Prague Independent Film Festival is an annual event focusing on international independent cinema. Its purpose is to show outstanding independent films, recognize and support new filmmakers and to enhance awareness and understanding of cinematography as art among diverse audiences.

Prague is a center of Europe, one of the most beautiful and charming places on earth.

The film festival will take place at the end of August in various locations of Prague. Screenings will culminate with an award ceremony. The Grand Prix of the festival is The Golden Eagle.

Our first festival was a great success, there were great films, interesting communication and lots of press coverage! It was really great celebration and we are looking forward to our next edition!

We guarantee that a jury of film professionals will view all submitted films. We encourage filmmakers who created their films with a low budget to enter their film to PIFF. The judgment criteria of the submitted films are new ideas, experimental cinematography, talented work of actors and an independent point of view.

We genuinely are Independent!

Awards & Prizes

Grand Prix
Grand Prix of the Festival – The Golden Eagle

Feature Film
Golden Statuette and certificate is awarded to the Best Feature Film

Short Film
Golden Statuette and certificate is awarded to the Best Short Film

Documentary
Golden Statuette and certificate is awarded to the Best Documentary.

Animated Film
Golden Statuette and certificate is awarded to the Best Animated Film

Music Video
Golden Statuette and certificate is awarded to the Best Music Video

There will also be the following awards for:
Best Actor – Golden Statuette and certificate.
Best Actress – Golden Statuette and certificate.
Best Director – Golden Statuette and certificate.
Best Screenplay – Golden Statuette and certificate.
Best Cinematography – Golden Statuette and certificate.
Best Original Music Score – Golden Statuette and certificate.

Rules & Terms

We encourage the submission of international film or video entries, but all entries must be in English or have English dubbing or subtitles. For films in English, we recommend to have Czech subtitles but it is not obligatory.
All entries must be available for screening during the festival. We welcome Feature Films, Short Films, Documentaries and Music Videos.
You may submit as many entries as you like. Each entry requires its own entry fee. Fees are not refundable.
We accept film submissions with FilmFreeway.
If your film is chosen to show at the Prague Independent Film Festival, you must send a full quality DCP file/35mm print no later than 3 weeks prior to the festival screening.
The DCP's are not returned by post. Participants can pick up their DCP's after the screening.
PIFF is not responsible for the safety of the DCP's.
Acceptable ratios: 1:1,37; 1:1,66; 1.1,85; CinemaScope
Acceptable sound: Dolby A/SR/SR.D/DTS
All films should have been completed within 2015-2017.
All awards are based on the overall merit of the entry. Decisions by the judges are final.
Finalists will be notified before 10.07.2016, if their entry will be screened at the 2016 Prague Independent Film Festival and considered with the other finalists for the top awards.
Festival does not deal with any copyright issues. All copyright issues should be resolved by the film authors.
Filmmakers and screenwriters retain 100% all of the rights to their projects and materials that they submit to the Prague Independent Film Festival but the film festival organizers have the right to use excerpts from the submitted films for promotional purposes
You agree to indemnify and hold harmless us, our officers, affiliates, employees, and partners from any and all claims and liability arising out of entering or transmitting your film to the Prague Independent Film Festival.
Filmmakers are not paid for screening at the Festival and Prague Independent Film Festival does not provide submission fee waivers, accommodation or any other financial assistance.
At least one representative of the team should be present at the award ceremony.

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    David Ellis

    It was a true pleasure, honor and so much fun to have been part of the 2016 PIFF !! Plus a huge honor to have been selected for Best Experimental Film!!! Special thanks to the organizers and the cinema in Prague for a highly professional and friendly experience...and the meeting, conversations about ideas and socializing with the other directors and crews was also a fun and valuable experience!! High Tens to Prague Independent Film Festival!! - David Ellis, USA

    September 2016
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    Response from festival:

    Dear David, thank you for your comment and your interesting film. It was a pleasure to communicate with you and we are looking forward to your new works.

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    Mike Gerard

    An awesome festival in an awesome city!

    August 2016
    Square
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Mike for coming to Prague and for your rating. We are waiting for more new films from you and to see you at our next festival!

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    Kostadin Bonev

    Magic place. Good selection, screenings with good quality. Irreproachable organization, friendly audience. Interesting conversations after screenings. Good Czech beer in the restaurant.

    August 2016
    Square
    Response from festival:

    Thank you very much for your participation in this event and for your comment. Looking forward to seeing you next year!

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    Irani Rima

    ONE OF A KIND, PRAGUE INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL.
    IT IS REALLY AN HONOR TO PARTICIPATE AND BE AWARDED.
    I RARELY DEALT WITH EQUAL PROFESSIONALISM, RESPECTFUL AND ETHICAL GENTS.
    MANY THANKS TO ALL OF YOU.
    Rima Irani ( Forgiveness Short Movie )

    August 2016
    Square
    Response from festival:

    Thank you very much for your participation in this event and for your comment. Looking forward to seeing you next year!