Highlighting the new voices of independent cinema, PIFF puts French and international filmmakers with a positive message under the spotlight.
Built around its independent feature and short films competitions, the Festival offers a wide look on both International and French independent production, in particular independent films broadcasting a clear, positive message with international potential.

For the upcoming edition, Academy Award Winner Jeff Arch (Sleepless Nights in Seattle) will be on the Jury to grant the Awards to the selected filmmakers.

Feature Film Awards / Short Film Awards

Best French Feature Film
Best French Short Film
Best Foreign Feature Film
Best French Short Film

Audience Award
Special Jury Award
Best Female Director
Best Male Director
Best Writer
Best Female Actor
Best Male Actor
Best Cinematography
Best Sound Mix
Best Editing
Best Score
Best International Collaboration
Best Casting Director
Best Stunt Coordination Team

WeAudition Memberships are offered to the Awarded Actors.
Scriptation Memberships are offered to all Award Winners.

Distribution & Press:
Distribution opportunities will be suggested to selected feature filmmakers.
All selected feature films are meant to be reviewed by French and/or international reviewers (also possibly shorts depending on capacity), selected filmmakers may also have access to a media list.

• The Paris International Film Festival (PIFF) screens on DCP (Digital Cinema Package). Our venue uses 4K projectors. Please notify PIFF21 when submitting to PIFF21 (in "Cover Letter" Section when submitting) if you cannot provide the Festival with a DCP and back-up Blu-Ray and can only screen your film online, or if you have any concern about your film being screened online.
• While we consider all genres, please note films with an international potential and a positive message will be given priority.
• Sales Agents & Filmmakers: Please do not submit to PIFF21 if you require a fee for screening at PIFF. As an independent film Festival supporting Filmmakers & independent cinema, it is not in our budget.

(For 2021 Festival)
1 – All completed submissions received by Dec 7, 2020 will be considered for the Paris International Film Festival 2021 (PIFF21), regardless or when they are being submitted.
2 - Premiere status is taken into account for all sections and films that have not yet screened in Paris (Paris & suburbs) prior to PIFF21 will be given priority.
3 – Filmmaker engagement will be taken into account for all selections. We encourage you to have a website and be active on social media (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Linkedin, etc) to discover your audience. It's easier for us to promote you if we know who your audience is.
4 – Submissions not in English must have English subtitles. Submissions not in French are highly encouraged to provide a copy with French subtitles for the screening.
5 – We only consider Films and Scripts which have been submitted on FilmFreeway, as this is the platform our Jury uses to access and review material. Once submission is completed on FilmFreeway, submission fees cannot be refunded.

1 - If selected to PIFF21, you may be asked to sign an Acceptance Agreement within seven (7) business days of initial contact. Failure to do so may forfeit acceptance into PIFF21.
2 – The filmmakers accept responsibility for all trademark and copyrighted materials, shown or recorded, on the project and have the necessary releases for a theatrical and a digital screening.
3 - Official selections may be asked to provide a DCP and back-up Blu-Ray and/or a digital copy six (6) weeks prior to the festival. Please notify PIFF21 when submitting (in "Cover Letter" Section when submitting) if you cannot provide the Festival with a DCP and back-up Blu-Ray and can only screen your film online, or if you have any concern about your film being screened online. Please do not submit to PIFF21 if you're not able to provide the relevant material in time for screening purposes.
4 – Filmmakers agree that their film trailer, or clips from it, and all other material related to their project may be used and/or published in the event program, website, social networking sites, blog, or for other Festival promotional purposes.
5 – Filmmakers promise to provide PIFF with a full electronic press kit that must include a trailer, images for web and print, cast & crew information, and film synopsis. Your support is essential so we can promote your hard work best.
6 – We ask that you participate in PIFF as much as possible (Director, Producers, Writers, cast & crew members…). One of the main assets of the Festival is networking with your peers, getting your hard work seen, build connections and great memories. If you’re unable to attend your screening, please have a representative attend in your place. Please support your peers and celebrate independent cinema.
7 - The cost of delivery and pick-up of all materials is the responsibility of the filmmaker.
8 - PIFF holds no responsibility for lost or damaged films or promotional materials. Obviously we’re going to handle your deliverables with care, but it is solely up to the filmmaker to take full responsibility.

1 – PIFF promises to watch each submission, from start to finish. You took the time to submit your project to PIFF21 and we’ll take the time to watch it. (Please note that your Vimeo counter will not take into account views if embedded into FilmFreeway.com)
2 – PIFF will update the main contact on the status of the film. If you change your email address, please be sure to update PIFF. Additionally, follow @ParisIntFilmFest on Facebook/Twitter/Instagram.
Submitting to PIFF21 through FilmFreeway.com confirms that you are authorized to do so and that you've read, understand and agree to the PIFF21 Terms of Entry.
3 - Due to the current pandemic situation, PIFF reserves the right to change Festival dates, these conditions are subject to change and part or all of PIFF21 events (screenings, Q&A, panels & networking) may be held online.
Please contact the Festival before making any accomodation/travel arrangement to attend, and notify PIFF21 when submitting (in "Cover Letter" Section when submitting) if you have any concern about your film being screened online during the Festival dates, or your script being read online during the virtual reading of the selected scripts.

Now relax, take a deep breath and happy submitting!