Cairo Indie Festival is a bi-monthly film festival located in the beautiful city of Cairo, Egypt. The Festival is looking for independent projects from all genres, particularly low or no-budget ones and all countries. The selection process has two parts. First, the submitted projects are judged through private screenings by our internal programming team, and they will select the official films of each edition. Then the Festival's jurors, who are a random team of invited experts mainly from the film industry, will privately review the films and award the best projects. All of the winners will receive the official laurel and an achievement certificate. Winner's announcements will be released through our social media to help promote the films.

Awards & Prizes:

Best narrative Egyptian short film
Best international short film
Best first time filmmaker short
Best student short
Best documentary short
Best animation short
Best experimental short
Best horror short
Best dance short film
Best sci-fi short
Best Covid film
Best music video
Best web series
Best micro-short
Best pilot
Best women empowerment short
Best human rights‘ film
Best LGBTQ short
Best female director
Best male director
Best producer
Best original screenwriting
Best unproduced short script
Best cinematography
Best editing

– In order to submit a film, you must own the rights or have permission from the owner.
– Any Foreign film that is not in English must have English subtitles.
– All fees are non-refundable.
– Not all the submissions are selected for the official competition. Our Judges are free to make their own choices and no answers will be given about not selected films.
– Cairo Indie short festival can consider any film to be disqualified if the festival considers the content inappropriate. If you have any question regarding this decision you might contact us at our email address.
– Filmmakers can submit the film in multiple categories in order to become a multi-award film. Still, the decision about the selection is strictly determined by our judges’ team and no selection is guaranteed.
– Submitting your movie, you authorize Cairo Indie short festival to use, distribute and share the film poster, trailer, synopsis and movie stills in our social media.
– Films can be available online and still be entered in the competition for our festival.
– Multiple submissions and multiple category submissions are accepted.
– Films must have been completed within the past 5 years.
– Shorts must be less than 50 minutes.
-We do not require premiere status.

Overall Rating
  • Un gran placer estar en su festival!!!
    Y un Honor en esta categoría!!!
    Atentamente Reyes Caballero  
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    March 2021
  • Sam Locke

    Honored to be selected for this festival

    March 2021
  • Maria Margarida Marinho Trocado Moreira

    Thank you for understanding the importance of independent films! My animation film THE TEACHER , won an award and I am grateful for ever.

    April 2021
  • Mofieni Iniya

    Thank you Cairo Indie Short Festival for selecting my short film, The Time of Your Life!

    April 2021
  • Cameron Francis

    Thank you so much for awarding "Lindsey" the Best Horror Short of March 2021!

    April 2021