Split Film Festival / International Festival of New Film takes place every year in Split, an ancient town located in the middle of the Adriatic coast of Croatia. The festival is open to all new, innovative, personal, experimental, radical, subversive etc. Work (film, video, new media) of all genres and lengths, preferably from outside the mainstream, whether it was made on shoe-string budget, or is a studio release.

Split Film Festival offers a quality selection of international, independent, innovative and experimental cinema and visual arts and accepts submissions exclusively through FilmFreeway.

As recent developments indicate that more contemporary artists are looking for new ways of expression in audio visual medium, the festival will present works involving traditional film techniques or the latest technology of electronic image. The festival will present screenings of selected films and videos, VR/AR/AI films, installations, performances, retrospectives, workshops, discussions and festival's catalogue. This year screenings will take place online.

Two international juries will award Grand Prix, the beautiful festival's sculpture ''The Fish Tail'' for the best feature in the competition and Grand Prix for the best short in the competition section.

In addition several Special Prizes (Honorable Mentions) will be given to feature & short films in competition.

The Special Festival Award for the outstanding contribution to the art of the moving image is given every year to an exceptional audiovisual artist for the outstanding contribution to the artistic development of the moving image.

All submissions must include a FilmFreeway online screener or a preview DVD, USB stick..

Works submitted for the competition (features / shorts) need to have been produced after 1st of January 2020. The deadline for entry submission is 15th of June 2021.

There is no limit to the duration of films or videos. Works of all genres are welcome. A selection panel will select works for competition and other programs, and international juries will award the prizes.

The selection results will be known by the end of July 2021 and the complete program of the festival will be posted on the festival website in August 2021. All films screened at the Festival should be Croatian premieres.

Screening copies must reach Split by 1st of September 2021.

Preview entries, if any, should be mailed as small package/petit paquet, and must be, if shipped from non EU countries, clearly labelled for custom purposes as follows: preview copy, no commercial value, cultural exchange only. Declared value should not exceed $ 10. Preview copies & documents will not be returned.

Producers / distributors / artists of the entries accepted for the screening will be notified promptly after selection.

The festival will make all reasonable efforts to present works in the best possible conditions. Transport of the copies is at the risk of the sender.

The screening copies will be returned four weeks after the festival, and the cost of one-way shipment will, as a general rule, be paid by the festival.

Unless specific written notice is given to the contrary, the festival reserves the right to print any accompanying information and still photographs for promotional reasons and/or in the festival catalogue.

All shipments should be sent to:

Ulica slobode 28
Hr-21000 split
Phone: +385 21 539 600, 544 409

Overall Rating
  • Lux Influx

    Wonderful hospitality for filmmakers (transfers, city centre accommodation, lunch- all included!). Feels like you're on a holiday with other film professionals, enjoying conversations, films, and the sun. Plus, a selection of films to truly broaden your horizons- I came back loaded with fresh ideas I wouldn't have had otherwise.

    October 2019
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    Response from festival:

    thank you!

  • Thank you for inviting our film. We had a wonderful time - memorable chats with the filmmakers, the honorable jury members and the helpful organizers/crew (kudos to Kristina). Only the 25th edition can top this experience!

    October 2019
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you!

  • Roberto Barbery Mier

    Split Film Festival was for me a great exerience, where I got to see top quality films, which are not east to find elsewhere. I felt it was a very intimte festival in the midddle of an ancient city. All the peope that organized the festival and the people that were invited (like myself), we got to spend a lot of time together waching films, having lunches/dinners and taking walks through the city. I definitely recommend this festival and hope I can be a pat of it next year. Thank you Split Film Festival for the amazing film ride!

    October 2019
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    Response from festival:

    muchas gracias Roberto!

  • Meow Meow

    Small festival but organized with a lot of love and dedication. Very innovative selection of films. Great guest management. Thank you so much for having us!

    October 2019
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you very much!

  • Jonas Spriestersbach

    Attended with a feature. Surprised about all the good reviews. To me it seemed like they totally gave up and that the festival is close to it's end. Poorly organized, almost invisible in the city, literally no audience despite free entry ... I've traveled with my films to numerous festivals, this one was the most disappointing. The good thing: It's still hot in september and the beaches around Split are fantastic.

    September 2019
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    Response from festival:

    wishing you all the best.