Cittador International Film Festival in Vienna, a vibrant two-day event, showcases independent films. Crafted to recognize and reward emerging talent, it goes beyond mere entertainment, aiming to inspire and engage both film enthusiasts and creators. This festival is a curated experience that transcends conventional cinema, offering a platform for emerging voices and inspiring passion for the cinematic arts.

We strive to spotlight global cinematic themes in short and feature films, showcasing a diverse palette of genres for a comprehensive cinematic experience. Emphasizing filmmaker perspectives, we provide a platform for interviews to share their visions with the audience. Our festival welcomes all filmmakers who appreciate inspirational, high-quality, engaging, original, and imaginative short and feature films.

Cittador International Film Festival considers feature films up to 120 minutes and short films up to 30 minutes running time.

The live cinema screenings of the winning films will take place at the Studiokino Lugner City Vienna, Austria.


- Best Feature Film
- Emerging Director Award
- Remarkable Screenplay Award
- Acting Art Award
- Cinematography Art Award
- Momentous Film Music Award
- Sound Design Art Award

- Best International Short
- Best European Short
- Best Austrian Short
- Best Drama Short
- Best Arthouse Short
- Best Thriller Short
- Best Action Short
- Best Comedy Short
- Best Fantasy Short
- Best Mystery Short
- Best Romance Short
- Best Documentary Short
- Best Inspirational Short
- Best Environmental Short
- Best Feminist Short
- Best Experimental Short
- Best Horror Short
- Best LGBTQ+ Short
- Best Sci-Fi Short
- Best Animated Short
- Best Family Short
- Emerging Director Award
- Remarkable Screenplay Award
- Acting Art Award
- Cinematography Art Award
- Momentous Film Music Award
- Sound Design Art Award

All selected and awarded films will receive the official laurel of the Cittador International Film Festival and a Cittador Certificate.

Each winning film will receive a short jury statement, which will be published on the Cittador Film Festival website and in the Film Festival Catalog. The jury statement can be reused as a quotation for promotional purposes with the source reference.

Cittador International Film Festival will publish a catalog containing: a) information about the selected and awarded films, b) interviews with filmmakers, c) a short statement by the jury about the awarded films. Since the information is already available on the Cittador International Film Festival website and will be included in the catalog, there is no free author's copy of the catalog for the filmmakers of the selected and awarded films. The catalog is a document about the festival and serves as a record of the festival. The catalog can be purchased online.

Cittador Film Festival accepts films in any language and from around the world up to 30 minutes running time for short films and up to 120 minutes running time for feature-length films. The submitted film must have a minimum resolution of Full HD (1080p).

Films whose dialogue is not spoken in English must have English subtitles.

3. FEE
The submission fee is non-refundable. The film festival does not pay a fee for the screening of the winning films.

Only the films that have received a Best-of-Film-award will be screened live in the cinema. All other films will not be screened. Films that have received a special award will also not be shown.

Submission period: January 10, 2024 – November 15, 2024
Selection date: November 16, 2024
Notification date: December 1, 2024
Event date: December 14 – 15, 2024, Studiokino Lugner City Vienna

You confirm that you have obtained all necessary permissions to participate in the Cittador International Film Festival and that the film does not infringe the rights, including copyright, of any third party.

By submitting your film, you agree that the Cittador International Film Festival may use portions of your film (including trailers/teasers/film posters/film stills) for promotional purposes. By submitting to the Cittador International Film Festival, you agree to abide by all rules of the Film Festival and grant the Cittador International Film Festival unrestricted permission to screen the submitted film at the sole discretion of the festival. The festival has the right to refuse the film without giving any reason. The event date and location are subject to change.

Overall Rating
  • Very nice festival! Thank you for selecting my short film.

    April 2024
    Response from festival:

    Thank you very much for the submission!

  • gianni russo

    Nice festival. Happy to be part of it.

    December 2023
    Response from festival:

    It was a great honor and pleasure to welcome you to our festival event! Thank you very much for your visit to Vienna.

  • Excellent highly professional new film festival .
    Wish You all the best .
    Recomanded .

    January 2023
    Response from festival:

    Thank you for sharing your work with us. It was our pleasure!

  • Alexandre Dacosta

    Honored to have participated in the Cittador FF and received the Best Experimental Short - Jury Silver Award with my short film [technopoetics]. The brazilian visual poetry asks for passage. Long life for the Cittador FF in Vienna ! AD

    January 2023
    Response from festival:

    We were very pleased having your work at our festival. Thanks a lot!

  • afsaneh azizmohammadi

    my animation got the "Honorable mention" award and a nice review. It was a nice experience. Thank you!

    January 2023
    Response from festival:

    This was also a nice experience for us. Thanks to you!