EFF is an international film festival for unconventional independent film, organised at several vibrant locations in Eindhoven (NL).

In a world that is rapidly changing, we feel it’s important to move along. As a festival, we focus on the experience and like to challenge our audience as well as makers to question the medium film, in order to stimulate innovative productions that really wow.

We love to show the diversity of the medium. Therefore, we’re always looking for films and moving images that question the boundaries of traditional filmmaking.

At our festival we show unconventional independent films varying from experimental shorts to breath-taking documentaries. We are very proud to present the work of talented filmmakers from all over the world. Besides an extensive film programme, you can enjoy a broad variety of film-related extras like live film scores, workshops and talks and exhibitions.

At Eindhoven Film Festival we:
• Like to be catalysers for innovation in film by mixing various disciplines and encouraging filmmakers to experiment regardless of traditions and clichés. We see the festival as a playground/laboratory where filmmakers, as well as the audience, are encouraged to make the imaginable possible.
• Want to redesign the way we experience film in collaboration with the filmmakers as well as the audience.
• Want to turn Eindhoven into a furtive breeding ground for innovative film productions, national as well as international.
• Aim to broaden people's perspective on society by showing unconventional (fictive/(hyper)real) stories straight from the heart of the filmmakers.
• Strive for inclusiveness. Eindhoven counts about 150 nationalities. We feel it’s important that the different cultures in Eindhoven feel at home and represented at the festival.

Everyone is a winner!
All the work we show at our festival deserves a prize. We feel it's important to present the films and give makers and oppurtunity to shine at our festival.
It's not about the awards it is about the stories makers have to tell and share with us.

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• EFF shows fiction, animation, experimental/art, video clips, VR projects and documentary films. In short we aim to show the variety of film and moving image, and encourage productions that break boundaries.
• We do not have any premiere status requirements. Priority may be given to works which have not recently reached large scale audiences.
• All films must be submitted via www.filmfreeway.com.
• All films must be subtitled in English. If the film is in English, we do not necessarily need English subtitles - but we prefer it.
• The submitted material (trailer, film, synopsis and stills) can be used for publicity purposes of EFF.
• The organisation of EFF has decision-making authority. In the event of unclear or unforeseen situations in this regulation, different decisions can be made.
• Results cannot be corresponded or discussed. Please note: Due to the volume of entries received, EFF cannot give individual feedback on submissions.

1. Upload 3 to max 5 film stills that are at least 300 dpi and that are preferably CMYK instead of RGB.
2. Upload your trailer in MOV or MP4 format. EFF may use your trailer for promotional purposes if your film is selected
3. Upload a digital English synopsis with a maximum of 90 words.
4. Also send us a copy of your film as a MOV or MP4 file. Please note that this file will be used for promotional use only.
5. Please fill in a complete list of cast & crew members.
6. All attached documents will not be returned.
7. The EFF has the right to send informational newsletters to the email provided.

Anyone who submits a film for EFF thereby agrees with being the holder of the rights of the film or have the rights of the film another way.

By subscribing and sending a film to the EFF, the filmmaker thereby agrees that the film was not made for commercial purposes with commercial money and is therefore an independent production.

• The EFF has the right to place your entry in a different category than you submitted. If the fee for this category is higher, we will charge the difference. If the fee is lower we will NOT refund the fee.
• A professional jury selects and nominates the films for EFF 2020.
• The professional jury will have the final say in making the selection. There are no statements made about them and nothing will be corresponded or discussed on the reason why a film is or is not selected.
• Movies that show a technical error or stuttering are not selected.

• All files must be named consequently by the Digital Cinema Naming Convention. Please check the following link to ensure you name your DCP-file correctly: http://isdcf.com/dcnc/.
• All DCPs need to have English subtitles. If the film is in English we don't necessarily need English subtitles - but we prefer it.
• If you have any questions regarding your DCP or other technical issues please contact: wouter@eindhovenfilmfestival.nl

If your film is selected for the EFF, you will receive free day tickets to visit the festival.
Nominated filmmakers from outside of the Netherlands will be invited to the festival.
We will support your stay in Eindhoven, not your travel expenses.

The submitter is solely responsible for compliance with the laws of the Netherlands.
The festival is not liable for any violations.
By subscribing and sending a film to the EFF, the filmmaker thereby accepts and agrees to the general terms and conditions.

Overall Rating
  • Sunjoo Lee

    Great festival! The program was of good quality and also was very interesting with thoughtful questions by the moderators in Q&A. I loved the side programs also, like the workshops and the exhibitions. Every night there was a party at the basement, where the filmmakers could come together. I really enjoyed this festival.

    January 2020
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Sunjoo! We loved having you and your amazing film at our festival!

  • Nathalie Faber

    Nice festival! My documentary was programmed in a beautiful and varied film block. Well done by the programmer Anneke.

    December 2019
  • Didi Spaans

    Great festival and very well organized. The 'dare to be different' mentality really shines through and I loved the high-quality selection of films. Very proud to be screened here!

    December 2019
  • Adore this festival! Great place for my festival premiere, saw a lot of wonderfully inspiring films and met wonderful people. Would highly recommend submitting and visiting if you have the chance!

    December 2019
    Response from festival:

    Thank you for your kind words Ira. We are looking forward to seeing you next edition!

  • An excellent festival on all counts. So honoured that our short "Box Office Smash" was nominated in 2 categories! Held in a super-hip neighbourhood in Eindhoven, they put us up in a very cool hotel just 3 mins walk from the festival venue. Lots of cool spots nearby and the venue itself was very well equipped with great cinema screens, all high quality. All films were shown in DCP format, so seen and heard at their best. The selection of films were all of a really high calibre, which made us feel even more honoured that our film was amongst them. For us, the festival standout was 'Sisters' - an absolutely exquisite film which should win big everywhere in our opinion. Looking forward to seeing 'Dante vs Mohammed Ali' and 'Make Aliens Dance'. The student category was also very strong. All in all a really worthwhile festival and we had a great time attending, leaving with tons of inspiration, encouragement and some new connections. Thank you EFF!

    December 2018