The Independent Days International Filmfestival (IDIF) is one of Europe's most important festivals for independent filmmakers and part of the European Festivals Association.

Proud owner of the EFFE label (Europe for festivals - festivals for Europe) by the EU.
IDIF is an IMDb Award-listing qualifying festival!

The Festival is screening films of every length and genre from all over the world.

Audience Award:
Film Award of The City of Karlsruhe, prize money 1,500 Euro and Award Trophy KARLINA

Special Jury Awards:
Film Award of the Cultural Foundation Sparkasse Karlsruhe, prize money 2,500 Euro
Best Short Shortfilm Award (shorts up to 5 minutes) 500 Euro and Award Trophy KARLINA
Indie Award for Best Feature Film 1,000 Euro and Award Trophy KARLINA
Newbie Award for Best First Time Movie 1,000 Euro
Female Award for Best Female Director 1,000 Euro and Award Trophy KARLINA
Best Independent Actor Award: 500 Euro and Award Trophy by Vollack Group
Best Independent Actress Award: 500 Euro and Award Trophy by Vollack Group
UNESCO Creative City of Media Art Film Award
Underground-Award: Award Trophy KARLINA
Best Film Composer Award: Award Trophy KARLINA

Films should be produced within the years 2017 to 2020. Raw preview versions of films completed by the end of 2020 or beginning of 2021 can also be recognized in exceptional cases. However, the preview version must be similar to the final version. Short films as well as feature films can be submitted.

All contents and genres are acceptable (except for advertisements, image and experimental films) as long as they do not imply any illegal exposures according to German StGB law (e.g. pornography, excessive violence or sedition etc.).

Low Budget production costs have to be below 2,500 Euro per minute run-time, feature films (60 minutes and longer) shall not have more than approx. 250,000 Euro total costs and short films up to 30 minutes not more than approx. 50,000 Euro. No Budget production costs have to be below 100 Euro per minute run-time, feature films (60 minutes and longer) shall not have more than approx. 10,000 Euro total costs and short films up to 30 minutes not more than approx. 2,500 Euro. Besides the actual production costs, other indications like production facilities or infrastructure (company or film academy) are considered as well for classification.

Screening copies (e. g. USB-Storage, harddisk, DVD), which you have sent to the festival will be delivered back to your official adress (or to the next festival) with a postal service of our choice. Please note that cannot influence the speed of delivery.

Films that have been formally submitted to us and selected by our program committee can not be withdrawn.

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  • Jing Zhai

    Thank you dear friend great festival

    October 2021
  • Maria Brenda

    Thank you for selecting my projects. I am honored to be a part of it.

    October 2021
  • Farhad Eivazi

    It was a great opportunity. Thanks for your sincere communication.

    October 2021
  • Namik Ajazi

    We are grateful and happy to have been part of the 2021 edition. Great experience and super nice people. Best Film Award was not expected but certainly fully enjoyed. Lots of love from Albania.

    October 2021
  • Häly Heinecker

    Had a lovely time at the festival and can recommend this high value event with a well curated programme.
    The team worked very hard around the clock to make the event worthwhile, despite the small turnout due to the pandemic.
    Looking forward to joining again in the future!

    October 2021