The Innsbruck Nature Film Festival (INFF) is an international film competition, offering filmmakers from all over the world a platform for presenting their latest work. Our focus is set on long and short documentaries and animation short films that deal with the topic of nature, environment or/and sustainability. During our four festival days around 50 exceptional film entries will be screened and we invite filmmakers to take part in Q&A’s, panels and video interviews. We also organize a high-quality side program: scientific talks, networking events, industry meetings, after parties, mountain excursions, art exhibitions, Director‘s Dinner etc. in order to engage an on-topic, ecological and creative discourse.
The venue will be Cinema Metropol where we can show films on big screens up to 240 spectators and use the „Couch-room“ for cozy discussions.

„GRAND PRIZE for the best NATURE DOCUMENTARY” *worth 3.000 € donated by Innsbruck Tourismus
“GRAND PRIZE for the best ENVIRONMENTAL DOCUMENTARY” *worth 3.000 € donated by the City of Innsbruck
„AWARD for the BEST SHORT FILM” *worth 1.500 €
„AWARD for the BEST ANIMATION SHORT FILM“ *worth 1.500 €

SPECIAL AWARDS (eligible to all films that have been submitted to the festival in 2022):

„WILD WOMEN AWARD“ *worth 2.000 €
We want to highlight female directors and/or camerawomen in the field of nature/environmental documentary
„RESPECT OUR PLANET AWARD” *worth 2.000 €
We encourage films presenting solutions for a sustainable life on our planet
„CHRISTIAN BERGER CINEMATOGRAPHY AWARD” *worth 1.500 € (non-cash-prize)
Personally selected by Christian Berger, Academy-Award nominated cameraman and producer
„BEST FILM ON THE TOPIC OF SOIL“ *worth 2.000 €
“TIROLER TAGESZEITUNG YOUNG TALENTS SHORT FILM AWARD” (for students / filmmakers up to the age of 26) * worth 1.000 €
NEW: „BEST FILM ON THE TOPIC OF AGRICULTURAL BIODIVERSITY“ *worth 2.000 €
We celebrate the 100th birthday of the Tyrolean Gene Database

* Prizes and awards may change due to unforeseen circumstances.

+++ Please submit your film only if it is related to the topics of NATURE, THE ENVIRONMENT and/or SUSTAINABILITY +++

ORGANISER
The organiser and service centre of the Innsbruck Nature FILM Festival (INFF) is the Verein Nature Festival (ZVR 1083925235), Riedgasse 93, 6020 Innsbruck, Austria

SUBMISSIONS

CATEGORIES
Films can be submitted in the following categories :
ENVIRONMENTAL DOCUMENTARY (max. 120 min.)
NATURE DOCUMENTARY (max. 120 min.)
SHORT FILM on the topic of nature/environment (max. 20 min.)
ANIMATION SHORT on the topic of nature/environment (max. 20 min.)

A film can only be registered in ONE main category, so choose wisely!

YEAR OF PRODUCTION
2020 or younger.

COMPETITION REGISTRATION
Max. two film contributions per director may be submitted to the competition.
The film must not have been submitted previously at the INFF.
Films that are still in the making are eligible for submission if they will be completed at least one month prior to the start of the festival. Please get in touch to discuss how to proceed.

All entrants must register online via Filmfreeway: https://filmfreeway.com/INFF; if you have any trouble please don‘t hesitate to contact our team.

FEES
In order to guarantee a high-quality selection process and professional handling, the INFF requires a small fee. The fees are as follows:
Documentaries: regular: € 55, early bird fee until March 31: € 45
Short films (documentaries or animations): regular: € 30, early bird fee until March 31: € 25.
Short films from students or filmmakers up to 26 years of age (during production): € 10, early bird fee until March 31: €5
If your film is selected for the Short List and you’ll present it in Innsbruck we will be happy to reimburse your entry fees with travel vouchers.
+++ INFF does not pay any rental or license fees for screenings! +++
The INFF reserves the right to change the entry fees. Please note that the submission platform FilmFreeway and the payment platform PayPal may charge additional processing fees.

SUBMISSION CONDITIONS INFORMATION
The application is only valid with the submission of the following:
- A fully completed official online-application form
- Access to the film material as an online-screener (via Filmfreeway, YouTube, Vimeo etc.). Please make sure that the screeners are activated for screening at least until the end of the Festival!
- Successful payment of the submission fee

LANGUAGE/SUBTITLES
Non-English submissions must have English subtitles (also films that are in German!).
We do appreciate if English language films have English subtitles or, even more convenient for the local audience, German subtitles. Best option: German dubbing and English subtitles.

