A film festival that showcases international short and feature films that are specifically related to BDSM and fetish topics. Artful, experimental and documentary films, including many award winning independent films from all over the world.

Showing films far beyond the stereotypical and distorted view on BDSM of the media and press, this festival wants to contribute to sexual education, variety, tolerance and acceptance of the BDSM lifestyle.

Each year, we are happy to give away the following awards (including honorable mentions):
- Audience Choice Award (chosen by the audience)
- Best Feature Film Award
- Best Documentary Film Award
- Best Short Film Award
- DELIGHTFUL MISCHIEF Special Award

There are no cash awards (yet), but besides an official award ceremony, there will also be small handcrafted physical awards which will be sent out to the filmmakers.

We are looking for interesting entries from all over the world, seeking work that confronts stereotypes, pushes boundaries, arouses and tantalizes, and above all, highlights the tremendous diversity of the fetish/BDSM subculture.

* Conditions for film entry: MUST have a relation to the fetish and/or BDSM world, or at least be sexy/erotic in some way

* Length: short, medium and feature-length films are accepted

* Genre: narrative, experimental, documentary, animated films, etc. – all will be considered

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  • Lucio Massa

    Amazing festival very well organized. Great atmosphere and cool movies.

    July 2019
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you!

  • Mitch Harrison

    As a new director, Nachtschatten has been wonderful to work with. They were quick to respond to questions and really made the whole experience wonderful. I will be back.

    July 2019
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    Response from festival:

    Thanks, Mitch! Your film was received really well with the audience, glad we could show it. Looking forward to more films from you!

  • Shyam L. Jones

    I had a lovely time. Toby took great care of us and the films were amazing :) I'd happily participate anytime again!

    July 2019
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    Response from festival:

    Thanks for coming, the festival was really enriched by your presence :)

  • Werther Germondari

    My videos are shown at this festival every year since the first edition of 2014, and it is also a wonderful experience to present them each year personally. The organization of the founder and director of the festival is perfect, the videos are always of the highest quality, and the cinema itself where they are projected is a mythical place of the independent cinema distribution ;)

    July 2019
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you Werther, you are a truly a long-time fan AND important contributor to our festival with your films! :)


  • One of the most exquisite, serious and coherent Film Festivals, that give seriousness to their specialization to dignify and transmit through the artistic expression the sexuality of the human being. We have had the privilege of having been part of their selection (an excellent cinematographic program), and our experience has been wonderful. Thank you very much for your kindness and professionalism. You have guaranteed success!

    July 2019
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you for these kind words - it was a great pleasure to be able to screen your film!