Amsterdam Freedom International Film Festival -
Bi-Month Awards event with yearly live-screening.

Here at AFIFF we aim to find Gems in 21st Century Independent filmmaking synergy of whom will create future strong projects.

We’re providing unique filmmakers with our promotion through social media and official website. Best ones will be invited to Annual Live Event at Amsterdam, Netherlands that includes Q&A, Red Carpet, afterparty sea trip, international communications with independent filmmakers, closing award ceremony.

Submissions are open for shorts, feature narratives, documentaries and animation as even experimental films and music video.

We are interested in professionally made independent works, as well as in works that make sense or lead to freedom of the human spirit.

The big studios dictate their rules, it’s time to make all equal. It’s time for freedom in cinema!

Every Selected work will be provided with 1 - sentence review that could be used in promotional purposes.

Awards per categories on AFIFF
Best Short Film
Best Feature Film
Best Short Screenplay (up to 45 pages)
Best Feature Screenplay (45+ pages)
Best Animation
Best Experimental Film
Best Music Video
Best Feature Documentary
Best Short Documentary
Best Director
Best Actor
Best Actress
Best Cinematography
Best ECO Work
Best Student Film
Best Indie Film
Best Low-Budget Film
Best LGBTQ+ Film
Best Drama
Best Comedy
Best Action, Sci-Fi or Fantasy
Best Thriller
Best Horror
Best Director Debut
Best Documentary Director
Best Documentary Cinematography
Best Original Screenplay
Best Editing
Best CGI & Visual Effects
Best Original Score
Best Sound Design
Best Original Soundtrack
Best Costume Design
Best Montage
Best Photography
Best Poster

The Filmmakers retain all submission and intellectual property rights

Premiere Policy
There is no premiere policy for any films submitted.
Work-in-progress and films with distribution are accepted.

Screening Format
All films will be screened via DCP files. If filmmakers selected for the festival do not have a DCP, we we will produce one for them free of charge. We will also require .mov, mp4, or equivalent as a backup.Our company works according to the principle of individual approach to every client.

Submission of films and participation in Amsterdam Freedom Independent Film Festival implies understanding and acceptance of the above regulations and requirements for this submission. If in doubt about any of the above, please contact and ask questions before submitting. Thank you for reading this far!
Submission Entrance

All submissions for the Feature Film category are to be paid through FilmFreeway platform. The submission fee is non-refundable.

AFIFF can use trailer/teaser/film poster/stills or BTS for promotional purpose

AFIFF have rights to change date and place of the Event.

Overall Rating
  • Beware: do not submit to this festival.

    I was humbled and beyond excited to be included by this festival, but quickly found out they seem to be in it only for the money: multiple reviews stated being selected by the festival, but never receiving any word from them since. The same thing happened to me:

    - After being selected they never uttered a word, even after multiple e-mails & attempts to reach out
    - They have not updated their website in a long, long time with no selected winners
    - As I wrote before, multiple filmmakers have had the same experience.

    I am beyond disappointed and saddened that organisations like this prey on indie & beginner film makers. Again: do not submit your film to this festival. You deserve better.

    January 2023
  • Jes F. A. Falcon

    we were informed through filmfreeway that our music video was a winner but we never had any communication whatsoever from the festival. We sent them a couple of emails and they never replied. Even their website looks like it hasn't been updated for the last 5-6 months. We're humble and respectful and we don't expect any special treatment, we're aware of the many great artists out there but we're sorry to say that they're quick to take the money, give you some laurels and then nothing. Disappointing to say the least. And living in Amsterdam myself, I'm sorry to say this happened in this city. We deserve better.

    January 2023
  • Justin John Carroll

    Thanks to all at Amsterdam Freedom Independent for including us in your Festival by selecting our short film The Cow. We are very grateful and honoured to have received this recognition. Best wishes.

    December 2022
  • Thank you for selecting our film "Angels of Dust". I am an American filmmaker living in Holland so I feel extra honored and excited to be selected in my home away from home. Your screening venue is really a top place. Good luck for your first year. Warme groet!

    December 2022
  • Αλέξανδρος Θεοδωρίδης

    Thanks Amsterdam Freedom Indepedent IFF about the hospitality.

    December 2022