PRINDIE: the Princeton Independent Film Festival grew from our passion for film and the desire to be a socially responsible and socially active film festival. First, we are a festival dedicated to quality filmmaking and storytelling, and it is our mission beyond that to be a place where inspiration meets and provokes action. We seek to provide the education and resources needed to enact positive change on the heel of being moved by the motion pictures we showcase. By giving filmmakers this unique platform, we’re able to bring their different and exciting perspectives to one of the most interesting international communities in the country, while also providing unique opportunities to effect meaningful change in the world.

Additionally, Prindie has three key areas of focus: woman and minorities in film, environmental issues, and the use of celluloid. We work to include films that highlight and celebrate these topics. **If you are a filmmaker who has shot a film using celluloid, please contact Ryan McDonald, our Director of Programming, at for an entry fee waiver.**

Trophies awarded in all categories. **Please note that, unlike most festivals, our award for Best Performance may go to either a male or female actor.**

Additionally, our Best Short and Best Feature winners each take home $500 of awards money, and the Still Image Contest Winner (a free contest to any submitters in a given year) receives $50. Also, for the first time in 2018 - the winner of our short screenplay competition PrindiePlay will take home $100!

1. Final deadline for submissions is August 1st.

2. Filmmakers and screenwriters must be authorized to submit their films/scripts to PRINDIE: Princeton Independent Film Festival for consideration and must have read, understand, and agreed to all entry requirements:

-Submitter must be the sole person responsible to make the decision to enter this media material and guarantee that such exhibition will not violate or infringe upon any rights whatsoever (including copyright, trademark, musical or contract right) of any person or entity.

-When filling out the entry form and entering this media in the PRINDIE: Princeton Independent Film Festival, filmmakers/screenwriters hereby indemnify, release, and hold harmless PRINDIE: Princeton Independent Film Festival, its boards, employees, interns, volunteers, sponsors, co-sponsors, individual and institutional supporters from any liability related to the use of the entry.

-Filmmaker/screenwriter understands that by submitting their entry, they indemnify, release and hold harmless PRINDIE: Princeton Independent Film Festival of any responsibility and liability, for any or all damages or losses that may occur to their entry.

-Filmmakers/screenwriters are responsible and give express permission to PRINDIE: Princeton Independent Film Festival to exhibit their entries at events which include but are not limited to judgings, previews exhibitions, festival screenings, and electronic on-line transmissions of the entry.

-PRINDIE: Princeton Independent Film Festival will not pay screening fees to any film accepted into the final selection

-All rights and permissions for any materials contained within the said entry have been granted and filmmaker/screenwriter holds harmless PRINDIE: Princeton Independent Film Festival from any or all disputes or claims that may arise from these rights and permissions granted.

-Filmmaker/screenwriter gives permission to allow PRINDIE: Princeton Independent Film Festival to edit, revise, and expand any text or materials provided in their entry.

3. If submitting to the PRINDIEPLAY screenwriting contest, script must be no more than 5 pages long, MAXIMUM.

Overall Rating
  • Christian Monnier

    Thank you again! We have win the Gold Cup for our movie JENNA, and we are vey proud for that!

    November 2017
  • Thomas Josef Roth

    This is a growing festival with a truly independent and cutting edge spirit. My film "The Voice of Nothingness" played there in 2016. The festival is run by very friendly and supportive people.

    August 2017
  • Paul Zehrer

    Thank you for supporting our film and celebrating people with developmental disabilities living meaningful live.

    November 2016
  • Jaret Martino

    As an artist, I create projects that make a difference and shed light on subject matters deserving of more attention from society and from the filmmaking community. We are thrilled that the judges of Princeton Independent Film Festival California recognized the importance of including our film Essential Tremors. It's such an honor! This festival is organized and communicative, and I plan to submit all my upcoming films to this wonderful platform! Thanks so much!

    October 2016
  • David Schroeder

    Bravo, Princeton Independent Film Festival. Great from beginning to end. We will be submitting again, next year.


    October 2016