The Nevada International Film Festival is the Silver State’s annual celebration of the very best in American and international cinema, recognizing and awarding top independent filmmakers and the storytellers who make it all possible.

This year's festival will recognize excellence in filmmaking in several competition categories including feature films, documentaries, short films, foreign films, animations, music videos, experimental films, and a screenplay competition. Films of many genres will be honored including drama, comedy, action, horror, family and more. At NIFF, films are awarded solely on the basis of their merits, with an eye for great screenwriting, originality and storytelling.

The Nevada International Film Festival is a non-traditional film festival and awards competition created as a platform to provide worthy films and filmmakers with recognition for their filmmaking and screenwriting achievements. As of our 2015 event, we have transitioned from a traditional live film festival held each year in Las Vegas since 2009, to an annual online awards competition. Films are not screened for the public. Once the Judges have concluded the judging process, winners are announced publicly on our official website, social media, and through various promotional channels targeting the film industry.

The Nevada International Film Festival also proudly supports the craft of screenwriting by discovering and recognizing important new talent through our annual Screenplay Competition. Top screenplays in several genres and categories, including feature and short length narrative scripts, specs scripts, and television pilots are recognized based on originality, form, and overall quality of work.

Each year awards are given to celebrate the best filmmaking and screenwriting in each competitive category including directing, writing, cinematography and acting.

Prize List:
Grand Jury Award
Special Jury Prize
Best Feature
Best Documentary
Best Short
Best Documentary Short
Best Foreign Film
Best Student Film
Best Animated Film
Best Director
Best First-time Director
Best Screenplay
Best Actor
Best Actress
Best Supporting Actor
Best Supporting Actress
Best Nevada Feature
Best Nevada Short
Best Experimental Film
Best Music Video
Best Television Pilot

Screenplay Competition
Feature and Short Script Competitions
1st Place
2nd Place
3rd Place
4th Place
5th Place

Actor's Showcase Competition
1st Place
2nd Place
3rd Place

NIFF will include features, documentaries, shorts, experimental films, music videos, television pilots, animations, student films and screenplays of all categories and genres.

Acceptance and Notification
The Official Selections will be announced approximately one month prior to the festival. Only filmmakers of accepted films will be notified.

All entries must be submitted via FilmFreeway.

Films should be submitted in English or have English subtitles.

You agree to indemnify and hold us harmless, including our employees, owners, affiliates, and partners, from all claims and liability associated with your participation or entry to the Nevada International Film Festival.

By submitting your film or screenplay into competition in the Nevada International Film Festival you agree that you have read, accept, will abide by all rules and regulations.

Overall Rating
  • The Nevada International Film Festival is a fantastic film festival. Thank you for having my animated film "Battledream Chronicles: A new beginning" on this film festival. And thank you so much for the award! All the best for all festival staff!

    February 2019
  • Douglas Heil

    We are so appreciative of the fact that NIFF valued our film Another Yesterday. They also delivered on their promise to promote winning entries: another festival reached out to us, citing NIFF as their impetus. Thank you for a thoroughly positive experience!

    January 2019
  • John Martins III

    Thank you, Nevada International Film Festival, for honoring "Arizona Sunrise." It's very much appreciated. Continued success. Happy New Year!

    December 2018
  • The Nevada International Film Festival should be high on the list of competitions for any screenwriter seeking recognition for an excellent original script. Entry fees are relatively low. They assign awards from Grand Prize to 5th Place for both features and shorts. Deadlines are met, correspondence is good and they list all winners on their website for each year of the festival.

    December 2018
  • Jason Fisher

    This is a wonderful contest for filmmakers.

    December 2018