Welcome to Sofia Art Film Awards, a place that celebrates art, filmmaking, and artists. We believe that every artist is equal, and should be treated equally with the same respect. With this thought in our minds, we created SAFA and our only judging criteria are a project's artistic quality and potential.

If you believe that you are an excellent filmmaker with an amazing inner artistic quality, and an exciting project, SAFA is the place for you.

We accept feature films, short films, documentaries, animations, experimental, music videos, and web series of any genre. Each month our judges, watch and rate the submitted films. The Best Films are announced as the Winners and Honorable Mentions of the month.

Every month we will award BEST FILM of the month and get promotion, screening and video interview.


Every month we will assign two awards (Best and Honorable Mention) for each category.

Every Best, Honorable Mention, and Finalists will receive a CERTIFICATE and LAURELS (pdf/png file).

Best 30 films of the season will compete in the annual event for SAFA Award.


Best Feature Film
Best Feature Documentary
Best Short Film
Best Short Documentary
Best Student Film
Best Super Short Film
Best Animation
Best Experimental
Best European Film
Best Americas Film
Best Asian Film


Best Director Feature Film
Best Director Short Film
Best Director Super Short Film
Best First Time Director (Feature)
Best First Time Director (Short)
Best Director Music Video
Best Indie Feature Film low budget)
Best Indie Short Film (low budget)
Best Web/Tv Series
Best Music Video
Best Drama
Best Comedy
Best Horror
Best Thriller
Best Action
Best Sci-Fi
Best Actress Feature Film
Best Actor Feature Film
Best Actress Short Film
Best Actor Short Film
Best Cinematography
Best Original Screenplay
Best Production
Best Editing
Best Sound Design
Best VFX
Best Quarantine Film
Best Mobile Film
Best One Minute Film
Best Trailer
Best Poster
Best Feature Script
Best Short Script
Best TV Pilot Script
Best Student Screenplay
Best First Time Screenwriter (Short)
Best First Time Screenwriter (Feature)
Best First Time Screenwriter (TV Pilot)
Drama Screenplay
Comedy Screenplay
Thriller Screenplay
Horror Screenplay
Action Screenplay
Sci-fi Screenplay

All films must have English language subtitles.

All Film Festival entrants must be 18 years of age or older.

Multiple entries from the same submitter are accepted, but a separate submission and a separate entry fee must accompany each entry.

The decision of the jury committee will be final.

Sofia Art Film Awards reserves rights to change or re-schedule the dates, venue, awards & categories without consent or information to contestants.

No fee waiver. All entry fees are non-refundable.

The organizers reserve the right not to award any or all of the prizes.

By submitting, you agree that you own all copyrights and intellectual properties to your work.

We reserve the right to use any part of your submission for promotional purposes on our website and social media accounts.

Overall Rating
  • Samaneh Nouri

    I am happy that I won your good festival with my script. The festival was wonderful and the winners were announced earlier than the date. I hope to participate again with my film.

    May 2023
  • Beautiful experience. Very happy to have participated in this festival with my short film "Just One Look... " - Finalist. Serious organization. Well done!!!

    June 2023
  • Thank you for a fantastic experience of being part of your Sofia film festival. We trully enjoyed every bit of it! Deja Vu Team.

    May 2023
  • It was a pleasure to participate in and communicate with this festival. It would have been really nice to be there in person. Hopefully, some other time!

    May 2023
  • Amazing festival, Highly recommended! Looking forward to submitting future works

    May 2023