Founded in 2001 and reimagined in 2022 with a new name and focus, the ZIONS INDIE FILM FEST is a premiere presenter of cinematic stories from independent filmmakers around the world. Set alongside Utah’s spectacular Wasatch Mountains, the 22nd Annual ZIFF will take place March 15-18, 2023.

ZIFF brings together a sophisticated and diverse audience of movie-goers, film industry leaders, movie critics, film students, government leadership, and sponsors. The time-honored programming standards that were established over two-decades ago will continue under the new organization.

Films selected and presented will cover a wide range of trending topics that uplift and inspire, as well as films with the simple intent to entertain and provide a much-needed laugh. (See terms and conditions).

ZIFF is a major event that showcases an impressive array of feature films, documentaries, special screenings, short films, music videos, valuable industry panels, and keynote presenters. Festival organizers are dedicated to helping filmmakers have the best festival going experience possible. Special media opportunities will be arranged for final selected films, Q&A after their movie screenings, Filmmaker VIP Lounge, Filmmaker swag bags, networking, and much more.

Congratulations on getting your film ready for festivals. Our festival team and a group of film industry professionals look at every submission critically and intently.

First, second, and third place awards are announced in each category. Filmmakers are strongly encouraged to attend the festival to network with connect with other likeminded individuals. We promise a wonderful festival experience!!

The 2023 categories include:
Feature Film
Documentary Feature
Short Film
Short Documentary
Music Video
Audience Choice Awards are announced in all the categories listed above.
ZION SPIRIT AWARD is presented to the film that best embodies the festival mission.

Second and third place awards are given in the form of framed certificates. First place winners receive an elegantly engraved trophy and framed certificate. All finalists will be announced online and in a press release distributed to media and film industry professionals. Winners will be announced at the closing night Red Carpet Award Show.

Submissions open 08|15|2022 and ends 12|31|2022.

Due to the nature of the festival, we hold to standards that exclude the use of gratuitous nudity or sexually explicit scenes, over the top violence, offensive language, or horror films. Any film having these elements will be automatically disqualified.

Films must be available for screening during March 15 -18th, 2023. If selected, delivery of the film needs to be sent to the Program Director no later than January 31, 2023.

By submitting your film, you grant permission to ZIONS Indie Film Fest to include your film in the 2023 programing if said film is officially accepted. You also agree to allow excerpts of your film (i.e. trailers and highlights) to be placed on the ZIFF website as well as other marketing or promotional purposes.

All films must be submitted through FilmFreeway by December 31, 2022. The filmmaker can only submit original contact and certify there are no disputes regarding ownership with the film. The festival does not pay screening fees or split revenue for screenings to a live theater audience.

The entry fee is non-refundable. Once an entry payment has been processed our industry judges will start screening and rating your film. We cannot provide a refund.

Notification of selections will be announced on January 9, 2023.

Selected Films will be provided two (2) All-Festival Access filmmaker badges to the 22nd Annual ZIONS INDIE FILM FEST.

We look forward to seeing your submitted film and thank you for choosing ZIFF as part of your filmmaking journey.

** A film not submitted by the December 31, 2022 due date that would like to still show at the festival but NOT participate in the competition can send a special request to the festival director for consideration.

Overall Rating
  • Dave Bresnahan

    What a great film festival. It was great to return to an in-person FF. I enjoyed seeing other films, attending the panel discussions, and of course the best was having our film Grandpa's Crazy? screened and then awarded the Audience Choice Award. It was a great experience and something I look forward to every year.

    March 2022
  • Andres Paredes

    First time submission. Was impressed by how well organized it was. Very nice venue.

    March 2022
  • Jona .

    Trank you for the great communication and hospitality!

    March 2021
  • I have been coming to this festival for almost 20 years, since it started. This fest is absolutely my most favorite festival. The staff are so unbelievable and the accommodations and programs are super. The level of organization is so well done, and the wide variety of submissions from filmmakers ceases to amaze me every year! Looking forward to attending next year! If you are considering this fest, please do so. You will have an amazing experience. Our film had a tremendous turnout due to the wonderful online support and marketing from the festival. Our film "sold out" and that goes to show you how hard the fest staff worked to build the online buzz which let to an amazing turnout. Such a supportive festival!

    March 2021
    Response from festival:

    It was wonderful showcasing your film at the festival this year. Keep up the good work.

  • Sherri Whitehead

    Our group has found the LDS Film Festival to be a very positive and supportive community in which to showcase our films and connect with other creators. We’ve been involved for 3 years and have only scratched the surface of all the opportunities available to film makers through the festival. Huge shoutout to directors Kels and Stephanie Goodman—and to the upcoming directors and all others involved in pulling off an amazing festival in 2021! We have benefited from our affiliation and hope to be involved for years to come.

    March 2021