Luminous Frames Indie Festival is an international film festival, with seasonal events and live screenings in four countries along with an annual awards ceremony in Denmark.

LFIF is particularly looking for independent short films in all genres, especially those which have been historically underrepresented. Gender and ethnic diversity, human rights, and environmental issues are all of the high interest.

We have four seasons with varying themes and each season, our professional and international jury will judge the submitted projects. The seasonal winners are automatically qualified to compete at the LFIF annual competition.

The aim of LFIF’s first edition is to bridge between filmmakers and photographers all over the world and to put their Luminous Frames under the spotlight.

Discover our unique and interesting categories: "Seasonal Theme", "Minority Report" (Short Film Review), "Memento", "The Bounty" (Feature Film Review), and "Stargate".

Luminos Frames is one of the few festivals that allows you to submit your short film in the sub-category sections independently.

We also have a Photography Contest with various categories for passionate and professional photographers, whom their work will be judged by an explicit jury.
LFIF is particularly looking for independent photographers in all genres, especially those who looking for an international panel to showing their artwork.
Check the Rules & Terms on this page for categories and for more info visit festival website.

All the applicants in any of the contests are eligible to submit their work for multiple categories.

After the first year of the festival in Denmark, LFIF will hold its Academy of Education and Film Club in Canada, Australia, Denmark, Iran, and Turkey.

By attracting university lecturers and creative artists as our professional critics, Luminous Frames intends to establish itself as a reputable web magazine in the field of film and photography reviews.

We have special promotions for our official selections and the winners at the end of each season.

All entries are promoted through our social media and website.

All the winners of each season will have a live screening at the end of the four seasons with the awards ceremony.

All the winners of every season will have a private screening at the end of the season.

All the winners will be given a Q&A interview session on our website.

Winners of each category will get a review of their film which will publish on the Luminous Frames website.

All projects officially selected in each season receive the Luminous Frames laurel.

All the winners and finalists in each season receive the Luminous Frames certificates.

All the winners in the annual event receive the Luminous Frames special trophy and special sponsor award.

We pay special tribute to our winners in the "Luminous Frames", and all the seasonal winners of the festival will be honorary members of the jury for the next season, and in addition to judging the films, they will receive a festival's special jury badge.

We also have various awards for Photography Contest.
Winners are promoted through our social media and website.
Winners and finalists of each genre will promoted with a introduction video on Luminous Frames social networks.
Winners and finalists of each genre will receive the Luminous Frames certificates.
All the seasonal winners of the Photography Contest will receive the Luminous Frames trophy at the annual event.
Winners and finalists are showcased at the online Winners Gallery.
Winners of each genre will receive a review of their picture which will publish on the Luminous Frames website.
All the seasonal winners of the Photography Contest will be honorary members of the jury for the next season, and in addition to judging the photos, they will receive a festival's special jury badge.

The categories of awards for movies:

Best Narrative Short
Best Documentary Short
Best Animation Short
Best Experimental Short
Best Music Video
Best Director
Best Short Script
Best Actor
Best Actress
Best Supporting Actor
Best Supporting Actress
Best Child/Young-under 16 Actor
Best Child/Young-under 16 Actress
Best Cinematography
Best Editing
Best Sound Design
Best Original Score
Best Original Song
Best Visual FX
Best Trailer/Teaser
Best Still Photography
Best Production Design
Best Custom Design
Best Makeup
Best Poster

All submitted films should have English subtitle.
All films must have been made in or after 2015.
Only in "Memento" category you can submit shorts from 2000.
All genres are accepted with a maximum length of 40 minutes.
You can submit your short film in the sub-category sections independently.
Filmmakers are responsible for the copyright on their own materials and must have the rights to the material (e.g music) used in the film.
By submitting to LFIF, you give us the right to screen your film in front of a live audience.
LFIF may promote clips from your film on social media, based on the press kits you provide us with and some part of the original movie.
LFIF retain the right to change the date and venue of the festival under special circumstances. All filmmakers will be informed about any changes through our online platforms.
Entry fees are non-refundable.
Filmmakers own all the rights to the film.
By submitting to us you agree to our terms and conditions and to receiving marketing newsletters and discounts about film festivals in the form of emails. We will never sell your information to third parties.
We reserve the right to update our terms and conditions.
PHOTOGRAPHY CONTEST:
The Luminous Frames Photography Festival has a particular judging panel, which is completely run by the professional jury with a proficiency in each category.
You must choose a category on a submission form from the list below.
Categories:
Abstract & Conceptual Photography, Architectural Photography, Black and White Photography, Commercial Photography, Drone Photography, Fashion Photography, Fine Art Photography, Landscape Photography, Macro Photography, Night Photography, Pet Photography, Photojournalism, Portrait Photography, Sports Photography, Still-Life Photography, Surreal Photography, Street Photography, Underwater Photography, and Wildlife Photography. 
The individual photographer retains all copyrights to his creative property.
Visit Festival website for more information.

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  • George Leontakianakos

    Just an amazing festival! I recommend it 100%! Perfect communication! 100% professionals! Thank you very much and good strength!

    November 2020
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    Response from festival:

    We were proud to have your film with an incredible cast and important humanitarian message at our festival.

  • Shaun Rylee

    Thoroughly enjoyed the social media announcements for each stage of the festival- such a thoughtful festival toward nominees and winners. 'Question Everything' was over the moon to win Best Cinematography and also to be selected as a Finalist in both Best Experimental Short and Best Score. All of our gratitude to this incredible festival. Can't wait to see you in Copenhagen next year!

    November 2020
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    Response from festival:

    The creative filmmakers deserve the best. We try to show that a short film is an independent work of art that should be considered as much as a feature film. Congratulations on your achievement at the festival!

  • Amin*a Maher

    A lovely festival with an exciting programe. A great event for the cultural and social development and certainly worth to try. Thanks for your beautiful award.

    All the best,
    Amina

    November 2020
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    Response from festival:

    We are encouraging you to keep up the good works like the "Letter To My Mother" again.
    Congratulations on your achievement at the festival!

  • Cynthia Bergen

    All stars! Thank you Luminous Frames. Finalist! If I was a Hummingbirds, Photography. Keep on supporting Indie Films. Cynthia Bergen, Photographer

    November 2020
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    Response from festival:

    Thanks Cynthia, we are welcoming all the creative and independent filmmakers and photographers like you.

  • Miguel Zavala

    Great thing to participate in Luminous Frames, IFF, efficient and welcoming staff, good information and great selection. A must for Indies !

    November 2020
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    Response from festival:

    Thanks Miguel, Congratulations on your achievement at the festival!
    LFIF is home to the creative and independent filmmakers and photographers like you.