We at Thinking Hat Fiction challenge believe in the power of creativity, the scope of imagination and the beauty of the art of storytelling. We strive to provide a creative space to filmmakers from all walks of life across the continents.

Being film lovers ourselves, we strongly believe in creating an environment where filmmakers and other creative crew members can participate in a wholesome exchange of ideas, thoughts and share their knowledge and experience with one another.

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In order to ensure public safety and to maintain social distancing, we are not having the event at any physical location or public venue. Further information shall be shared on the matter.

Thinking Hat Fiction Challenge Award Categories
Thinking Hat Best Short Film – Social
Thinking Hat Best Short Film – Fictional
Thinking Hat Best Short Film – LGBTQ
Thinking Hat Best Short Film – Comedy
Thinking Hat Best Short Film - Animation
Thinking Hat Best Short Of The Edition
Thinking Hat Best Plot
Thinking Hat Best Background Music
Thinking Hat Best Cinematographer
Thinking Hat Best Director
Thinking Hat Best Short Film – Mystery
Thinking Hat Best Short Film – Drama
Thinking Hat Best Feature Film Of The Edition
Thinking Hat Best LGBTQ Feature Film
Thinking Hat Best Fantasy/SciFi Feature Film
Thinking Hat Best Social Feature Film
Thinking Hat Best Romantic Feature Film
Thinking Hat Best Comedy Feature Film


Printable Certificate
Special Mention in social media
Trophies (courier charges to be paid by the applicant)
Please note - International couriers might not be possible at the moment due the global pandemic)

Thinking Hat Fiction Challenge Submission Guidelines & Rules
1. Fiction films of any length/type can be submitted.
2. It is mandatory for the submitted work to have subtitles in English
3. Film submitters warrant that the film’s content is original by submitting it. In case of any infringement, the team of Thinking Hat Fiction Challenge is not to be held responsible.
4. We accept submission through FilmFreeway only.
5. All submitters shall be informed if their film is selected and subsequently other necessary and relevant communications shall follow.
6. All finalists, official selections, winners shall be notified and sent an award certificate along with laurel via email.
7. If in case any of the participant is keen to receive any physical copy of the certificate and or award, they shall have to bear the courier expenditure.
8. All finalists, official selections and winners shall be declared on the day of the event.
9. The social media channels shall be updated with the finalist, official selections and winners’ information within 3 days of the event.
10. By submitting the submitter gives Thinking Hat Fiction Challenge team the right to use 10 – 15 seconds of their work as a promotional teaser.
11. There is no refund of the fees if the submitter wishes to withdraw their submission at any point of time after they have submitted.
12. The decision of the Thinking Hat Fiction Challenge team is final with respect to the selection/rejection of the films. No request for review of decision shall be entertained.
13. The team of Thinking Hat Fiction Challenge reserves the right to cancel and re-schedule the event date(s) if there is an unforeseen and unavoidable situation.
14. Any decision of the festival’s management team is final and cannot be negotiated with.

Overall Rating
  • Craig Stewart

    Thank you for the writing award for my script, In Jade Moonlight. This is a wonderful festival and I highly recommend it. Your communications were clear and prompt and I look forward to entering your competition again. All the best!

    January 2023
  • This was exciting to hear, that my feature-length screenplay «Bilious» earned an award at the festival. I'm looking forward to entering again with my next screenplay!

    December 2022
  • So grateful that I won best screenplay!

    December 2022
  • Jacqueline Kennedy

    Audience Choice Award!!! I am thankful and honored to be the WINNER of this new and exciting category for our film Stevie and Wanda.

    Grateful! Thanks

    October 2022
  • Thank you for the unexpected honor of winning Best Feature Screenplay 10th Season, '22. It was important and difficult script to adapt Charles Dickens' "Tale of Two Cities" - it is so relevant for many countries experiencing political turmoil in the world today, and especially in the USA after the attack on our capitol on January 6. Namaste!

    September 2022