The Alpenfest Film Award (AFFA) is an annual film festival that takes place over five days in Vienna, Austria. The festival screens all films in a cinema with full surround sound and crystal-clear visuals. Attending filmmakers have the opportunity to participate in post-screening Q&A sessions, red carpet interviews, and nightly after parties.

In-competition films for AFFA come from open submissions via FilmFreeway, and winners are chosen by previous festival alumni and AFFA’s programming team. The festival also hosts in-depth panel discussions on various film-related topics during Industry Days.

AFFA films have gone on to have full theatrical releases and can be found on platforms such as Joyn and Maxdome.

Submissions are currently open for AFFA2024, which will take place from September 15-20 at the CineCenter in Vienna. The festival offers daily film screenings, red carpet interviews, Q&A sessions, and good times for all attendees.

«It was an amazing experience to attend the festival! The industry talks were incredibly helpful and informative, as they provided insight into the latest market trends. Additionally, there were plenty of networking opportunities. Everyone involved took advantage of the opportunity to connect with like-minded people and make great business connections. It was a pleasure attending this incredible festival and we look forward to another great year ahead at the same festival in future!»
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All films submitted are contenders for the Jury Award and Audience Award in the following categories:

Best Feature film
Best Short film
Best Documentary
Best Music Video
Best Director
Best First Time Filmmaker
Best Female Director
Best Producer
Best Cinematography
Best Actor
Best Actress
Best Editing
Best Original Screenplay
Best Sound Design
Best Soundtrack
Best Visual Effects

Best Feature Script
Best Short film Script
Best Screenwriter
Best First Time Screenwriter.

The Alpenfest Film Award (AFFA) accept all forms and genres. All non-English language films must be subtitled in English. Entry does not guarantee acceptance into the festival. Submissions WILL NOT be returned. We also accept submissions that have premiered . Rough cuts and incomplete projects are not accepted. Multiple entries are allowed, however a separate entry form must be submitted for each. The festival has the capability to screen digital files.

Screenings are scheduled during the Festival at the discretion of the Alpenfest Film Award (AFFA). Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the published schedule, AFFA reserves the right to make changes at any time for any reason. AFFA will not be liable for any costs claimed as a result of a change in scheduling. No film may be withdrawn from the festival program after its selection. If chosen as an official selection, The Alpenfest Film Award (AFFA) is granted the permission to exhibit the film at AFFA and all associated screenings. Location and timing of any screenings of the film shall be the sole decision of the organizers of the Alpenfest Film Award (AFFA) Filmmakers will be solely responsible for all costs resulting from the submission of the film to the Festival including but not limited to postage or insurance of the film, and expenses of your staff or any representatives of the film. Producer will indemnify the organisers of the Festival against all claims, demands, costs, damages, expenses (including legal fees), proceedings and losses resulting from the screening of the film at the Festival or from claims by any third parties.

The filmmaker holds the Alpenfest Film Award (AFFA), its management, juries, subsidiaries, agents, sponsors, affiliates, and etc. harmless from any and all claims of liability resulting from entry. The filmmaker certifies to have full rights. Producer will indemnify the organizers of the Festival against all claims, demands, costs, damages, expenses (including legal fees), proceedings and losses resulting from the screening of the film at the Festival or from claims by any third parties.

The festival does not offer screening fees for its films. By submitting through FilmFreeway you are agreeing to NOT request a screening fee as a requirement for your film's participation in the festival, should your film get selected for the program.

Since the festival only requires a nominal entry fee, we will NOT accept requests for other entry fee waivers.