The IFFC (International Film Festival Cologne) is an emerging film festival created to highlight the international talent of emerging and established filmmakers alike.

By featuring categories such as “Best Feature Film”, “Best Music Video” and “Best Web Series”, the focus lies on highlighting the broad landscape of different kinds of storytelling.

We received submissions from 46 different countries and curated 41 Projects over 2 Days in 4 Theaters with 825 seats.
Despite Covid-19, we were able to invite several international guests to Cologne and had 0 infections!

Such as the creators of "Für Umme//For Peanuts", a German mini web series, which exclusively screened at the IFFC and was added to Amazon Prime Video 4 days later.
It´s the first mini web series ever to be bought and streamed by Amazon.

The Cinegate Price, worth 7.500€ in rental equipment, was won by Lina Zacher for her amazing work on her documentary "Fonja".

The „filmmakers-award“ was given to Oscar- winning actress Rachel Shenton, for her outstanding performance in „A Glimpse“.

Our Jury consisted of 16 members featuring award winning and successful industry professionals, such as Iris Baumüller (Casting Director) which had cast over 80 Feature Films and many Tv Shows like Netflix`s "Barbarians".
Find a list of all Jury members on our website.

The next edition will run 4 days to give every film the attention it deserves and to encourage networking.
Besides showcasing amazing work by international filmmakers, we will have creator talks, masterclasses and workshops as well as big tech companies and developers involved.
Our partners include Astera, Teltec and Cinegate.

There will be 10 awards for:

Best Feature Film

Best Short Film

Best Screenplay

Best Acting Ensemble

Best Acting Performance by an Actor/Actress

Best Cinematography

Best Documentary

Best Web Series

Best Music Video

Best Experimental Film

There will be 5-10 nominations per category.

All nominated films will be screened at the IFFC.

At the end of the IFFC, all winners will be announced at the award ceremony.

Every winner of each category is going to receive a statue and an award certificate.
Some Awards come with a prize, like the Cinegate-Prize (worth 7.500€).

The submitted film must have been finalized within the last 2 Years before the edition of the IFFC you submit to 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 and a DCP wether it was shot digitally or not.

There are no screening fees for curated projects.

After the entries closed, projects can not be withdrawn. A withdrawal is only possible when the entries are open. If you are nominated, wether it was announced publicly or not, your film will be screened.

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.

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 extracts onto our website and social media platforms without infringing copyright of any kind of form. The entry fee is not refundable for films that did not get selected. The entry fee is not refundable for films that were withdrawn.

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.

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Overall Rating
  • Christoph Hertel

    One of the few independent film festivals in Cologne. The venue in Ehrenfeld was nice, the whole organization made an extremely professional impression, even though the festival was organized by a relatively young team. The selection was awesome, as well as the additional lectures.

    September 2020
  • I really appreciate the professional team of IFFC.
    Unfortunately, due to COVID-19 conditions, I couldn’t attend the festival, but they did everything, to feel myself there.

    September 2020
  • Lexi Bass

    I didn't get to travel from the US for this exciting program, but I am so honored to have How Bluebirds Are Born show alongside so many other interesting films. The organizers were even able to help me in a big way: because of Covid I was unable to test my DCP anywhere within driving distance of my home but the organizers were able to test it for me prior to the festival. They were so kind and communicative!

    September 2020
  • Philipp Majer

    Thanks for the invitation! Very inspiring and professional festival at a cool location!

    September 2020
  • Zann Gill

    We're honored that YELLO WORLD episode #1 for a serialized rock opera (formerly called Hello World – renamed after the fires) is a finalist in IFFC. I have great memories of spending several months in Cologne – the perfect city for a great film festival. Zann Gill, Director, Bkgd at

    September 2020