Taking place in the Norwegian archipelago Svalbard, just 650 miles from the North Pole, the Arctic Film Festival is the world’s northernmost independent film Festival.

We strongly believe that the power of cinema must be spread in all corners of the world including the most remote corners. In the cosy Kulturhuset in the otherworldly surroundings of Svalbard, every year we put together a celebration of independent filmmaking.

Our Film Festival provides not only a diverse cinematic experience for audiences and filmmakers but also an opportunity to reflect on the future of our planet as well as our role within it. Our main goal with the Arctic Film Festival is to increase the audience reach and engagement of select independent filmmakers who challenge and reflect on global-scale problems.
Committed to the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals and especially Goal 17 (Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development) and Goal 13 (Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts)
we aim at raising awareness of global warming. Through a cinematic experience for audiences and filmmakers, challenge and reflect on global-scale problems and provide a unique opportunity to screen artists' work in the world's northernmost inhabited areas and where the negative climate implications are most notorious.

The Arctic Film Festival is organised by HF Productions, a pioneer organisation that runs Film Festivals and other events showcasing and championing ideas of diversity. Through our global series of film Festivals that spread over 13 countries, we open the path to voices with a compelling story to share. Our main mission is to honour independent cinema and establish a network of artists eager to join forces and spread their work across all nations. HF runs 25 film Festivals worldwide.

There are three stages to the process:

» ​Nominations – Films nominated in any category will be contacted on the notification date, and listed on our website and social media pages. Nominated filmmakers are invited to join the event, although only the films in the Official Selection (below) will be screened.

» Official Selection – Films selected for screening will be notified if they have been considered to be part of Arctic Film Festival’s Official Selection on the notification date. Screening materials will be requested and more information about the event will be provided.

» Winners – Award winners will be selected from the Nominations & Official Selection and announced at our festival, after the screenings, and online the following day.

Awards will include Certificates, Treats, and exclusive online Distribution deals, and will be given in the following categories:

Best Feature
Best Short
Best Feature Documentary
Best Short Documentary
Best Sustainable Production
SDG Films - Goal 13: Climate Action
SDG Films - Goal 14: Life Below Water
SDG Films - Goal 15: Life on Land
Best Student Production
Best Animation
Best Norwegian Production
Best Adventure Film

In addition to the above-listed categories, we also offer the option of a Film Critique. Criticism may not always be agreeable but it is always necessary. Filmmakers require constructive feedback at every stage of their development, whether they're just starting out or they've been making films for decades. We offer you the opportunity to get your film project critiqued by one of the qualified film critics we collaborate with on our festivals. Regardless of whether or not your film is selected for screening, by submitting to the Any Category + Film Critique category, you receive an in-depth review (1-2 pages). The critique can be more or less general, or focus on particular elements - you choose.

✓ All films must be submitted in English or with English subtitles (if in a different language).

✓ All films must have been made in or after 2022.

✓ Short films must not exceed 45 minutes.

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

✓ By submitting to us, you give us consent and right to screen your film in front of a live audience, and, under special circumstances, online screening.

✓ Nominations: These are all the films that have been nominated for an award in a category. Not all nominated films will be screened.

Official Selection: These are all the nominated films selected for screening, which 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 the Nominations (which includes 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 email and our online platforms.

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

✓ We do not accept partial screeners, trailers, or screener links that require access other than password protected links.

✓ 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.

✓ If you have submitted your project in the previous year, please do not resubmit the same project to the current edition.

✓ 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.

Overall Rating
  • Tiniko Nadirashvili

    It is a fantastic film festival in the most wonderful location and has a beautiful selection of films. The staff was very attentive and communication was great. We could not be happier with the results - it was a real honor to get the film selected and then, awarded! It was worth every penny of the submission fee. Unmissable experience.

    November 2022
  • This is a warm Festival !!

    April 2021
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Ricardo :-)

  • Bea de Visser

    What a nice festival location! A festival with a mission. Thank you festival team for screening my film 'The animal that therefore I am'.

    April 2020
  • Amy Elliott

    What a gem of a festival. Obviously the location is truly spectacular, but in addition the AFF was really well run - tech was great, large engaged audience and warm hospitality from the festival pros who run it. This is well worth applying to/attending.

    October 2019
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Amy! We had such a blast with you and the other filmmakers. Good luck on your upcoming projects!

  • Lisa Black

    We were honored to be included

    October 2019