, please contact us at info@berlinscifi.com
  7. Secondary category: 
  • Films must be submitted to a primary genre first, before submitting to a secondary category.
  • The secondary category must be specified, or it may be disqualified.
  • Films submitted into the secondary category only will be rejected.


  1. The submitter agrees that they are the owner of the work or is the legal representative of the work. You are responsible for all copyright clearances, including music, model/actor releases, distribution rights etc.
  2. Berlin Sci-fi Filmfest cannot be held liable for any infringement on copyright and/or ownership clearance issues. 
  3. The filmmaker/submitter accepts full responsibility for any breach of intellectual or trademark property.
  4. By submitting, you give Berlin Sci-fi Filmfest permission to use the film and/or trailers and/or any other marketing materials you supply to us for any promotional purposes for the festival.
  5. By submitting, you give Berlin Sci-fi Filmfest permission to screen the film royalty-free during the festival at the designated venue(s).
  6. Once a film is officially accepted into the festival, it can no longer be withdraw from the festival line-up or the festival’s ongoing program.
  7. FAN FILMS are accepted and welcomed into the event, and the filmmaker hereby agrees:He has obtained all permissions from the copyright holder and/or the franchise holder and/or the intellectual property owner to create his homage film.
  8. By submitting, the filmmakers agrees he has read and understood these terms & conditions of entry.  We reserve the right, at our sole discretion, to change, modify or otherwise alter these Terms and Conditions at any time. Unless otherwise indicated, amendments will become effective immediately. Please review these Terms and Conditions periodically. Current stand: 29.09.2018
  1. If you have a distribution deal or sales agent, we advise that you consult them and obtain a letter of agreement allowing you to submit to Berlin Sci-fi Filmfest. Please consult all of your partners prior to entering. 

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    For more information on our data protection policy visit https://www.berlinscifi.com/privacy-policy/ or email us at my-data@berlinscifi.com should you have any specific questions regarding your data at Berlin Sci-fi Filmfest.

    PLEASE NOTE: If your film is accepted, we do not provide accommodation or flights for you to attend the festival. You will receive a festival pass and the opportunity to hold/take part in a Question and Answer and/or a Panel Discussion with the viewing public should you wish to do so. In which case, please contact us with your ideas within a reasonable time frame prior to the event, so we can schedule accordingly. 

    To help you with your submission have a look at this article: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/essential-film-festival-submission-information-anthony-straeger/ 


Submissions Opening: 01 February 2019
Early Bird Deadline: 01 April 2019
Regular Deadline: 01 July 2019
Late Deadline: 01 August 2019
Extended Deadline: 23 August 2019
Submissions Notification: 13 September 2019
Screenings: 29 & 30 November 2019

Please CONTACT us if you would like to be kept updated or notified about next years submission times.


You can submit in the following categories:
Best Feature (Min. 60 minutes)
Best Drama Short (Max. 40 minutes)
Best Action Short (Max. 40 minutes)
Best Comedy Short (Max. 40 minutes)
Best Web/TV-series (Max. 50 minutes)
Best Fan Film (Max. 60 minutes)
Best Animation Short (Max. 40 minutes)
Best Experimental/Music (Max. 30 minutes)
Best Documentary (Max. 60 minutes)
Best Experimental/Music

There are additional awards for:
Best VFX
Best Cinematography
Best Script
Best Actor
Best Actress

Outstanding German Contribution
Outstanding Film Award
Grand Jury Award


Best Director (250$)

All of the winners will receive the prestigious Berlin Sci-fi Filmfest 3D print award and runners-up will receive a Berlin Sci-fi Filmfest Certificate, which will be sent as PDF.