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.

Prague is a center of Europe, one of the most beautiful and charming places on earth.

The film festival will take place at the end of August in various locations of Prague. Screenings will culminate with an award ceremony. The Grand Prix of the festival is The Golden Eagle.

Our third 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

Documentary
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.

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  • Excellent festival with very good networking opportunities.

    I met great people and made new friends from around the world here. The films are also of outstanding artistic quality. Diana and Elena put on a fantastic festival that is also so important for getting independent left of field work shown.

    October 2018
  • Tereza Hirsch

    I love how this festival gives the guests and filmmakers a really nice familiar feeling. Everyone is super nice but also very professional. Aside from the screenings, there were Q and A's with the directors of the official selections and it was great to get to ask them questions and find out more about their work. I would love to be able to join this festival again!

    September 2018
  • Benjamin Capps

    Screening my Sci Fi short, “It Grows Dark” with PIFF was a tremendous privilege and receiving the award for “Best Experimental Film,” a great honor. The Czech Republic is at the heart of my greatest inspirations in surrealist, stop motion puppet animation, and to be part of such a prestigious festival there is simply wonderful. Thank you to the PIFF organizers for their unmatched professionalism and I hope to screen my next film, CIVET with them in a future program.

    August 2018
  • Herbert Golder

    One of the finest experiences I have had participating in a film festival. The films, and the people I was privileged to meet and to interact with, were of the highest caliber. The organizers have a deep love of cinema and their passionate intelligence was everywhere evident in the quality of the screenings they curated. They could not have been warmer, or more helpful and engaging. What is more, the films selected and screened were of the most diverse kind and variety, their common denominator being their excellence. It was a pleasure, really, to attend the screenings and learn from the work of others. Get-togethers were warm, friendly, and casual, and I found myself eagerly looking forward to continuing conversations that had started after screenings (and to cultivating relationships that will last long beyond the festival). Again, I want to emphasize the caliber and quality of the films, and of the people, the organizers as well as the other filmmakers, and the deep love of film, in all its forms, that informed the festival.

    August 2018
  • Unfortunately I was not able to attend the Prague Independent Film Festival. However, the communication by the organisers was prompt and extremely helpful. Will definitely submit more film in future.

    August 2018