The Snowdance Independent Film Festival is the national and international most respected "new" festival in Germany. It mainly shows productions made with little or no state funding. Furthermore, Snowdance prefers films which are not dominated by the influence of TV stations or major studios. Snowdance sees itself as the main German festival for independent, free-thinking film makers.

Supported by important creatives of the German film scene, Snowdance grows in its first seven years to one of the hottest und most passionate indie film festivals in Europe.

Festival Director Thomas "Tom" Bohn realized "Straight Shooter" with Dennis Hopper and parts of the "Tatort" tv-series as a filmmaker. Snowdance's special guests have been the famous national actors Heiner Lauterbach, Til Schweiger, Götz Otto, Nora Tschirner, Ulrike Folkerts, Max Tidof, Axel Milberg, Valerie Niehaus, Ursula Karven and many others.

The Snowdance Independent Film Festival is powered and organized by Indie-Stars UG, one of the established German Independent film productions. So this festival is made by engaged film creatives for engaged film creatives and their audience. Snowdance does not offer any red carpet or any VIP-corner. But it's a meeting and melting point for actors, directors, producers and all sorts of people who are interested in film.
Come and have a look !

Snowdance Award for the best feature film
Price money : $ 2.000,-

Snowdance Award for the best documentary
Price money : $ 2.000,-

Snowdance Award for the best Short Film
Price money: $ 1.000,-

Snowdance Award for the best Social Spot
Price money: $ 500,-

Snowdance Award for the best direction

Snowdance Award for the best cinematography

1. We do not offer any discounts or fee waivers.

When submitting to SNOWDANCE you are agreeing to screen the submitted film during the dates of the festival. SNOWDANCE will not pay any screening fees for presentation of the film during the festival.

SNOWDANCE is a competitive showcase for domestic and international feature films and documentaries. SNOWDANCE reserves the right to determine the eligibility of any project submitted. Only works completed in the last two years are eligible for selection.
We only accept online-Screeners (Filmfreeway). When you send DVDs, BluRays or any other material before being invited, SNOWDANCE will not judge it and will not send it back. SNOWDANCE does not accept additional e-mail informations about your film.

All non-english language entries must have English subtitles. Works in progress will not be judged. From SNOWDANCE selected screening material will be returned, press and any application materials will NOT be returned . All features and documentaries submitted must be available in BluRay or DCP for festival presentation.

The SNOWDANCE Film Festival is a competitive event and unless notified otherwise, all films officially selected are eligible for competition. All films are nominated and voted upon by an impartial jury of filmmakers, industry professionals, festival programmers and film aficionados.

If selected, SNOWDANCE will require an Electronic Press Kit (EPK) to include high-resolution production stills, key art, bio and filmography of the director, production notes and full cast and crew credits.

Although every possible care will be taken with tapes, films, drives and files while in our possession, we cannot accept responsibility for loss or damage. Do not send original or master prints, tapes, files or drives. Please keep SNOWDANCE notified of any address/phone number changes.

The cost of shipping all entries and films to the festival must be paid by the entrant. SNOWDANCE will resent the prints of the shortlist back to the filmmaker. SNOWDANCE will not be responsible for expedited or overnight shipping charges to other organizations. Also, SNOWDANCE cannot guarantee shipment of prints to other festivals during the days of the festival. All international entries must be sent 'free domicile' to the SNOWDANCE office with all transportation charges, duties, and taxes prepaid by the shipper.

Submission of an entry gives SNOWDANCE permission to have excerpts of accepted work, including film trailers, shown in all promotional activities realted to the festival.

Films selected for SNOWDANCE will be notified no later than December 7, 2019.

Overall Rating
  • Eduardo Rufeisen

    Very well organized. All the people working at the festival were very professional and nice.

    February 2019
  • Lucas Lemnitzer

    Thanks for another dance! I really love Snowdance: Great team, great filmmakers and a wonderful audience. THANK YOU so much for having us. We had the best time. Hope to come back with another film!

    February 2019
  • Wesley Howard

    Thank you for haveing us! Had a great time! Very frienldy Team and good communication! Tom Bohn and Anna Bell were very nice!

    February 2019
  • Anna Alva

    I had a fantastic time during the festival and was surprised by the good amount of great films being shown! They hosted me very professionally and I was pleased by the good questions at the Q& A! Thanks for having me!

    February 2019
  • Proud to be part of this lovely festival! One of the top short film festivals of the Europe! The team of the festival were all very professional and genuine nice people. Thank you very much for everything!

    February 2019