Vertical films festival VERTIFILMS PRAGUE started in 2016. It is the most magical festival of its kind in the world. We screen movies on a screen of more than 10 meters high in historical buildings in center of beautiful city of Prague, Czech Republic. You can see more on

Special mentions by the jury for outstanding work in vertical format

1. Vertifilms Festival
1.1 Vertifilms is a festival of films shot EXCLUSIVELY in the vertical image format 9:16. The goal of this festival is to attract attention of professional and amateur filmmakers, as well as the general public to this unusual format.
1.2 Films presented at the festival are not confined by date of origin, and may have been previously presented on the internet or another festival.
1.3 The festival also aims to support the development and promotion of works by Czech and Slovak artists internationally.

2. Program
• A competition of contemporary international features, documentaries and animated vertical works, including the competition TALL IDEA PRAGUE
• Non-competitive screenings of vertical creations (fiction, advertising, documentary, experimental, musical, animation or advertising etc.)
• Accompanying programs prepared by the organizer.
2.1 Timing of the program, including the order of screened films, as well as a selection of films in various sections of the festival program, including the competition TALL IDEA PRAGUE is solely the responsibility of the organizer of the festival.

3. Organizer of the festival
3.1 The festival is organized by Bullfilm, Ltd., Na Pískách 62, 160 00 Prague 6, Czech Republic, e-mail:
3.2. Festival organizer can choose to offer cooperation to other subjects, who participate in its execution, either organizationally or financially.

4. Timing and the festival site
2021 edition of the festival will be in October 2021. Specific dates and place are still under discussions.

5. Competition TALL IDEA PRAGUE
5.1 Films into the competition of feature, documentaries and animated films in the required format can only be submitted by the producer or co-producer (hereinafter the "applicant"). The film must be submitted by the 28th of October 2016 In the form in which it will be shown at the Vertifilms festival.
5.2 By entering a work the applicant has consented to the inclusion of the film in the competition TALL IDEA PRAGUE and / or showing on festival Vertifilms.
5.3 The Applicant, by submitting an application confirms that their work does not contradict the legislation of its home country of the applicant nor Czech legislation, as well as the contest regulations regarding this application and that on their responsibility the applicant consents to the public presentation of their work.
5.4 Applicant is the producer of the work, either the natural/legal person is the holder of the rights to use the cinematographic work, Including copyright works and artistic performances audio-visually used within it, as well they are producer of the audiovisual rights and the recorded cinematographic work.
5.5 The applicant confirms that the festival organizer is freed from any liability relating to the violation of moral and/or other rights of any person mentioned in the film and/or to which the film in any way connected. In the event of any violation of these rights for inclusion into the film festival, and/or development of any requirements as a result of screening at the festival, all consequences are borne solely by the movie applicant.
5.6 The competition is open to films whose length is at least 60 seconds and does not exceed 10 minutes and are made in the image format 9:16, with a max. resolution of full HD.
5.7 The organiser reserves the right to allow films with the length that do not match those in 5.6 to enter the competition.
5.8 There is no legal entitlement for screening of a film.
5.9 Number of films included to the competition is not limited.
5.10 The deadline for applications is September 22, 2021.
5.11 Submission of an application to the competition does not automatically legally entitle a film for participation in the competition. Eligible submissions are selected by a committee of experts, which is an advisory body to the festival organizers. Films that are not selected for the competition may be shown outside of the competition. Submissions must not be withdrawn from the festival program once it has made an official application into the competition of the festival. In the event that this occurs, the applicant must pay the organizer all provable costs associated with the failure to screen the film and subsequent changes of the program.
5.12 Films selected for the competition are judged by a jury appointed by the organiser, the jury members can not be the ones participating in the creation of a competing film. Jurors are chosen by the festival organizer from among prominent filmmakers, producers, critics, theorists and other prominent representatives of culture. Jury members are sworn to secrecy. The jury awards the feature film with the award TALL IDEA PRAGUE for best film.
5.13 Upon agreement with the organizer of the festival, it is possible to grant further non-statutory awards.
5.14 Applicant of feature, documentary or animated work:
a) Delivers the duly completed application form to the organizer,
b) Ensures for the organizer of the festival at its own expense a copy of the film with English subtitles at least one week before the festival, unless the organizers have agreed otherwise,
c) Allows the organisers of the festival to feature the film on servers and other associated platforms that cooperate with the festival, and others, which invite the organisers to provide films
5.15 Festival organiser is not responsible for featuring of the film outside the festival, which is not approved by the organizer, by, but not excepting the use of materials published on the Internet and an approved provider.
5.16 By submitting an application to the competition, the applicant expresses agreement with the rules, undertakes to fulfil all provisions and conditions of the competition, which are an integral part of the application.

6. Other provisions
6.1 The festival will include films that are sent as data files with the following specifications – 9:16 format with a maximum of Full HD for height.
6.2 The Festival will not accept films that:
- Contain pornography and gratuitous violence.
- Promote war or depict cruel or otherwise inhuman conduct in a manner that is their disparagement, apology or approval,
- Incite hatred on the grounds of sex, race, color, language, faith and belief, whether political or other conditions, national or social origin, nationality or ethnic minority, property, birth and/or other status,
- Gratuitously exhibit persons dying or exposed to serious physical or mental suffering in a manner contrary to human dignity
6.3 Program of the festival will also include films requested by the ogranizer and provided by the entitled producer or co-producer (hereinafter the "provider").
6.4 Festival organizer assumes no responsibility for any claims against third parties arising from the inclusion of films into the festival. This provision applies both to the films, which were submitted to the competition and those the organizer requested to be placed for inclusion in the festival.
6.5 Agreement for inclusion in the competition by the film provider confirms acknowledgement of the competition rules. Inclusion into the festival comprises not only the festival itself but all promotions of the festival on the Internet, television and other media as well.
6.6 The organiser of the festival can not be accountable for redress of any damages arising from the inclusion of the film and / or its part in any activities associated with the festival, which is implemented with the consent of the organiser.

7. Final arrangements
7.1 Participation in the Festival implies agreement with its statutes. In uncertain or unforeseen circumstances, decisions will be made by the Director of the festival.
7.2 Program can be subject to change
7.3 Th The organiser has the right to present submitted films as part of their internet activities that include their own website and further activities on websites operated by third parties.

Overall Rating
  • Vertifilms has been the best festival experience I have ever had. And all that pleasant and wonderful experience has been thanks to its director, krystof Safer, who to recognize has been a great director of this wonderful Festival, since he makes this an experience of mutual benefit, where everyone wins with his great support.
    Thank you, Thank you Krystof for joining a lot of art, for sharing your experience with us. I really appreciate it.

    December 2020
    Response from festival:

    Thank you very much. I am happy, that you enjoyed it and found it useful for your work. Good luck!

  • Ester T. Ferman

    This was a wonderful festival and I loved the open communication from start to finish. I am very happy my first vertical film, Friends Helping Out, was screened here. I have plans with my friends to make another vertical film for next year!

    December 2020
    Response from festival:

    Thank you for your kind words. We are happy to hear that and hope, we would be even better next year!

  • Olga Haldiz

    Nice fest! Thinking about participating next year.

    December 2020
    Response from festival:

    You should ! :)

  • A great experience of living vertical cinema, it is my first time to enjoy it in this sense, a great reception by the organizers (Krystof), excellent organization, good films, I made good friends filmmakers through this festival, thank you vertifilms Prague , we must continue creating films in VERTICAL.

    December 2020
  • A very well organizes festival with a variety of great short movies!!!

    December 2020