Welcome to The PIIF - PANORAMA International Indie Film Festival.

Hey filmmakers and film fans,

We are super excited to share with you the new concept and name of our film festival: Panorama International Indie Film Festival (PIIF), formerly known as Prague International Indie Film Festival, our hometown.

PIIF is a Top 100 indie film festival on the planet, showing the most exceptional and diverse indie films from all over the world. This tough competition is a guarantee of outstanding screenings and credibility for our awardees. We accept films up to 40 minutes long, in any genre and style, as long as they are in English or have English subtitles (no exceptions).

PIIF started in Prague, Czech Republic, where it rocked for the first years of its life. Now we are ready to explore fresh places and new films every year, traveling to different cities and discovering new cultures and landscapes through cinema. We work hard to be the perfect festival for your networking and finding partners for your next audiovisual production in Europe. Have your project valued alongside big names who have already participated in renowned international film festivals!

In 2023, we are stoked to host PIIF in Porto, Portugal, an amazing new spot for cinema business and art. Porto is a gorgeous and historic city, famous for its wine, bridges, and architecture. It is also a lively and creative city, with a booming film industry and a rich cultural scene. Your next project needs to consider Porto as a place to develop it.

PIIF is not just a film festival, it is a place for filmmakers and film lovers to meet, mingle, share, and collaborate. Prizes for the best films in different categories, as well as special screenings, masterclasses, workshops, and networking events.

That's why now we are PANORAMA INTL INDIE FILM FEST.
PANORAMA is the amplified view.
PANORAMA is about movement.
PANORAMA wants to see all around.

If you want to submit your film to PIIF, please check out our website for more details on how to apply, deadlines, and fees. Or just go for it. It's simple. Else, talk to our team, we have a great communication team.

PIIF has a generous atmosphere for filmmaking. It may be here that your work gains deserved visibility. And it will also be here that you may meet the partners for your next production. Many will also know you and interesting possibilities will appear. This is how it has been happening at PIIF. You already know that a successful filmmaker career takes place when your network is in constant growth. PIIF is this environment: real and virtual, where we get to know you and you get known in the film industry.

Every great filmmaker made their first film. Almost always, it was a short film.
And just like the filmmakers, actors, screenwriters, photographers, costume designers, makeup artists, producers, and every player in the film industry went through the sacred moment of making a short film. For many, it was the first step in building a career.

PIIF is structured to give maximum visibility, opportunity, and recognition to cinema professionals through nomination, prominence, presentation, and awards in several categories.

And more: our parties, panels, and screenings are - no modesty here - an experience of joy and enrichment.

Filmmaker, it will be a pleasure and a responsibility to receive your film. We know that almost everyone here wants to live with movies, from movies, and for movies. This is our contribution. PIIF is our home. Welcome.

If you are passionate about making films and telling stories, we are here for you.

The PIIF - PANORAMA International Indie Film Festival is a platform for showcasing the best of independent cinema worldwide. Whether you are an experienced professional or an aspiring newcomer, we welcome your creativity and vision.

• Please select one of the major categories:
Best Short, Best Foreign Short, Best Student Short, Best Documentary Short, Best Experimental Short, Best Animation Short, or Best Music Video.

• Please choose all the additional categories needed for your film ONLY AFTER choosing at least one MANDATORY CATEGORY :
Best Producer, Best Director, Best First Time Filmmaker, Best Production Design, Best Sound Design, Best Editing, Best Cinematography, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Acting Ensemble, Best Original Score, or Best Screenwriting.

• Your film will be part of one of our three semifinals.

• Our judges will select the winners and honorable mentions from each category in each semifinal.

• Semifinalists winners are the selected films running to win the PIIF Trophy.

• The winners of each category in each semifinal will automatically qualify for the final round, where they will compete for the prestigious PIIF Trophy at our annual gala at Cinema Trindade, Porto, in June 2024.

• The honorable mentions will also have an opportunity to be selected as finalists for the annual awards.

• During the event, you will enjoy screenings with Q&A Sessions, networking events, red-carpet photo shoots, and a cocktail at the award ceremony.

The opportunity to be part of the PIIF Film Festival may be the door to your next step, but for sure is going to be an unforgettable experience in a marvelous city.

Submit your film today and join us in celebrating the art of cinema.

