The Annual Copenhagen Film Festival is an international independent film festival held annually in Copenhagen, Denmark. It aspires to promote, recognize and support independent filmmakers throughout the world by hosting a variety of awards in order to provide the best opportunities for filmmakers to get recognized in a very competitive industry. Selected films will be screened in Copenhagen and have the opportunity to get into contact with our partnering production company.

ACFF is run in association with Close:Up, a collection of international film festivals supporting indie filmmaking. By establishing a working network among filmmakers, producers and marketing professionals, we share one common goal: to forge productive and lasting relationships between independent filmmakers and audiences.

Films entered in multiple categories are eligible to win several awards.

Award of Recognition - Submissions that don't make the screening schedule but receive an award for the quality and close competition of their work. Laurels can be sent via mail by request or downloaded from our website once the list has been announced.

Nominations - Films nominated for awards will be contacted on the notification date and also listed on our website.

Screening - Films selected for screening will be notified at least 1 month prior to the festival!

Award winners will be announced at our festival and receive hard-copy Award certificates, winner laurels, free entry at other renowned film festivals and other prizes!

After the Awards Ceremony a networking event will take place for all the filmmakers and guests to mingle!

We look very much forward to reviewing your work and inviting you to the cozy city of Copenhagen!

Our last event was held with great success on the 15-16th March 2019 at Husets Biograf.

We are now open for submissions for our 4th edition in 2020!

✓ All winners will receive award certificates and invitations for online distribution deals.

Best Picture
Best Short Film
Best Comedy
Best Drama
Best Animated Film
Best Feature Documentary
Best Short Documentary
Best Foreign Documentary
Best Documentary (Student)
Best Experimental
Best Music Score
Best Music Video
Best Screenplay
Best Danish Film

Additional Categories: (to be added with at least one above)
Best Director
Best Documentary Director
Best Director (Student)
Best Producer
Best Editor
Best Cinematographer
Best Screenwriter
Jury's Award
Humanitarian Award

→ All films must be submitted in English or with English subtitles.

→ All films must have been made in or after 2014.

→ Filmmakers are responsible for sorting out the copyright on their own materials.

→ By submitting to us, you give us the right to screen your film in front of a live audience at Huset Biograf.

→ Nominations: All films nominated for every category.
Official Selection: Films selected for screening will be notified via email. If you received a Nomination email, but no Official Selection email, it means your film will not be screened, but is still a contender for an award in its category.
Award Winners: Chosen from both the Nominations and the Official Selection.

→ We may promote clips from your film on social media, based on the press kits you provide us with.

→ We retain the right to change the date and venue of the festival under special circumstances. All filmmakers will be informed about any changes through our online platforms.

→ We place no restrictions on your work in terms of premiere status or whether your work has been made available online.

→ Any technical issues with the submitted films are 100% the responsibility of the filmmakers. If, at the time of judging, your video file doesn’t work or doesn’t have English subtitles (if in a language other than English), it will be automatically rejected, without a refund. Please contact the festival team ASAP if there are any issues with the submission process, and a solution will be found.

→ We cannot provide refunds.

→ By submitting to us you agree to our terms and conditions and to receiving marketing newsletters and discounts about film festivals in the form of emails. We will never sell your information to third parties.

→ We reserve the right to update our terms and conditions.

By the submission of your film, you automatically agree to the following:

1. I agree that up to three minutes of my film may be used by Annual CPH Film Festival in promoting the festival in various medias and Internet sites.
2. I consent to the submission of my film for consideration of any awards and programmes within the ACPHFF.
3. I confirm that all film and music rights and clearances have been obtained (in accordance with copyright laws).
4. I confirm that I will not withdraw my film from ACPHFF after the selection by the selection committee.

Acceptance of these regulations implies that you will abide by them in your dealings with the festival and also that you are legally entitled to submit this film for consideration.

Overall Rating
  • Claire Jeantet

    We were very happy to attend the festival and receive the Humanitarian Award for our documentary Restoring Dignity. The venue is a really nice place and the team is friendly and helpful. Thank you very much and good luck with everything!

    April 2019
  • Martijn Maria

    Fabulous, surprising, orgasmic, sensational festival

    April 2019
  • Victor Becker

    Really fine festival. Grateful to be a part of the fine assembly of different films. I hope to partake once again in the future!

    April 2019
  • Virginia Heath

    We had a wonderful time at the Annual CPH Film Festival and were really honoured to win the 'Best Drama Short' Award for our film LIFT SHARE. Alongside the festival, it's great to spend a weekend in the beautiful city of Copenhagen. The festival's organisers were very hospitable and generous spirited and we're so glad we made the trip to attend. Thoroughly recommend!

    April 2019
  • Had a great time at the festival. Thank you for awarding Becoming best screenplay.

    March 2019