Join the FilmHaus revolution and fast-track your film's journey from underground to unforgettable. Compete in one of the most elegant, professional, and aspirational film festival platforms today and give your work the recognition it deserves.

FilmHaus, the respected online film festival born in 2020, has ushered in a new era of management and innovation. FilmHaus is the home of experimental, innovative, and cult-underground films and an advocate for independent cinema.

Embracing an ethos reminiscent of a German circus, FilmHaus champions the unusual, the innovative, and the avant-garde in cinema. Its focus on eccentric films that defy mainstream sensibilities makes it a sanctuary for authentic cinematic expression. The festival is committed to being a trunk for forgotten and lost films, a treasure trove of the eccentric and unique, "home of hidden cinematic treasures". Adapting to a growing demand for rapid recognition, FilmHaus evolved from an annual to a triannual festival. In a world where distribution deals are rapidly sealed with streaming platforms, FilmHaus acts as an immediate elevation to a film’s status.

FilmHaus, recognized by IMDb, offers filmmakers a robust virtual FilmFest, distinguished film awards, and professional reviews. The festival envisions a future physical event, albeit maintaining its dominance in the online space.

FilmHaus is an IMDb-qualified festival, a prestigious recognition that only a few film festivals worldwide have achieved. This accreditation means that the awards and recognition received at FilmHaus will boost your IMDb star/movie-meter ranking, enhancing your film's profile and your professional credibility.

FilmHaus is recognized for its selectiveness and prestige in the indie film circuit. With 40 separate award categories per competition round, the festival goes the extra mile to credit every aspect of a project's production, demonstrating its dedication to recognizing and awarding the hard work of indie filmmakers.

FilmHaus acts as the first stop, promotional sidekick, and energy booster of all film festivals. It provides bespoke promotional assets to help promote your movie's participation and recognition at FilmHaus on social media. This promotional support is essential for indie creators and storytellers who often face challenges in promoting their work.


Best Film of the Competition
Best Narrative Feature Film
Best Narrative Medium-Length Film
Best Narrative Short Film
Best Narrative Micro-Short Film
Best Experimental Film
Best Student Film
Best Feature Screenplay
​Best Short Screenplay
Best TV Script
Best Feature-Length Documentary
​Best Short-Length Documentary
Best Animated Film
Best CGI & Visual Effects
Best Series or Pilot Episode
Best Music Video
Best Original Song
Best Ad Film
Best New Media
Best Original Podcast
Best Queer
Best Cult
Best Dance or Poetic Film
Best Drama
Best Comedy or Musical
Best Action, Sci-Fi or Fantasy
Best Horror or Thriller
Best Directing
Best Directorial Debut
Best Original Screenplay
Best Cinematography
Best Lead Actor
Best Lead Actress
Best Supporting Actor
​Best Supporting Actress
Best Ensemble Cast
Best Editing & Sound Design
Best Original Score
Best Production Design
​Best Makeup & SFX

FilmHaus in Berlin - Online Film Festival Competition and Showcase:

1. Eligibility:
· Open to global filmmakers. Language can be English without subtitles, or any other foreign language with subtitles. German must be accompanied with subtitles to help international jury.
· Should not promote extremist political or religious views, defame individuals or organizations.
· You confirm your work is cleared for festival exhibition (all music, fonts, visuals, etc.) and the intellectual property is yours, or permission is acquired from the copyright owner.
· Submitting multiple film projects by the same team of filmmakers within the same competition round is allowed. However, films already submitted in one edition cannot be submitted again.
· Film submission does not guarantee 'Official Selection'.
· Films submitted must not infringe any copyright or other intellectual property right of any third party.
· Abusive or non-constructive feedback will not be entertained.

2. Submission:
· Filmmakers must submit their films for critical evaluation, and selected winners, some finalist nominees, and honorable mentions close to wins will be showcased digitally.
· Selected clips or images may be posted on our digital platforms or associated media outlets for promotional, non-commercial purposes.
· Digital platforms encompass our social media channels and virtual cinema, both fortified with top-tier DRM technology equivalent to that of Netflix, ensuring the utmost protection. This includes the utilization of Google Widevine DRM encryption and Apple FairPlay DRM protection technology.
· You can opt-out from showing your film at any time and still keep your IMDb accredited awards and nominations.

3. Use of Stills / Clip Fragments:
· Consent to the posting of stills and short clip fragments from the film on the festival's website/platform, plus social media channels, for promotional, non-commercial, and educational purposes is mandatory.
· Festival director should have access to download your film(s) to facilitate offline study and the festival's programming/curation needs and functions.

