PRINDIE grew from a love of using film to take people out of their everyday lives and into new points of view. Our goal is to share the different and exciting perspectives of our filmmakers with one of the most important international communities in the country. We’re thrilled to forge new traditions in the very traditional and prestigious setting of Princeton, NJ, and hope you’ll get to be part of what happens when the unseen becomes “scene.”

Trophies awarded in all categories. Additionally, the winner of our "Golden Cup" will take home $500 of awards money. (The Golden Cup may go to either a short film or a feature - it's not the size that counts, but the quality!) 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 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 PIFF 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
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    Christian Monnier

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

    November 2017
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    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
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    Paul Zehrer

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

    November 2016
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    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
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    David Schroeder

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


    October 2016