*** We are currently accepting submissions for our 2021 event! ***

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.


Budapest Independent Film Festival 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.

Winners will be awarded with Award Certificates, and online VOD distribution deals with our partnering streaming platform.

Press and photographers will be invited to the festival.

Our Jury Panel includes:

Agnes Horvath-Szabo, Producer
Judge for Best Short Documentary

⌔In regards to intellectual property, you are fully responsible for the clearance of any music, sound, images or graphics contained in your entry. If any record company or music publisher contacts us about an entry’s music rights, we will refer that company to you so be sure to obtain all the appropriate clearances beforehand.

⌔It is in our discretion whether or not we choose to promote your film via our social media channels or website. This may include Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or a blog.
All content that is submitted in a language other than English is required to have English subtitles included.

⌔We accept films with starting from production year 2015 or later, not earlier.

⌔By submitting you agree to our terms and conditions and give us permission to use your email address for marketing purposes. Your information is safe with us and will never be shared with 3rd parties.

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