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.

Sponsored by SKY Germany and supported by important creatives of the German film scene, Snowdance grows in its first five years to one of the hottest und most passionate indie film festivals in Europe.

Its Festival Director Heiner Lauterbach is a famous actor in Germany. Festivals Creative Director Thomas "Tom" Bohn realized "Straight Shooter" with Dennis Hopper and parts of the "Tatort" tv-series as a film maker.

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 !

Awards & Prizes

Horex Award for the best director of the festival
Horex Award includes prize money of Euro 2.000,-

Snowdance Award for the best feature film presented by Delo
Snowdance Award Feature Film includes prize money of $ 1.500

Snowdance Award for the best documentary
Snowdance Award Documentary Film prize money is $ 1.500

Snowdance Award for the best TV-Series – presented by Sky
Price money: $ 1.000,-

Snowdance Award for the best short film – presented by VR Bank Landsberg-Ammersee eG.
Snowdance Award Short Film Film prize money is $ 500,-

Snowdance Award for the best Music Clip
Snowdance Award Music Clip prize money is $ 500,-

Snowdance Award for the best Web Clip
Snowdance Award Music Clip prize money is $ 250,-

Snowdance Human Rights Award

Rules & Terms

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. SNOWDANCE does not offer discounts or fee waivers.
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 8, 2017.

9 Reviews

Overall Rating
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    Arnstedt Andreas

    What I really like about this festival is the familiar atmospere, the great choice of films and always very interesting talks about independant film making. Not to forget the good parties! The team is always helpful and makes you feel really welcomed.

    April 2017
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    Tini Tüllmann

    It seems weird to see that all reviews got full star ratings, but the truth is, there is nothing I did not like at Snowdance. The crew is lovely, helpful and very organized. The place is awesome (beautiful cinema) and the partys are great. I got to meet filmmakers from all over the world which you don't expect when you arrive in this little town. And I swear I liked it already before getting an award for our film! I can highly recommend to take part at the festival!

    February 2017
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    Isaias Castañeda

    SNOWDANCE is one of the best film festivals, by far. It hosts a whole array of networking and mingling opportunities for filmmakers, talent(actors)and film aficionados. It also throws some of the most epic THEME parties I've seen so far. Well worth the entry and attendance fees. At the rate SNOWDANCE is growing, it will easily become the SUNDANCE of Europe in no time. The hosts and the entire team are some of the most incredible folks out there. You are definitely guaranteed to have a fantastic time.

    February 2017
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    Silvia Häselbarth

    Snowdance is a great Film Festival with very interessting events for filmmakers and people who are interested in films. The festival management made a great film selection. A wide choice for the young and the young at heart. So, the audience is mixed, what means, that Snowdance is a Festival for everyone, not just for an special target group. That makes Snowdance very simpatico. Snowdance presents film stars as well as ordinary filmmakers, which find here a great platform and stage for their new films. You may be certain that … Snowdance … I will come back ;-)

    February 2017
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    Elias Plagianos

    One of my favorite festivals on the circuit. Snowdance creates a great environment for filmmakers to meet, share ideas, and celebrate Independent Film and TV.

    February 2017