The World International Film Festival is a global industry event held throughout the year in about 20 world’s cities and countries. It will bring new films and audiences together in locales that are international centers of the arts, creating a meeting place for filmmakers and movie fans.
Welcome to the World International Film Festival!

FILM CATEGORIES IN THE WORLD INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

Narrative Feature (Submit online link.)
Any Narrative film over 75 mins.

Documentary Feature (Submit online link.)
Documentary is a non-fictional motion picture intended to document some aspect of reality, primarily for the purposes of instruction or maintaining a historical record. Documentary is a broad category of visual expression that is based on the attempt, in one fashion or another, to document reality: a creative work of non-fiction, intended for cinema or TV release.
Any Documentary Film over 75 mins. will be considered in this category.

Animation Feature (Submit online link.)
Any type of film that is animated and over 75 mins. will be considered in this category.

Experimental Feature (Submit online link.)
Experimental is an artistic film creation relying less on traditional narrative structure and more on the visual arts and the essence of non-traditional cinema. Any Experimental film over 75 mins. will be considered in this category.

Music Feature (Submit online link.)
Music is an art form, entertainment, or activity which involves organized sound and varies according to culture. Any film that primarily makes use of music in its creation, performance, significance, and even its definition, will be considered in this category.

Foreign Language Feature (Submit online link.)
Any film in a language other than English.

Narrative Short (Submit online link.)
Any film less than 75 mins.

Documentary Short (Submit online link.)
Any Documentary film under 75 mins. will be considered in this category.

Animation Short (Submit online link.)
Any type of film that is animated and under 75 min.s will be considered into this category.

Foreign Language Short (Submit online link.)
Any short film in a language other than English.

Music Short (Submit online link.)

Experimental Short (Submit online link.)
Any Experimental film under 75 mins. will be considered in this category.

Feature Script (Submit online link.)
Any script over 130 pages, please submit In pdf format.

Short Script (Submit online link.)
Any script under 60 pages.

Best Television Series Drama (Submit online link.)

Best Television Comedy Series (Submit online link.)

Best Television Mini-Series (Submit online link.)

Best Television Documentary (Submit online link.)

Best Foreign Language Television Drama (Online link)
Any television drama in a language other than English.

SECTIONS

The World International Film Festival will include the following sections:

World Competition
American Cinema
European Cinema
Cinema of Asia, Africa, and Australia
Documentaries of the World
Animation
Student and Children’s Cinema

INTERNATIONAL LOCATIONS

New York City
Los Angeles
Toronto
London
Hong Kong
Singapore
Brisbane
Berlin
Rome
Vienna
Amsterdam
Reykjavik
Athens
Geneva

MISSION & OBJECTIVE

The main objective of the World International Film Festival (WIFF) is to provide the opportunity for filmmakers from all over the world to excel, and to have the best work selected and showcased in a celebration of cinema, as well as to give filmmakers a platform to network amongst fellow professionals and cinematic artists. The World International Film Festival is looking forward to fostering these relationships and to helping extraordinary filmmakers get their projects seen by global audiences. WIFF unites cinematic, cultural, and educational objectives by presenting its film discoveries.


The World International Film Festival is dedicated to showcasing new and innovative films while fostering the next generation of filmmakers. It is a strong advocate for social change, and encourages cultural diversity and understanding between nations. It strives to foster the movie art of all continents by stimulating the development of quality cinema and promoting meetings between cinema professionals from around the world.

ABOUT THE FESTIVAL

The World International Film Festival is dedicated to showcasing the spirit, passion, and skill of the best new filmmakers from around the world for audiences around the world.

We are also including and actively supporting not only the finest examples of classic moviemaking, but works that are experimental, breaking ground in new non-narrative forms and crossing over into the video arts.

All films will be reviewed as they are submitted, and the best in each category will be chosen to screen at the festival. A jury of industry professionals will then view the finalists and choose the winning selections.

Filmmakers planning on attending should notify the film festival as soon as possible, so their names may be listed in the scheduled program at the venue where their film will be shown.

A substantial number of accredited national and international press, TV and film buyers and distributors also participate.

Final jurors for the World International Film Festival will come from a selection of industry professionals in film production, distribution, new media, and festival programming from Sundance, AFI, Slamdance, SXSW, and more.

