Gstaadfilm in 2024 is twenty years old. As part of this celebration we have decided to hold our film festival on one of the islands in the archipelago region, off the coast of Stockholm in May 2025. This remote location reminds us of our home in the mountains of the Berner Oberland in Switzerland. The exact location will remain a mystery until closer to the actual date. Details will then be given as to how to get there, whether by sea, road or aeroplane.


Gstaadfilm Festival - International Short Film Festival for Films by Artists / Giving artists an opportunity to show film not normally excepted into the mainstream film festival

In March 2004 the 1st international short film festival for films by artists was held in Gstaad, Switzerland, with the ultimate prize being 'The Golden Cow of Gstaad'. For the organisers of Gstaad Film, the event was a great success: Many artists made use of the possibility to present their works at the festival & the quality of the program was high, attracting many films from Switzerland and entries from as far away as Argentina. The three days of the festival gave many possibilities for interesting contacts, not only for we the organisers, but also for a numerous and interested audience who were left excited, enthralled and enriched by the experience.

The positive reaction generated over the three-day period encouraged us to start organising a second festival. To improve the organisation and to give the participants/entrants more time, we decided to organise the festival in a two-year cycle, as a biennale.

Dependant upon the length of films received, a maximum of twenty-five can be taken into the official program of the festival. Five of them will be nominated and admitted to the competition for the Gstaad Film Award. This award is to be The Golden Cow of Gstaad. The prize money is set to CHF 400.- (Swiss Francs) and an open invitation to where Gstaadfilm is to be held.

In 2015 there was a NEW PRIZE awarded to an emerging artist/filmmaker under the age of twenty five; The Golden Calf of Gstaad. A prize of CHF 100.- (Swiss Francs) will be awarded to the winner.

All of The Golden Cow awards are hand-carved by a local dairy farmer Walo Perreten, who has his farm in an area quite close to Gstaad.

Must have proven background as an Artist.

Type of Film:
Any form or medium except pure animation can be submitted

Digital preview copies in which the spoken language is not English, should be submitted with English subtitles. Films that are submitted on unreadable or damaged preview files will not be considered for selection. It is up to the applicant to ensure that the preview file is in full working order.

Running Time:
Duration no longer than 10 minutes

Overall Rating
  • Although I couldn't be there in person, I could still feel your enthusiasm and professionalism.

    November 2020
  • Carla Knopp

    It was such an honor to be included in this thoughtfully programmed festival, which premiered in such a lovely intimate theatre.

    August 2019
  • Sara Tirelli

    It's been an honour to take part to Gstaadfilm Festival. The director and team are very dedicated professional thus producing an high quality event. Thank you!

    March 2019
  • Emilio Neri Tremolada

    bellissimo festival complimenti, grazie!
    felice di aver partecipato e che il mio corto sia stato selezionato!

    November 2017
  • Harriet Feigenbaum

    marvelous experience!

    May 2016