Nordic International Film Festival is based in New York City.

We accept International and Nordic films (competing in two different categories).

NIFF celebrates Nordic and international films and we strive to find new and upcoming independent films whilst honoring great work from already established filmmakers. We screen the nominated films in our official selection at a grand theatre in New York each year for press, distribution, filmmakers and general admitted audience.

We focus on finding diverse independent films with strong characters and storylines and encourage all filmmakers to submit their films, regardless of ethnicity, religion or worldview.

One part of our program highlights Nordic films and Nordic productions. We welcome and judge all films equally and with great respect and consideration. Please take the Bechdel and Vito Russo Tests into consideration.


Best International Feature
Best International Short
Best Documentary Feature
Best Documentary Short
Best Nordic Narrative Feature
Best Nordic Narrative Short
Aurora Borealis

Best Actor
Best Supporting Actor
Best Director
Best Cinematography

Rules and Terms

Short documentaries and narratives short films are preferably programmed if under 22 min and no longer than 45 min.

Feature films are 45 min and up.

International films compete against other narrative international films.

Nordic films are films shot in the Nordic countries or if the majority of the spoken language in the film is from any Nordic or Scandinavian country. You can also qualify for the Nordic submissions if the Director or Producer is from a Nordic or Scandinavian country, please e-mail us for more details. If you are unsure, please submit in the Nordic category and our programmers will make the judgement of moving it to a different category if needed and notify the submitter.

All categories in the official selection are in competition and consideration for awards.


NIFF does not demand a world or national premiere requirement.

We accept any films completed after January 1, 2021.

Films that have debuted online or been officially released outside of a festival are ineligible. For Nordic Feature Films, a limited release in the nordic country of origin will be considered on a case to case basis.

Please submit subtitles on all work except English narratives.


Rough cuts of films will be considered as long as the completed version will be ready by August 15, 2021. If your film is a rough cut, please label it as such and list what needs to be completed.


All film submissions require an accompanying Filmmaker Form, which is only available in digital form and appears as a prompt during the submission process via FilmFreeway.

All films are viewed by the festival programmers and/or the jury. Each film is viewed and rated by an industry professional and will move on to the next stage based on those ratings. Our programmers and jury will make final decisions and notify filmmakers accordingly.

All decisions are final and feedback for individual films is not available.


We will nominate according to categories listed above and select the winning film in each category in the official selection. The festival approaches a non-gendered awards system, meaning all awards will be based on merit only, and not assigned by gender. The winner is entitled to use to laurels on the poster and all marketing material. DCP's, Blu-Rays and awards can be picked up our shipped towards postage up to no later than one month after the festival.

NIFF reserves the right to make any necessary changes in regulations or scheduling.
- Films selected may not be withdrawn from the festival program after its announcement.
- All submission fees are non-refundable. We will not return your screening and exhibition copies.
- The festival Directorate may deny participation to any film unable to meet the technical requirements for a public screening of good quality.
- NIFF reserves the right to screen or not screen the films selected in the Official Selection.
- Regardless of their winning status, winning filmmakers who can't attend the Awards Ceremony in New York will only receive laurels. We reserve the right to decide which nominated films that will be a part of the screening program based on the quality of their showcase Blu-Ray or DCP as well as program scheduling. Winners will be announced online and in press. The festival has the right to work with any institution and partner festivals for all kinds of cooperation, including joint events or promotions.

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

Submission of an entry gives the festival permission to have accepted work exhibited, photographed, locally telecast, and reproduced either in part or whole, for educational or festival purposes. NIFF reserves the right to use FilmFreeway stills and trailers for the purposes of promotion. Filmmakers can request in writing that their material not be used for such purposes after the festival.

The festival Management reserves the right to make changes in the profile of the festival if it becomes necessary to do so due to circumstances beyond his/her control.

The duration of this agreement shall commence as of the date of submission by the Owner.

Overall Rating
  • Samar Khan

    It was an honour to have my film screened at the Nordic International Film Festival. Wonderful team and excellent communication

    November 2021
  • Such an honor to screen at NIFF.

    The staff has been VERY kind and supportive. Great communication.

    Highly recommended!:)

    October 2020
  • Excellent festival with a variety of wonderful films. Communication was great and I was delighted to win Best Documentary Short with "Wasteland". Can't wait till next year.

    October 2020
  • Erika Haavisto

    Our team is honoured to have been part of NIFF 2020 and winning the Honorable Mention with our documentary film. It's always a pleasure to be part of a well-organized and proactive film festival. See you hopefully in the future again!

    October 2020
  • Jenny L. Wallin

    I am proud that our film got to be a part of NIFF 2019! Good communication, a well-organized festival, and a nice cinema! It was rewarding to meet both Nordic and American audiences.

    November 2019