Ploiesti International Film Festival is an independent festival which celebrates genre short films and its official competition consists of the latest Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Thriller and Horror productions.
Besides special screenings and workshops, 5 non-competitive sections spice up our program: Dark Comedy, Lovestory Special, War Zone, Genre Animation and Destination Unknown.

Best Film Award
Audience Choice Award
Best Director
Special Mention (if the Jury considers)

1. Ploiesti International Film Festival is organized by Helen Film®.

2. Every year PIFF brings to screen the newest and most captivating short films from around the world. It has become one of the most relevant cultural events in Ploieşti.

3. The 8th edition of the Festival will take place in Ploiesti from March 27 to March 30, 2020.

4. Only short films produced after the 1st of January 2018 can participate in the Festival.

5. The submitted films will be viewed by the Festival’s selection committee.

6. The Festival’s 8th edition program includes:
- The Official Competition (dedicated to Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Thriller and Horror short films);
- Dark Comedy Movies (off-competition section dedicated to dark comedies);
- Lovestory Special Films (off-competition section dedicated to unusual love stories);
- Destination Unknown (off-competition section dedicated to road movies);
- War Zone (off-competition section dedicated to short films about war and revolution);
- Genre Animation (off-competition section dedicated to fantasy, thriller, horror and science-fiction animated short films).

7. The Jury and Awards:
The members of the Jury will be announced a week until the date of the Festival. It will comprise a minimum of 3 and a maximum of 5 personalities from the international film world.
A maximum of 20 short films will be selected in the official competition.
At the end of each competition slot, the audience will have the possibility to choose their favorite film, using the special coupons received at the entrance in the cinema.
The money will be granted 50% to the director of the film and 50% to the producer (production company) of the film.
The Jury will also decide The Best Director and may give a Special Mention. These two prizes have no financial benefits attached.

8. Submission criteria:
- the film must be in a digital format;
- the maximum duration of the film is 40 minutes;
- the final deadline for submissions is January 16th, 2020
- the Festival reserves the right to dismiss a film even after the final selection is made public if the film is posted publicly online;
- there are no restrictions regardind the status of the premiere;
- all participants will receive an official notification by e-mail, regardless the result of the selection;
- the selected participants will be required to send additional materials about their films for the Festival’s catalogue and press materials, as well as screening copies, no later than a week before the Festival;
- no film selected may be withdrawn from the Festival program;

9. The Festival reserves the right to use excerpts from the films selected for the competition or the off competition programs (no longer than 10% of the film) and/or stills from the films for promotion on PIFF’s website and social networks or for the materials of its media partners.
The Festival will not use the materials for commercial purposes.

10. PIFF reserves the right to include all the films screened during the festival in its Archive, that will be available exclusively to the organizers of the Festival.
Also, PIFF reserves the right to use the films for various screenings after the end of the festival. The films will only be used for these screenings after prior notification of the director/producer by the Festival’s organizers.

11. PIFF invites the directors of the films selected in the competition or in the off-competition sections to Ploiesti for the duration of the Festival. The Festival provides meals and accommodation, but does not cover for the travel expenses.

For more information:
phone: +40 736417671

Overall Rating
  • Shirley Zhou

    I had the honor of screening my animated film On My Mind at Ploiesti International Film Festival. The staff at PlFF are super organized and great with communication. The went above and beyond to reach out to me and assure they had all the required files and materials needed for a successful screening. They also kindly promoted my film on their social media platforms, which I greatly appreciate. While I was not able to attend personally this year I hope I would have other opportunities to do so in the future, as I would love to submit again for consideration in coming years.

    April 2019
  • Chocolate Bear

    Pleased that our short was accepted into such a well organised and communicative festival; unfortunately we were unable to attend but the knowledge that board and lodging would have been arranged was excellent. We hope to submit in subsequent years.

    May 2017