Nordic International Film Festival is based in New York City at the renowned Scandinavia House (The Nordic Center) on Park Avenue.

We accept International and Nordic films (competing in two different categories).

NIFF celebrates Nordic and international films and we strive to find new and upcoming independent films as well as honoring great work from already established filmmakers. We screen the nominated films in the official selection at a grand theatre inside the Nordic Center for press, distribution, filmmakers and general admitted audience.

We focus on finding diverse independent films with strong characters and storylines, and encourage all filmmakers to submit their films, regardless of ethnicity, religion or worldview.

One part of our program highlights nordic films and Nordic productions. We welcome and judge all films equally and with great respect and consideration. Please take the Bechdel Test into consideration.

Awards & Prizes

AWARDS

Best Narrative Feature
Best Narrative Short
Best Documentary Feature
Best Documentary Short
Best Nordic Narrative Feature
Best Nordic Narrative Short

Best Male Actor
Best Female Actor
Best Director
Best Cinematography

Rules & Terms

CATEGORIES

Short documentaries and narratives are preferable under 22 min and no longer than 45 min.

Feature films are 45 min and up.

Nordic films are films shot in the Nordic countries or if the majority of the spoken language in the film is from any Nordic or Scandinavian country. You can also qualify for the Nordic submissions if the Director or Producer is from a Nordic or Scandinavian country, please e-mail us for more details. If you are unsure, please submit in the Nordic category and our programmers will make the judgement of moving it to a different category if needed and notify the submitter.

QUALIFICATIONS AND PREMIER STATUS

NIFF does not demand a world or national premiere requirement.

We accept any films completed after January 1, 2016.

Films that have debuted online or been official released outside of a festival are ineligible.

Please submit subtitles on all work except English narratives.

WORK IN PROGRESS OR ROUGH CUTS

Rough cuts of films will be considered as long as the completed version will be ready by August 29th, 2017. If your film is a rough cut, please label it as such and list what needs to be completed.

REVIEW POLICY

All films are viewed by the festival programmers and/or the jury. Each film is viewed and rated by a industry professional, and will move on to the next stage based off of those ratings. Our programmers and jury will make final decisions and notify filmmakers accordingly.

All decisions are final and feedback for individual films is not available.

DCP AND BLU-RAY SCREENINGS

All films will screen at the festival in DCP or BLU-Ray at the Victor Borge Hall Cinema at Scandinavia House. We will nominate according to categories listed above and select the winning film in each category in the official selection. Winner is entitled to use to laurels on poster and all marketing material. DCP's, Blu-Rays and awards can be picked up our shipped towards postage up to no later than one month after the festival.

NIFF reserves the right to make any necessary changes in regulations or scheduling. 
- Films selected may not be withdrawn from the festival program after its announcement. 
- All submission fees are non-refundable. We will not return your screening and exhibition copies. 
- The festival Directorate may deny participation to any film unable to meet the technical requirements for a public screening of good quality. 
- NIFF reserves the right to screen or not screen the films selected in the Official Selection. 
- Regardless of their winning status, winning filmmakers who can't attend the Awards Ceremony in New York, will only receive laurels. We reserve the right to decide which nominated films that will be a part of the screening of 2017 based on the quality of their showcase Blu-Ray or DCP as well as program scheduling. Winners will be announced online and in press. The festival has the right to work with any institution and partner festivals for all kind of cooperation, including joint events or promotions.

LIABILITY
You agree to indemnify us and hold us and our employees, owners, affiliates, and partners harmless from all claims and liability associated with your participation or entry to the NIFF.

REPRODUCTION AGREEMENT
Submission of an entry gives the festival permission to have accepted work exhibited, photographed, locally telecast, and reproduced either in part or whole, for educational or festival purposes. Filmmakers can request in writing that their material not be used for such purposes after the festival.

CHANGES AND ALTERATIONS
The festival Management reserves the right to make changes in the profile of the festival, if it becomes necessary to do so due to circumstances beyond his/her control.

LEGAL NOTICE
The duration of this agreement shall commence as of the date of submission by Owner.