New Wave Short Film Festival is an Online newly-founded festival based in Munich (Germany) that aims to create an opportunity for emerging filmmakers. Our goal is to support low budget films that create new experiences and narrate unique stories with limited resources. Understanding how filmmakers around the world work, how young filmmakers get creative to get past the obstacles of production, and how their attempts can lead to a new form of cinema are among the things we care about. We strive to play a small role in the emergence of the new generation in the world of independent filmmaking by helping young filmmakers, actors, cinematographers, editors and producers to be heard and to get their messages across.

Best Short Film
Best Feature Film
Best Short Documentary
Best Feature Documentary
Best Horror Film
Best Comedy Film
Best Sci-Fi Film
Best Film In Women Empowerment Category
Best Director
Best Actor
Best Actress
Best Script
Best Editor
Best Cinematography
Best Animation
Best Experimental
Best Micro (under 5 minutes)
Best Music Video
Best Student Film

Each submission must be accompanied by a submission fee paid in full and a working screener in order to be considered. Once we have all necessary materials, the submission will be marked “In Consideration”. It is the submitter’s responsibility to make sure that all submission requirements are met. If your film has not been listed “In Consideration” 7 business days after submission, please contact us to find out what is needed to move your film into consideration.

All projects must be submitted via secure online screener - either as a password protected Vimeo link attached to your submission or uploaded directly to FilmFreeway. Online screeners must be available to stream; we do not accept any films that must be downloaded.

All foreign-language films must be submitted with English subtitles. If we discover a foreign-language submission is missing subtitles, we will attempt to email the submitter for an update. If the submitter fails to provide working subtitles by the final submission deadline, the project will be considered incomplete and will be disqualified without refund of submission fees.

Please review all submission categories carefully before submitting your project. All entrants are required to pay the submission fee of their film’s appropriate category. If you believe you have submitted your film to the wrong category, contact us immediately. While we can typically facilitate a change in category, the entrant will be responsible for any changes in submission fees. We cannot offer partial refunds for categories with a smaller fee. If the new category has a higher fee, the entrant is responsible for paying the difference.

Incomplete projects must be clearly listed as such. Films should be marked as either a “Rough Cut” or “Work In Progress/WIP”. All incomplete materials or changes to be made should be clearly indicated (ex: temporary score, missing VFX, no color-correction) both in your cover letter and the film cut itself (ideally as a title card at the start of the film).

The submitter may update their screener up until the final deadline, as long as the link and password for the submission remains the same. Anyway you should not submit your project if it is not complete enough to adequately represent the final product.

By entering your film for consideration to the New Wave Short Film Festival, you authorize that your work is cleared for festival exhibition and accept full legal responsibility for the intellectual property therein. The submitter and all filmmakers associated with the project shall indemnify and hold harmless the New Wave Short Film Festival and any representative or affiliates from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney's fees and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to the screening videos entered.

All films under 45 minutes in length are considered short films and all submissions are fairly considered by a broad team of programmers and the date of entry bears no relation to the selection decision.

Overall Rating
  • Carolina Rueda

    This is a great festival. We were very happy to have won the New Wave Special Selection award! I have great respect for the film work done by the judges of this festival. Thank you for creating a festival with this particular mission.

    February 2021
  • Thanks for considering our short film. It was a lovely experience .

    March 2021
  • Kind reader,

    I'm participating in many Film Festivals and in the city where I live, Berlin, they were the first and for the moment the only ones who did not select my music video "Zeitgeist Maschine" (with which I have received 9 Awards so far) and so very childishly I was not thrilled to participate in another Film Festival in Germany but the kindness of the New Wave Short Film Festival team convinced me to sign up and I am very happy I did!!! In fact, I thank New Wave Short Film Festival for this Award in the "Best Film Score" category and for the encouragement! I wish New Wave Short Film Festival to continue to thrive and invite all of you directors to consider my music for your future projects.
    All my best and thank you!

    Alex Lecce

    March 2021
  • Scott Quayle

    I am very excited to have been selected as a finalist for my short documentary, "SHIL". Thank you to the judges and organizers of the festival for giving unknown filmmakers like me an opportunity to be seen.

    March 2021
  • Truly humbled after winning Best Actor at the New Wave Short Film Festival in Munich. You are truly passionate and dedicated to the art of cinema and have provided me with a great honour. Grazie veramente.

    March 2021