Our international shortfilm festival takes place in Lenzing, a small village near the beautiful lake Attersee (Austria). One week in every year, we celebrate the genre shortfilm (fiction, documantary and animation) and welcome filmmakers from all over the world. What makes our festival special are the open discussions between filmmakers, audience and jury after each film block.
People love our side events which are a funny get-together with fine food and live-music.

"The Lenz Award" for the best film in all main categories, Youth Award, Best Upper Austrian Film Award, UNICA Award, Audience Award

This is an agreement between you (the “submitter” )


Filmclub Attergau / Festival of Nations
Dr. Gleißner-Weg
4852 Weyregg am Attersee

as the organiser of the event

“Festival of Nations – International Short Film Festival”
(“the festival”, “Filmfestival”, “FON”, “we”, “us”)

If you have any questions contact us at: info@festivalofnations.eu


2.1 Length & country of production
All films with a running time of 30 minutes or less are eligible for submission. There are no limits regarding the country of production or the director’s/producer’s nationality.

2.2 Genres
As a Festival of Fantastic Film we accept submissions from genres like horror, science fiction and fantasy in all forms of artistic expression and style, such as fiction, documentary, animation, music videos or experimental cinema. We will not under any circumstance accept image videos, commercials or showreels.

2.3 Year of production
The film has been finished on, or after the 1st of January 2016

2.4 Re-Submissions
Films that have been submitted to previous editions will not be accepted

2.5 Language
The film has to be subtitled with English subtitles in any case or if possible with German subtitles. For selection purposes screener copies of films in German without subtitles are accepted.


The „Lenz Award“ is presented in different categories during award ceremony. A jury will evaluate and discuss every film with the audience and if present with the filmmakers.


4.1 The general call runs from October 1st, 2018 until December 31st, 2018 with an extended deadline until January 31st 2019. No films will be accepted after the extended deadline.

4.2 The submitter will be notified of the selection status (accepted / rejected) until the end of July through the submission platform or via E-Mail.

4.3 If selected the screening copy of the film must arrive at the festival office no later than the 15th of April 2019.


The film you submit to FON is being screened by a group of film professionals, curators and programmers. In order to ensure the quality of the selection process we charge an entry fee. In addition, the submission platform might charge a submission fee.

5.1 Fees during general call
Entries by all other Nationalities: 6$

5.2 Fees during extended deadline
Entries by all other Nationalities: 10$

5.3 The entry fee may be subject to change and is payable only via the submission platform.

In addition to a screener file you are asked to at least submit the following

6.1 Three film stills (300 dpi as either png or jpg)

6.2 Director’s biography and filmography

6.3 A list with previous screenings of the film, including awards

6.4 Main credits

6.5 Synopsis


7.1Accepted formats
7.1a preferred: Video file (e.g .mov, .mkv, mp4 -> ProRes, H264, HEVC)
7.1b Digital Cinema: DCP (unencrypted, Interop, SMPTE, 2k, 24fps, 25fps, 30fps)

7.2 A backup file must be submitted along with the screening copy.

7.3 The film must be submitted with English subtitles or if possible with German.

7.4 The festival does not pay rental fees, licence fees or other such fees for films that are screened in competition. The selected filmmakers are not awarded financial compensation for participating in competition but will be supported in attending the festival.

7.5 The films will be insured by the festival for the entire time of their being in the festival’s possession.


8.1 By mail or courier.

8.2 All deliveries from outside the European Union must be marked with the phrase “no commercial value – for cultural purposes only”.

8.3 We will not accept shipments for which we would have to bear shipping fees, duties, taxes or customs duties, and will not assume any responsibility for such shipments.

8.4 Costs: The applicant is responsible for the costs of sending the viewing and screening copies to the festival. The festival will not return screening copies.

8.5 Please note: Preview copies will not be returned, but stored in the FON Filmfestival archive.


9.1 You guarantee that you own or otherwise control all of the rights to the film you submit to us and that you are entitled to transfer the rights to us as specified in this agreement.

