Grand OFF - World Independent Film Awards is the most important initiative promoting independent cinema in Poland and one of the most important cultural events related to independent cinema in the world. The mission of Grand OFF is to put independent cinema in the spotlight that both films and their makers deserve. This goal is achieved by a meticulous process of nominating submitted movies by the members of Grand OFF Jury, representing cinema professionals from 24 countries. This procedure culminates in a festive award ceremony, taking place in Warsaw since 2006 and attended each time by 400 distinguished representatives of the cinema world. A week later the awarded films are presented in more than 50 Polish cities.

Grand OFF is after all, a gate to the magical world of independent cinema, where all cinema connoisseurs, sophisticated audience and cinema professionals are welcome!

Grand OFF World Independent Short Film Awards submission is open for:

- films submitted by independent filmmakers and film clubs
- films submitted by Academy Members
- films submitted by directors of our partner film festivals

We accept:
- whose length does not exceed 45 minutes
- films made after the 1st of January 2021
- films which were made without any professional production support (except for film schools)

Dear Filmmakers,
the Grand OFF Festival's team is observing with concern the situation beyond the eastern border of Poland, fully in solidarity with the Ukrainian nation. We believe that the restoration of peace will soon be possible.
By the decision of the Management Board of the Cinema Art Foundation, from February 25, 2022, movies of Russian and Belarusian production won't take part in the 16th and 17th edition of the Grand OFF Festival.

Overall Rating
  • Max Puglisi

    Honored to have been awarded in one of the most important independent festivals in the world, a fantastic high-level festival that moved me. A festival that like no other gives a real precious 4 kilo bronze statuette, to make you physically appreciate the pleasant weight of victory, a prize of inestimable value in terms of emotions. The artistic director and the organizer are extraordinary, welcoming and classy people. The jury is made up of true intellectuals of international cinema. Everything is true, everything is spontaneous, a festival made with passion and soul which are the essence of independent cinema, a cinema that is not accountable to profits but to emotions. Congratulations above all to the artistic director Malgosia, capable of carrying out such a beautiful and challenging festival in all these years, involving great artistic and cultural authorities from Poland and 40 other nations. Thank you with all my heart. Max Puglisi, Best Directing 2023 Grand Off.

    December 2023
  • This festival is incredible!
    On behalf of IRAN FILM PORT COMPANY, I would like to congratulate you on your festival.

    December 2023
  • Silvia Gregorova

    Absolutely amazing and definetely the best festival Ive ever visited. All the people are so nice and professional I have not enough words to say how grateful I am We were selected.❤️❤️❤️❤️

    December 2023
  • Nevelin Vulchev

    An amazing film festival and awards with great communication and very well organized. Thank you for the nomination of our film "Good Night, Lily" for Best Short Fiction. The award ceremony was amazing and unforgettable! For us was privilege's to be there and celebrate with you! I hope we have to the chance to attend the festival again with some of our next films.
    Thank you very much again for everything and good luck!

    January 2023
  • Claire Layne

    Thank you to Grand OFF for selecting my first 2D short film Sagiso! I had a wonderful time visiting Grand OFF in Warsaw. The gala was a memorable experience.

    December 2022