The Venice Independent Film Festival is a vibrant, European destination for celebrating immersive cinema and the cutting-edge directors of tomorrow. In 2023, audiences at VIFF will be among the first to experience an extraordinary selection of films from across genres by international creators - pioneering new trends in world filmmaking with every screening.

Grounded in creativity, Italy has been revolutionizing cinematic artistry since its emergence into worldwide recognition over 100 years ago. And year after year it remains one of global film's top destinations; attracting filmmakers who bring their own unique cultural perspectives together to create unforgettable stories on screen. At this beloved Italian festival we look forward to connecting artists around the globe while promoting remarkable contemporary independent cinema culture!

VIFF is dedicated to bringing the best of tomorrow's filmmakers into today's spotlight. We strive to create a platform for both emerging and established talent from around the world, nurturing their creative growth as we honor independent film culture globally. With our mission at heart, VIFF works towards empowering future generations of storytellers and artists in cinema.

Jury Award Prizes along the following categories:

-Best Narrative Short Film
-Best Narrative Feature
-Best Documentary Short Film
-Best Documentary Feature Film
-Best Experimental Film
-Best New Media
-Best Ultra Short
-Best Screenplay
-Best Short Screenplay

~And more, to be announced at the festival!

All entries should be sent via FilmFreeway with a secure online screener.

-Each accepted film must be submitted in the .mp4 or .mov format, preferably.

-By submitting to the festival you confirm that you own the rights of the film, including the rights to the music in the film.

-There is no minimum running time.

-Films must have been completed on or after Jan 1, 2019.

-All genres are welcome (narrative, animated, experimental, documentary or music video).

-Filmmakers may submit multiple entries as long as each film is submitted with its own Entry Form, online screener and paid Entry Fee.