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 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 !

ATTENTION: If our festival cannot take place in January due to the Covid-19 problem, we guarantee the refund of all entry fees.

Snowdance Award for the best feature film
Price money : 1.000,- Euro

Snowdance Award for the best documentary
Price money : 1.000,- Euro

Snowdance Award for the best Short Film
Price money: 500,- Euro

Snowdance Award for the best young director (less than 30)
Price money: 500,-

Snowdance Award for the best direction

Snowdance Award for the best script

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
  • Guy Pigden

    A great festival, they welcomed our little film and were excellent to deal with. A wonderful celebration of independent cinema, we're proud to be part of the festival and hope to return with our next film.

    March 2020
  • Unfortunately, I wasn't able to join the festival, but I want to say a big thank you for the fantastic communication! Working together with Anna to make sure that everything goes well with the screening was an absolute pleasure.

    March 2020
  • Steffen Cornelius Tralles

    Snowdance is a great festival with a wonderful crew that is extremly engaged in making the festival an outstanding experience for the filmmakers. We met other filmmakers from all over the world at the daily coffee and croissant meetings, that the festival invited us to. Landsberg is a small and beautiful, typical Bavarian town, that is fond and proud of its festival. We met wonderful Landsberger at the cinema for the Q&As or in the main building of the festival, the old theatre. It was a great experience to be there.

    February 2020
  • Victor Gütay

    Snowdance is a very beautiful and charming festival in Landsberg am Lech. One of the things I loved was, that though it feels very professional, it never is overly formal and by that makes it easy to get in touch with other filmmaker and the audience. I was very proud to have my Film "In my shadow" screen there. Thanks to Tom Bohn and his Team!

    February 2020
  • Desireena Almoradie

    I was only there for 3 short days but what a great experience! They program your film AT LEAST three times, at beautiful cinemas via DCP, and the audiences were always thoughtful, inquisitive and enthusiastic. And if you are lucky enough to win an award, as we did for Best Doc, you get an encore screening! Accommodations are covered for up to two nights, and train fair is reimbursed. Best of all, the staff and fellow filmmakers are all super friendly and chill. The setting of Landsberg am Lech is picture perfect, a small town whose residents are enthusiastic about indie films. THANK YOU TOM, ANNA, MAX. and the rest of the team for such a wonderful experience.

    February 2020