The International Film Festival Cologne will take place in the ende of June 2020. A Date will be released when the Corona Situation has cleared.

Although Cologne is one of the major film-cities in Germany, the IFFC will be the first festival to provide categories from „Best Feature Film“ to "Best Music Video", „Best Mini Web Series" and "Best Experimental Film".

By doing so we hope to meet an international audience, to create an inspiring event, to network world wide and to celebrate filmmaking itself.

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There will be 8 awards for:

Best Feature Film
Best Short Film
Best Acting
Best Cinematography
Best Documentary
Best Experimental Film
Best Mini Web Series
Best Music Video

For every category there will be 5 nominations.
All nominated films will be shown during daytime of the IFFC.
In the evening the winning films will be awarded. The winners will not be announced until the evening of the Festival.
Every winner of each category is going to receive a statue and an award certificate.

Due to the festival running for the first time in 2020 we can only assure to provide the statues and the award certificates but no cash prices.

The submitted film must have been produced within the last 3 Years before the IFFC begins.
If a film is nominated it will be shown in full length at the IFFC. Every film will need to provide a digital copy of the film wether it was shot digitally or not.

Legal Note:
All rights to the image, sound etc. must be obtained from the submitter. The festival is not liable for any violations of copyright and personal rights, as well as marketing rights or trademarks.
If one of the violations is committed, the subcontractor is liable for any damaging loss.

About hate and violence:
Films that express hatred towards ethnic groups are automatically disqualified. It should be noted that the representation of this hatred in itself does not lead to disqualification, but the desired meaning behind it. Accordingly, if a movie poses or trumps hatred against ethnic groups, it will be disqualified.
The same applies to glorifying violence. If violence is glorified or positively presented, the film will be disqualified.
So violence itself does not disqualify, but glorifying it does.

More detailed legal notes:
By submitting your film to the IFFC you agree that your film can be uploaded to our website ( The person or organization that is submitting the film must own the rights to do so and is responsible for the content they are providing. By submitting, the filmmaker allows IFFC to present their film in front of a live audience and to upload it onto our website without infringing copyright of any kind of form. The entry fee is not refundable for films that did not get selected.

By entering your film for consideration for the International Film festival Cologne, 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 in front of a live audience at the International Film Festival Cologne. International Film Festival Cologne is also hereby granted the right to utilize an excerpt (film sequence, sound or photo) from any film submitted and accepted for exhibition at the Festival for promotional purposes. The undersigned shall indemnify and hold harmless the International Film festival Cologne 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. The International Film Festival Cologne does not pay screening fees. By submitting your film via FilmFreeway you acknowledge that the festival will not pay to present your work.

Now, submit!

Overall Rating
  • Nicolai Tegeler

    very good communications and hospitality!
    I really enjoyed!
    Thank you!

    May 2020
    Response from festival:

    Dear Nicolai,

    thank you very much for your kind review!
    Looking forward to meeting you.

  • Akiko Misaizu

    Deer IFFC Team!
    Thank you for the good news!
    We would like to thank you for rating our project so highly.
    We would like to also thank you for the great communication and organisation.
    Congratulation for your wonderful work from our team Closet.

    May 2020
    Response from festival:

    Dear Akiko,

    we`re happy to hear that.
    Thank you very much for your kind review!