Amsterdam International Film Festival (AIFF) is one of the fastest growing, up and coming film festival held in the heart of Amsterdam. AIFF is more than just a Film Festival; it is a strong connection among filmmakers from around the world.
Every finalist and winner film will be posted on our website and social media pages. Your films will be judged by multi-award winning professionals.
The Amsterdam International Film Festival is an IMDb Qualifying event.

Amsterdam International Film Festival will have winners from different categories.
The Awards by category:
Best Short Film
Best Feature Film
Best Symbolic Film
Best Drama
Best Thriller
Best Comedy
Best Horror
Best Sci-Fi
Best Non-Dialogue Film
Best Dark Comedy
Best Actor
Best Actress
Best Supporting Actor
Best Supporting Actress
Best Young Actor
Best Young Actress
Best Cinematography
Best Director
Best Color
Best Original Score
Best Original Soundtrack
Best Music
Best VFX
Best Costume Design
Best Animation
Best Documentary
Best Russian Film
Best Music Video
Best COVID Short
Best LGBTQ+ Film
Best Web-Series
Best Poster
Best Photography


- In order to submit a film, you must own the rights or have permission from the owner.
- Amsterdam International Film Festival (AIFF) relationship will exclusively be related to the film submitter.
- Any Foreign film that is not in English must have English subtitles.
- You always retain 100% of all rights to your intellectual property.
- All fees are non-refundable.
- AIFF will not be responsible for damaged copies.
- Students must present a valid Student ID in order to receive our student discount.
- Not all the submissions are selected for the official competition. Our Judges are free to make their own choices and no answers will be given about not selected films.
- AIFF can consider any film to be disqualified if the festival considers the content inappropriate.
- Filmmakers can submit the film in multiple categories in order to become a multi-award film. Still, the decision about the selection is strictly determined by our judges' team and no selection is guaranteed.
- The applicants (submitters) must accept AIFF Rules and Terms.
- All submissions in personal categories required the name of the person and the category. You can easily send us this information in the cover letter at the FilmFreeway website, otherwise, your film can be disqualified from that specific category.
- Submitting your movie, you authorize AIFF to use, distribute and share the film poster, trailer, synopsis and movie stills on our social media (but do not release, under any form or circumstances, the full film or project).
- We do not require premiere status.
- If feedback option is selected, the entry will be judged and the submission status will be updated (From Undecided to Selected) within the next 72 hrs after your full submission. Note that this is not a writing review service.
If no main category is selected in the expedited feedback option, automatically the entry cannot be considered.
The full submission is a main category or more selected in your entry. The feedback is an additional option to get notified if your project is worthy of being included in our Official Selection within 72 hours from the time we receive your full submission.
All films must be submitted in at least one main category and may also be submitted with the feedback option.
* ​Films submitted with the feedback option without at least one main category will be disqualified with no refund.
All our main categories are listed underneath the trophy and feedback option.
Remember that payments are not refundable**
- At the moment, private screenings due to the coronavirus outbreak
- Winning categories vary every month depending on the submissions we receive. If we think the categories submitted are not to the standard of the AIFF win, they will be removed.
- If the project is "Selected" to be included in our festival, it will be sent to the review sessions that are the next stage to know whether or not they will be considered as part of the official selection of the edition. If the project does not advance at this stage, the Judging Status cannot be upgraded to "Nominee" to be part of the Official Announcement.
The Competition reserves the right to refuse entries and the Jury can remove a movie from the competition at any time. Entry fees are non-refundable. The individual or corporation submitting the film/script hereby warrants that it is authorized to commit the film for possible screening (private and/or public) and understands and accepts these requirements, rules and regulations. You agree to indemnify and hold harmless the AIFF, from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney’s fees, and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss or damage of the screening videos entered.
The festival reserves the right to disqualify any submission at any time if there is any question of ownership, copyright infringement, or any sign of disrespect (in any form of media) to the festival or its representatives. When a project is submitted without a poster, trailer, credits or sometimes without any of the aforementioned topics, the judges take points off the final rating.
You cannot cancel your participation in the competition after the announcement of the official selection.
All our official communications must be through email. It is not possible for us to respond to messages through social media platforms, due to the large number of requests we have on them.
Festival dates & times may be subject to delay or change without notice. Please check our FilmFreeway page for deadlines and any other updates.
No work or artist will be either discriminated or favored by their country of origin, language, age, race, education, ideology, sexual orientation, or by their economic resources. Every content, every form, every technique will be considered with no censorship of any kind.
It is the Amsterdam International Film Festival's policy not to offer comments and reasons for films not selected and decisions for the program.
Regarding credits on IMDb, please note that only IMDb can approve or reject your submission(s). If your nominees/wins are not published, it doesn’t depend on us,
and you should report your problem to the official IMDb support community.

All stated information, eligibility and submission guidelines, terms and conditions of entry, and entry information is subject to change by the film contest, without notice. By submitting your film/script, you acknowledge you have read, understood and accepted all rules, regulations & conditions above.

** This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License. Amsterdam International Film Festival® 2022 All Rights Reserved **

Overall Rating
  • Keith Plummer

    What a thrill and honor for our film, Self Quarantined, to be selected as Best Feature Film 2022. This festival will always be special to us! Thank you so much, Amsterdam International Film Festival!

    April 2022
  • Thank you so much for your official nominee in the short film category of our 42 Ideals of Ma'at! We are most honored.

    April 2022
  • Alison Stover

    This festival really stands out amongst others. Communication with them was wonderful. We won best original story and best actress. We are thrilled for these distinctions. I will definitely submit again with new films in the future!

    April 2022
  • An amazing experience. Thank you so much .for the Award.

    April 2022
  • fantastic
    I am proud and honored to be part of it.

    April 2022