Welcome to the 21/22 edition of The Prague International Indie Film Festival, aka PIIF.

The perfect festival for your networking and finding partners for your next audiovisual production in the most charming city in central Europe. Have your project valued alongside big names who have already participated in renowned international film festivals!

So you have a movie. Or even more than one. It's a short or music video, of up to 40 minutes. Probably it's not and won't be your only one. Sure you don't want it to be your last work. But it's a film that you wish will impact those who watch it. You believe that it deserves to be seen and shown to the world. You'll be part of the cinema industry, present your art and your way of making a film.
The city of Prague and most specifically the Prague International Indie Film Festival is a great place to step into the world of cinema.

Prague 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 the 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, awards in several categories.

This year we will expand our structure for receiving and appreciating films. More judgment systems and new categories will be appreciated.

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. Prague is our home. Welcome.

Every quarter year edition our judges will select the winners and honorable mentions from the following categories. In order to apply to any additional categories, the film must be submitted into a major category (best short, best foreign short, best documentary short, best animation short, best experimental short, best student short).


Best Short
Best Foreign short (non-English)
Best Documentary Short
Best Animation Short
Best Experimental Short
Best Student Short
Best Music Video


Best Producer
Best Director
Best First-Time Filmmaker
Best Student Director
Best Actress
Best Actor
Best Acting Ensemble
Best Cinematography
Best Editing
Best Production Design
Best Original Score
Best Screenwriting
Best Sound Design

Our system of appreciation and awards works so that throughout the 20/21 season we have movement and attention on the films we receive for the competition.

Our Jury will select the best of each Quarterly Festival (4 seasons) and choose the winners who will automatically qualify for the Annual Gala held at Edison Filmhub on September 18th, 2021.

Those who received the Quarterly Honorable Mention can also be selected for a Nomination on the Annual Awards in Prague.

During the event, participants will enjoy blocks of screenings with Q&A with directors, cast and crew, networking events. Be prepared for walking and photo shooting in the red carpet. Before the award ceremony, all guests will enjoy a champagne cocktail and hors d’oeuvre, making this an incredible opportunity for networking and meeting people with whom you might work in the future.

Winners of the Annual Gala Awards will receive the PIIF Trophy in addition to the laurel and certificate.

1- In order to submit a film, you must own the rights or have permission from the owner.
2- Films must de from 2019 or newer to qualify for the Festival.
3- Any Foreign film that is not in English must have English subtitles.
4- All fees are non-refundable
5- PIIF will not be responsible for damaged copies
6- A DCP copy of the film is required for the annual gala screening
7- Students must present a valid Student ID in order to receive our student discount.
8- Not all the submissions are selected for the official competition. Our Judges are free to make their own choices and no answers will be given about not selected films.
9- PIIF can consider any film to be disqualified if the festival considers the content inappropriate. If you have any question regarding this decision you might contact us at info@piif.org
10- Filmmakers can submit the film in multiple categories in order to become a multi-award film. Our Team may suggest the categories that are more suitable for the film to apply. Still, the decision about the selection is strictly determined by our judges' team and no selection is guaranteed.
11- A fee is required for the main category submission and also fees for additional categories. For payment structure visit (FilmFreeway website).
12-The applicants (submitters) must accept PIIF Rules and Terms.
13- All submissions in personal categories required the name of the person and the category. You can easily send us this information in the cover letter at FilmFreeway website.
14- Submitting your movie, you authorize PIIF to use, distribute and share the film poster, trailer, synopsis and movie stills in our social media.
15- Maximum length allowed is 40 minutes.

Overall Rating
  • Carmela Schönenberger

    Honoured to be selected Semi-finalist with our short 'Serafin'. Thank you PIIF.

    March 2021
  • I went to the festival in Prague and this is probably one of the most exciting emerging young festivals I've ever been to.
    The team is fantastic, very friendly, very professional and very organized. They take networking at heart and although the festival lasts only one day (which is not a bad thing) I still met lots of amazing authentic people.
    The selection was high quality, which is not that common, and the award ceremony was high class, in a beautiful theatre. It was really worth the trip. If only all festivals could be like that.
    I wish every emerging filmmaker to have his/her film selected at the PIIF.

    December 2020
  • PIIFF is a great program to be apart of. I enjoyed their lineup and how easy it was to communicate with them. Thank you again for including our film in your lineup this year!

    November 2020
  • We were fortunate enough to have our film Cheeseburger selected for this festival, and although with the current restrictions we couldn't attend physically, we felt we got the best experience possible!

    Thank you so much for having our film and we will definitely be back again next year!

    October 2020
  • Great festival, but unfortunately, we couldn't make it this year, obviously.

    September 2020