9.2 By submitting the film, you guarantee that all (intellectual property) rights needed for screening during FON and other uses described in this agreement have been cleared.

9.3 By submitting the film you guarantee that the screening or other use of the film by FON does not infringe rights held by third parties.

9.4 By submitting the film you agree to indemnify the festival against all third-party claims in connection with screening the film during FON and other uses described in the terms. This includes covering any legal costs that might be incurred.

9.5 Screening: The festival is entitled to show the selected films during the duration of the festival any number of times

9.6 Best-of programs: Award-winning films at FON may be shown again, free of charge two times within a year from the festival as part of a best-of program to promote the winning films/filmmakers as well as the festival.

9.7 Press screeners & archive: You grant us the nonexclusive, royalty-free, worldwide, perpetual and unlimited right to make copies of the film in order to make these copies available to press or industry representatives only and to archive these copies. The festival guarantees to exercise this right within reason and always with the benefit of the filmmaker in mind. These copies will not be used for commercial screening purposes by any means.

9.8 Promotion: If your film is selected to be included in the program you grant us the nonexclusive, royalty-free right to show – online, via television or in cinemas, in single form or as part of a showreel – excerpts of up to 30 seconds of the film for advertising and promotion purposes.

9.9 Meta material: If your film is selected to be included in the program you grant us the nonexclusive, royalty-free, unlimited and irrevocable right to publish submitted meta material such as (but not limited to) film stills, the title and credits of the film, and the director’s name.


10.1 If a provision of this agreement is or becomes illegal, invalid or unenforceable in any jurisdiction, that shall not affect:
10.1a the validity or enforceability in that jurisdiction of any other provision of this agreement; or
10.1b the validity or enforceability in other jurisdictions of that or any other provision of this Agreement.

10.2 This agreement is governed by Austrian law. The place of arbitration shall be Vöcklabruck, Austria, the language of arbitration shall be German.

Overall Rating
  • Amanda Renee Knox

    This festival is one of my all time favorites! It takes place in a small town on Lake Attersee in Austria and is one of the most beautiful places I’ve traveled to. The festival staff takes great care to make sure you are taken care of and the screening itself is top quality. The theater is beautiful and color and sound were great! Also, so many filmmakers come from around the world to participate which makes the experience a lot of fun! I highly recommend this festival!

    October 2023
  • András Attila Farkas

    We are very grateful that our film Café Marylin was screened at this wonderful festival. And thank you so much for your hospitality in one of the most beautiful parts of the world!

    October 2023
  • Eirik Fosse

    I want to express my heartfelt gratitude for the amazing experience myself and scriptwriter Pål Espen Kilstad had at the recent film festival in Lenzing, Austria.

    From the moment we arrived, we felt welcomed and embraced by the warmth of the festival team and the local community. The film screenings were fantastic, and we were blown away by the creativity and talent of the filmmakers from around the world.

    What truly exceeded our expectations was winning the main prize. We are still in disbelief and so grateful for this recognition. Thank you to all members of the jury.

    Thank you for creating such a wonderful and inclusive event, and for providing a platform for filmmakers to showcase their work and connect with each other. We will never forget the memories that were made at this festival and the connections that was established with fellow filmmakers and the community.

    Once again, thank you from the bottom of our hearts. We look forward to the next Festival of Nations and the opportunity to be a part of such a fantastic celebration of culture and creativity once again.

    Warm regards,
    Eirik Fosse
    Producer of “Hush”

    February 2023
  • Clara Maria Bacher

    A very hospitable, nice festival. A very diverse program and friendly team. Highly recommended!

    October 2022
  • Mathias Seebacher

    More english talking or translation would be great for the international guests. Other than that a very nice festival! Personal and local with interesting events around the festival like a bout trip around the "Attersee". Special and interesting Jury discussions right after the films, which I haven't experienced before in this form. Worth a visit!

    October 2022
    Response from festival:

    Thank you for your review!
    In fact, we do have a translation service during our jury discussions - we try to communicate this more clear in the future.