The Snowdance Independent Film Festival is the national and international most respected "new" festival in Germany. It mainly shows productions made with little or no state funding. Furthermore, Snowdance prefers films which are not dominated by the influence of TV stations or major studios. Snowdance sees itself as the main German festival for independent, free-thinking film makers.

Supported by important creatives of the German film scene, Snowdance grows in its first seven years to one of the hottest und most passionate indie film festivals in Europe.

Festival Director Thomas "Tom" Bohn realized "Straight Shooter" with Dennis Hopper and parts of the "Tatort" tv-series as a filmmaker. Snowdance's special guests have been the famous national actors Heiner Lauterbach, Til Schweiger, Götz Otto, Nora Tschirner, Ulrike Folkerts, Max Tidof, Axel Milberg, Valerie Niehaus, Ursula and many others.

The Snowdance Independent Film Festival is powered and organized by Indie-Stars UG, one of the established German Independent film productions. So this festival is made by engaged film creatives for engaged film creatives and their audience. Snowdance does not offer any red carpet or any VIP-corner. But it's a meeting and melting point for actors, directors, producers and all sorts of people who are interested in film.

Snowdance is a hybrid festival, which means that it presents all selected films live and online.

Come and have a look !

Snowdance Award for the best feature film
Price money : 1.000,- Euro

Snowdance Award for the best documentary
Price money : 1.000,- Euro

Snowdance Award for the best Short Film
Price money: 500,- Euro

Snowdance Award for the best young director (less than 30)
Price money: 500,- Euro

Snowdance Award for the best direction

Snowdance Award for the best script

1. We do not offer any discounts or fee waivers.

When submitting to SNOWDANCE you are agreeing to screen the submitted film during the dates of the festival. SNOWDANCE will not pay any screening fees for presentation of the film during the festival.

SNOWDANCE is a competitive showcase for domestic and international feature films and documentaries. SNOWDANCE reserves the right to determine the eligibility of any project submitted. Only works completed in the last two years are eligible for selection.
We only accept online-Screeners (FilmFreeway). When you send DVDs, BluRays or any other material before being invited, SNOWDANCE will not judge it and will not send it back. SNOWDANCE does not accept additional e-mail informations about your film.

All non-english language entries must have English subtitles. Works in progress will not be judged. From SNOWDANCE selected screening material will be returned, press and any application materials will NOT be returned . All features and documentaries submitted must be available in BluRay or DCP for festival presentation.

The SNOWDANCE Film Festival is a competitive event and unless notified otherwise, all films officially selected are eligible for competition. All films are nominated and voted upon by an impartial jury of filmmakers, industry professionals, festival programmers and film aficionados.

If selected, SNOWDANCE will require an Electronic Press Kit (EPK) to include high-resolution production stills, key art, bio and filmography of the director, production notes and full cast and crew credits.

Although every possible care will be taken with tapes, films, drives and files while in our possession, we cannot accept responsibility for loss or damage. Do not send original or master prints, tapes, files or drives. Please keep SNOWDANCE notified of any address/phone number changes.

The cost of shipping all entries and films to the festival must be paid by the entrant. SNOWDANCE will resent the prints of the shortlist back to the filmmaker. SNOWDANCE will not be responsible for expedited or overnight shipping charges to other organizations. Also, SNOWDANCE cannot guarantee shipment of prints to other festivals during the days of the festival. All international entries must be sent 'free domicile' to the SNOWDANCE office with all transportation charges, duties, and taxes prepaid by the shipper.

Submission of an entry gives SNOWDANCE permission to have excerpts of accepted work, including film trailers, shown in all promotional activities realted to the festival.

Films selected for SNOWDANCE will be notified no later than December 7, 2019.

Overall Rating
  • Such a great Festival. Outstanding communication and very professional, despite the crazyness around corona. Very well done and very recommended.

    April 2021
  • Pedro Patricio

    Snowdance has definitely left a mark in my filmmaker's journey. What a remarkable experience. The whole online festival new reality showcase done to perfection. Diverse and extreme independent cinema at it's best. Thank you dear Rieke, Anna, and Tom for such a wonderful festival, your nomination and award has truly uplifted our short film.

    April 2021
  • Chris Hirschhaeuser

    The Snowdance Festival is a great experience even during the Covid Crisis. The organizers are very caring and have a fantastic communication . Although the 2021 edition had to go online , they tried to bring in to Landsberg filmmakers to have a great live Q&A . Thank you to Tom Bohn, Rieke Bubert and all the whole team!

    April 2021
  • I was very grateful and happy to be a part of this years festival edition! 
The Snowdance Independent Film Festival is a great place to screen your work and a wonderful opportunity for networking with other filmmakers and connect with a worldwide audience. A lovely festival with international movies and focus on arthouse independent filmmaking! The festival team is very friendly, professional and enthusiastic! Great communication and organization! I strongly recommend this festival to all filmmakers! Thank you once again!

    April 2021
  • Thank you so much for a - very different but - lovely festival. Due to Corona Virus the festival took place online but it was an amazing experience and everybody was well prepared, there were no technical difficulties and I loved the communication, the people and the vibe.

    April 2021