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Vienna International Film Awards (VIFA) is an annual film festival held in the heart of Vienna.

VIFA accepts short-films in various genres and categories from across the globe.

Our judges consist of international filmmakers and industry professionals.

To view the judges of our festival please make sure to visit us on:

VIFA is an IMDb qualifying film festival.

Our festival is run by a small group of volunteers, film enthusiasts, and professional film judges.

The objective of VIFA is to provide support to independent filmmakers, help promote their talent and to give them the unique chance to present their work to industry professionals with vast experience in their field.

In case you still have any questions about our festival, please don’t hesitate to send us a message and we will get back to you within 24 hours.


Best Director

Best Directress

Best Actor

Best Actress

Best Cinematography

Best Production Design

Best Comedy

Best Romance

Best Horror

Best Thriller

Best Drama

Best Documentary

Best Science Fiction / Fantasy

Best Period / Adventure (new!)

Best Dance / Musical (new!)

Best Animated

Best Experimental

Best Music Video

Best of Iran



3 honorable mentions in each category.

10 official selections in each category.

1 award winning film in each category.

The winning films will receive our official VIFA laurels, a certificate and will be screened in a movie theater in front of a live audience at our screening event in Vienna.

On Sunday December 11, 2022 we will host a red carpet award show and networking event.

Austrian short films that make it into our official selection will receive a free one-year-membership with the Austrian Directors Association.

1) Films that are not in English are required to have English subtitles.

2) Duration 25 minutes and under.

3) Films must be 2018 or newer to be able to submit.

4) When submitting in multiple categories, please submit each category separately.

5) To submit a film you have to own all rights or have permission from the owner of the content to submit the film to us.

6) Student Films will require proof of student ID to qualify for the discounted rate. Any non-student films submitted into the category will be disqualified.

7) Only online submissions using FilmFreeway are accepted.

8) VIFA reserves the right to refuse acceptance of submissions deemed by the festival to be inappropriate and violating the Rules and Terms. Should you wish to question VIFA about the decision, you can contact us by email.

9) All fees are non-refundable.

Overall Rating
  • Carolyn Saul

    Very thrilled that our Australian short documentary, “this bond i and Bondi” received an Honorable Mention at the Vienna International Film Awards (VIFA) 2021. Thank you for appreciating the film and also to Alexander for responsive and clear communication.

    January 2022
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Carolyn :-)
    It was a pleasure having your film at VIFA2021,
    all the best from Austria to Australia!

  • Thank you guys for the Honours :-) ... a nice experience with YOU

    December 2021
    Response from festival:

    Thank YOU for being part of VIFA2021 & we wish you a happy new year! :-)

  • very blessed to be part of this amazing and great festival that is very informative With excellent creativity, communication and organisation, I will be submitting future projects. Thank you, VIFA.

    December 2021
    Response from festival:

    Hi Alan, Thank you for your kind words, We are looking forward to watching more of your work soon and hope to see you at VIFA2022. All the best & Happy Holidays :-)

  • Omeed Boghraty

    Great festival with amazing team behind it!

    December 2021
    Response from festival:

    Hi Omeed,
    It was a pleasure to have your award winning film “Pool” at our festival!
    All the best & Happy Holidays :-)

  • Lynn Santer

    They have been thoroughly professional and courteous from start to finish. Love this festival.

    December 2021
    Response from festival:

    Hi Lynn, Thank you for your kind words, We hope to see you again at VIFA2022! All the best & Happy Holidays :-)