SUBMISSION DEADLINE
Mai 10th, 2022

SELECTED FILMS / SHORT LIST
All selected films will receive a confirmation E-mail by the end of May/beginning of June.
All nominated films (shortlist) will be shown during the course of the film festival.
In addition, a member of our hospitality team will contact the director (or another representative of the team) to arrange a personal or online appearance at the screening in Innsbruck. We support travel arrangements that are as environmentally friendly as possible.
Withdrawal from the competition is no longer possible after the shortlist has been published at the beginning of August 2022.
The film should not be screened to an audience in Innsbruck/ Tyrol between August 2022 and the end of the festival. Should this nevertheless occur, the INFF reserves the right to exclude the film(s) from the competition.
Entrants will be requested to submit their films in the mandatory DCP format no later than October 1, 2022.
If no DCP material of the submitted film is available, the INFF can arrange for necessary conversions at cost price (100 €). Please contact Marvin Smith: marvin@naturefestival.eu
You would also need to send to us for editorial purposes and pr work regarding the credits:
– a synopsis (100 words max – the festival organisers reserve the right to edit the texts, if necessary)
– a high resolution photo of the director/s
– up to 4 high-resolution pictures shot on location to use to publicize you, your film and the festival (you will always be credited and linked on social media)
– Links to any social media connected to the film or you as a filmmaker
–Trailers or a clip.

If the film wins a prize in 2022, the prize money and/or prize will be sent out until the end of 2022.
If the film wins a prize in 2022, the film may also be shown twice during the INF ON TOUR 2023, following the festival. In this case, the entrant will be informed in advance and participation will be discussed together. Beyond the INFF and INF ON TOUR, there are no further rights of use by the organiser; the complete copyright and rights of use remain with the participant.
If partners of the INFF are interested in licensing or screening shortlisted films, we will do our best to get all parties connected in order to promote the art of film with a focus on nature and the environment.

Intellectual Property Rights
Each participant undertakes and guarantees to submit only those films for which he/she owns the copyrights and rights of use and which do not infringe upon any third-party rights whatsoever. The participant bears sole responsibility for any infringement of copyrights or other rights of third parties by the participant (e.g. music, film excerpts from other productions …) and undertakes to indemnify and hold the organiser free from any liability regarding claim/ claims of third parties in this context. Furthermore, any film(s) containing racist, sexist, religiously derogatory or inflammatory content will be excluded from the competition.

Each participant gives his/her explicit consent that the submitted (film) material may be publicly screened and used in connection with the INFF. The INFF is expressly entitled to use material of the submitted films for the purposes of promotion and marketing of the festival. This includes film texts, poster art and film stills. The festival also reserves the right to make a password-protected copy of the film available to representatives of the press, presenters or selected professional visitors.

GENERAL DATA PROTECTION REGULATION OF THE DATA (GDPR)
By participating, the participant agrees that his/her data may be stored and processed for the purposes of holding and handling the event as specified in the registration form. The participant agrees to the sending of the information relevant to the event by E-mail. The sending of relevant information is exclusively carried out by the organiser. Personal data will not be forwarded to third parties.
The participant declares that he/she agrees to the publication of his/her name in all relevant media accompanying the event (e.g. program brochure) and press work (e.g. press release) and will be named as the author of the respectively submitted film. Photographs, film recordings and interviews as well as submitted films may be distributed and published by the organiser for promotional purposes, media reporting and further public screenings in connection with the INFF without entitlement to remuneration.
In case of changes in the execution of the event or if the event is cancelled, the organiser is not liable for damages to the participant. The organiser is not liable for material or financial damages caused by slight negligence. In particular, the organiser does not assume any liability for damages to preview or screening copies as well as any materials submitted by the participant.
This agreement does not constitute a service or company relationship between the participant and the organiser. All disputes arising from this agreement shall be settled before the competent court in Innsbruck.
Registration for the INFF implies acceptance of these conditions of participation.

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  • Such a great festival with beautiful films, interesting people and a real desire to help make the World a better place. Firthermore, as an invited filmmaker, I was generously welcomed in the beautiful city of Innsbrück. It was highly appreciated and I really hope to be able to join another edition in the future.

    April 2022
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    Response from festival:

    Thanks Simon! It was great to have you & your film in IBK and it's wonderful that your film was being licensed by Waterbear afterwards!

  • Andrew Salter

    I had an amazing time at Innsbruck Nature Film Festival meeting other like-minded filmmakers and the team in such a beautiful setting which truly reflects the content of the festival. I would highly recommend attending!

    November 2021
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    Response from festival:

    Thanks Andrew, hope to see you again!

  • Yu Chen

    The great festival with excellent communication and hospitality, so well organised! thank you for the selection ! really honoured to be part of festival!

    October 2021
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    Response from festival:

    Thanks a lot for your kind words!

  • I had my films screened on hundreds of (A) festivals, but this is one of the best, great and most professional festivals in the world. Great communication, programming, staff, and I am very honored I won the award for Best cinematography chosen by Christian Berger who was Oscar nominated for director of cinematography for Das Weisse Band by Michael Haneke.

    October 2020
  • Tania Esteban

    Super experience with the Festival, was unable to attend but was made to feel very much included and part of the event, as well as supported throughout the selection process. Can't wait to visit next time in 2020 amidst the stunning mountain scenery and meet the passionate like-minded individuals!

    November 2019