The Nevada International Film Festival is the Silver State’s annual celebration of the very best in American and international cinema, recognizing and awarding top independent filmmakers and the storytellers who make it all possible.

This year's festival will recognize excellence in filmmaking in several competition categories including feature films, documentaries, short films, foreign films, animations, music videos, experimental films, and a screenplay competition. Films of many genres will be honored including drama, comedy, action, horror, family and more. At NIFF, films are awarded solely on the basis of their merits, with an eye for great screenwriting, originality and storytelling.

The Nevada International Film Festival is a non-traditional film festival and awards competition created as a platform to provide worthy films and filmmakers with recognition for their filmmaking and screenwriting achievements. As of our 2015 event, we have transitioned from a traditional live film festival held each year in Las Vegas since 2009, to an annual online awards competition. Films are not screened for the public. Once the Judges have concluded the judging process, winners are announced publicly on our official website, social media, and through various promotional channels targeting the film industry.

The Nevada International Film Festival also proudly supports the craft of screenwriting by discovering and recognizing important new talent through our annual Screenplay Competition. Top screenplays in several genres and categories, including feature and short length narrative scripts, specs scripts, and television pilots are recognized based on originality, form, and overall quality of work.

Awards & Prizes

Each year awards are given to celebrate the best filmmaking and screenwriting in each competitive category including directing, writing, cinematography and acting.

Prize List:
Grand Jury Award
Special Jury Prize
Best Feature
Best Documentary
Best Short
Best Documentary Short
Best Foreign Film
Best Student Film
Best Animated Film
Best Director
Best First-time Director
Best Screenplay
Best Actor
Best Actress
Best Supporting Actor
Best Supporting Actress
Best Nevada Feature
Best Nevada Short
Best Experimental Film
Best Music Video
Best Television Pilot

Screenplay Competition
Feature and Short Script Competitions
1st Place
2nd Place
3rd Place
4th Place
5th Place

Actor's Showcase Competition
1st Place
2nd Place
3rd Place

Rules & Terms

NIFF will include features, documentaries, shorts, experimental films, music videos, television pilots, animations, student films and screenplays of all categories and genres.

Acceptance and Notification
The Official Selections will be announced approximately one month prior to the festival. Only filmmakers of accepted films will be notified.

All entries must be submitted via FilmFreeway.

Films should be submitted in English or have English subtitles.

You agree to indemnify and hold us harmless, including our employees, owners, affiliates, and partners, from all claims and liability associated with your participation or entry to the Nevada International Film Festival.

By submitting your film or screenplay into competition in the Nevada International Film Festival you agree that you have read, accept, will abide by all rules and regulations.

8 Reviews

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    James Carroll

    Very professional. It was an honor to be part of the festival.

    December 2016
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    Gina Carey

    This is a very good film festival to summit too.

    December 2016
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    Timothy Collins

    The Nevada International Film Festival is a fantastic competition! We were honored to have our film included among so many other incredible films! This festival really cares about honoring up-and-coming filmmakers. We are so thankful for their recognition of our film, Kiss of Death. We plan to submit all of our future films to NIFF!

    December 2016
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    Michael Sieve

    Love these guys. I agree that perhaps more could be done to better understand the nature of this festival (online competition) and information about the jury, etc. But this festival really brings it. And I will be back!

    December 2016
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    Jim Norman

    A first rate festival for screenwriters.

    December 2016