Nordic Young Film Festival - NUFF is an annual short film festival for young filmmakers up to 30 years old from the Nordic countries & the world with short films (max 20 min) made in the last 2 years.

NUFF has been an important international platform for youth film and a meeting place for many young filmmakers since 2003.

Based at the youth culture house Tvibit in Tromsø, Northern Norway, NUFF has already a long success-story. Started by the wish to support young local filmmakers and to get an idea how our neighbours are making films and telling stories, NUFF discovered the world of Youth Cinema and all of the exciting potential that came with it.

The quality of submitted films has steadily been increasing and so too has the incredible atmosphere of the workshops and the growing network of filmmakers, partners and projects. All of this is making NUFF a unique summer event above the polar circle and under the overwhelming midnight sun.

Nordic film competition
International film competition
International film workshop
International film network
International film seminars, discussions and a lot of fun!

«NUFF has been one of my life’s best weeks» (Stian Skjelstad, Norway)

«A truly wonderfully and unique experience. Incredible! I have traveled the world extensively making films and attending festivals and have never experienced such a loving, poignant and profound time as this one. Your dedication to media activism and global media literacy is astounding. May NUFF spreads it wings and fly!» (Paolo Davanzo, experimental filmmaker, USA)

NUFF has two film competitions for short films made in the last two years (with a max length of 20 minutes) by filmmakers under the age limit of 26 years old. All genres are accepted!

For the Nordic film competition the films have to be produced in a Nordic country or the filmmaker comes from or lives in a Nordic Country. Nordic Countries are defined as Greenland, Iceland, Faroe Island, Denmark, Sweden, Norway & Finland.

For the International film competition the films have to be produced outside the Nordic countries or the filmmaker comes from or lives outside the Nordic countries.

The submission deadline for both competitions is June 30th!

About 30 films will be nominated to each competition. The nominated films will be screened during the festival at the cultural landmark, Verdensteatret in Tromsø and published as official festival film program in the festival catalogue and online. All films have to be subtitled in English.

Each competition has its own jury containing three members.

The best film in the Nordic competition will be awarded with a prize of 10 000,- NOK given by Foreningen Norden, and the best film in the International competition gets a cash prize of 10 000,- NOK awarded by NUFF.

The winner films will also be screened at Tromsø International Film Festival - TIFF in the NUFF@TIFF program.

Filmmakers must be 30 and younger!
Short films - max 20 min.
Must be produced in the last two years (June 2022-June 2024)

Overall Rating
  • Wind Cinema

    Lovely people, excellent hospitality and we just got the Best international Award 2022! This is much appreciated!! Thanks ...

    November 2022
  • Such an incredible and unique opportunity. NUFF is the best.

    November 2021
  • Fantastic festival based in the oldest cinema of Europe (!!). Thanks so much for having us!

    November 2021
  • Bergur Árnason

    Everything is perfect about NUFF🙂

    November 2021
  • NUFF is a super friendly and amazing festival! The communication has been top notch.
    Due to coronoa the 2020 festival had to be held online. It was a bummer at first. But the NUFF team brought it together with a really nice livestream with Q&A with directors and stuff. Can't recommend enough!

    July 2020