The Princeton Independent Film Festival grew out of a love of using film to take people out of their everyday lives and into new points of view. Our goal is to share the different and exciting perspectives that our filmmakers bring to one most important international communities in the country. We’re thrilled to forge new traditions in the very traditional and prestigious setting of Princeton, NJ, and hope you’ll get to be part of what happens when the unseen becomes “scene.”

Awards & Prizes

Trophies awarded in each category. Additionally, Best Short Film and Best Feature Film take home money - $100 and $500 respectively! And new in 2017 - our short screenplay contest offers the grand prize of having your short screenplay produced, plus a prize package from InkTip (script listing and InkTip magazine listing).

Rules & Terms

1. Deadline for submission by September 15th.
2. Filmmaker must be authorized to submit this film to the Princeton Independent Film Festival for consideration and must have read, understand, and agree to all entry requirements. Submitter must be the sole person responsible to make the decision to enter this media material and guarantee that such exhibition will not violate or infringe upon any rights whatsoever (including copyright, trademark, musical or contract right) of any person or entity. When filling out this entry form and entering this media in the Princeton Independent Film Festival, filmmaker hereby indemnifies, releases, and holds harmless Princeton Independent Film Festival, its boards, employees, interns, volunteers, sponsors, co-sponsors, individual and institutional supporters from any liability related to the use of the entry. Filmmaker understands that by submitting their entry, they indemnify, release and hold harmless PIFF of any responsibility and liability, for any or all damages or losses that may occur to their entry. Filmmaker is responsible and gives express permission to PIFF to exhibit their entry at events which include but are not limited to judgings, previews exhibitions, festival screenings, and electronic on-line transmissions of the entry. All rights and permissions for any materials contained within the said entry have been granted and filmmaker holds harmless PIFF from any or all disputes or claims that may arise from these rights and permissions granted. Filmmaker gives permission to allow PIFF to edit, revise, and expand any text or materials provided in their entry.
3. If submitting to the PRINDIEPLAY screenwriting contest, your script must be no more than 5 pages long, MAXIMUM. It should have limited characters and locations, and no heavy special effects.

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    Paul Zehrer

    Thank you for supporting our film and celebrating people with developmental disabilities living meaningful live.

    November 2016
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    Jaret Martino

    As an artist, I create projects that make a difference and shed light on subject matters deserving of more attention from society and from the filmmaking community. We are thrilled that the judges of Princeton Independent Film Festival California recognized the importance of including our film Essential Tremors. It's such an honor! This festival is organized and communicative, and I plan to submit all my upcoming films to this wonderful platform! Thanks so much!

    October 2016
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    David Schroeder

    Bravo, Princeton Independent Film Festival. Great from beginning to end. We will be submitting again, next year.

    The Team for THIS MODERN MAN IS BEAT

    October 2016
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    Virgil Widrich

    Very friendly festival with motivated organizers!

    October 2016