Apart from conventional genre boundaries and categories, the REAKTOR International Film Festival is looking for extraordinary cinematic approaches. The spectrum of the festival includes films with a coherent narration as well as experimental art films. The RIFF presents hidden jewels, rebels without a cause, monstrous abysses and heartbreaking beauty from all over the world to the public.
In its sixth edition, the REAKTOR International Film Festival places a special focus on the art of storytelling with a newly created award for Best Narration. An award for Best Score will reflect REAKTOR's engagement in contemporary classical music and other experimental acoustic explorations in its transdisciplinary program throughout the year. Other award categories will honor Best Director, Best Editing and Best Screenplay.

Bernhard Kammel, the festival's director:
“After two wonderful editions of the RIFF, we are now looking to raise the bar by extending the RIFF acronym from ‘REAKTOR Indian Film Festival’ to ‘REAKTOR International Film Festival’, broadening our catchment area to the world as a whole. As a major player in the film world, India will of course continue to play a pivotal role in the Film Festival, albeit now embedded in world cinema. Particular emphasis will be on young independent. Our selection of films will remain entirely free from any pressure from distributors or producers and guided solely by what Konstantin Sergeievich Stanislavski might have referred to as: ‘Верю’“ (RIFF 2020)

Each year RIFF honoured filmmakers with awards in three categories for Best Director, Best Editing and Best Screenplay. Additional categories were added to award specific achievements. 2023 awards for Best Narration and Best Score will focus on storytelling and acoustic explorations.
Awardees will get the opportunity to reach the Austrian public through media cooperations and REAKTOR's own vod-platform.

In submitting a film, the submitter accepts all the rules and conditions for the REAKTOR International Film Festival as mentioned below.

- All films are to have been made in 2020 or later.
- Submitters must be 18 years of age or older to take part in REAKTOR film festivals.
- Parents / guardians may submit on behalf of minors.
- All submitted films are to include English subtitles regardless of audio language.
- REAKTOR film festivals only accept online screeners.
- While a work in progress may be accepted, only one version per film can be considered.
- If submitting to REAKTOR film festivals via FilmFreeway, the submitter agrees to represent all copyright holders of the submitted material.
- Entries to REAKTOR film festivals must not infringe Austrian and/or European law.
- Festival dates are subject to change. The filmmakers selected will be notified of any such changes as soon as possible.
- Submitters to REAKTOR film festivals guarantee that the film they enter is their own original work and that it does not infringe the copyright or other rights of third parties.
- The submitters acknowledge that all listed creators have authorized the submission.
- Selected films will be screened publicly up to two times in ticketed-for-profit screenings programmed by REAKTOR, with times and dates chosen by the REAKTOR programmers, within 365 days of the submission date.
- The films submitted are not to have any major theatrical distribution agreements likely to conflict with their selection for REAKTOR film festivals.
- Submitters selected for REAKTOR film festivals are to receive two festival passes.
- Submitters are to provide valid telephone and e-mail contact details.
- REAKTOR shall not be responsible for any films, posters or other materials that may go missing or be lost in transit.
- REAKTOR is unable to return original materials submitted for review.
- Submissions are non-returnable. Posters & press kits are non-returnable. All fees are non-refundable.
- REAKTOR is to provide accommodation for filmmakers awarded in one of the categories.
- Films are to be delivered as DCP, arriving at least two weeks ahead of the screening.
- Only in exceptional cases will films be screened from BluRay.
- REAKTOR shall not bear the costs of any data media to be returned.
- Any filmmaker or member of their entourage who cause disruption or act aggressively, disrespectfully or threateningly towards staff, venue employees and/or festival staff may have their film being pulled from the exhibition without refund.
- In submitting works to REAKTOR film festivals, the submitter agrees to all the REAKTOR film festival rules as listed.

