Welcome to VIFF Vienna Independent Film Festival!

We invite filmmakers from all over the world to submit their films to our international film festival which will take place in Vienna. Our judges appreciate the auteur cinema - films made with a unique artistic vision.

The goal of our festival is to find new talented filmmakers who will be able to approach the heights of cinematography created by geniuses like Antonioni, Fellini, Tarkovsky, Bergman, Visconti, Godard.

Now, when the whole world has a tendency towards commercialization, we appreciate free spirit, new ideas an independent point of view and new approaches. Not the budget of the film but solely talent should be the criteria for the film's success.

We appreciate films made without the benefits of large budgets and unnecessary technological sophistication. The festival encourages individuality and experimentation. With the rapid development of film equipment, cinematography becomes more and more affordable for independent filmmakers. Now all we need are new ideas and exposure for these ideas. Our film festival will provide this exposure for new outstanding films.

The Vienna Independent Film Festival is an important event and it consists of the film screening, meeting with participants and industry representatives, social events and seminars. Our program is unique and most of the films cannot be seen in the mainstream theaters.

Vienna is a perfect spot for an event like this. It is from this place that cinematographers such as Fritz Lang, Billy Wilder, Josef von Sternberg, Fred Zinnemann, Otto Preminger and actors like Romy Schneider, Hedy Lamarr, Helmut Berger, Maximilian Schell, and Arnold Schwarzenegger came to conquer the world.

It is still an important center of cinematography. The great traditions of Austrian cinema have been continued by the Oscar and Palme d'Or winning director Michael Haneke.

Our aim is to present the most outstanding films produced in every part of the world to reach international success.

All the films should be in English or have English subtitles.

Grand Prix of the festival - The Golden Sphinx is a symbol of mystery and wisdom, as we believe that there is an element of mystery in any real piece of art. There will also be awards for the Best Film, Best Director, Best Short Film, Best Documentary and Best Music Video.

Certificates and prizes will be presented on the final night to producers attending the festival or sent by email or post.

We guarantee that your film will be viewed by our international community and will be judged by a jury of film professionals. The Festival will host numerous opportunities to connect with enthusiastic new audiences, fellow filmmakers, film industry professionals, non-profit organizations and the media in the beautiful city of Vienna.

Our festival is an IMDB Qualified Event.

Statue of The Golden Sphinx, Golden Statuettes and certificates

We encourage the submission of international film or video entries, but all entries must be in English or have English dubbing or subtitles.

All entries must be available for screening during the festival. We welcome Feature Films, Short Films, Documentaries and Music Videos.

You may submit as many entries as you like. Each entry requires its own entry fee. Fees are not refundable.

We prefer online submissions.

Please submit a film using FilmFreeway.

You can also send us a link to your film on Vimeo with a password.

Or you can also provide a download link to your 1080p, 24/25 fps .mp[e]g / .avi / .vob / .mov / .mp4 / .m4v submission.

In order to select the films for screenings we watch the online screeners. We select films for a number of reasons and we are not obliged to watch all films to the end, we can watch only the part of the film.

If your film is chosen to show at the Vienna Independent Film Festival, you must send a full quality DCP file/35mm print no later than 2 weeks prior to the festival screening.

All films should have been completed within 2015-2019.

All awards are based on the overall merit of the entry. Decisions by the judges are final.

Festival does not deal with any copyright issues. All copyright issues should be resolved by the film authors.

Filmmakers and screenwriters retain 100% all of the rights to their projects and materials that they submit to the Vienna Independent Film Festival.

Festival organizers have the right to use extracts of the film for promotional purposes.

You agree to indemnify and hold harmless us, our officers, affiliates, employees, and partners from any and all claims and liability arising out of entering or transmitting your film to the Vienna Independent Film Festival.

Overall Rating
  • Colin Skevington

    Great festival and such an eclectic range of films. We had plenty of opportunities to network and socialise. We were very happy to be part of the festival.

    December 2019
  • Professional and so easy to work with. I am empresses by their overall knowledge and commitment to working with filmmakers. Thank you so much.

    October 2019
  • Michelantony Dunston

    It was a pleasure for our film to be selected in such a wonderful festival! Communication was great, and although we couldn't get affordable tickets to middle Europe in MidSummer to attend, the presentation looked amazing! Will continue to submit to a festival that appreciates film as an art form! Vielen Dank!

    August 2019
  • Delighted to have taken part in this festival. The eclectic selection provided something for all film lovers to savour. There were also plenty of opportunities for socialising with other filmmakers, which is always worth a few extra marks!

    July 2019
  • I felt very privileged and excited to have my film included in this year's festival. I would have loved to attend but was unfortunately delayed and couldn't make it. I will however continue to submit films and support VIFF for all the work they do in show casing films of all categories from around the world at! Hip-hip... Hooray! See you next year I hope. Vx

    July 2019