Dubai Indie Film Festival is an online based bi-monthly festival. DIFF is looking for independent projects from all genres, particularly low or no-budget ones, as well as from all countries, especially from those traditionally underrepresented in the global film industry. The submitted projects are judged through private screenings by a random team of invited experts from academia and film industry from the region. From the pool of official selection, which has a very competitive acceptance rate, DIFF chose the nominees and award winners of the edition.

Best Asian Short
Best International Narrative Short
Best Documentary Short
Best Animated Short
Best Experimental Short
Best Thriller Short
Best Horror Short
Best Religious Short
Best Peace Short
Best Women’a issue Short
Best Micro Short
Best Actor in Short
Best Actress in Short
Best Student Short
Best First-time Filmmaker
Best Script in Short
Best Unproduced Short Script
Best Editing in Short
Best Composer in Short
Best Music in Short
Best Cinematography in Short
Best Web Series
Best TV Pilot

A) Eligibility Requirements
1. We accept films of all genres.
2. Films completed on or after Jan 1, 2016 are eligible for consideration
4. Short feature films that are available for public online viewing are eligible
6. Multiple entries from the same submitter are accepted. A separate submission and a separate entry fee must accompany each entry.
7. All entries must be either in Arabic or English or subtitled in any of these two languages. Dialogue lists are not accepted.
8. Entrant confirms and warrants required legal authority to submit the entry to the Festival and to use all music, images, and content in the entry.
9. We reserve the right to change the date of the event; if the date changes, we will inform the participants by email.

B) Submission Guidelines

1. Films must be submitted via online screener hosted by Vimeo, on DVD or on Blu-ray disc.
2. Only complete entries (including fee payment and screener) will be considered.
3. Entrants are permitted to submit works-in-progress (i.e., without final color correction or sound mixing), but please note that the programming committee will only consider the version submitted. Subsequent cuts or replacement copies will only be accepted at the request of the programming committee.

D) Judging & Selection
Films are selected for Festival presentation by the programming committee. If a film is selected, the Festival office will contact the entrant by phone or email. The Festival does not provide feedback or screening notes to entries that are not selected.

All competitive film categories are judged during the Festival.

E) Entry Fees
Each entry must be accompanied by the appropriate entry fee. Entry fees are not refundable. Fees cover registration, registration notification, consideration by the programming department, and notification of the results. These fees may be paid by credit card (VISA, MasterCard, or American Express).

Overall Rating
  • Ronnie Bugay

    It was an honor to be selected as a semi-finalist. Thank you very much Dubai Independent Film Festival

    January 2023
  • One of the best I have entered.

    January 2023
  • Brit Tobin

    A variety of films and great communication with festival. So thankful for our selection and definitely recommend DIFF to any filmmaker.

    January 2023
  • Ken Sagoes

    We are honored and deeply grateful that our film “The Secret Weapon: Yesterday IS Today,” was selected as an Award Winner in your festival. The festival is well-organized with great communication. May the festival continue to provide filmmakers a platform that fosters creativity and self expression.

    January 2023
  • We are delighted with the experience and we recommend it. They answer fast and they take care. Thank you.

    January 2023