The INNSBRUCK NATURE FILM FESTIVAL will be celebrating its 20th anniversary this year in October 2021. Being the heart and origin of the INTERNATIONAL NATURE FESTIVAL, it will be presenting cinematic works from all over the world. Films of various genres that revolve around the environment, nature and sustainability can be submitted up until 15.07.2021. 50 exceptional entries will make it into the main programme.
Whether short or long, real, animated or fictional, on the mountain, in the desert, the city, at the end of the world or right on your doorstep: all films deal with the life-defining theme that is the environment and nature. You are nature. We are nature. Film is nature.
Since 2020 we have moved to Cinema Metropol where we can show films on a big screen to 240 spectators and use the so called „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 €
„TIROLER TAGESZEITUNG AWARD FOR YOUNG TALENTS“ (on the topic of nature/environment) *worth 1.000 €

SPECIAL AWARDS (are eligible to all films that have been submitted to the festival in 2021):
NEW: „WILD WOMEN AWARD“ *worth 2.000 €
We want to support female directors and/or camerawomen in the field of nature/environmental documentary *
NEW: „RESPECT OUR PLANET AWARD” *worth 2.000 € donated by Uniqa
We encourage films presenting solutions for a sustainable life on our planet.
„BEST FILM ON THE TOPIC OF SOIL 2020“ *worth 2.000 € donated by Fröschl, County of Tyrol and University of Innsbruck

* Prizes and awards may change due to unforeseen circumstances.

+++ a film can only be registered in ONE main category, so choose wisely +++

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

In terms of subject matter, the films submitted must deal with the topic of nature and/or the environment.

No older than 2019

Only one film contribution per director may be submitted to the competition. The film must not have been submitted previously at the INFF.
All entrants must register online via FilmFreeway or our website:
If you have any trouble please don‘t hesitate to contact our team.
Films that have not yet been completed are eligible for submission, but there must be an overview of any changes and pending adjustments as well as film completion one month prior to the start of the festival.

In order to guarantee a high-quality selection process and professional handling, the INFF requires a small fee. The fees are as follows:
Documentaries: € 50,-
Short films: € 30
Young Talents (up to 26 years of age): € 0
If your film is selected for the Short List and you come to Innsbruck to present it we will be happy to reimburse your entry fees with travel vouchers.
Submission fees must be transferred free of charge to the beneficiary within 14 days of submission. Please make sure you reference the film title when transferring.
Name: Verein Nature Festival
IBAN: AT06 3620 9000 0026 9639
Payments via are also accepted via this link: PayPal/INFF (
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.

The application is only valid with the submission of the following:
- A receipt of a fully completed official online-application form
- Access to the film material as an online-screener, a file upload OR a properly labelled hard drive sent via post
- Successful payment of the submission fee

There are no explicit premiere rules other than the film must not have been submitted to the INFF before. An exclusivity clause is in place concerning theatrical screenings in Innsbruck. The selected films should not be screened to an audience in Innsbruck/ Tyrol between August and the end of the festival. Should this nevertheless occur, the INFF reserves the right to exclude the film(s) from the competition.
INFF does not pay any rental or license fees for screenings.

All films that are not originally in English must have English subtitles. English language films should have German subtitles.

July 15th, 2021

Online - screener
Screeners must be submitted in a common digital video format (MPEG-2, MP4, WMV, AVI, MOV), preferably as an online screener (via YouTube, Vimeo, FilmFreeway). Please make sure that the screeners are activated for download.
Films submitted by mail:
The DVD, hard drive or BluRay must show the following information:
- Title of the film
- Name of the director(s)
- Length and format
Posted material must be sent at your own expense and must arrive before the closing date for submissions. All deliveries from outside the European Union must be marked with the note: „no commercial value – for cultural purposes only“. The festival will not accept any deliveries that are subject to customs duties, taxes or shipping charges. This is our address:
Verein Nature Film Festival
Riedgasse 93
6020 Innsbruck
Any material submitted will not be returned and the submitted preview copies will remain in the INFF archives for documentation purposes.

Selected Films / Shortlists
The INFF program is compiled exclusively from submissions, with a team of curators, also actively encouraging films to be submitted. All selected films will receive a confirmation E-mail by the end of July.
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 named representative of the creative team) to arrange a personal appearance at the screening in Innsbruck. We support travelling arrangements that are as environmentally friendly as possible.
Withdrawal from the competition is no longer possible after the shortlists have been determined and published at the beginning of August 2021.
Entrants will be requested to submit their films in the mandatory DCP format in due course. If no DCP material of the submitted film is available, the festival can provide support. In certain exceptional cases, the INFF can arrange for necessary conversions:
You would also need to send us for editorial purposes and pr work respecting 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 in the media and the social media (you will always be credited and linked on social media)
–Links to any social media connected to the film or you as a filmmaker
–It would be nice to have a trailer or clip.

Films can be submitted in the following categories:
NATURE DOCUMENTARY (max. 120 min.)
SHORT FILM on the topic of nature/environment (max. 25 minutes)
ANIMATION SHORT on the topic of nature/environment (max. 25 minutes)
YOUNG TALENT on the topic of nature/environment (until age 26, max 20 minutes, we encourage to submit films shot with your mobile phone!)

The submitted films will be reviewed and evaluated by a specialist committee appointed by the organiser. The awarding of process is subject to the exclusion of legal action. It is expressly stated that the participant has no right to claim reimbursement of costs or any other services.

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.
If selected, the submitted film may be shown during the festival period. If the film wins a prize in one of the INFF 2021competitions, the film may also be shown twice during the INF ON TOUR, following the festival (INF ON TOUR is a programme tour organised by the INTERNATIONAL NATURE FESTIVAL (INF) in Austria). In this case, the entrant will be informed in advance.
The INFF shortlist will have the chance to show films once again in other locations throughout Austria. The festival endeavours to ensure that the films are shown to as wide an audience as possible as well as beyond the INFF and promotes the art of film with a focus on nature and the environment.
If the submitted film is selected for one of these programme sections, the entrants 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.

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. programme 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.

Overall Rating
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Greta Santagata

    I really enjoyed the festival, the films selection and the city. Top marks for a wonderful hospitality, I hope to be back!

    November 2018