All films submitted to the festival will be viewed and rated by screeners and programmers – members and project associates of REAKTOR.
All judges and artistic consultants included in the process of selecting the films for REAKTOR film festivals are provided with the login data to the submitted online screeners.
The awardees’ selection will be justified by the jury. No correspondence will be entered into with members of the jury regarding feedback on any films that are not selected.
Films recommended by REAKTOR members or associates will also be taken into consideration for the judging process.
If no suitable film is to be found by the jury for the categories described above, the according award can be supended for this edition of the festival.

Failure to comply with REAKTOR film festivals guidelines, rules, regulations or eligibility may be cause for disqualification and result in having the submitted film pulled from a screening or from the competition as a whole.
In submitting to REAKTOR film festivals the submitters acknowledge that they have read, understood and agreed to follow the rules and regulations as listed.
In submitting to REAKTOR film festivals, entrants release and hold REAKTOR and its members and project associates harmless from and against all losses, damages, rights, claims and actions of any kind arising in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, from participation with the festival.
By submitting to REAKTOR film festivals, submitters grant REAKTOR the right to use any trailers or clips provided, press material, and/or stills from the movie in REAKTOR advertisements, press releases, programmes and/or on the REAKTOR website. If no such permission has been granted by the submitters, they are required to do so in a written note sent to kontakt@reaktor.art.
In submitting to REAKTOR film festivals, submitters acknowledge that they are not entitled to any refunds or claims for damages of any kind should the film not be screened due to technical and/or operational difficulties or if the film needs to be rescheduled or postponed for any reason. REAKTOR cannot be held responsible for damaged or non-functioning films.
All federal, state and local laws and regulations shall apply accordingly.

You agree to indemnify, defend and hold REAKTOR harmless from any claim, expense or demand including without limitation reasonable attorneys’ fees made by any third party due to or arising out of your breach of this Agreement or your violation of any law or the rights of a third party.
Governing law
You acknowledge and agree that this Agreement shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the internal laws of the Republic of Austria, excluding conflict of law provisions thereof that would indicate the application of the laws of any other jurisdiction and you hereby submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts in Austria. You agree to receive service of process through certified mail or by other means sanctioned by law, and you expressly waive any claim of improper venue and any claim that such courts are an inconvenient forum.

In the event of selection, the following materials will be required: production stills and set photos (optional) in conventional image formats | director’s biography/filmography in English | short synopsis in English – maximum 1,500 characters including spaces | list of the main cast and crew | film poster or other artwork for the purposes of publicising the film’s screening | trailer or clip to be posted on www.reaktor.art

Overall Rating
  • David Adamko

    No laurels, sound promises or hypocritical clichés but a charming festival!
    That provides exeptional support, communication and feedback. Extraordinary screening conditions and unique sellection criteria that is without the hierarchy of genre, content and lenght. Not to mention the staff’s hospitality and engagement.! REAKTOR International Film Festival is one of its kind and I am happy and grateful that I was part of it. Thank you Sebastian, Anna and the very sympathetic technician!

    April 2023
  • Helmut Karner

    Thank you for having us and awarding our movie "Ground Control".
    It was a pleasure attending the ceremony and the screenings!

    November 2022
  • Antonio Morales

    The festival had a good communication of the selection and follow-ups. The screening was of good quality (DCP) and in a wonderful venue, with an online Q&A. We would definitely recommend it. Hopefully in the future they have resources to invite filmmakers to present their films there. Thanks Sebastian and team!

    October 2022
  • Nice and interesting festival!!! It was a great opportunity to be present at the festival

    July 2022
  • ron pollard

    Being accepted into the Reaktor festival was such an honor; Sebastian, the organizer, was a great communicator. We even had a live Zoom meeting during the festival to talk about the film. I wasn't able to attend, but everybody should check out the Reaktor website. They host so many incredibly talented and experimental artists, the website is a great resource for viewing and listening to cutting-edge music and art.
    Really awesome all around!!! 10+

    October 2021