Vienna Indie Short Festival is an online seasonal film festival. During each edition, our jury selects the winners of each category through private screenings. Our judges consist of industry professionals from 5 different countries. Such a multicultural team behind our festival helps make our festival thrive amongst Independent Festivals. After private screenings, the jurors will announce the name of the winners and we will reveal them through our social medias. If you become a winner project, your project will advance to the next round and "might" consider the annual online event. At that stage, your project will consider officially selected films of the festival deemed for online screening.

* We do accept only short film

Best Short Film
Best Student Film
Best Documentary
Best Student Documentary
Best Experimental
Best Animation
Best Director
Best Student Director
Best Soundtrack
Best Music Video
Best Actor
Best Actress
Best Screenplay/Script
Best Unproduced Script
Best Cinematography
Best Web Series
Best TV Pilot
Best Micro Short
Beat Women Empowering

All genres are accepted with a maximum length of 40 minutes.
The films must include German or English subtitles (unless the spoken language is English or Germany).

By submitting the film, the submitter agrees that:
1. Vienna Indie Short Fest can use trailer/teaser/film poster/stills for promotional purpose
2. Entry fees are non-refundable.
3. The submitter owns all the rights to the film.
4. The submitter cannot withdraw the submission after the official selection announcement.
5. The information about the entries can be disclosed to Vienna associate film festivals.

Overall Rating
  • An important festival for the younger generation and beyond. Thanks immensely.
    Davide Sierchio

    July 2021
  • Derick Thomas

    Words can't explain the welcoming festival they have going in Vienna. Love what they are doing. Keep going guys.

    July 2021
  • Maria Brenda

    A well-organized festival. Thank you for recognizing my film. It was a great honor. I will definitely enter my future projects.

    July 2021
  • Chris Oledude

    From Christopher R. Owens, President, CESO Enterprises, Inc.

    On behalf of CESO ENTERPRISES, INC., Alyssa Dann, Chris Oledude, and all of our production participants, I would like to compliment the organizers and operators of the Vienna Indie Short Film Festival! When we created our first music video (which was long enough to be a short film), we knew nothing about film festivals. With the help of FilmFreeway, we started researching. The categories were good. Everyone who contacted us on behalf of this festival was helpful. The submissions looked excellent.

    It was indeed exciting to discover this new world and to be so warmly welcomed by the inhabitants!  To have GEORGE FLOYD: SAY THEIR NAMES selected for inclusion was an honor in and of itself. So, to be awarded Semi Finalist was thrilling and beyond what we expected! We were happy to “get the word out” and continue motivating people worldwide to consider the injustices embedded within our nation’s criminal justice system. After all, situations where a powerful segment of the population uses its law enforcement apparatus to abuse and oppress other segments of the population are recognizable in and common to many societies.
    We recommend submitting your work and we certainly intend to participate again in the future. Peace and stay safe!

    July 2021
  • It's a great honor to be an award winner at this wonderful festival. Thank you so much!

    July 2021