********* THIS IS AN ONLINE FESTIVAL *******

Please read the entire content of this text carefully before submitting your project to the festival.

The Festival was created to celebrate the art of filmmaking and to honor the filmmakers who make it all possible.

The entire application process is done online through FilmFreeway.

How the Festival works:

On the notification date, the selected projects will be able to download the OFFICIAL SELECTION LAUREL.

On the Festival dates, we will have ONLINE SCREENING SESSIONS.
It is NOT an obligation to participate.

On the Festival dates, the WINNERS LIST will be released and they will be able to download the LAURELS and CERTIFICATES

Laurels and Award Certificates to:

Best Short Film
Best Documentary
Best Feature Film
Best Student Film
Best Animation
Best Web Series
Best Screenplay Short
Best Screenplay Feature
Best Music Video
Best German Short Film
Best German Documentary
Best German Feature Film
Best Asian Short Film
Best Asian Feature Film
Special Jury Award
Best Photography


All non-English films must have English subtitles.
At this time, we are only requesting online submissions and all materials must be viewable online, as we want to remain as green as possible.
By submitting to the festival, you agree to allow your film (or other artistic work) to be screened by the festival during the festival run, for which you are submitting, at no charge to the festival. If there are to be any additional screenings, we will come to a mutual agreement between the filmmaker and the festival. All media selected by the festival will be asked to provide promotional materials, but we ask that no promotional materials be sent until selection. By submitting to the festival you are admitting copyright ownership of everything submitted.
The festival reserves the right to disqualify any submission at any time, if there is any question of ownership, copyright infringement or any sign of disrespect (in any form of media) to the festival or its representatives.


It is very important for all filmmakers to readily have available posters and trailers and additional materials possible to submit to film festivals at the submission stage. Film festival directors appreciate these materials to work with, should your film get accepted to the festival submitted. As a Festival Director, I see professionalism and dedication to the film when the submitter sends a well-made poster and a short trailer. This also helps the film festival better promote selected films.

It’s important to get a frame from the movie or a photo still of the film that makes people look at it and think “I want to see this film” or “Who is that guy and why he is running?” or “Why is that woman crying?”.
A good poster should immediately grab people’s attention. A poster with only the title a background doesn’t convey any emotion and doesn’t mean anything.
Film festivals prefer to have posters in the following proportion.
Recomended file size: 1400 pixels x 2100 pixels at 300dpi.
Make the Title stand out, but don’t make it so big that it distracts the important images in your poster.
Make sure to export it as a JPEG, PNG, or PDF.

The trailer has to give the audience a glimpse of your film and just enough so as not to reveal important parts of it. This will make the viewer curious about your film.
Place important information like Title, Directed by…, important actors in the poster. Include festival laurels like Winner of Best Film or Best Director, and Official Selections from important festivals such as Sundance, TIFF, etc...
Duration: The recommended length of a trailer should be between 1 and 2 minutes maximum.
Export : 1080p – MP4 or Quicktime mov file.
Even if your short film is 3 to 5 minutes long, creating a 1-minute trailer will make a good impression.

When a film is submitted to my festivals without a poster or trailer or sometimes without both, the judges take points off the final rating of the film.

Overall Rating
  • Sybil Jatta

    When sharing with friends and family that we won in Germany every one smiles with great joy!!! Thank you for selecting our award-winning documentary feature film AKWAABA the Awakening! We are just humbled. All the best to you and your team. We hope to work with you again in the near future.


    Sybil D. Jatta
    Filmmaker Documentarian

    May 2023
  • Honoured to have been invited to participate.

    April 2023
  • Thomas Harman

    Very happy to have been part of the Official Selection and receive an Honorable Mention my film FLUFFYPUNK. Great communication with fest organizer Jose and enjoyed being a part of this years GIFF.

    April 2023
  • We feelt good to be part of it.

    April 2023
  • Rita Panahi

    Very well organized festival and excellent communication. Thank you!

    April 2023