AWARDS
The Berlin World International Film Festival presents over 20 awards to filmmakers in competition, as determined by the awards jury.
WINNERS:
ONE (1) OVERALL GRAND JURY WINNER
ONE (1) OVERALL AUDIENCE AWARD WINNER
ONE IN EACH CATEGORY (5) NARRATIVE CATEGORY WINNER
ONE (1) DOCUMENTARY CATEGORY WINNER
ONE (1) DOCUMENTARY (SHORT) CATEGORY WINNER
ONE (1) EXPERIMENTAL CATEGORY WINNER
ONE (1) SHORT FILM WINNER
BEST DIRECTOR (1) OVERALL GRAND JURY WINNER
BEST ACTRESS (1) OVERALL GRAND JURY WINNER
BEST ACTOR (1) OVERALL GRAND JURY WINNER
BEST SCREENPLAY (1) OVERALL GRAND JURY WINNER
BEST ARTISTIC CONTRIBUTION (1) OVERALL GRAND JURY WINNER
INNOVATION AWARD (1) OVERALL GRAND JURY WINNER

All (17) winners will be awarded with the Berlin International Film Festival AWARD.
Awards for BEST in each category.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

Warning! Please send your Screener (Films, Scripts, Trailers and Press Kits) online by using FilmFreeway site.

GENERAL RULES

Submission Guidelines:

The World International Film Festival accepts online screeners for submission purposes. Entries should be submitted by secure password-protected internet link to the work on: Vimeo.com or YouTube.com. The link must not be visible to the public.

Works in progress will not be considered for competition or screened at the film festival.
All entries must be properly uploaded and received by the film festival in DCP format two months on or before the festival event for consideration.

The filmmaker(s) must secure all rights, licenses, clearances, and releases necessary for exhibition. Work may originate in any film, video, or digital medium. All footage must be original. The music must be original or licensed. You must certify receipt of any and/or all releases and/or permissions.

All works made in a language other than English must be dubbed or subtitled in English.
Please do not send any paper press kits, other print materials, DCP’s, Blu-rays, or DVD’s unless they are requested by the festival.

All entry materials become the property of the World International Film Festival and will not be returned.

There are no refunds of entry fees.

After you submit your work for review online, the link must not expire until after you are notified of the jury panel's selections.

Press kits, screenplays must be submitted in English.


SELECTION AND NOTIFICATION GUIDE

We will notify you if you are not accepted as well.
Screenplays and Press Kits must be submitted in English.
Screenplays and Press Kits must be submitted in one of the following file formats:
Microsoft Word (.doc), PDF (.pdf), Final Draft (.fdr, .fdx, .fds), Rich Text (.rtf), Plain Text (.txt).
The trailer (teaser), must be submitted in the following file formats: HD [1080p] and be uploaded on youtube.com.


WINNERS

In the following categories:

GRAND JURY AWARD
AUDIENCE AWARD
BEST FEATURE FILM
BEST DOCUMENTARY
BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT
BEST EXPERIMENTAL FILM
BEST SHORT FILM
BEST DIRECTOR GRAND JURY AWARD
BEST ACTRESS GRAND JURY AWARD
BEST ACTOR GRAND JURY AWARD
BEST SCREENPLAY GRAND JURY WINNER
BEST ARTISTIC CONTRIBUTION GRAND JURY WINNER
INNOVATION AWARD GRAND JURY WINNER

All winners will be awarded with the World International Film Festival AWARD.


RETURN OF MATERIALS

The World International Film Festival does not give waivers or discounts.
The World International Film Festival does not pay any rental fees for submitted work.
The individual or corporation submitting the film hereby warrants that it is authorized to commit the film for screening, and understands and accepts these requirements and regulations.

OTHER REQUIREMENTS

All non-English films must have English subtitles.
Only one online submission per film is accepted.

Overall Rating
Quality
Value
Communication
Hospitality
Networking
  • A nicely-run festival in the heart of the German film industry. BWIFF's fees are fair and well worth the go. I'm glad I signed up! Thank you for everything—frohes neues Jahr!!

    December 2021
  • Well run, great communication, proud to be selected!

    December 2021
  • Francisco Javier Correa Moro

    They told me to send my Film in a DCP file and i didn't know how to convert it into a Digital Cinema Package so sadly i couldn't come to the Festival.

    February 2017
  • Julian Lim

    We have managed to flight all the way from Belgium to attend the
    red carpet ceremony. It's such a fantastic experience. There were so many opportunities to network with other great filmmakers.
    Communication was great, and of course the hospitality was the best!
    The conference aspect made this festival really valuable in terms of expanding my own understanding of the indie filmmaking
    community as well as meeting and connecting with so many other filmmakers from all around the world.
    i will definitely submit my upcoming film again!

    February 2017
  • FRANC KOPIC

    Hello,

    Thanks for your notice that my film is nominated for the competiotion – I am very glad about it. Wish you a lot of success and interesting projections.
    Thank you Festival Team.
    Best regards.

    Franc Kopic, Maribor, Slovenia

    February 2017