The Idyllwild International Festival Of Cinema is dedicated to showcasing emerging talent in both studio and independent film. Our goal is to provide a forum where emerging filmmakers can connect with industry professionals to advance and promote their work in motion pictures.

The Idy Awards (Idyllwild Film Awards) have become one of California's most prestigious film festival prizes. For 2020 IIFC will hand out Idys in the following categories:

Best Actor (Feature, Short/Featurette)
Best Actress (Feature, Short/Featurette)
Best Supporting Actor (Feature)
Best Supporting Actress (Feature)
Best Ensemble Cast (Feature, Short/Featurette)
Best Director (Feature, Short, Featurette)
Best Director (Documentary)
Best Screenplay (Feature, Short, Featurette)
The Roger Taylor Awards for Best Original Score (Feature, Short, Featurette)
Juan Ruiz Anchia Best Cinematography Awards (Feature, Short, Featurette)
Best Documentary (Overall)
Best Feature Film
Best Foreign Feature Film
Best Featurette
Best Foreign Featurette
Best Short Film
Best Foreign Short Film
Golden Era Humanitarian Film Awards (x2)
The Mary Austin Women In Independent Film Awards (Directing, Producing, Screenwriting )
The Mary Austin Screenplay Competition ($500 Prize)
New Media Award (Music Videos, Web Series, Informative)
Audience Choice Award
The Summerhawk Native Film Award
Vimeo Best Animation Trophy
Festival Producer's Choice Award
Festival Director's Choice Award
Best of Festival Award

Awards categories are subject to change depending on the number of selected films in a particular genre. The organizers of the festival reserve the right to place a film in a category other than that in which it is submitted.


Terms & Conditions

IIFC is open to U.S. and Foreign films in the following 13 categories:
Feature Films (over 60min)
Featurettes (15min-60min)
Short Films (under 15min)
Documentary - Features (over 60min)
Documentary - Featurettes (15min-60min)
Documentary - Shorts (Under 15min)
Student Films - under age 18 (Under 15 min)
Student Films - age 18-23 (All lengths)
Foreign - Features (over 60min)
Foreign - Featurettes (15min-60min)
Foreign - Shorts (Under 15min)
Animations (All lengths)
New Media: Web Series -2 episodes no longer than 14 mins total, Music Video, Informative Shorts.
Humanitarian Films (All Lengths)

Entry Requirements and Rules:
1. To be eligible, an entry must have been completed in 2018 or 2019.
*All film entries must be submitted through FilmFreeway to be considered for selection.
2. Fully completed entry form submitted through FilmFreeway with current contact information.
3. Entry Fees must be paid before your project will be considered. You must submit your film to the correct category (please see category guidelines) and pay the submission fees for that category.
4. All entries and supporting materials for all deadlines must arrive on or before December 21, 2019.
5. Non-English language produced films must be dubbed in English or contain English subtitles.
6. All entry fees are non-refundable.
7. Student Films must include your high school (or lower grade) or college or Film School in the appropriate section of your entry on FilmFreeway.
8. Selected film entries will be notified no later than January 1, 2020 via FilmFreeway and posting on our website.
9. All entrants grant IIFC the right to use an excerpt from the accepted films (not exceeding 3 minutes) for promotional purposes in any and all media, including the festival website.

**Films which have been broadcast on TV or cable, or have had a theatrical or streaming release prior to IIFC 2020 opening day, are not eligible for competition but may be considered for screening during the festival at the discretion of the festival director.


• Films may only be submitted digitally through FilmFreeway. Link and Password to fully finished, full resolution project must be provided at the time of submission. Links and passwords must remain active until March 15, 2020. ( Please visit the HELP section of FilmFreeway for instructions on how to upload your film.) If you have received notification of acceptance into our festival, you will need to authorize IIFC to download your submission.

• We do not accept unfinished works. What you submit is what will be screened if accepted.

• All Submissions must include a full resolution digital poster one sheet .jpg as well as 2 productions stills from the film.

• Deadline fees will be strictly observed. ALL FEES MUST BE PAID before your project will be considered.

• The online submission form must be completed in full when submitting through FilmFreeway. It is your sole responsibility to ensure that your online entry form and required entry materials are properly submitted. IIFC reserves the right to disqualify any submission if improperly submitted.

• Your completed entry and selection automatically allows IIFC full rights and licensing to utilize your project’s title, cast and crew info, screen grabs, artwork, etc., for promotional uses worldwide.

• Student film entries must include full information of filmmaker’s educational institute at the time of project’s completion, a copy of Student's Educational ID and enrollment verification showing attendance at Institution at time of projects completion

Nominations and Awards:

• Unless IIFC is instructed otherwise, all film entries will be considered for nomination.

• Each project accepted into IIFC will be required to provide a clip from the film. The clip must appear in the finished film and be no longer than 2 minutes in length. The clip must be the same resolution as the submitted film. These clips may be used during the Awards Ceremony for the films with nominations.

