Important note on COVID-19: The Red Carpet- event and the award ceremony will be canceled.

Scandinavian International Film Festival (SCIFF) is proud to advance into its fifth annual, world-class event. We want to take this opportunity to introduce you to the mission of this independent film festival: The Scandinavian International Film Festival serves as a cinematic cultural template for emerging, talented filmmakers who wish to express their uniqueness through the lens of past excellence while exposing themselves to the latest innovative concepts in the arts.
THE SCANDINAVIAN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL is considered as culture high-level event in Helsinki, Finland.
SCIFF creates a wonderful screening environment allowing participants to feature their films in the high-quality venues available to the audience in Helsinki. Professionals and industry makers will be invited to evaluate the best work to be awarded at the end of the Festival.
The SCIFF’s objective is to highlights today’s conflicts such as Racism, Radicalism, and Human crises issues to the Scandinavian and European audience by edifying and developing the Finnish and the international cinematic community, which focuses and faces those topics. This objective cannot be achieved without tight, talented and strong films and filmmakers.

The Selection Committee carefully assesses each film and screenplay submission and then reaches a final consensus based on a set of internal criteria. The main factors they look for are excellence in topic, technique, and originality. Films of any genre are accepted for submission. Awards Are:
Nordic Aurora Award for Best Feature Film.

Nordic Aurora Award for Best Short Film.

Nordic Aurora Award for Best Documentary Film.

Nordic Aurora Award for Best Animated Film.
Honorable Mention:
– Best Actor
– Best Actress
– Best Director

Nordic Aurora as an award of recognition

All winners how are interesting to receive the Trophy have to pay the management and delivery costs.

Trophies can be shipped to the winners by the cheapest post methods — the responsibility of the delivering limited to the sending process. We are not responsible for losing, damages accused by the delivery companies. The participant is responsible for arranging shipment.


By SCIFF standards any film that is 50 minutes and over in length is considered a feature film. All movies must carry English Subtitles. All films which are selected/nominated for the Festival will be informed by emails & listed on our websites. Feature Films can bring any subject respecting humanity issues and cultures topics. The SCIFF carries on this tradition and makes way for new developments in feature films by selecting original, unique features to screen at the festival.

The Scandinavian International Film Festival is dedicated to screening documentary films on a variety of subjects. Human Rights issues, life stories, environmental topics, a unique, spiritual and unordinary theme will be on focus this year.

Any film that is 1 minute to 49 min 59 sec in length is considered a short film. We are focusing on filmmakers how are trying to introduce unique and new ideas and movies. The Film Festival will pay particular attention to this category to give this special film category the attention it deserves.

Over the last two centuries, animation film technology has advanced from flip books to 3D animation and CGI. When selecting animated films for competition, the SCIFF will pay particular attention to topic and quality. The filmmakers are committed to screening the selected films.

The festival can use all the material that is submitted to the festival including the posters and trillers without any permission.

The festival owns unlimited screening rights for the selected films. No screening fees will be paid. The festival owns the rights, not screen all the selected films. The festival holds the right to screen all selected movie in the festival sub-events.

The Nordic Aurora- trophy is available to be sent to the winners all around the world. However, the receiver is responsible for any damage or loss of the sent trophy. Notice that the shipping cost should be paid and arranged by the winner. Notice the festival have the rights to change or update the shape and the material of the Trophies.

Your film should be able to download by 15.8.2021!!
PLEASE make the access to the download link as soon as possible (The film and the promo). All selected movies have to be downloaded. The films that have not made the access available for downloading it will be withdrawn from the program.

Please notice that the event might be arranged online on 2021 due to the Corona - Pandemia.

Overall Rating
  • Murat Çeri

    Scandinavian international film festival is the first festival of my film 'In My Dream'. The awards we received are our first awards. I think we're also competing in the first film from Turkey. The first things are always more special. I am grateful to you for making these firsts happen to me. Your place will always be special for me

    September 2020
  • 도회 박

    It`s the best film festival in the world!!!

    August 2020
  • Maggie Craig

    Congratulations on your successful 2020 Festival. This is a complicated year and kudos go to your festival for navigating the COVID waters. The Fork cast & crew were honored to be recognized as an Official Selection! See you next year.

    August 2020
  • Fantastic festival in a great location. Very well arranged event and the staff was just superb! Thanks :)

    August 2019
  • A very professional, warm-hearted group of people arrange SCIFF every year, and this shows in everything connected to the festival. From the selection of the films to the free screening everything is handled with the same love, care, and respect. Thank you for a wonderful festival (2019) and for awarding my shortfilm. I was very honoured to be part of your award night in Helsinki.

    August 2019