After closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation we have sadly come to the decision to host MFA 2021 online only. Due to government guidelines and international transport limitations we believe this is the only option to ensure attendee safety as we are an international independent event. We look forwards to meeting you all next year for an event we hope to be bigger and better than ever before.

Munich Film Awards (MFA) is a brand new, up and coming annual film festival held in the heart of Munich. MFA is more than just a Film Festival; it is a strong connection among all filmmakers around the world.

We are very proud to be ranked as one of the Top 100 Best Reviewed Festivals on FilmFreeway! Our festival ranks in the top 1.5% of more than 9,000 film festivals and creative contests around the world. Thank you!

"Our team has had the opportunity to be a part of over 100 festivals and the Munich Film Awards is one of the best experiences I have had in my career!" - Michael Davis

For our 2020 Online Event, we had over 750 virtual audience members from 63 different countries! For 2021 we plan to host a physical event and an online event for those who can't be there in person.

Our judges consist of filmmakers and industry professionals from 6 different countries. We believe that having such a multicultural team behind our festival helps make our festival thrive amongst Independent Festivals. Our diverse judges give the opportunity to all filmmakers to have their films reviewed by them with such a wide knowledge in the art of filmmaking.

Exposing young talented filmmakers to an environment of industry professionals with vast experience in their field is a priority for us. One of our top aims is giving opportunities to first time filmmakers, regardless of their age, to have their films presented to larger audiences and help promote their talent. We aim to create events that lead to further opportunities.

The objective of MFA is to provide support to independent filmmakers globally through reviewing, judging, marketing, and distribution networking. MFA accepts all genres of films across the globe. The selected high-quality films will have a chance to win awards such as trophies, certificates, gift cards and cash prizes starting from $200 as well as have their films on the big screen at our live screening.

Good luck!

The judges of the festival will carefully select the films to be nominated for awards, and create a selection of nominated films to be screened in front of the live audience. The fantastic event will give filmmakers opportunities to watch their film on the big screen as well as the opportunity for networking.

Awards are given to the categories below:

Best Feature Film
Best Short Film
Best Student Film
Best Feature Documentary
Best Short Documentary
Best Student Documentary
Best Experimental
Best Animation
Best Director
Best Student Director
Best Soundtrack
Best Music Video
Best Actor/Actress
Best Screenplay/Script

The winners will be announced at the event, on our website, and on social media a month prior to the event date. The selected high-quality films will have a chance to win awards such as trophies, certificates, gift cards, and cash prizes starting at $200!

Our Rules and Guidelines for 2021 Submissions:

Your submission implies that you have the legal right to represent and submit this film for consideration, along with your acceptance of MFA regulations.

1) Non-English films are required to have English subtitles

2) Student Films will require proof of student ID to qualify for the discounted rate. Any non - student films submitted into the category will be disqualified! The project must also be completed while enrolled in eduction.

3) Features are any film over 45 mins. Short films are 45 mins and under.

4) To submit a film or script, you must have created the project yourself, own the rights or have permission from the owner of the content to submit the film to us.

5) We do not send out physical tickets. The submitting filmmaker's name will be on a list at our ticket desk. Any purchased tickets will be on this list as well.

6) Films must be 2017 or newer to qualify for an award.

7) Our festival is run by a small group of volunteers, film enthusiasts, and professional film judges. Every effort is made to provide great communication and fun festival experience. If there is anything we can assist with, please send us an email and we will contact you back within 24 hours.

8) MFA reserves the right to refuse acceptance of submissions deemed by the festival to be inappropriate and violating the Rules and Terms. Should you wish to question MFA about the decision, you can contact us by email.

9) One entry fee per category. The same film can be entered into one or more categories, but each category requires an entry fee.

10) All fees are non-refundable

Overall Rating
  • Shmuel Hoffman

    Great film festival. Covid made it not what it could have been, but that's of no fault of the FF. The online version of the FF was the best under these circumstances.

    Thank you so much.

    December 2020
  • Niklas Straub

    A really interesting and recommendable festival. Thank you that we had the chance to be part of it this year. I hope that we have the chance to network in person next year.

    November 2020
  • Munich Film Awards is a great festival. They are awesome, friendly and very communicative. They judge the submitted film very carefully and patronize the participants. I strongly recommend this festival. Best wishes for Munich Film Awards.

    October 2020
  • Dan McDougall

    The Munich Film Awards managed to put together a wonderful festival in very difficult circumstances given the pandemic and multiple lockdowns across Europe. The virtual format and the global nature of the competition made it a great success. The organisers were communicative and highly professional and I would recommend both experienced and junior filmmakers to consider submitting their features to MFA. It's a programme that will continue to put Munich on the film map."
    Dan McDougall. Director. Film Maker. Writer.

    October 2020
  • It has been an absolute honor to have our feature documentary Le Champion win the Munich Film Awards...we look forward to when the travel restrictions are lifted, so we can attend the festival in person.

    October 2020