VFA is a volunteer-run organization that seeks to enlighten, educate, and entertain the community through the exhibition. The Vienna Film Awards as an international festival has the objective of creating awareness through the projection of Independent films. We welcome submissions from a range of genres including short films, documentaries, features, animations and screenplays.

VFA opens its doors to film enthusiasts, movie fans and students alike who want to get their start in the industry by meeting and connecting with industry professionals. The Festival offers you the chance to meet other filmmakers and industry professionals to exchange ideas and collaborate in a highly creative and inspiring atmosphere. We strive to bring filmmakers from all over the world under one setting. We continue to represent filmmakers from all levels and experiences.

Vienna Film Awards will be given out certificates, laurels and trophies to the nominated submissions are given in these categories for cinematic excellence. We believe our film festival will give filmmakers a chance to showcase their work to a very wide range of audiences from many different parts of the world.

We wish everyone the best of luck and hope to see you at our event this year!

Vienna Film Awards judges will go through the submissions and every month there will be a selection of nominees. These selected nominees will be invited to attend the awards ceremony in Vienna.

Vienna Film Awards will be given out certificates, laurels and trophies to the nominated submissions are given in these categories for cinematic excellence. One winner will be chosen by the judges to receive $500.

International selected nominees who cannot attend the awards ceremony will be contacted by the team to have their certificates/trophies sent to them.

Programme for event night will be available to the selected nominees one month prior to the event night

1. All films must either be in English or have English subtitles.
2. All films must be produced after 2017.
3. We retain no responsibility for copyright claims.
4. You allow us to promote your film and create promotional materials with your movie poster.
5. Short films must not be longer than 40 min (including credits).
6. By submitting you agree to our terms and conditions and give us permission to use your email address for marketing purposes.

Overall Rating
  • Tom Hodges

    This might have been their first year, but Vienna Films Awards is off to a powerful start. Even though they are across the world from California, they responded quickly to my questions, and aided me with issues like uploading my DCP files (I am more creative than technically knowledgeable LOL). I also love that they invite audience members to view the films for free. I’ve attended too many festival screenings where it’s just the filmmakers (and their moms) in the theatre. VFA has found a great way to ensure filmmakers have a full house to enjoy their movies. And thank you so much for recognizing our film with the award for Best LGBTQ Short!! We are thrilled and look forward to screening another film there soon!

    June 2019
  • Jan Maximilian Salmen

    We are really proud to have been part of the first year's edition of the Vienna Film Awards! The festival team showed great effort in making the event a unique experience for everyone involved. The communication beforehand was excellent and is continuing in the same way after the event. We always felt very welcome and can highly recommend this festival to everyone!
    Go help these guys grow bigger and welcome filmmakers from all over the world in the beautiful city of Vienna!

    June 2019
  • I had a great time attending to the event!

    The quality of the short movies screened was impressive (some of them were among the best I have ever seen so far).
    The organizers were kind, welcoming, and truly passionate about their job. They also made a brief interview to each filmmaker, to understand both the struggles each one faced in realizing their short, and their future projects.
    The venue was great, in the very heart of Vienna and the attendance was sufficient.

    Vienna Film Awards has ample margins for growth in the next future, so keep an eye on this guys and submit your work to them!

    June 2019
  • Andrew Kotatko

    This is a lovely film festival run by truly passionate cinephiles! Wonderful communication from the team. Strongly recommended! (It was a great honour to win the Best Director award. Thank you so much.)

    June 2019

    The Vienna Film Awards are, to my knowledge, one of the most remarkable film festivals now.
    At this film festival, I felt certainty of policy, solidity, integrity, staff excellence, and exhilarating energy.
    I am grateful that this film festival has fairly judged, selected, and praised the films we submitted to a large audience.
    I recommend that as many directors as possible submit to this film festival!

    June 2019