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.

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  • Maria Brenda

    A well-organized festival. Thank you for recognizing my film. It was a great honor. I will definitely enter my future projects.

    July 2021
  • Chris Oledude


    From Christopher R. Owens, President, CESO Enterprises, Inc. crowens@cesony.com:

    On behalf of CESO ENTERPRISES, INC., Alyssa Dann, Chris Oledude, and all of our production participants, I would like to compliment the organizers and operators of the Cairo Indie Short Festival! When we created our first music video (which was long enough to be a short film), we knew nothing about film festivals. With the help of FilmFreeway, we started researching. The categories were good. Everyone who contacted us on behalf of this festival was helpful. The submissions looked excellent.

    It was indeed exciting to discover this new world and to be so warmly welcomed by the inhabitants!  To have GEORGE FLOYD: SAY THEIR NAMES selected for inclusion was an honor in and of itself. So, to be awarded semi- finalist, was thrilling and beyond what we expected! We were happy to “get the word out” and continue motivating people worldwide to consider the injustices embedded within our nation’s criminal justice system. After all, situations where a powerful segment of the population uses its law enforcement apparatus to abuse and oppress other segments of the population are recognizable in and common to many societies.
    We recommend submitting your work and we certainly intend to participate again in the future. Peace and stay safe!

    July 2021
  • FAKE! Save your money and your time!

    July 2021
  • Universe Beyond Time is honored to be recognized by the great city of Cairo in the glorious land of Egypt! Thank you so much! Blessings to you all! Cairo We Love You!

    June 2021
  • CAIRO Indie Short very communicative and supportive for filmmakers! We're so honored to be a Semi-Finalist! Thank you so much! "MarriageFit"

    June 2021