Welcome to Budapest Independent Film Festival, a 2-day annual event dedicated to independent filmmakers from all over the world.

Every year, we celebrate independent cinema in the heart of lively Budapest. Our event is created for the culture-loving, cinephile, international crowd.

The festival’s aim is to provide a platform for filmmakers who don’t necessarily have a large budget, but a vision and an important story to tell. Through our careful selection process, our goal is to showcase a wide variety of genres and styles to cinema fans and fellow international filmmakers.

We will be handing out a number of awards at the event in a number of categories, selected and evaluated by our Jury.

We look forward to putting on a spectacular event in the beautiful city of Budapest and showcasing your film.

Winners will be awarded with Award Certificates.

Press and photographers will be invited to the festival.

✓ 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 2021.

✓ 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
  • Gina Hara

    Our film got nominated for an award and when we offered to come with the crew (director, producer, etc) they turned us down. We actually have our own festival travel budget, so that was a first. I'm not gonna lie that was confusing. Haha. But we hope the festival went well. Budapest is great and Hungarian films are awesome. We wish we could have been there. Congrats to all the winners :)

    February 2020
    Response from festival:

    Hi Gina,
    We are really sorry you couldn't attend the festival. As we mentioned in our email conversation, we would have been very happy to welcome you to the event. Even if your film was not part of our Official Screening Selection, it was nominated for an award. I understand that your promotional budget is limited to screenings, but unfortunately, the screening selection is decided independently of filmmakers' ability to attend. I hope we'll have a chance to see your other projects in the future.

    Festival Team

  • Warsaw Film School is so greatful that our production Nuclear Shadows was in official selection. A highly professional, well organized and communicative festival! Thank you so much! We can't wait to send you some new shorts for the next edition. Keep up the amazing work!

    March 2019
  • sophie Gueydon

    Felt so blessed to be part of the festival and win 'Best Director' for our short 'Emma'. The films were powerful, the team really kind and passionate about cinema, the venue amazing and it was a great excuse to see Budapest! I would defo submit again and come back!

    January 2019
  • Tom Gani

    Wonderful selection and very responsive staff at a lovely venue.
    Was proud to be part of the selection.

    January 2019
  • Really glad and proud to have been part of the Grand Budapest Film Festival's first year. Thx!

    January 2019