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!

Audience Award:
Film Award of The City of Karlsruhe, The Golden ID, prize money 1,500 Euro

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
Indie Award for Best Feature Film 1,000 Euro
Newbie Award for Best First Time Movie 1,000 Euro
Female Award for Best Female Director 1,000 Euro
Best Independent Actor Award
Best Independent Actress Award
Georg Fricker-Award 1,500 Euro
'Die kleine ID'-Award 500 Euro
Best Film Composer Award

Films should be produced within the years 2015 to 2018. Raw preview versions of films completed by the end of 2018 or beginning of 2019 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 60 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 60 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.

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  • So Grateful to be selected for the Independent Days International Filmfestival!

    June 2018
  • Lam Can-zhao

    THE DAY BEFORE CHINESE NEW YEAR is selected in 2017 Independent Days International Filmfestival

    June 2018
  • Marco Baumhof

    Great Festival! I´m glad I had the chance to be part of it.

    May 2018
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you, Marco!

  • Mahmoud Samir Essa

    IDIF was an incredible experience for us and a great chance to discover Karlsruhe.

    IDIF were very generous to us and they provided us with Travel Support. Our Film screening experience was incredible and it's a great honor to have our film seen by German audiences through this festival.

    Would love to come back again!

    May 2018
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you! We really appreciate you guys coming by.

  • Vinh-Minh Nguyen

    I was lucky to attend the festival and it was the best experience we could ask for. Great communication and hospitality, inspiring encounters with other filmmakers. On top of all: We won an award! Thank you for this honor and opportunity, Independent Days!

    April 2018
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you! We are glad to hear you enjoyed it. And again: Congrats!