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 second 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 a jury of 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.

Overall Rating
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Networking
  • Diana Arbenina

    We are grateful for the high appreciation of our work by the festival. Children, their difficult fate and future are one of the main themes that concern us both . And we are glad that our view of the problem was understood and accepted.
    Thank you. Valeria Gay Germanika and Diana Arbenina (Music video #INSTAGRAM)

    August 2018
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    Response from festival:

    Dear Diana, thank you very much, it was an honor to screen your and Valeria's music video at our festival!

  • Jason MacDonald

    What a great festival! It is small so each Filmmaker gets lots of attention. Feels like a family of friends and not competitors. This festival is going to grow and continue to be a supporter of creative artists!! I hope to be back next year.

    August 2018
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you Jason, looking forward to your new work!

  • 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
  • The organizers of the Prague Independent Film Festival have a lot to be proud of - they did a really wonderful job. The films that were selected for PIFF were beautiful, artistic, and diverse. Additionally, the organizers were truly excellent with communication. Moreover, I really appreciated the opportunities they made to network and create a community of support among the filmmakers. Finally, the screening projection of my short film "Juneteenth" was top-notch and high quality. Overall, it was really rewarding to be part of this film festival.

    August 2017
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    Response from festival:

    Dear Madeline, thank you very much for your review. We hope to see you at our next festival, and to screen your new films!

  • I really enjoyed this festival. The hosts Diana and Elena went to a lot of trouble to make you feel welcome and the films on offer were exemplified by their diversity and quality. One of the main bonuses of attending festivals is the opportunity to meet other filmmakers and the regular coffee mornings that were organised were a perfect opportunity to do so. The Q&A at the end of the films was also a nice feature and never less than interesting. Overall a very rewarding few days.

    August 2017
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you Cathal, we are looking forward to your new films!