The LAKFF is a popular audience festival and takes place annually in Landshut, the medieval capital of Lower Bavaria, close to Munich. It is open to international short films of all genres. There are 13 awards to be won in nine competition categories with a total value of EUR 18,000. At three venues, on nine screens, around 250 selected short films delight around 5,000 visitors.

The 22nd Landshut Short Film Festival will take place from April 27 to May 8, 2022, as a hybrid festival. The films will be shown in cinemas and online with the approval of the filmmakers.

LAKFF 2022 in cinemas from April 27th to May 2nd, 2022
LAKFF 2022 Online from April 27th to May 8th, 2022

G-A-S Competition / D-A-CH Wettbewerb
Only for short films from Germany, Austria and Switzerland in German language.

BMW Grand Prix: EUR 5,000
Audience Award: EUR 2,000
Best Comedy: EUR 500

International Competition
Open to short films from anywhere in the world.

International Bayernwerk Short Film Award: EUR 1,500
Audience Award: EUR 1,000

Deadline_Award
Open to genre short films from anywhere in the world.

Deadline_Award: EUR 1,000
Deadline_Audience Award EUR 300

Animation Competition
Open to animated short films from anywhere in the world.

Best Animation Short Film: EUR 750

Documentary Competition
Open to short documentary films from anywhere in the world.

Best Short Documentary Film: EUR 1,000

VR Competition
Open to short Virtual Reality films from anywhere in the world.

Best VR Short Film: EUR 500

Shorts For Kids Competition
Open to short films for children made in Germany, Austria or Switzerland.
Shorts For Kids Award: EUR 1,000

Innovation Award: EUR 1,500

DaHome Award: EUR 2,000

For more details please see Rules & Terms

1. The G-A-S Competition / D-A-CH Wettbewerb is open only for short films from Germany, Austria and Switzerland in German language. In this category three prizes will be awarded.

BMW Grand Prix: awarded by a jury; the trophy money is EUR 5,000
Audience Award: the trophy money is EUR 2,000
Best Comedy: awarded by a jury; the trophy money is EUR 500

Submitted films must not be longer than 30 minutes.

2. The International Competition is open to short films from anywhere in the world. In this category two prizes will be awarded.

International Bayernwerk Short Film Award: awarded by a jury; the trophy money is EUR 1,500
Audience Award: the trophy money is EUR 1,000

Submitted films must not be longer than 30 minutes.

3. The Deadline_Award is open to genre short films from anywhere in the world. It is a special award for an outstanding international Horror, Mystery, Fantasy, Science Fiction or Thriller Short Film.

Deadline_Award: awarded by a jury; the trophy money is EUR 1,000
Deadline_Audience Award; the trophy money is EUR 300

Submitted films must not be longer than 30 minutes.

4. The Animation Competition is open to animated short films from anywhere in the world.

The trophy money is EUR 750 and is awarded by a jury.

Submitted films must not be longer than 30 minutes.

5. The Documentary Competition is open to short documentary films from anywhere in the world.

The trophy money is EUR 1,000 and is awarded by a jury.

Submitted films must not be longer than 30 minutes.

6. The VR Competition is open to short Virtual Reality films from anywhere in the world.

The trophy money is EUR 500 Euro and is awarded by a jury.

Submitted films must not be longer than 30 minutes.

7. The Shorts for Kids Competition is open to short films for children made in Germany, Austria or Switzerland.

The trophy money is EUR 1,000 and is awarded by the audience.

Submitted films must not be longer than 30 minutes.

8. The Innovation Award will be presented for all programs of the festival. It is a jury prize and elected by all jury members of the festival. The Innovation Award is dedicated for a particularly exceptional, innovative film.

The trophy money is EUR 1.500

9. The DaHome Award is a special Jury award and is awarded to an international short film that deals with the subject of Heimat / homeland in a special and extraordinary way.

The trophy money is EUR 2,000.

10. The films submitted must have been completed after January 1st, 2020.

11. The screening formats at the festival are: DCP, full HD high-res files, Apple ProRes

12. If the original version of the film is not in English or German language, the film must be subtitled in English or German language.

13. In submitting your film or video you guarantee that you have all the relevant permissions, licenses and releases for your film or video to be screened in a public exhibition.

14. The organizer has the right to show clips of the submitted and selected film up to one minute in length to the websites of the festival and on TV as part of the festival coverage if this is not expressly revoked by the submitter.

15. If more films are submitted than can be shown in the festival programs, a preliminary jury will decide on the admission to the various programs and competitions. The decision of the preliminary jury is final.

16. A screening fee will not be paid.

17. Festival passes and travel allowance:

Participating filmmakers have the opportunity to obtain accreditation for free and receive up to three festival passes per accepted film. All other team members can be accredited for a fee of 30 €.

There is one travel allowance per accepted film. This is staggered according to the travel distance.
In Germany up to 100 km it is EUR 50, from 100 km it is EUR 100. The amount is EUR 200 for participants from other European Countries than Germany and EUR 300 for participants from the rest of the world. If you have several films in the program, the travel allowance is limited to a maximum. The maximum travel allowance is EUR 300 for Germany, EUR 500 for other European Countries and EUR 700 for the rest of the world. The travel allowance cannot be paid in cash but will be transferred to the registered person after the festival.

We cannot assume any costs for accommodation.

18. With the submission the sender agrees that his or her specifications will be stored and used in purpose of the festival and accept the regulations of the festival.

19. By submitting a film the submitter accepts all entry conditions and the privacy policy of the Landshut Short Film Festival.

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  • Kevin Koch

    Unfortunately I couldn't attend the festival in person but I was honored to show our film in good company with many other great short films from all over the world! I hope I can attend the festival in the next years.

    May 2022
  • Björn Schürmann

    A very well curated and appreciative short film festival, the best I've been to in Germany. I was invited for the second time with a film and again I didn't regret staying for the entire duration of the festival. Birgit and Michael run the festival with great passion and love for short film and have a great team supporting them. I hope I can present many more films here, because it is a great Festival with many sponsors and awards!

    May 2022
  • Steve Bache

    It was the 3rd time I attended the Landshuter Short Film Festival and it is always a pleasure to be there. Very friendly atmosphere, beautiful city and a lot of very good national and international short films. One of the highlights of the festival is the so called "white sausage brunch" which will be held at the last day of the festival.

    May 2022
  • Alexandre de Villeneuve

    Amazing festival! Good people and nice program!

    May 2022
  • The best short film festival in Germany hands-down. Over 250 short films are shown here every year, in short film programs put together with heart and soul. Michael Orth, Birgit Horn and their team manage to make you feel at home as a guest, you meet numerous filmmakers in a convivial atmosphere and there is even a Weißwurst breakfast - what more could you want?

    May 2022