• Please visit our website - piif.org - for additional information or contact us in info@piif.org

Our Judging Team consists of experienced professionals from multiple countries and cultures, and we love storytelling.
We have a partnership with PLAYY.TV, a streaming channel in INDIA where we host a channel. Our winners, honorably mentioned, and awarded films are part of our channel. That means that your film may be streamed to a country that loves cinema of over 1,5 billion people.
During our first years in Prague, Czechia, we were the #1MOST POPULAR FILM FESTIVAL IN Eastern Europe. Now we are adding PORTO, Portugal as another affecting city for you to know.

Terms and Rules for the PIIF Festival

The PIIF Film Festival is a prestigious event that showcases the best of independent cinema short films from around the world. It is a great opportunity for filmmakers to share their work with film lovers, and to win awards and recognition for their creativity and vision.

If you want to be part of this experience, please read and follow the terms and rules below. We are happy to have you with us:

You must have the rights or permission of the rights owner to submit a film. You will be asked to provide proof of ownership or permission if your film is selected.

Your film must be made within the last three years to be eligible for the festival. We accept films from any genre, style, or format.

If your film is not in English, you must provide English subtitles. We want to make sure that your film can reach a wide and diverse audience.

You will not get a refund if you withdraw your submission or if your film is not selected. The submission fee helps us cover the costs of running the festival and providing a high-quality experience for all participants.

PIIF is not liable for any damage or loss of your film copy. We recommend that you keep a backup copy of your film and send us a secure screener for the selection process.

You must provide a DCP copy of your film for the annual gala screening if your film is selected. The gala screening is the highlight of the festival, where the finalists and winners are announced and celebrated.

If you are a student, you must show a valid Student ID to get a discount on the submission fee. We encourage students to submit their films and showcase their talent and potential.

The judges have the sole discretion to select the films for the official competition and the winners for each category. Industry judges from multiple countries will evaluate the films based on their artistic value, technical excellence, and creativity.

PIIF reserves the right to disqualify any film that it deems inappropriate. This includes films that contain hate speech, violence, pornography, or any other content that violates the law or human rights. You can contact us at info@piif.org if you have questions about this decision.

You must submit your film to each category that you want to compete in. Select at least ONE OF THE MAIN CATEGORIES below. We have a variety of categories to suit different types of films and filmmakers, and you should choose more than one if applicable.
Best Short,
Best Foreign Short,
Best Student Short,
Best Documentary Short,
Best Experimental Short,
Best Animation Short,
Best Music Video,

You may submit for one or more of the additional categories below.
Best Director,
Best First-Time Filmmaker,
Best Student Director,
Best Producer,
Best Production Design,
Best Sound Design,
Best Editing,
Best Cinematography,
Best Actor,
Best Actress,
Best Acting Ensemble,
Best Original Score,
Best Screenwriting.

You submit your film to multiple categories to increase your chances of winning multiple awards. There is a fee for each category that you submit to. The more categories you submit to, the more exposure and recognition your film will get.

PIIF can suggest categories that might be suitable for your film, and the judges will be the ones to decide. We may invite you to join more categories after analyzing your film, if suitable.

Please visit the festival website (piif.org) for the payment structure. The payment is made online through FilmFreeway.

By submitting your film, you agree to abide by the PIIF Rules and Terms. You also grant PIIF the right to screen your film at the festival and use it for promotional purposes.

For personal categories, such as Best Director or Best Actor, you must specify the name of the person and the category in the FilmFreeway submission form under 'Credits'. This will help us identify and acknowledge the individual achievements of your film team.

By submitting your film, you authorize PIIF to use, distribute and share your film poster, trailer, synopsis, and stills on our social media platforms. This will help us promote your film and generate buzz for the festival.

Your film must not exceed 40 minutes in length.

Overall Rating
  • Mimi Garrard

    We are honored to be a part of your festival.

    Mimi Garrard

    June 2024
    Response from festival:

    Thank you so much for being with us.

  • kavoos aghaei

    I am very happy that my films were selected in your festival. I would have loved to have been invited and become more familiar with your festival.

    June 2024
    Response from festival:

    We will love to invite you to be with us. Hopefully, we will raise support and sponsors to be able to host fantastic filmmakers from all over the world.


    Great job on communicating and organizing. Wonderful festival!

    June 2024
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Martin, it's an honor for an Independent Festival to have film and filmmakers like you with us!

  • Haley Seppa

    PIIFF did a great job on communicating and organizing. They are a wonderful festival!

    July 2023
    Response from festival:

    Haley, so nice to hear from you and your kind words. Thank you!

  • it is a very nice festival

    June 2023
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Simon, you guys make it happen!