• Directors/Producers must submit a scene clip for each Actor/Actress they wish to have nominated. The clip must appear in the finished film and be no longer than 1 Minute in length. The clip must be the same resolution as the submitted film.

• Award winners will be selected from the highest rated films that went through a panel of judges, including film industry professionals. Winners agree to participate in the publicity for the Festival as well as other promotional events, including the website. The determination of the winners is final.


• Filmmakers attending the festival are responsible for travel, lodging, and all other expenses.
Filmmakers accepted into the IIFC will be entitled to the following:
• Two Filmmaker Badges granting access to
 All films, panels, and seminars apart from fundraising events
 Entrance to parties
 Entrance to all Industry Networking Events, Etc.
 You will have the opportunity to purchase discounted passes and tickets in advance for additional filmmakers, crew, and actors attending the festival with your film.

The number(s), date(s), time(s), and location(s) of the screenings of films are at the discretion of the Festival.

Participation in the Idyllwild International Festival of Cinema implies understanding and acceptance of all terms included in this application. By submitting your entry, you acknowledge that you understand and agree to the General Rules, and to the Terms and Conditions listed.

IIFC retains the right to shift any accepted project into a categorie(s) other than that which the project was originally submitted.

Overall Rating
  • Our little film (SKIN: The Movie) has screened in more than 50 festivals in 8 countries. IDY was one of the most enjoyable, thanks to some great organizers. The town is charming, nice people, great food and drink. The schedule included some truly first-class films. Our film screened twice in 2 different venues and looked/sounded great both times. The audiences were the real deal - they got it and the energy was most rewarding. Locals really come out and support the fest. The only suggestions I would make would be put up banners in the village (why none?) and the alternate venue (the Lodge) was small and dark although I know it was a last minute switch from Town Hall. Hoping next year that will be remedied. Staff did a fantastic job under trying circumstances. Great communication (although web site should be updated daily). Highly recommend you enter this one.

    March 2020
  • Mukesh Asopa

    It was an honour for us to have our Feature Film “Depth Of Pyaar “ As Official Selection at this prestigious film festival in California. With 4 Nominations and 1 win and great reviews from audience it was well accepted and recognized. Despite of Covid outbreaks in the middle of Festival the team was on top of everything. Hats off to the organizers and entire team of the film festival. We will submit our future projects to this festival in the coming years.

    March 2020
  • Kelly Perine

    As a veteran of over 100 film festivals attended, the Idyllwild International Film Festival is hands down my favorite film festival anywhere!

    Idyllwild is a town I love. I’ve been going there for 30 years, as I was an arts-camp counselor in this beautiful, small mountain town while in college. And the fact that I’ve been coming back to the Idyllwild International Film Festival for 7 years now as a filmmaker makes the town that much more special to me. Oh, and did I mention that the festival retains the same charm, acceptance, and warmth of the town itself.

    There are very few film festivals with both “heart” and “soul”. The IIFF has both in spades. Living in Los Angeles, I know there are a number of festivals in town that are clamoring for your attention. And LA itself is a town where everyone is making noise so as to get seen and discovered. So the 2-hour trip outside that white noise up to Idyllwild is a trip I look forward to every year. Filmmakers don’t come to Idyllwild to make it, they come to celebrate and enjoy what they’ve already made. To simply showcase their amazing work and be around other like-minded artists. It reminds you why you became an artist in the first place. It warms my heart to look around the audience during one of my screenings and see people smiling and laughing. And it nourishes my soul to trade compliments with someone whose work just blew me away. I always roll back down the mountain to Hollywood reenergized with the confidence that my work stands along side the best in the world.

    Trinity, Stephen, and their team are the best in the business, and their welcoming vibe is a far cry from other festivals where they treat the filmmakers as almost an inconvenience. Not here. The filmmaker is the star. Filmmakers from around the world collect, mingle, laugh, and become friends. Because this is a “destination” festival of sorts and all the artists stay close to each other on the mountain and don’t run off after their film shows, you have packed screenings as everyone supports everyone’s work. It sometimes reminds me of the experience I had here as that camp counselor 30 years ago. People come, connect, and they leave wishing they could stay another week. That’s feeling I get every year at IIFF.

    So keep up the great work guys, and I’ll get to work shooting something I can submit for next year.

    Kelly Perine
    Actor / Director / Writer /Producer

    March 2020
  • Kellyann Murphy

    IIFC is the most welcoming film festival. All the films were quality and the town of Idyllwild is a great setting for this amazing, well run, and super friendly gathering of filmmakers. So much fun and we definitely hope to go back!

    March 2020
  • The IIFC was a truly fantastic experience. I travelled from the UK and this was my first US Film Festival. As the global Coronavirus pandemic drama heightened, I couldn't have been amongst more welcoming, warm, friendly and hugely talented filmmakers. The programme was so rich and diverse and we all supported one another's films. I highly recommend IIFC and would love to return.

    March 2020