The NDU International Film Festival (NDUIFF), is a short film festival founded in 2007 at Notre Dame University-Louaize (NDU), Lebanon.

NDUIFF is celebrated annually in November under its constant theme, “The Power of Youth.” As the theme reflects, the Mission of NDUIFF is to (a) promote young filmmakers by screening their films in front of a large audience base, and (b) promote their talents and artistic excellence.

NDUIFF accepts both Lebanese and international short films in three categories: Fiction, Documentary, and Animation; applicants may be graduating students or independent filmmakers. Around 80 films compete in different categories. Winners receive awards, certificates, and cash prizes.

In Addition, the festival offers all international accepted participants full accommodation in Beirut, covering their flight and hotel and transportation inside Lebanon.

The center where the Festival is held at NDU is a well-equipped, boasting state-of-the-art technology in sound and video. The center is formed of an opera house theater with a seating capacity of 650, an arena stage theater with a seating capacity of 400, and two small halls for workshops and seminars. Also, three theater/cinema halls are currently under construction and will form part of the NDU Cultural Center. More than 5,000 visitors attend the Festival every year, including more than 50 international guests from more than 30 countries worldwide.

NDUIFF launched in 2015 its first Partial Funding Program to support independent filmmakers by helping them produce short films. This funding program goes hand-in-hand with the Vision and Mission of the NDUIFF, which is to continue moving forward by becoming not only a staunch financial supporter of filmmakers but also a screenplay, film development, and production academy.

The NDUIFF Mission takes inspiration from the NDU Mission Statement, which believes in providing equal opportunities for Lebanese and foreign participants “in a spirit of openness that embraces all cultures, regardless of race, gender, color, religion, or sect;” NDUIFF “promotes diversity, respect for human dignity and rights, and concern for the common good.”

Awards & Prizes

International Competition:
Best International Short Fiction
Best International Short Documentary
Best International Short Animation

National Competition:
Best Student Short Fiction: 1st Prize
Best Student Short Fiction: 2nd Prize
Best Student Short Fiction: 3rd Prize
Best Student Short Documentary
Best Student Short Animation
Best Independent Short Fiction
Best Independent Short Documentary
Best Independent Short Animation

Ministry of Tourism Award: "Of Land, People, and Culture"
Emile Chahine Award for Cinematic Excellence
Audience Choice Award
Best Cinematography
Best Screenplay
Best Director

Rules & Terms

Rules and Regulations:

1- SHORT FILMS PRODUCED AFTER NOVEMBER 1, 2016 ARE ELIGIBLE FOR SUBMISSION.
2- LEBANESE PREMIERE IS A MUST – FILMS THAT WERE SCREENED PREVIOUSLY IN LEBANON WON’T BE TAKEN INTO CONSIDERATION.
3- LEBANESE STUDENTS MUST SUBMIT VIA THEIR SCHOOLS ADMINISTRATION
4- NDUIFF COVERS THE TRAVEL COST OF DIRECTORS OF ALL SELECTED INTERNATIONAL FILMS TO LEBANON TO PARTICIPATE IN THE FESTIVAL SCREENINGS AND ACTIVITIES. (Conditions apply)

Filmmakers are invited to submit their original work to NDU International Film Festival (NDUIFF) for the categories of Fiction, Documentary or Animation. Productions of 25 minutes and less may be accepted for the competition.

NDU International Film Festival (NDUIFF) holds the right to:
• Select the film that is qualified to be in the official selection of the festival
• Use the selected films for trailers and publicity usage
• Screen the winning films in international film festivals that collaborate with NDUIFF after the approval of the filmmakers

Lebanese film students and independent filmmakers are invited to submit their original work to the NDU International Film Festival (NDUIFF) for the categories of Fiction, Documentary or Animation.
Productions of 25 minutes and less will be accepted for the competition. Notre Dame University students’ films will be participating while staying out of competition.

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    Rami Aloui

    Great movies, great people, great country...

    November 2017
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    Stefanie Kolk

    This festival and its people are incredibly generous and the experience is absolutely unique. Apart from an interesting film programme and some interesting seminars, the festival takes you on amazing day trips every single morning. I usually find festival visits to be a 'superficial' way of experiencing a country in that you don't really interact with the culture or country itself. This festival really stands out in that respect - you hang out lots with the local students, and you get to see the country in a way that would have been hard to if you had been traveling alone.

    November 2017
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    Ivana Shekutkoska

    Everything was great! Very friendly and collaborative hosts, very well organized festival. Besides the festival program and masterclasses which were excellent they are also organizing site-seeing tours for each day so every guest has a chance to see the beauty of Lebanon which is a must see. They are thinking on every detail regarding the festival guests, all were very satisfied and they treat us very well. Also i am rating the networking with 5 stars. Highly recommendable Film Festival. Honored to be part of it!!!

    November 2017
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    Hani Fayed

    ALL was amazing, they took good care of us! well organised festival!
    well done!

    December 2016
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    Ethan Jahan

    It was very huge and organise film festival.
    most of the film in competition were high quality film .
    It was an honour to be a part of this festival

    November 2016