Welcome to Israel Brief Encounters - International Film Festival (IBEIFF)

We're thrilled to present our Seasonal International short film festival, showcasing the best and most innovative independent films from around the world. Our festival is a celebration of the art of cinema, and we're proud to provide a platform for emerging filmmakers to share their work with a global audience.

Every season we will have an online edition running where all official selections will be competing in their own category.

Official selections from the following categories will also AUTOMATICALLY compete for the title of "BEST short of the Season" :

Live Action short
Animation Short
Documentary Short
Student Short

At the end of the year we will have a yearly event in ISRAEL.
Winners of all seasons, from the categories mentioned above will also be competing for a " BEST of the year " awards

ALL categories are:

Live Action short
Animation Short
Documentary Short
Student Short
Best LGBT short
Best Experimental Short

Best Cinematography
Best Director
Best Editing
Best Soundtrack
Best Emerging filmmaker
Best Actor
Best Actress
Best Original Story
Best Cast Ensemble

At Israel Brief Encounters - International Film Festival (IBEIFF) , we believe that short films has the power to inspire, challenge, and transform us. That's why we've curated a selection of films that represent the diversity and creativity of contemporary independent cinema. From thought-provoking documentaries to gripping dramas, our festival features a wide range of genres and styles that are sure to captivate and entertain.

Our festival is a truly global event, with films from every corner of the world. We believe that diversity is essential to the art of cinema, and we're proud to showcase films that represent a variety of perspectives and cultures. Whether you're a film buff or just looking for something new and exciting, we're confident that you'll find something to love at Brief Encounters Film Festival.

So join us for an unforgettable celebration of cinema! With our easy-to-use platform, you can watch all of our films from the comfort of your own home. And don't forget to check out our virtual events, including live Q&A sessions with filmmakers, panel discussions, and more.

Thank you for joining us at Israel Brief Encounters Film Festival, and we look forward to sharing the magic of independent cinema with you!

Every seasonal edition, ALL winners for all categories will be awarded with:

Winners Certificate
Winners Laurel
Winners Trophy (Optional)

The film who will win the "BEST SHORT" for the edition will be awarded as well with a CASH PRIZE of $250!

General Rules:

Israel Brief Encounters Film Festival is open to independent filmmakers worldwide.

Films must have been completed after January 1, 2015.

Films must be in English or have English subtitles.

All genres are welcome.

Films Run time must not exceed 40 minutes in length.

Entries must be submitted via FilmFreeway only.

By submitting your film, you grant us the right to use excerpts from your film and\or press kit for promotional purposes.

The festival reserves the right to disqualify any entry that does not meet the eligibility requirements or that contains offensive or inappropriate content.

Submission Guidelines:

Films must be submitted via FilmFreeway platform only.

Please ensure that your film is uploaded in the highest quality possible.

Films must be accompanied by a synopsis.

If your film is selected for the festival, we will require a digital press kit, including a trailer, poster, and still images.

Selected filmmakers will be notified via email and via FilmFreeway platform.

Filmmakers are responsible for all shipping and handling fees associated with the delivery of their films to the festival , should they are accepted for the yearly event.

The festival is not responsible for lost or damaged films.

All submitted films must be the original work of the filmmaker, and the filmmaker must have secured all necessary permissions for the use of any copyrighted materials.

By submitting your film, you confirm that you have read and agree to the festival's rules and regulations.