The Courage Film Festival is aimed at all the filmmakers and screenwriters who use their work to take a stand and fight for what they believe is right! We're now looking for submissions for our 5th edition in Berlin in Winter 2021.

We welcome films and screenplays that fight for good causes and portray the struggles and adversity that people and groups face when trying to bring about positive change and influence in a world where you sometimes have to shout in order to make yourself heard.

We are looking for stories that spark discussions and debates and are the protagonists for positive change and development in the world. All themes are welcome, covering topics such as women, immigration, the environment, family, equality, mental health, disability, etc.

People face challenges every day. Will your story ignite courage in another human?

We want to hear your stories and give you a platform to share them and to also discuss the issues portrayed in your film with like-minded filmmakers. Our events include screenings, workshops and Q&A and discussion sessions about the main themes of the festival.

Let the Courage Film Festival be the platform where you grab the world’s attention to champion your cause and raise awareness.

Certificates and awards will be given.

All filmmakers or script writers that submit to the Courage Film Festival must agree to the following conditions:

All films must include English subtitles if they are not in English.

All films must be submitted to the correct category: Short films under 25 minutes, feature films more than 25 minutes. Documentary Short films under 35 minutes, Documentary Feature films more than 35 minutes.

The festival reserves the right to check all material is suitable for screening and holds the right to reject material deemed unsuitable without issuing a refund. The judges and screening committee’s decisions are final.

If you withdraw your film or script from the festival we reserve the right to not issue a refund.

You agree to allow the Courage Film Festival to use the materials submitted and relevant press information for promotion and other media activities if the film is selected to be screened.

Unfortunately, the Courage Film Festival does not pay screening fees.

Filmmakers and scriptwriters are solely responsible and accountable for obtaining the correct permission to use any materials they do not already own the rights to, including but not limited to, music, logos, trademarks and all intellectual property rights. The Courage Film Festival will not be held responsible for failure to do so.

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  • Great festival with very good organization.

    April 2021
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    Response from festival:

    Hi. Thank you for leaving this review and letting us know you had a good experience with us. Have a nice week!

  • Thank you for selecting my film "SAMOS - The Faces of our BORDER" in this year's selection. Courage Film Festival has an important mission and does it greatly. They provide a place for filmmakers to raise their voices, take a stand and fight for what they believe is right.

    February 2021
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    Response from festival:

    Hi, Shams. Thank you for sharing your film with us and for taking the time to leave this review. We are glad to hear our mission is coming across through our actions. Congratulations once again on being selected. We wish you all the best!

  • I was happy, humbled and heartened to be Selected a Semi-Finalist by the Courage Film Festival with my screenplay, "The Handstand Heard 'Round the World."

    With media appearances including Jimmy Kimmel Live!, The Today Show and Ryan Seacrest, Deirdre Faegre's school suspension [an aspiring 11 year-old gymnast with dreams of an Olympic berth] became a sensational, international story as seen in the London Times, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and translated into foreign language publications around the world.

    From the Courage Film Festival:

    "The Courage Film Festival is aimed at all the filmmakers and screenwriters who use their work to take a stand and fight for what they believe is right!

    "We welcome films and screenplays that fight for good causes and portray the struggles and adversity that people and groups face when trying to bring about positive change and influence in a world where you sometimes have to shout in order to make yourself heard...We are looking for stories that spark discussions and debates and are the protagonists for positive change and development in the world...We want to hear your stories and give you a platform to share them and to also discuss the issues portrayed in your film with like-minded filmmakers...Let the Courage Film Festival be the platform where you grab the world’s attention to champion your cause and raise awareness."

    Many, many thanks to Festival Director, Adis Venero and the entire team of professionals at the Courage Film Festival...

    February 2021
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    Response from festival:

    Hi, Leland. Thank you for your kind words. We are honoured for having had the chance to choose your screenplay as one of our semifinalists. We wish you all the success and recognition you deserve going forward!

  • Jon Holmes

    A very welcoming festival, keen to make a difference

    November 2020
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you for your review, Jon. It warms our hearts to know you felt welcome. Have a wonderful festive season!

  • mohamad ali wahaj

    It's a good festival
    Hope you have more success

    February 2020
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    Response from festival:

    Hi, Mohamad Ali Wahaj. Thank you so much for your review and your kind words. We wish you all the best as well!