4. Virtual Cinema:
· Grant permission to exhibit your film publicly under multi-DRM encryption and password protection.

5. Awards and Nominations:
· Awards/nominations will be synced up to your IMDb pages by the festival team but will not create your film pages from scratch if they're not already in place.

6. Fees and Refunds:
· A one-time flat fee ensures your work is considered across all competition categories for awards/nominations.
· No refunds will be issued after competition results are announced or if unhappy with your work's final verdict.

7. Code of Conduct:
· Agree to treat others the way you want to be treated.

8. Feedback:
· Individual feedback on every entry will not be provided unless you invest and opt for a critical review.

​9. Privacy Policy:
· By entering the competition, you automatically opt-in to receive marketing communications from partner film festivals and film awards competitions.
· Personal information will be stored and used in accordance with applicable data protection laws.
· Opt-out is available by emailing us with a request to unsubscribe.

​10. Right to Disqualify:
· FilmHaus reserves the right to disqualify any film on certain grounds.

11. Complete Credits List:
· Confirm your credits list is as complete as possible.

12. Mailing List:
· By entering FilmHaus, you automatically join our mailing list.

By submitting an entry to FilmHaus, you agree to abide by the terms set forth in this Privacy Policy Clause and have read and accepted the above rules and regulations.

FULL AGREEMENT I, the authorized representative of the project being submitted (the "Film"), hereby acknowledge and agree to the following:

· I am duly authorized, on my behalf and on behalf of all other persons or entities who have any ownership rights or interests in or relating to the Film (the “Film’s Owners”), to submit this film for entry and exhibit this Film at the Festival, which means it will be streamed online and available for viewing by all registered users of FilmHaus.

· The Film infringes on no copyright or other intellectual property right of any third party.

· The Film’s Owners are the exclusive holder of copyright in the Film and have secured from all Third Parties who have a claim to copyright in the Film an assignment of copyright to the Owners.

· Exhibition of the Film at the Festival will not violate any law or any right or consent of any person or entity.

· The Film is not subject to any litigation, arbitration, or other adversarial claim or proceeding, nor is the Film the subject of any threat of litigation, arbitration, or other adverse claim or proceeding.

�� I and the Film’s Owners understand that the selection of the Film for inclusion in the Festival does not and will not in any way constitute an express or implied endorsement or approval by the Festival of the content of the Film or any opinion expressed therein.

· I warrant and agree, on behalf of myself and the Film’s Owners, that the Film does not include defamation of any person or entity.

· I acknowledge that no obligation of any kind is assumed by, or implied against FilmHaus in the event of, by virtue of, or as a result of the Festival’s selection of the Film for the Festival.

· I represent that I am 18 years of age or older, or that, if I am younger than the legal age to enter into contracts in my state, I have provided FilmHaus with signed, written consent from my parent or legal guardian.

· I acknowledge that I have read and understood the Rules and Regulations for submitting a film to the Festival, located and that the information contained in said Rules and Terms and this Agreement shall supersede any information obtained elsewhere.

· By completing my submission application to the Festival, I freely and voluntarily give and express my full and complete acceptance of all the terms and provisions set forth in these Terms and Conditions. I acknowledge that no oral representations, inducements, promises, or assurances of any kind, and no representations, inducements, promises, or assurances not set forth in these Terms and Conditions, have been made to me or the Film’s Owners by the Festival.

​· I acknowledge that I have the right to consult with an attorney of my own choosing with respect to these Terms and Conditions and with respect to the Rules and Regulations referred to above. I have availed myself of this right, or, after careful reading of these documents, have chosen not to do so of my own accord. I personally, and on behalf of the Film’s Owners, agree to all of the terms of this Agreement, freely and voluntarily, without duress, and in my capacity as the authorized representative of the Film.

Overall Rating
  • Nichelle S. Montgomery

    It was wonderful! Thank you for having my film.

    February 2024
  • For Sorin sillent screen Thank you very much for including me and my project in your festival. It was really important for me and I had a wonderful experience. I would be happy to share the same place with you again in the future for my new projects.

    January 2024
  • One of the best Festivals today across the board! Thank you guys for your support, professionalism and the awards. They mean a world to us.
    Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!

    December 2023
  • Quinn Pohl

    A pleasure to be a part of the FilmHaus festival! Thanks very much.

    November 2023
  • Sandra Cruze

    great communication. Thank you so much for placing our film. Now more than ever it's content is so relevant.

    November 2023