The International Freethought Film Festival is a niche film festival for the bold. Examples of themes in the Freethought niche are those that challenge what some societies and cultures deem beyond challenge, such as religion or government policies. The examination of truth claims that are of interest to skeptics, such as paranormal claims, alternative medicine, UFO's, psychics and astrology, fits this niche. Films that shed light on Human Rights violations, and stories of women and men who take a humanistic approach to affect positive change in society, have a home at IFFF. The clash between scientific findings and religious/superstitious traditions is a common theme among submissions as well.

Official film selections get exposure outside of just the film festival , Freethinkers around the globe are seeking more films that reflect their idealism in entertaining ways, in addition to documentaries. The Freethought Film Festival Foundation works with national and international secular organizations to share these films and recommend them to their members. Exposure at the International Freethought Film Festival will launch your film toward an eager audience within the secular movement.

Many film festivals select films that generally steer clear of major controversy. Not us! If your film reflects any of the aforementioned ideals, submit it. We affirm that having the freedom of expression completely negates the concept of having the courage of your convictions. We strongly believe that rationalistic and artistic are not mutually exclusive.

Awards & Prizes

Competitive categories are for student films, which are considered for scholarship award. Best of the fest in non-competitive categories receive honorable mention/laurels.

Rules & Terms

GENERAL FESTIVAL RULES

-Film subject matter should reflect freethought concepts by promoting reason, critical thinking and freedom of inquiry, and be of interest to freethinkers.

-For Shorts categories, only one Screener disc per film. Compilations on a single disc will not be considered.

-Length of Shorts: Under 30m

-Length of Features: 60m+

-Initial submission formats should be FilmFreeway Online Screener, DVD or other digital format to be accessed via online private access link. Features selected to be screened at the International Freethought Film Festival must be in DVD/Blu-Ray-NTSC (Region 1 or 0) format only.

-A Press Kit including still photos from your film is required with your winning entry. Resolution should be a minimum of 300 dpi and in png format for print & 72 dpi in jpg format for web graphics. A One sheet is requested for selected features.

-Only one film submission per entry form.

-All entries must be completed projects

-Films that are under a distribution contract are not eligible. Films should not contain any content that violates copyright laws.

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    Georgia Watson

    Very happy to take part in this festival that promotes free thinking , virtues and artists who have important stories to tell. Honour to be rewarded as best freethought short this year ! So important to have festivals like this in our modern world.

    June 2016
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    Sarah Barker

    This is such a thoughtfully curated and friendly festival! We felt so welcome, and loved the venue. This festival is small, and we were disappointed with the turn out, but we had a great time, and hope this festival will continue to grow. Thanks so much to Andrea, the Festival Coordinator for her hospitality, great communication and her authenticity!

    May 2016
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    Response from festival:

    Hi Sarah,
    It was such a pleasure to have your personal participation in the program! Thank you so much for taking the time to review the festival.
    Best in Reason,
    Andrea

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    Mirta Mataija

    Universally known ideas and virtues that drive this festival, make it extremely important at this chaotic point of human evolution.So proud that we could be a part of it.

    May 2016
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    Response from festival:

    Hi Mirta,
    We were so thrilled that you and Goran were a part of the program. Your presentation added so much value to the event. It was also a validation as to why we put in the effort each year to make this film festival a reality. We have every confidence that your film will make a difference in the world! It was witnessed first-hand how it moved the audience as much as it moved our jurors. Thank you so much for taking the time to review the festival.
    Best in Reason,
    Andrea

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    Kevin Machate

    Did not attend, won Screenplay and then the same film was accepted the next year. Nice people, great concept. If you have a niche film, send it!

    May 2016
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    Response from festival:

    Kevin,
    Thank you so much for taking the time to review the festival. We appreciate the positive feedback!
    Best in Reason,
    Andrea