ABOUT The North Film Festival (TNFF) ONLINE ONLY MAR 27 - 28 / 2025

IMDb qualifier’s The North Film Festival (TNFF) is an international film festival, dedicated to international and European shorts and features of all genres - with screenings online. Due to challenges in securing local funding, TNFF has made the difficult decision to host its upcoming event online only. However, TNFF remains committed to supporting both local Swedish filmmakers and international talents.

TNFF encourages filmmakers seeking a live festival experience to consider submitting their work to The North Film Festival - New York City, where live screenings will continue to take place. You can find more information and submit your films at https://filmfreeway.com/TheNorthFilmFestNYC

Our online event for the Swedish audience will take place on March 27th and 28th, 2025. Let's continue making history in Stockholm, albeit virtually!

TNFF remains dedicated to providing a platform for filmmakers to showcase their talent and connect with audiences worldwide. We invite you to be part of this exciting journey.



Gala Awards: Mar 28th 2025 at WWW.THENORTHFILMFEST.COM
Each quarter, the submitted projects are judged by an enthusiastic team of film industry professionals and academics.

TNFF Welcomes you to Stockholm, where we'll be meeting online!

Stockholm is a city that is open to different perspectives and new ideas. An amazing destination where innovations in music, film, design, fashion, and technology are born. A place fit for creative visionaries such as you.

Certificates, Medals or Trophies.

Best Script Short Film (certificate)
Best Script Feature Film (certificate)
Best Experimental Short Film (certificate)
Best Student Film (certificate)
Best Music Video (certificate)
Best Web Series (certificate)
Best LBGTQ Short Film (certificate)
Best Drama Short Film (certificate)
Best Horror Short Film (trophy and certificate)
Best Scandinavian Short Film (certificate)
Best American Short Film (certificate)
Best Short Documentary (trophy and certificate)
Best Inspirational Short Film (certificate)
Best Sci-Fi Short Film (certificate)
Best Animation Short Film (certificate)
Best Swedish Short Film (trophy and certificate)
Best European Short Film (certificate)
Best International Short Film (trophy and certificate)
Best Screenplay in Short Film certificate)
Best Score in Short Film certificate)
Best Editing in Short Film (certificate)
Best Cinematography in Short Film (Certificate)
Best Actor in Short Film (certificate)
Best Actress in Short Film (certificate)
Best Director in a Short Film (certificate)

Best Screenplay in Feature Film (certificate)
Best Score in Feature Film (certificate)
Best Editing in Feature Film (certificate)
Best Cinematography in Feature Film (certificate)
Best Actor in Feature Film (certificate)
Best Actress in Feature Film (certificate)
Best Director Feature Film (certificate)
Best LBGTQ Feature Film (certificate)
Best Documentary Feature (trophy and certificate)
Best Feature Film (trophy and certificate)
Best Horror Feature Film (trophy and certificate)

Honorable Mentions (5) - (certificate)
Audience Award (certificate)
Awards Celebrities (1)

Total Awards Edition 2024: 13

Rules & Terms of Entry

1. Entries in foreign languages must come with English subtitles include Swedish (This is an International Film Festival. English Rules).

2. All entries must have been completed AFTER 2022

3. Any film submitted to the TNFF can be re-submitted at any time for a second chance.

4. Works in progress are accepted.

5. You must own or be given all of the rights to anything you submit to the festival.

6. Multiple entries are allowed. You can submit more than one film to the same category. But keep in mind the entry fee must be paid for each one.

7. At our discretion, we may choose to transfer a film to the correct category, but only if the appropriate level of submission fee has been paid.

8. A screening committee determines which films shall be exhibited, submissions are not guaranteed to be shown. All decisions of the committee are final. Except for the audience award, separate juries select festival winners

9. After a film has been an official selection, the filmmaker will be notified.

10. Winners will be presented with their awards during the TNFF Awards Ceremony Gala, ONLINE.

11. Submissions are NON-refundable. We cannot be held liable for materials which are lost or damaged.

12. We totally retain the right to change the date and venue of the festival under special circumstances. All filmmakers will be informed about any changes through our online website + social media platforms or email.

13. The festival will not pay any fee for screening a film.

14. If your film is selected by our festival, you automatically agree that we may use images from your project for marketing purposes for our festival. If you do not agreed, and do not consent to give us promotional rights to your material, please let us know with a call or via email; and then we will withdraw your film from the promotion of our festival. If we do not receive any notification from you within 48 hours after your film is selected, we will assume that you agree this policy.

15. We don't give your information to 3rd Parties.

16. We reserve the right to update our terms and conditions.

17. By submitting to us, you give us the right to screen your film in front of a live audience in Stockholm, Sweden or ONLINE.

18. ***Due to the limited screening time, screenings are prioritized with a representative of the same who attends in person during the days of the Festival. Therefore, confirm your attendance as soon as possible, otherwise they will be moved to the Online Section. Please keep that in mind!!!*** FESTIVAL WILL CONTINUE ONLINE ONLY.

I also acknowledge that the film submission fee does not guarantee acceptance and no refund will be provided if my film is not selected. 
Applicants who do not follow the guidelines will not be accepted.

Questions regarding submissions may be directed to thenorthfilmfest@gmail.com

Overall Rating
  • Albin Glasell

    We didn't pay for an online "event".
    Last year, TNFF showed great potential in becoming one of the new staple festivals in Sweden with a live event, actual screenings, meetings and galas. This year however they really dropped the ball, big time. Higher submission fees for a way worse experience. No communication, no promises kept. Prizes and nominations suddenly omitted just before the event, and the "event" itself was just youtube-links straight to the films. No commentary, no extra quality-of-life and no livestreamed gala (once again, it was promised but it just didn't happen).
    I'm saddened to withdraw my previous review for this once shining underdog, but here we are.
    I do not recommend The North Film Festival.

    March 2024
  • First and foremost, I extend my sincere gratitude for honoring our film, "The Roots Of Evil," with the Best Horror Short award. However, I feel compelled to CAUTION FELLOW FILMMAKERS considering submissions to this festival.

    While the promise of a live gala event, with prices, and the resulting higher submission fees initially intrigued us, the festival's communication was disappointingly sparse. For an entire year, we received little to no updates about the gala, save for sporadic mentions of "see you in Stockholm." It wasn't until a mere two days before the scheduled event that the organizers inundated us with marketing efforts, ending up as intense spam allover. And the prices were written down as "omitted" days before.
    Regrettably, the promised live event never materialized. Instead, all activities were moved online with no explanation provided. This sudden change and lack of transparency left us feeling disheartened and disrespected as filmmakers.
    Moreover, in the festival winners-letter they promised the winners would get an interview within 14 days after its conclusion. However, no one has reached out to us and its passed the promised days. This failure to follow through on yet another promise further underscores the lack of professionalism and integrity demonstrated by the festival organizers.

    In light of these experiences, I cannot, in good faith, recommend this festival to others. It's my hope that by sharing this feedback, future participants can avoid similar frustrations and financial losses.

    March 2024
  • Jevgenija Kuznecova

    Thank you for the opportunity! Communication was very friendly and made me feel part of the festival. As this was my first time participating in festivals, being selected really made this very special, thank you!

    March 2024
    Response from festival:

    Thank you so much this means a lot as a team! TNFF - Team

  • What a great festival! Darwin really knows how to do it!

    March 2024
    Response from festival:

    Thank you so Much Robert!!! You are the Man! TNFF - Team!

  • Rosso Pérez Bueno

    Great festival with great people!

    March 2024
    Response from festival:

    Thank you so much! And we will meet in person In Barcelona and New York maybe!! Thanks - TNFF - Team!