HISTORY (deutsch darunter)
Initially the festival startet as an evening for local and independent filmmakers around Munich to show their masterpieces produced locally and discuss about new projects.
Twice a year the Independent Starfilmfest features an exciting mix of the best international short and feature films as well as discussion panels, workshops, networking and other activities to create an event out of the filmiest.

Unser Festival hat sich dem Independentfilm - sowohl kurz als auch lang - verschrieben und richtet sich an Filmemacher aus der Region, Deutschland und der Welt.
Zweimal im Jahr bieten wir eine vielseitige und spannende Mischung an Filmen, sowie Vorträgen und Gelegenheit sich mit Gleichgesinnten auszutauschen.

Our passion is the independently produced shortfilm. Our mission is to connect and bring worthy filmmakers to a wider attention to get connected for new chances and projects. The Independent StarFilmfest offers a chance to independent filmmakers to honour their work by showcasing their artwork. Beside of that, filmmakers have the chance to win one of the awards and prices for their films.
The Independent StarFilmfest offers possibilities to get connected with other filmmakers as well as professionals out of the industry as well as reaching out for a wider audience, producers scouting for talents, distributors searching for content.
By a fine selection of the best shorts we show a mix of thrilling suspense, emotional roller coaster rides and much laughter.
We roll out the red carpet for our audience and filmmakers for our live screening during our festival that takes place at the "Lindenkeller" in Freising, which is close to Munich in Germany.

Unsere Intension ist es, dem unabhängig produzierten Film eine Plattform zu geben und ihnen die Möglichkeit zu bieten, einen Pokal und/oder Preis zu gewinnen.
Unser Festival bietet die Gelegenheit, eure Filme einem größeren Publikum zu präsentieren und mit Filmprofessionellen in Kontakt zu treten. Wir rollen den Teppich aus für das Publikum und die Filmemacher für unser Live-screening, welches im Lindenkeller in Freising bei München stattfindet.

We're opening our call for entries for all filmmakers around the globe regardless of their age, religion, ethnos or culture.
- Narrative shorts – narrative films less than 40 minutes.
- Micro shorts - narrative films less than 3 minutes.
- Music shorts - music videos of all kind of styles and categories, less than 10 minutes.
- Horror/SciFi/Mystery/Fantasy shorts - less than 40 minutes.
- Short documentary - documentaries of any theme, less than 30 minutes.
- Bavarian shorts - with bavarian language or filmed in Bavarian landscape, less than 40 min.
- Webseries - one episode, less than 30 minutes.
- School's competition - for schools only, less than 40 minutes. Password required!
- Full length narrative films, running from 70-130 minutes.
- Animation shorts - less than 40 minutes.

All genres accepted, except commercials.

- Kurzfilme allgemein - bis max. 40 Minuten
- Ultrakurzfilme allgemein - bis max. 3 Minuten
- Musikvideos jeder Art und Musikrichtung - bis max. 10 Minuten
- Horror-/SciFi-/Mystery-/Fantasy-Kurzfilme - bis max 40 Minuten
- Dokumentationen - bis max. 30 Minuten
- Bairische Kurzfilme - mit Dialekt oder in erkennbar bairischer Landschaft gedreht, bis max. 40 Minuten
- Webserien - eine Episode, max. 30 Minuten
- Schulwettbewerb - nur für Schulen, max 40 Minuten, Passwort erforderlich!
- Spielfilme - von 70 - 130 Minuten
- Animationsfilme - bis max. 40Minuten

Alle Genre akzeptiert - ausser Werbung.

The official selections of each category will be announced on our website. The finalists will be invited as special guests to the Independent StarFilmfest and the winners will be honored at the end of the festival screening. But it is not necessary to be on location to win an award/price.
The selection will be performed by our jury, featuring professionals such as directors, cinematographers, filmmakers and filmenthusiasts to ensure well balanced opinions and viewpoints.

Die offizielle Auswahl in jeder Kategorie wird auf unserer Homepage und Facebook-Seite bekannt gegeben. Die Preisträger und Finalisten werden als Ehrengäste eingeladen und am Ende der Veranstaltung geehrt. Um einen Pokal oder Preis zu gewinnen, ist es nicht erforderlich, vor Ort zu sein.
Unsere Jury setzt sich aus Filmprofessionellen, Cineasten und gewöhnlichen Film-Konsumenten zusammen, um ausgewogene Ergebnisse zu erhalten.

- best Narrative short - total prize money: (to be announced)
- best Music video - total prize money: (to be announced)
- best Bavarian short - total prize money: (to be announced)
- best Horror/Mystery/Fantasy short - total prize money: (to be announced)
- best Web-Series
- best Documentary - total prize money: (to be announced)

(deutsch folgt...)
By submitting your film, you expressly acknowledge and agree that you shall be bound by the terms of this agreement. The Competition reserves the right to refuse entries.

1. All genre films will accepted.
2. Films must have been completed after January 1, 2017, or 3 years not beeing shown in germany. The festival committee will determine the production date of your film based on the copyright year listed in the end credits.
3. All non-german/english language films must have english subtitles.
4. Running time for narrative shorts & horror/Mystery/SciFi shorts & Animation & School's & bavarian: 40 minutes and under. Running time for full length films: 70-130 minutes. Running time for Micro shorts: 3 minutes and under. Running time for web-series & documentaries: 30 minutes. Running time includes end credits. No exceptions.
5. All films must be submitted and paid for through filmfreeway.com. Illegible or incomplete entry forms will not be accepted. Materials received after the notification date will be discarded without notice or refund of entry fee. Incomplete applications, failure to include payment, or submitting materials we are unable to preview will disqualify your entry without refund. We do not accept DVD, Blu-ray or DCP files.
6. Each filmmaker can submit several projects, but each entry must be accompanied by a separate entry and fee.
7. No film may be withdrawn from the festival program after its selection.
8. Entry fees are non-refundable.
9. The Festival reserves the right to make any necessary changes in regulations or scheduling.
10. The filmmaker certifies to have full rights. Producer will indemnify the organisers of the Festival against all claims, demands, costs, damages, expenses (including legal fees), proceedings and losses resulting from the screening of the film at the Festival or from claims by any third parties.
11. It isn't necessary for submitters or Award winner filmmakers to be on location at the date of the festival.

Overall Rating
  • Matthew Maloney

    Though we couldn’t attend because of a simultaneous screening state-side, we were honored to participate and the festival had outstanding communication

    January 2019
  • Fabian Wildgrube

    Great small festival with a very diverse mix of documentaries, music videos, short films of different genres and some short talks from experienced filmmakers.
    Communication before the festival was very good, felt very welcome. Jan and Stefan really do a great job in organising this event!

    January 2019
  • Jan Werner

    Very well organized, felt hearty welcome. Fine selection of shorts. Could do some great networking.

    July 2018
  • Thomas Zeug

    Great Festival! Was a wonderful evening with an interesting film-mix.

    July 2018
  • Hanna Maria Schlau

    a great team, very professional, nice people!

    July 2018