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
Quality
Value
Communication
Hospitality
Networking
  • Laura Fresneda

    This festival has been wonderful and I am so grateful to the New Wave Short Film festival team for their work and for including me in their festival.

    September 2021
  • Lallan Samaroo

    We are honored that our film FRUITVILLE has won Honorable Mention for Animation at this Film Festival. The festival has been prompt and clear in all its communications, and has delivered all it has promised. An amazing experience. Definitely worth it!

    August 2021
  • The first festival we became a Finalist in and I can't say how more proud I and my crew are. This is a great festival to be a part of and be attached to. Thanks!

    August 2021
  • Calvin Loh

    Fantastic Festival! Thank you for the award for best short documentary, we are honored. Thank you again for having us.

    August 2021
  • Marco Federici

    We are delighted Best Documentary for "Rico" and look forward to hearing more about the screening in September 2021. Excellent communication and the organisers are clearly trying to do something different for creators and audiences alike, which we are very pleased to see. I hope the festival goes from strength to strength. Thank you to everyone!

    August 2021