Prague Independent Film Festival is an annual event focusing on international independent cinema. Its purpose is to show outstanding independent films, recognize and support new filmmakers and to enhance awareness and understanding of cinematography as art among diverse audiences.

The film festival takes place in Prague, which is a center of Europe and one of the most beautiful and charming places on earth. Screenings will culminate with an award ceremony. The festival host a closing parties and other events for networking.

Our latest festival was a great success, there were great films, interesting communication and lots of press coverage! It was really great celebration and we are looking forward to our next edition!

We guarantee that film professionals will view all submitted films. We encourage filmmakers who created their films with a low budget to enter their film to PIFF. The judgment criteria of the submitted films are new ideas, experimental cinematography, talented work of actors and an independent point of view.

We genuinely are Independent!

Grand Prix
Grand Prix of the Festival – The Golden Eagle

Feature Film
Golden Star and certificate is awarded to the Best Feature Film

Short Film
Golden Star and certificate is awarded to the Best Short Film

Golden Star and certificate is awarded to the Best Documentary.

Animated Film
Golden Star and certificate is awarded to the Best Animated Film

Music Video
Golden Star and certificate is awarded to the Best Music Video

There will also be the following awards for:
Best Actor – Golden Star and certificate.
Best Actress – Golden Star and certificate.
Best Director – Golden Star and certificate.
Best Screenplay – Golden Star and certificate.
Best Cinematography – Golden Star and certificate.
Best Original Music Score – Golden Star and certificate.

We encourage the submission of international film or video entries, but all entries must be in English or have English dubbing or subtitles. For films in English, we recommend to have Czech subtitles but it is not obligatory.

All entries must be available for screening during the festival. We welcome Feature Films, Short Films, Documentaries and Music Videos.

You may submit as many entries as you like. Each entry requires its own entry fee. Fees are not refundable.

We accept film submissions with FilmFreeway.

If your film is chosen to show at the Prague Independent Film Festival, the DCP must be delivered to the cinema 1 week prior to the festival screening. The DCP's are not returned by post. Participants can pick up their DCP's after the screening. PIFF is not responsible for the safety of the DCP's.

Prague Independent Film Festival is not responsible for any post expenses for DCPs and other materials, which participants send to Prague Independent Film Festival. The sender pays postage fees and any additional shipment costs, such as customs fee, taxes or others costs and Prague Independent Film Festival is not responsible for them.

Acceptable ratios: 1:1,37; 1:1,66; 1.1,85; CinemaScope; 16:9 (1:1.77)

Acceptable sound: Dolby A/SR/SR.D/DTS

All films should have been completed within the past two years

All awards are based on the overall merit of the entry. Decisions by the judges are final.

Festival does not deal with any copyright issues. All copyright issues should be resolved by the film authors.

Filmmakers and screenwriters retain 100% all of the rights to their projects and materials that they submit to the Prague Independent Film Festival but the film festival organizers have the right to use excerpts from the submitted films for promotional purposes

You agree to indemnify and hold harmless us, our officers, affiliates, employees, and partners from any and all claims and liability arising out of entering or transmitting your film to the Prague Independent Film Festival.

Filmmakers are not paid for screening at the Festival and Prague Independent Film Festival does not provide submission fee waivers, accommodation or any other financial assistance.

At least one representative of the team should be present at the award ceremony and at the screening of their film. In case no one comes to the festival personally, we are not obliged to screen their film.

If a feature film exceeds 120 minutes, filmmakers might be asked to pay an extra fee if their film is selected for screening.

Overall Rating
  • George Kleanthous

    Great festival in a wonderful city. Excellent communication with PIFF team. Great to meet people from the independent cinema world. Fantastic experience. Thank you!

    September 2023
    Response from festival:

    Thank you George! Your film impressed us and we wish to see you again at our future events.

  • Pavlina Jeleva

    As producer of A Boat In the Rain, which was awarded “best animated film” I am happy I submitted the film to the nice team of the PIFF, kind and efficient in the communication process. Judging by the selected and awarded titles, the main criterion is the good artistic level of the films. I plan to keep in touch, hopefully next time with a physical presence in Prague! In the meantime, I wish the festival more happy creative discoveries!

    September 2023
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Pavlina, we really enjoyed your wonderful film and hope to see more of your work in the future!

  • Harry Hunsicker

    Great festival. Organizers couldn’t be nicer. Prague is gorgeous too.

    September 2023
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Harry! We really enjoyed having you at our festival. We hope to see you at our future events. Best of luck.

  • It was a very wonderful experience!

    It is a film festival that should be an good example of an independent film festival. The interaction with the people who participated in the film festival is very exciting and very fun.

    But even if I don't win the award, I wouldn't have regretted participating in this film festival.

    September 2023
    Response from festival:

    Dear Yusuke, we greatly enjoyed your film and your presence at our event. We await more amazing films from you.

  • Griffin Roessler

    Thank you for allowing my film to travel overseas. I feel grateful to be able to share it with your festival. Look forward to visiting

    November 2022