We are an independent international film festival that aims to showcase the best indie films in Plovdiv, Bulgaria.

Our mission is to help talented film artists, who create meaningful films that are worth seeing and sharing, but lack the backing of studios, expensive marketing campaigns or famous personas.

We want to help these filmmakers show their films and shine a light on the value of their non-studio productions, and educate audiences of the quality and importance of independent cinema.

This year the festival will be held in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, an up-and-coming creative and cultural city in the heart of Eastern Europe. Plovdiv was chosen the European Capital of Culture in 2019, and ever since it's been attracting visitors from various countries for its cultural events.

We believe our film festival will add to this rich atmosphere and give filmmakers a chance to showcase their work to a very wide range of audiences from many different parts of the world.

If your film has a strong story and great execution then submit
to Mind the Indie Film Festival.

Best Feature Film
Best Short Film
Best Documentary
Best Animated Film
Best Student Film

* Awards will be sent to the winning filmmakers after the event's conclusion if wasn't collected in person.
Postage of the award will be covered by the festival.


Submissions may be:  
- feature fiction film, documentary and animation,
- short fiction film, documentary and animation
- student fiction film, documentary and animation.

All can be of any genre and topic; as long as short films are under 40 minutes long and feature films over 40 minutes long.

Films with a language other than English must have English subtitles.

Valid student ID is required for student submissions.
We would consider a film to be a student film if the filmmaker was a student at the time of the completion of the film.

Student ID proof should be attached to the application or sent with a tracking number to: info@mtiff.org

We will consider all films that have been completed after January 2011.

Filmmakers are welcome to submit a FilmFreeway online screener. No DVD submissions.

Filmmakers must have secured clearance to use all copyrighted or trademarked material (music, images, text sources, etc). Failure to obtain clearance could result in your film being withdrawn from the festival.

More than one entry may be submitted. Each must be submitted separately.

Entry fees are non-refundable.


All notifications of acceptance or rejection will be made by email from Mind the Indie Film Festival by March 15th, 2021.


All films that have a higher average, or are a favourite of a programmer, go on to final deliberations.

If selected, high-quality H.264 file will be the allowed format of an exhibition.

If selected the filmmaker will assume shipping costs of materials to Mind the Indie Film Festival.

If a film is accepted, entrants will be solely responsible for delivering their exhibition video materials to and from the festival venue.

Mind the Indie Film Festival cannot be held liable for your exhibition print/video materials which are lost or damaged.

Mind the Indie Film Festival is not responsible for failure to meet its predetermined screening dates where such failure is due to an event that is beyond our reasonable control, which includes but is not limited to fire, flood, storm, riot, civil disturbance, war, nuclear accident, terrorist activity and pandemic. In case of our festival dates being postponed due to such circumstances, we will reschedule and recommence at the earliest possible dates.

Awards will be sent to the winning filmmakers after the event's conclusion if wasn't collected in person. Postage of the award will be covered by the festival.

Mind the Indie Film Festival will take place in Plovdiv, Bulgaria from April 16-18, 2021.

Unfortunately, Mind the Indie Film Festival does not provide room, board or travel for filmmakers.

Festival dates and venue are subjects to change.

Participation in the Mind the Indie Film Festival grants us the authorisation to show elements of the entered film for promotional purposes if required.

By submitting your film to the Mind the Indie Film Festival you agree that you have read, understood, and agree to all the terms and conditions of the festival rules and guidelines.

Overall Rating
  • I regret I couldn’t attend the festival, but I’m proud my debut feature Six has been premiered at Mind the Indie. The festival has been noted among 10 unmissable European film festivals of 2018 along with such dinosaurs as Locarno, BFI London and San Sebastián, but it deserves much more acclaim.

    December 2018
  • Karni Haneman

    Unfortunately I couldn't attend in person but the communication was great and it seemed like it was a great festival and screening!

    July 2018
  • Kelly Holmes

    Unfortunately wasn't able to attend but the festival was curated carefully and we won a beautiful award that was posted straight out to us - thank you so much xx

    June 2018
  • Volya Dzemka

    Wonderful festival with live screenings in one of the most beautiful cities. The festival program was well thought through and well designed, we received all notifications in time and communication was a bliss! Very pleasant and non-stressful experience. Huge thanks to organizers for investing time and resources into this festival.

    June 2017