Welcome to The PIIF.

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!

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, presenting your art and your way of making a film.

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 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. PIIF 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 Student short
Best Documentary short
Best Experimental short
Best Animation short
Best Music Video


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
Best Screenwriting
Best Student Director

Our system of appreciation and awards works so that throughout the 21/22 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 Municipal Library of Prague on December 9th/10th, 2022.

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

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 on 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 be from 2 years from today 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
  • Emiliano Gioffre

    Thank you so much to Luma Oquendo, Alex Sorlino, Eva Alner and the entire team at Prague International Indie Film Festival!
    I am honored that my short film Offside was an Official Selection.
    This Festival deserves the highest rating!
    They are very hospitable and have great communication.
    I personally love their Quarterly (Seasonal) format, which provides a space for filmmakers to submit and receive great consideration and opportunity throughout the calendar year.
    Looking forward to submitting my future work to this Festival again!
    Thank you so much PIIF!!!

    April 2023
    Response from festival:

    Thank you so much, Emiliano. Great news is on the way!

  • Karolina Smolova

    PIIF is a fantastic film festival for filmmakers all around the world. If you are looking to watch high-quality films and network with other filmmakers, I can only recommend it. I attended both the screenings and the festival's gala and enjoyed it tremendously. I met many lovely and talented filmmakers and watched many great films. Everyone from the festival was so kind, friendly, and supportive and it was really seen how deeply they care about their festival and how much effort they put into it!

    Thank you, Alex and Luma (and everyone else from PIIF), for having us, screening the Great Conjunction, and awarding us the Best Student Director. It was a pleasure and looking forward to see you again! :)

    January 2023
    Response from festival:

    Karolina, it was so great to have you with us. We wish you all the best in your career. Great things are on the way!

  • Joao Victor Boechat Gomide

    Prague International Indie Film Festival was a great experience. The festival staff was very kindly and it was a pleasure to be finalist with our animation.

    December 2022
    Response from festival:

    Joao Victor, thank you for sharing your awesome animation with us!

  • Ajas Isajev

    The city alone is worth any visit!
    We had a great time and were warmly welcomed. The selection of films was impressive, very stirring and emotional stories were shown on the big screen. I would like to see this festival continue to grow and wish only the best to those involved.


    December 2022
    Response from festival:

    Ajas! It was absolutely awesome to have you all from "Spawn of Love". Thank you for being with us and send our best to your crew!

  • Great festival, great communication! best!

    December 2022
    Response from festival:

    Thanks, Juan!