Film in Focus | International Film Festival opens its doors to film professionals, art cinema lovers and debut artists alike who want to showcase themselves in the industry along with their unique and individual ideas.

We strive to curate an inclusive film line-up. A space where experienced professionals and first time filmmakers can share their artistic ideas and perhaps learn something from one another.

Film in Focus IFF, as an international festival has the objective of creating awareness on screening independent cinema. We welcome submissions from a wide range of genres including drama & comedy films, documentaries, animations, experimental projects, music videos or movie trailers.

FIF is run in association with Global Cinema Hub, a collection of international film festivals supporting indie filmmaking. By establishing a working network with filmmakers, producers and marketing professionals, we share one common goal: to forge productive and lasting relationships between independent filmmakers and audiences.
We are now open for submissions for our 2021 film showcase.

Film screenings along with the unique stories will take place right in the heart of Bucharest, at the Unteatru Theatre. Being one of the most effervescent art hubs of the capital city, Unteatru is the place where the creatives meet the audience through art exhibitions, theatre shows, film screenings and thematic workshops.


••• BEST FILM ••• Certificate Award + Cloud19 Full DCP Service Pack worth 299$ + 1yr iPitchTV Studio Membership worth $299 + Filmstro Pro Licence discount worth 125$

••• 1st RUNNER UP ••• Certificate Award + 3mo Studio Membership worth $117 + Cloud19 DCP Service Pack Discount worth 105$ + Filmstro Pro Licence discount worth 105$

••• 2nd Runner-Up Film ••• Certificate Award + 3mo Studio Membership worth $117 + Cloud19 DCP Service Pack Discount worth 105$ + Filmstro Pro Licence discount worth 105$


Best Student Film
Best Animation
Best Experimental
Best Documentary
Best Music Video


Best Director
Best Screenplay
Best Actor
Best Actress
Best Editor

The best entries will be selected and screened every month a year. We will publish the results of the Official Selection every last day of the month, according to the Submission Notification sent in advance and the Official Screenings will take place the next month.

A jury of film professionals will review all eligible submitted films, evaluating from an independent point of view, seeking the energy and new ideas that will contour the future of the cinema.

The festival team will create an Official Selection of all the nominated films for each category. These projects will have a chance to win one of the many awards announced at the festival, and those selected in the Competition Categories will be screened in front of a live audience at the Unteatru Theatre in Bucharest. There will be laurels available for the nominated films and certificates for the winners.


There will be a total of 12 screenings in a competition year. The films entering the Official Competition (Best Film, Runner-ups, Category Award & Individual Award nominations) will be screened at the above mentioned location. All submissions are made via FilmFreeway.
Only short films with a duration of up to 35 minutes are accepted. All films must have been made in or after 2016 and have English subtitles (except for music videos and unless English is the main language spoken). Any genre and format is accepted (from 1 minute films to long, narrative/artistic films).
In case we do not receive enough entries for a category (at least 3 entries must be received in order for that category to be eligible) we will move those entries into a corresponding category.
The filmmaker/institution that is submitting the film must own the rights to do so and is responsible for the content they are providing.
By entering your film for consideration for Film in Focus IFF, you authorize that your work is cleared for festival exhibition and accept full legal responsibility for the intellectual property therein. Entry into the festival constitutes permission to exhibit your work online at Film in Focus IFF. Film in Focus IFF is also hereby granted the right to utilize the e-mails through which the entries were submitted as well as excerpts from any film submitted and accepted for exhibition at the Festival for promotional purposes. The undersigned shall indemnify and hold harmless Film in Focus IFF from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney’s fees, and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to the screening videos entered. Film in Focus IFF DOES NOT PAY SCREENING FEES. By submitting your film via FilmFreeway you acknowledge that the festival will not pay to present your work nor will it provide feedbacks or reviews in the event of your film not having been accepted.
By submitting, you agree to all of these rules, terms and conditions. You acknowledge that no submission fee refunds are given once this application has been submitted. You also acknowledge that you will not receive any compensation for the use of your film by Film in Focus IFF in accordance with the rules, terms and conditions.

You understand and acknowledge that, if you are under 18 years of age, your parent or guardian must agree to the terms of this Filmmaker Release on your behalf. As a Parent or Guardian of a minor filmmaker, if applicable, you understand and acknowledge that you are agreeing to the terms of this Filmmaker/Guardian/Representative Release on behalf of your child or a child for whom you are a legally designated Guardian.

Overall Rating
  • Heléna Antonio

    A very well organised Festival, wonderful communication, and the film selection has a very high standard.
    Really glad that ‘2020’ has been selected at this Festival.
    I will submit for sure my next films.

    September 2021
  • Jay Bhatti

    I'm glad my project was selected to be at the festival, when I reached out to answer a question they respond in good time.
    Would submit again.

    August 2021
  • It was a great honor for our short film "Chasing Sugar" to be a part of Film In Focus Festival!!! Thank you very much for your consideration and our nomination for "Best Student Film"! We are all very grateful!!!

    July 2021
  • Alexandra Bekiou

    Thank you very much for the wonderful festival and I have enjoyed being part of it. Looking forward to submit next projects.

    July 2021
  • Wonderful festival! Enjoyed being a part of it! Great communication throughout the process! Will definitely submit future projects!

    April 2021