“Located on the outermost point of Cape Cod, this cinematic celebration in one of the most charming and LGBTQ+-friendly towns in America is consistently innovative and damn fun.” - MovieMaker Magazine, The 25 Coolest Film Festivals in the World 2022

The Provincetown International Film Festival is dedicated to showcasing new achievements in independent film and honoring the work of emerging as well as acclaimed directors, producers and actors. Now celebrating 25 years, PIFF has established itself as the largest cultural event in lower Cape Cod and Provincetown's premier cultural event, attracting over 10,000 film-goers, movie buffs, and arts patrons. This festival showcases over 100 US and international independent narrative, documentary and animated features and shorts as well as panel discussions and special events.

Occurring in mid-June, PIFF takes place during one of the most beautiful times of year in this coastal seaside town when businesses, inns, shops, restaurants and galleries are all fully operational. PIFF welcomes audiences and supporters, new and seasoned, young and old, to a quality showcase of emerging films, enticing events, informative panels, special programs, and exuberant celebrations.

All accepted films are eligible for the Audience Awards presented to Best Narrative Feature and Best Documentary Feature.

The Provincetown International Film Festival (PIFF) is proud to announce that The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences® has named the Provincetown International Film Festival (PIFF) as a qualifying festival in the category of Short Films. Winners of the PIFF Best Narrative Short Film, Best Documentary Short Film, and Best Queer Short Film awards may qualify to enter the Academy Awards® for the concurrent season, provided the films otherwise comply with the Academy rules.

Juried Award categories include:
• John Schlesinger Awards (presented to a first-time narrative and documentary feature filmmaker)
• Best Narrative Short Film (Academy Award® Qualifying)
• Best Documentary Short Film (Academy Award® Qualifying)
• Best Queer Short Film (Academy Award® Qualifying)
• Best Animated Short Film
• Best New England Short Film
Honorable Mentions bestowed at the discretion of PIFF jury.

Honorary awards include the Filmmaker on the Edge Award given to a film artist whose outstanding achievement, innovation and vision continue to push the boundaries of the medium throughout their body of work.
Past honorees include: Luca Guadagnino, Richard Linklater, John Cameron Mitchell, Sean Baker, Sofia Coppola, Ang Lee, David Cronenberg, Darren Aronofsky, Guy Maddin, Quentin Tarantino, Todd Solondz, Gregg Araki, Mary Harron, Jim Jarmusch, Todd Haynes, Gus Van Sant, Christine Vachon and John Waters.
Excellence In Acting Award recipients include: Tilda Swinton, Molly Shannon, Chloë Sevigny, Gael Garcia Bernal, Alan Cumming, Vera Farmiga, Patricia Clarkson, Dale Dickey and Judith Light.
Past Next Wave Award honorees include: Bowen Yang, Jenny Slate, Chloë Grace Moretz, Jillian Bell, Aubrey Plaza, Mya Taylor, and Natalie Morales.

The Provincetown International Film Festival (PIFF) is dedicated to showcasing independent US and international films, offering a full program of full-length and short films curated by an established programming team, with submissions reviewed by a dedicated screening committee. If you are interested in submitting your work, please read all the information below and follow the instructions.

• PIFF shows narrative, documentary, and short films in DCP and BluRay.

• Film must have been completed after January 1, 2022.

• Multiple titles may be submitted by an entrant. However, each title requires its own separate entry form and entry fee.

• All accepted films are eligible for the Audience Awards (presented to Best Narrative Feature and Best Documentary Feature). Other award categories include the John Schlesinger Award (presented to a first time narrative and documentary feature filmmaker), Jury Awards for Best Short Documentary Award, Best Queer Short Film, Best Narrative Short, Best Animated Short, and Best New England Short (as well as Honorable Mentions bestowed at the discretion of PIFF jury).

• Feature films may not have been released theatrically, or be available via streaming or online to the public prior to the festival.

• ONLY online preview copies are accepted for submissions.

• Be sure to upload photos, stills and press kits or include a web link. If your work is selected, photos will be used for promotion and for the PIFF website and catalog. Please do NOT send unessential materials (such as bio, reviews or other publicity kits).

• Acknowledgment of receipt of your entry will be made by via FilmFreeway. You will be notified of acceptance or rejection via email by approximately May 26, 2023.

• PIFF does NOT pay rental/screening fees for submitted works which are programmed.

• PIFF will pay RETURN shipping for the film (exhibition copy) within the Continental U.S. ONLY. It is the filmmaker’s responsibility to deliver the film to the festival via the requested method by: May 18, 2023 (Shorts) / June 1, 2023 (Features).

• To be eligible for the student discount submission fee, a photocopy or scan of valid student identification must be provided to verify status.

• Selected short films may be programmed to screen either before a feature, as part of a shorts program, at an event, or any combination thereof.

• For Shorts Programs: PIFF creates a master exhibition reel of every shorts program. If your film is selected for a shorts program, final cut must be provided in the form of digital upload (acceptable formats include Apple ProRes (HQ, or LT) 4:2:2 or h.264 HD 1920x1080 Bit rate at least 8mb/s).

Contact email: programming@ptownfilm.org

Overall Rating
  • Paolo Marinou-Blanco

    Amazing festival! Thank you so much for the invitation!

    July 2022
  • SO fun! thank you Provincetown International Film Festival!

    June 2022
  • Lovell Holder

    Provincetown is a beautifully curated festival that strives to genuinely showcase the best cinema each year. I can't recommend the festival highly enough, and the programming team and staff are easily among the most supportive that I've encountered.

    June 2022
  • Leo Crane

    Thank you so much for including me for a second year running. Hopefully next year I can be there in person - it looked amazing!

    June 2022
  • Wes Hurley

    Wonderful festival - beautiful location, well-organized, great program and really fun filmmaking events!

    July 2021