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

We feature categories such as “Feature Film”, “Music Video” and “Documentaries”, the focus lies on highlighting the broad landscape of different kinds of storytelling.

We received submissions from 51different countries and curated 28 Projects over 4 Days in 5 venues.
We were very happy to be able to invite most of the nominees to Germany, resulting in 45 guests from 18 countries.

The Cinegate Price, worth 7.500€ in rental equipment, was won by John Brandt and Christian Schwarz for her amazing work on "Plastic Spaceship".

Our Jury consisted of 12 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.

Besides showcasing amazing work by international filmmakers, we will have creator talks, masterclasses and workshops as well as big tech companies and developers involved for next year.
Be part of this experience and visit cologne with your film by submitting your work today!
We`re excited for your submissions!

There will be 6 awards for:

Best Feature Film

Best Short Film

Best Acting
Best Documentary

Best Cinematography
Best Music Video

Best Experimental Film

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 submissions, if selected, will need to provide per download (no shipping of copies):

- a digital MP4 copy of the film
- a DCP version of the Film
- Film Stills (at least 3)
- A Trailer or Sequence for marketing purposes (MP4)
- Poster, if no artwork was done, a film still in the right aspect ratio

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After the entries closed, projects can not be withdrawn.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.

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.

Now, submit!

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  • Great festival with nice talks and screenings. Thanks to Anselm and his team for the awesome weekend!

    August 2021
  • Tristan Heanue

    I had an incredible time at this years IFFC. The team were wonderful and made sure I was looked after from the moment I arrived in Cologne. The screenings were all very enjoyable and the weekend was capped off with a brilliant awards ceremony. I look forward to returning with future projects.

    August 2021
  • 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