IOWF® is a renowned online web festival dedicated to the promotion of short films, new media and digital arts under 25 minutes in length.
Now in its 5th year, the International Online Web Fest® has grown into an internationally respected annual award event. It is one of the few web-fest that is allowing to submit all three categories: Web-Series, Short Films, and Feature Films.
The festival’s growing reputation is built upon a commitment to discovering new and diverse voices, with 99% of the lineup coming directly from submissions.

#IOWF is a festival which specifically helps independent filmmakers to raise their visibility through the web. We do so by creating and taking care of your communication online.
Filmmakers competing in festivals that require them not to show their films online, can submit their films and share the trailer, teaser or behind the scenes video. Judges will award the best films through private screenings.

Please visit our IMDb page: https://www.imdb.com/event/ev0004203/2018/1/

Awards will be given to the categories:
- Best Short Film;
- Best Web Series;
- Best Directing;
- Best Screenplay;
- Best Actor;
- Best Actress;
- Best Newcomer Actor;
- Best Newcomer Actress;
- Best Cinematography;
- Best Editing;
- Best Special and Visual Effects;
- Best Sound Design;
- Best Make-up and Hairstyling;
- Best Costume;
- Best Production Design;
- Best Original Soundtrack;
- Best Original Song;
- Best Documentary;
- Best Animation;
- Best Foreign Language Short Film;
- Best Foreign Language Web Series;

nominated by a special jury and selected among all submissions in all following categories:
Best European ShortFilm
Best African ShortFilm
Best American ShortFilm
Best Asiatic ShortFilm
Best Oceanian ShortFilm
Best Animated ShortFilm
Best European WebSeries
Best African WebSeries
Best American WebSeries
Best Asiatic WebSeries
Best Oceanian WebSeries
Best Animated WebSeries
Best European Feature Film
Best American Feature Film
Best Asiatic-Oceanian Feature Film
Best Animated Feature Film

To Best Web Series; Best Short Film; Best Feature Film; Best Foreign Web Series; Best Foreign Short Film; Best Directing; Best Animation and Best Documentary will be offered a complementary Annual Membership by our main partner iPitch.tv, a platform where you can pitch your ideas for original Films, TV, Web/New Media projects, Documentaries, Game Show (valued each $299,00).

Rules & Terms
SHORTS and WEBSERIES
a) At least one webisode must be under 25 minutes including credits.
b) All short films must be under 25 minutes including credits.
c) Each production submitted will be rated by our judges on a very specific 1-10 scale.
The best productions (shortfilm or webisode) of each category are determined by the highest number of Likes and Favourite or RT obtained by sharing the film/trailer on our official social channels in any given season edition and will be showcased alongside of the Official Selection.
Keep in mind for shortfilm only trailer or extract will be shared.
d) Please note that shortfilm has to be terminated from January 2018 to this day for being eligible to participate in IOWF 2019 and it has NOT to be online available worldwide at the moment of submission.
e) In case of webisodes (or Seasons), they can be already online, but they don't have to be published before January 2018.
f) All the finalists of IOWF 2019 (Season edition) will be announced after the closure of online voting period.
After that period, maximum 20 projects from all continents will be nominated and they will partecipate at voting period by "Special Jury" (composed by specialists in filmmaking and winners or nominees of the last IOWF editions) for the IOWF awards.
g) Before submitting your film to IOWF 2019 please read carefully and understand the regulations.
Projects submitted must be the original work of the participant, ended not before January 1, 2018.
It is possible to submit more than one project, but every project entails an application fee.

FEATURE FILM:
H) All feature films accepted must be from 75 to 120 minutes including credits.
I) Keep in mind this is a new special "category" and only theatrical trailer or extract will be shared on social media accounts.
L) Please note that feature film has to be terminated from January 2016 to this day for being eligible to participate in IOWF 2019 and it has NOT to be online available worldwide at the moment of submission, but it can be already release on theaters.
M) All the feature films finalists of IOWF 2019 will be announced after the closure of online voting period.
After that period, maximum 5 productions from all continents will be nominated and then they will partecipate at voting period by "Special Jury" (composed by specialists in filmmaking and winners or nominees of the last IOWF editions) for the IOWF awards.

Overall Rating
Quality
Value
Communication
Hospitality
Networking
  • Excellent festival! Great social media and communication.

    June 2019
    3withoutbg bis
    Response from festival:

    Thanks very much, Lala!
    We always try to do our best to support submitters and alumni.

  • A great film festival which offers excellent communication with filmmakers & very good social media support.

    March 2019
    3withoutbg bis
    Response from festival:

    Thanks very much!

  • Craig Rossiter

    It’s good this festival is only $10. It was kind of a waste of time. Communication was terrible. Basically, they choose what goes into the semi finals and then it becomes this popularity contest where you have to work to get your fans to vote for your project. This is great if you already have a dedicated audience but it actually says nothing about quality. Instructions are unclear and tracking is dodgy. They could use a poll or a survey to collect information but they just use IM, so it seems very much like a ploy to build their customer database using your own customers. If all your after is a laurel, it’s fine. It was meant to be in two rounds of voting - poster and trailer. We didn’t see any communication around second round. No notification of outcome. No statistics of how we went. We didn’t bother putting in any effort because it had dodgy written all over it.

    March 2019
    3withoutbg bis
    Response from festival:

    Dear Craig, we are very sorry to read your review.
    Especially because we tried to contact you (or someone from "Cloudland Pictures") not once but TWICE. Yes, twice and we had all the e-mails saved!
    We also wrote to Mr. John Cahill, Mr. Neil J. McGregor, Mrs. Janelle Watson-Evans and Steph from Dower Productions 6 days ago, but no answer from any one of them arrived.
    By the way, your Premiere Release has been promoted on our channel as Mr. Norman Henry asked to do 36 hours ago. (We have screenshots).
    That's why we are very sad to read such an unfair review. We really hope you can contact us to clarify every single point as we did already on Monday 18th March 8.51pm (GMT). Maybe you could be a little bit more polite to a team of people that work hard every year to get better and better.
    We accept all kind of constructive criticism. but they need to be based on real criticism points.

  • Wolfgang Kern

    Great way to show a movie and see some great movies as well.

    January 2019
  • mingduan wang

    Great film festival, professional and meticulous.

    December 2018