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 second 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 Star and certificate is awarded to the Best Feature Film

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

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

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

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

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

Prague Independent Film Festival is not responsible for any post expenses for DCPs and other materials, which participants send to Prague Independent Film Festival. The sender pays postage fees and any additional shipment costs, such as customs fee, taxes or others costs and Prague Independent Film Festival is not responsible for them.

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 the past two years

All awards are based on the overall merit of the entry. Decisions by the judges are final.

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 and at the screening of their film. In case no one comes to the festival personally, we are not obliged to screen their film.

If a feature film exceeds 120 minutes, filmmakers might be asked to pay an extra fee if their film is selected for screening.

6 Reviews

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    Cathal Feeney

    I really enjoyed this festival. The hosts Diana and Elena went to a lot of trouble to make you feel welcome and the films on offer were exemplified by their diversity and quality. One of the main bonuses of attending festivals is the opportunity to meet other filmmakers and the regular coffee mornings that were organised were a perfect opportunity to do so. The Q&A at the end of the films was also a nice feature and never less than interesting. Overall a very rewarding few days.

    August 2017
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you Cathal, we are looking forward to your new films!

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    Jason Tovey

    I would like to thank and congratulate Diana Ringo for putting on a great festival at Kino Evald in Prague. She was always very welcoming to the filmmakers and put on a diverse and compelling mixture of features and short films. The festival's attitude to promote independent film is admirable, no matter what the budget and based on true artistic merit. I watched all the films in the festival and enjoyed and learned so much from the selected programme. Great to meet the other filmmakers as well. We are very proud that our film won an award for best artistic direction. May the PIFF Festival have lots of success in the future.

    August 2017
    Square
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Jason for your review and coming to Prague with Peter. It was a great time together, we will be happy to screen your new films in the future!

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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
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    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
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    Response from festival:

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