The GOLDEN TREE International Documentary Film Festival (GTIDFF), founded in 2016, takes place every fall in Frankfurt, Germany. The Festival’s aim is to focus the world’s attention on documentaries, encourage the exhibition of quality films worldwide , deeply explore different cultures and countries, and promote mutual exchanges and learning through the art of cinematography.

The theme of the 6th GOLDEN TREE International Documentary Film Festival is “Roots of Culture: Nature Tells Us”, focusing on habitat and other areas of human existence, including animals, plants, human history, natural environment and other content. The festival is planned for early-mid October 2021 in Frankfurt, Germany. The onsite Festival includes the Opening Ceremony, Film Competitions and Screenings, Theme Forum, Joint Meeting Hall, Closing and Award Ceremony, and Beijing Special Events Series.

GTIDFF encourages the participation of filmmakers with documentaries that are culturally relevant, unique, innovative and meaningful.

There is no registration fee. Proof of registration entitles you to two (2) free passes to the GOLDEN TREE Festival, giving you access to all of the 6th GTIDFF industry activities.

Theme, Time and Location:
2021 Theme: Roots of Culture: Nature Tells Us
Festival date TBA : Early-mid October 2021
Location: Frankfurt, Germany
Accepting submission between : January 1, 2021 - June 30, 2021.

1. Golden Tree, Prize: 5000 EUR
2. Best Feature Documentary, Prize: 5000 EUR
3. Best Medium-Length Documentary, Prize: 2500 EUR
4. Best Short Documentary, Prize: 1500 EUR
5. Best Life of Nature Documentary, Prize: 2500 EUR
6. Best History Documentary, Prize: 2500 EUR
7. Best Human Discovery Documentary, Prize: 2500 EUR
8. Best Cinematography, Prize: 2500 EUR
9. Golden Fruit Plan, Prize: 1500 EUR

Film genre: Documentary
Theme: Roots of Culture: Nature Tells Us
Film length definition:
-Documentary Feature: Longer than 60 minutes;
-Documentary Medium-Length: 20-60 minutes (including 60 minutes);
-Documentary Short: 20 minutes or less (including 20 minutes);

Registration fee: Free
Film completion : After January 1st, 2019
The registered film must be a completely finished documentary film. All films shall not contain any elements that are hostile to other countries, cause religious or ethnic conflicts etc., and shall not cover pornography, violence and racial discrimination.

Subtitles: All registered films must come with English subtitles.
Written materials: the film introduction and director introduction should be provide in Chinese and English.
Photo information:1 HD poster, 3-5 Stage Photos (within 10MB).
Video data: High-definition full film and trailers (English subtitles) format is MP4, compressed within 10G, the picture can be watermarked, but can not block the picture.
Applicants shall ensure the authenticity, completeness, and accuracy of the registration information, and bear the legal liability arising from false information. Application materials will not be returned and will be retained by the organizing committee for archival purposes.
The applicant (individual or institution) who registered the film must have full copyright or licensing rights of the film. The applicant also authorizes the organizing committee of the GOLDEN TREE International Documentary Film Festival to download the film for the purpose of award selection. Moreover, the applicant shall guarantee that the film is not involved in any kind of copyright dispute, In case of any disputes regarding the film’s copyright, the applicant will bear full responsibility. 
Applicants that register for the 6th GTIDFF 2021 agree to accept the aforementioned terms and rules as well as allow us to use your email address for contact purposes.

Overall Rating
  • Debolina Ghosh

    The festival was great.As a filmmaker i am very glad to have participated in such a wonderful festival.

    December 2020
  • Great communication. Wasn't able to attend.

    December 2020
  • Mükemmel bir film festivali her adımında bildiriyorlar

    November 2020

    Grande oportunidade para veicular meu filme forma de meu território

    November 2020
  • lt is a very nice festival.

    November 2020