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SIFF is a live film festival, headquartered in BERLIN, Germany.
We are happy to announce that the festival takes place in
Berlin, Germany and Moscow, Russian Federation.
Films are eligible to be screened in both cities.
The Nominees and Winners will be announced at the end of each season on our website.

The Official Selections will be shown at the LIVE SCREENINGS,
we organize each year in Berlin/Moscow.
In the yearly competition are given the BEST OF YEAR AWARDS.

Next yearly organization is due to take place in Summer, 2021.
The films will be screened at the Arsenal Berlin cinema theatre (cinemahall 2).
The Sunlight International Film Festival will showcase at least 50 films.
Out of the official selections, an international jury will select one winner in each category.
The festivities will culminate in the announcement of the winners of the
SIFF 2021 at the Awards Ceremony at the Arsenal Berlin cinema theatre (cinemahall 1).
Best Films will receive the SIFF Trophy.

In addition, Special Jury Prizes and prizes from our sponsors
will be awarded to several standout films and screenplays at the discretion of the Jury.

The Sunlight International Film Festival is an IMDB eligible film festival.
This means that all selections and awards can be added to your IMDB film listing.

Sunlight International Film Festival shows an amazing mix of short and feature length films, the best independent films on the festival circuit, before they come to cinema.
We screening films from all over the world and honoring emerging filmmakers from every age, religious, ethnic and cultural perspective.
Our mission is to bring worthy filmmakers to a wider attention,
and to provide a platform for appreciative and informed discussion of their work.
The Sunlight International Film Festival attempts to cultivate spaces for independent filmmakers to create and display their stories without commercial pressure, in order to discover and celebrate extraordinary films and develop independent filmmaking.
The Sunlight International Film Festival strives to set a standard for excellence in recognizing the important work of emerging talent and masters of the cinema craft.

All winners will receive PERSONALIZED TROPHIES.
All winners and nominees will receive
LAURELS and PERSONALIZED AWARD CERTIFICATES.

The following nominations are provided
by the competitive program of the Festival:

GRAND PRIX for most promising talent

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-BEST SHORT Film
-BEST SHORT DRAMA Film
-BEST SHORT COMEDY Film

-BEST FEATURE Film (No-Budget)
-BEST FEATURE Film (Micro-Budget)

-BEST EXPERIMENTAL Film
-BEST DOCUMENTARY Film
-BEST HUMAN RIGHTS Film
-BEST ENVIRONMENTAL Film
-BEST ANIMATION Film

-BEST MUSIC VIDEO
-BEST DRONE Film
-BEST TIMELAPSE Film
-BEST FILM shot on SMARTPHONE/TABLET
-BEST FILM shot for VIRTUAL REALITY (360º)

-BEST TRAILER/TEASER
-BEST POSTER/PHOTO

-BEST SCREENPLAY

----------------------------------------Individual Awards:--------------------------------------

-BEST STUDENT Filmmaker
-BEST YOUNG Filmmaker
-BEST DEBUT Filmmaker
-BEST FEMALE Filmmaker

-BEST ACTRESS/ACTOR
-BEST DIRECTOR
-BEST PRODUCER
-BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
-BEST ORIGINAL SCORE

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HONORABLE MENTION:

The jury may determine at its discretion the award an Honorable Mention
to the films, directors, actors and deemed appropriate and relevant
to distinguish over the other awards.

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Each film we designate as an "OFFICIAL SELECTION" will receive
a printable high-resolution .png image of our festival laurels
to be used for marketing and promotional materials as the filmmaker sees fit.
The winning filmmakers will receive
a printable high-resolution .png image of our festival laurels with the "WINNER" label
to be used as the filmmaker sees fit.

1) Only online Submission will accepted through film festival platform FilmFreeway.
2) All submissions are final. Entries will not be processed without entry fee payment. No Checks are accepted to pay submission fees, only online payment through Festival Platforms. Entrance fee is non-refundable.
3) The Festival does not pay screening fees.
4) Submissions in languages other than English must be subtitled in English.
5) By submitting to the Festival you confirm that you own the rights of the film and you agree to allow your project to be shown by the Film Festival. Your name and information about your project may be used for promotion.
6) Any film in any format will be consider as private screening. Password protected entries will also consider in same category.
7) SIFF organizers reserve rights change, cancel or re-schedule the dates, venue, awards & categories without consent or information to contestants.
8) All genres and formats are considered eligible for nomination at one or more competitive categories.
9) Multiple entries are allowed. You can submit more than one film to the same category or different category.
10) Each film cannot be older than 5 years from the current festival year.
11) The festival has the right to disqualify or remove any winning film for any reasons, without having to explain the reasons to the submitter.
12) The Festival reserves the right to make any necessary changes in regulations or scheduling.
13) The Festival reserves the right to shut the festival at any time without any notification.
14) Should the jury determine that no film was outstanding in an award category, no award will be presented. The festival reserves the right to modify the Cash and Goods prizes as listed in the Categories - as per sponsorship agreements.
15) Any Film, selected or not selected, will be a decision of selection panel. The decision of jury members will be final and accepted by all.

To submit a film, you must have created the project yourself, own the rights or have permission from the owner of the content to submit the film to us.

Overall Rating
Quality
Value
Communication
Hospitality
Networking
  • I'm excited that I have been selected and to join the festival very soon.

    January 2021
  • It's a great festival. It's nice to be at the festival with my "Barcode" script. I would like to thank the festival jury

    December 2020
  • Thanks your very much. I hope to go this festival on the summer 2021. Thank you for this selection process when my film was selected.

    December 2020
  • Charles Petrilla

    Very good communications with Sunlight IFF, seems to be an excellent up and coming festival and I plan to submit more screenplays next round. Probably would be very difficult to attend in Moscow though. Thank you for accepting “SQUADRE”.

    December 2020
  • Steven Prowse

    It’s been over a week since the winners were supposed to be announced but there has been no communication, neither on the website or by email, and even the link to the 2020 Nominees gives a blank page...and it’s now April 2021.

    Obviously Covid will have had an effect, especially to a live event such as this, but the lack of communication is breathtaking.

    December 2020