“Art without borders” is the philosophy of the RETURN International Art Festival. Our goal is to feature works by artists from across the globe and a wide variety of different industries. The festival will present various art forms such as films, photography and comics. The selected works will be shown in places like cinemas and art galleries in Weimar Germany.
Humanitarian and environmental issues will play a central role at our festival and our goal is to promote international cultural exchange. We are inspired by the transcendental nature of art, and the special role it plays in creating new perspectives and innovations. The term “RETURN” indicates that we want to look back at the art and artists that came before us, our cultural heritage that has laid the groundwork for our modern society and is an integral part of our communities. Therefore, the revival of historical art and culture will be an essential element of the festival throughout the entire program.
A special characteristic of the festival is that we will focus on questions rather than themes. The answers will emerge from the works of the artists. Global challenges will play a central role when raising those questions.
The RETURN International Art Festival builds an infrastructure that helps artists to create their work sustainably and that will give them a fresh start after the pandemic. We believe that art flourishes when it can be presented to and be in conversation with a live audience.


- Scientific research and recording the approach of artists to global challenges.
- Utilizing the knowledge of veteran professors and artists to raise the level of works of art.
- Introducing the rituals of different ethnic groups and nations to raise the level of awareness of human societies.
- Supporting artists with ideas around the world.
- Creating a database that can be cited in all cultural and artistic fields for the new generation.
- Use the practical achievements of the festival to raise the level of global education.
- Inviting and appreciating artists active in the field of humanitarian and environmental activities to create a culture and the effective role of artists in creating social responsibility.
- Creating opportunities for the new generation of graduates, students and elites in various fields of art.

Best Feature Film
Best Short Film / Director
Best Documentary / Director
Best Animation / Director
jury prizes

All winners receive a free certificate (pdf/jpg file)
Visual art:

2 Best Photo

2 Best Comic etc.

All winners receive a free certificate (pdf/jpg file)

The film Section:

Festival Question in 2021
What is our legacy for the future?
* Examples: environment, human and social relations, culture, art and modernity

-Feature films
-Short films, in the form of narrative (fiction), documentary (non-fiction), experimental or animated film up to 31 minutes, including all credits.( The films should be completed from 2015 onward)
By submitting your film you agree to the following:
- Parts of your film - including a trailer, teaser, film poster, extracts, and stills - will be used for promotional purposes.
- Entry fees are non-refundable.
- Multiple entries are allowed for each filmmaker and each entry may be entered in multiple categories.
- The films must include English subtitles even if the spoken language is English.(separate subtitle, Format: srt)
- All films submitted must be free from any legal disputes and the filmmaker must have cleared all rights for music and exhibition.
- All ages are eligible, and you can submit from any country.
- All entries must be uploaded in PDF/FDX format. Contact details or names are allowed to be on the title page.
-All filmmakers will be notified of their status by mid-July 2021 via the submission contact email address. Please keep us informed of any changes regarding your contact information by emailing Info@returniaf.com.

We do not accept:
1. Extremist or propaganda content from religious or political organizations
2. Films involving politics/films promoting political agenda
3. Films with a poor production standard (bad sound, lack of subtitles/captions for non-English films, video resolution less than 720p HD

The Visual Arts Section:

Festival Question in 2021
What is our legacy for the future?
* Examples: environment, human and social relations, culture, art and modernity

Competitive section of visual arts
The festival is held internationally in specialized fields of visual arts, including photography and comics.

Review, selection and judging:
The review and selection committee consists of experts and specialists in the fields of photography and comics, who will be identified by the festival policy council and introduced on the festival website. They will review the submitted works and select the selected works to participate in the prestigious galleries of Weimar-Germany. In each category, the first to third selected individuals will be selected and will be awarded prizes. All selected works will be given a certificate of participation.


• Conditions for accepting works:

1. Given the centrality of the festival based on the question of what is our heritage for the next generation?
Also focus on the categories of environmental problems, human and social relations and the impact of modernity on human thought and the human future. Works that are more in line with these themes will be given priority.
2. Each artist is allowed to submit six works.
3. The information of the registration form and the titles of the works will be used in the exhibition and the book of the festival, therefore the responsibility for the accuracy of the submitted information is on the participant.
4. Once the work is selected at the festival, it is not possible to remove it from the program.
5. There is no way to change the effect after registration.
6. Participants must upload a scan of passport or ID card on the site.
7. The owner of the work, both real and legal, must fill in the application form to participate in the festival, and this action constitutes an agreement with all the terms and conditions of the festival.
8. The selection of the place and manner of displaying the works is the responsibility of the Policy Council and the executive team of the visual section of the International Return Festival.
9. Collaboration between the festival and the artist in the direction of marketing the selected works.
10. Due to the fact that the works will be done in one step, it is very important to observe the quality approved by the festival and the festival is exempted from accepting works outside the festival conditions.

• Photo section

1. Photomontage and collage will not be selected.
2. The selection of works is based on the technique and thematic focus of the festival.
3. Each artist is allowed to send 6 photo frames.
4. Artists should submit their works with a width of 50 and a resolution of min 200 DPI/ 4000 pixels in TIFF & Raw format.
5. Processing works using the software is only allowed to the extent of color and light correction. Uploaded photos can be color or monochrome.
6. Photo should be no copyright marks, add borders. etc.

• Comics section

(Style and design are free. for Example Cartoon, Caricature, Comic-Strip...)

1. All works related to the theme of the festival, without any restrictions on the performance technique, can be selected by the selection committee and entered the festival.
2. Each artist can submit six works with dimensions of 30 × 42 to participate in the competitive part of the festival. The number of panels inside a page is the responsibility of the artist.

Overall Rating
  • Daniel Martínez

    Me encantó la experiencia a pesar de tener que verlo desde muy lejos , por motivos económicos no pude participar , espero poder hacerlo en algún momento

    December 2021
  • Unfortunately, I couldn't attend the festival. Communication was pleasant! But I didn't understand who became the winner in the Best Animation nomination?

    December 2021
  • Lisa Niederauer

    Sadly we couldn't make it to the festival this year, but the communication with us was lovely. Thank you so much for including our short film Traces. We hope to see you next year!

    December 2021
  • Ilir Kabashi

    RIAF is very good, warm, friendly and professional. It's worth for filmmakers. This festival it's a good platform and wish him all the best in the future!

    December 2021
  • thank you very much for everything

    December 2021