Luminous Frames is an international film and photography festival, with seasonal events and live screenings with an annual awards ceremony in Denmark.

After two years of holding the festival with three successful seasons in Denmark, In line with its primary goal of supporting short films around the world by creating more physical screening opportunities, the festival succeeded in expanding the screening of its films in other countries as well. We started the third year by holding the festival's fourth edition in the NPAK cultural and arts center in Yerevan, Armenia. And now we are proud to announce that the 5th edition of the Luminous Frames Film Festival will be held at the Fabrika center from February 1 to 5, 2023 in the beautiful city of Tbilisi, Georgia.

The particular privilege that makes this edition very significant for filmmakers is that the films will be screened simultaneously in two different countries, Armenia and Georgia on the mentioned dates. On the last day of the festival, the winners of this edition will be announced and awarded with the festival trophy in Georgia at the Fabrika Center.

Luminous Frames is 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 high interest.

We have two seasons of competition in a year with varying themes. Our professional and international jury panel will judge the submitted projects. The seasonal winners are automatically qualified to compete at the Luminous Frames annual competition.

Discover our unique and interesting categories: "Seasonal Theme", "Minority Report", "The Bounty", and "Memento".

Luminous Frames is one of the few festivals that accepts submissions in each sub-category independently.

We also have a Photography Contest with various categories for passionate and professional photographers, whose work will be judged by an explicit jury panel.

Luminous Frames is a home for independent photographers who are looking for an international platform to showcase their artwork.

Check the Rules & Terms on this page and for more information visit the festival website.

All applicants are eligible to submit their work for multiple categories.

Luminous Frames aims to start its Academy of Education and Film Clubs in Canada, Denmark, Brazil, South Africa, Turkey, Armenia and Georgia.

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 accepted entries are promoted through our social media and website.

All the winning films will have a live screening at the end of each edition.

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

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

All the winners of each season will receive the Luminous Frames certificate.

All the winners in the annual event will 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 panel for the next edition, 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 of each genre will receive the Luminous Frames certificate.
All the seasonal winners of the Photography Contest will receive the Luminous Frames trophy at the annual event.
Winners will be showcased at the online Winners Gallery.
Winners of each genre will receive a review of their picture which will be published on the Luminous Frames website.
All the seasonal winners of the Photography Contest will be honorary members of the jury panel for the next edition, 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 Actor-Under the Age of 16
Best Actress-Under the Age of 16
Best Cinematography
Best Editing
Best Sound Design
Best Original Score
Best Original Song
Best Visual FX
Best Production Design
Best Custom Design
Best Makeup

All submitted films should have English subtitles.
All films must have been produced in or after 2020.
Only in the "Memento" category, you can submit shorts from the year 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 Luminous Frames, you give us the right to screen your film in front of a live audience.
Luminous Frames have the right to promote clips from your film on social media, based on the press kits you provide us with and excerpts of the original movie.
Luminous Frames retains 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 their films.
By submitting your projects to the festival you agree to our terms and conditions and you are giving consent to receiving marketing newsletters and discounts about the festival 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 a professional jury with 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 photographers retain all copyrights to their creative property.
Image Size: Photos must be in JPEG, RGB file format, maximum 2 MB.
Maximum Dimensions: 1920 pix. Horizontal side and 1080 pix. Vertical side.
File Naming: Files must be renamed to the photo title when submitting an entry.
Photos with any watermark or title on it will not be judged.
Visit the festival's website for more information.

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  • Vanessa Powers

    This festival not only is host to many incredible films, they also do a wonderful job of communication, promotion, and social media presence. They make you feel like your film is really a part of something special, and if you win an award, you feel like you earned it. Would recommend.

    June 2022
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    Response from festival:

    Dear Vanessa, congratulations on your achievement at the festival! We really enjoyed the atmosphere in your film, and the chemistry of the performances.

  • What a great and wonderful festival!

    June 2022
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you Mikael, we look forward to watching the next dynamic film made by the Kyster family!

  • Dag-Erik Hansen

    As a first encounter with Luminous Frames I was very pleasantly surprised! They do a very good job on promoting the entries and all the contact I had with the staff was very professional and polite.
    Five start, can recommend!

    June 2022
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    Response from festival:

    Dear Dag-Erik, Congratulations on the award at the festival for such a touching animated film, keep up the good work!

  • Al Nazemian

    I was so impressed with Luminous Frames. Their festival is very professional and also has a quality and an elegance to it. Everything about Luminous Frames reflects quality. I am so happy I submitted to Luminous Frames. I had no expectations and was VERY pleasantly surprised. Please submit your film to Luminous Frames. You will also be pleasantly surprised and impressed, as I was. I have worked with many festivals and I only write honest reviews (or I don't write a review, if I don't have something nice to say.) 5 gold, shiny stars for Luminous Frames. Highly recommend this film festival.

    June 2022
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    Response from festival:

    Dear Al, thank you for your kind words. We also surprised by your outstanding performance on "For I Am Dead", keep up the good work!

  • Pedro Jaen R.

    Very good festival! Interesting content. You help greatly to promote new films and authors.

    December 2021
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    Response from festival:

    Thanks Pedro, Congratulations on your achievement at the festival!