Synsapalum - International Film Festival with bi-month rounds and yearly screenings based in Amsterdam, Netherlands organised by critics and filmmakers.

Synsapalum selecting best of the best works from every bi-month round that will run in live-screening for 5 days. Live-screening includes red carpet, Q&A, workshops, interviews, award ceremony.

Synsapalum will post every selected work on Instagram page for its further promotion. Bi-month winners will receive laurel and official diplomas.

Synsapalum yearly winners will join our team and work as filmmakers community.

Synsapalum - miracle fruit. After trying Synsapalum, a person ceases to perceive the sour taste. Synsapalum is a symbol of cinema that helps people forgot about the sour taste of life in hard times.

SIFF is here to show the value and power of art to humanity.

All Bi--month winners will receive Official Diplomas.

All films in the official selection will be promoted on our Instagram and compete for awards in the following categories:
Best Short Film
Best Feature Film
Best Short Screenplay
Best Feature Screenplay
Best Drama
Best Thriller
Best Comedy
Best Horror
Best Sci-Fi
Best Non-Dialogue Film
Best Dark Comedy
Best Actor
Best Actress
Best Supporting Actor
Best Supporting Actress
Best Young Actor
Best Young Actress
Best Cinematography
Best Director
Best Color
Best Original Score
Best Original Soundtrack
Best Music
Best VFX
Best Costume Design
Best Animation
Best Documentary
Best Music Video
Best COVID Short
Best LGBTQ+ Film
Best Web-Series
Best Poster
Best Photography

1. Submission Format 
Films must be submitted via online screener.
2. Submission Eligibility 
- All submissions must have been completed after 1 January 2017. 
- Works-in-progress and films with distribution are accepted. 
- All films not in the English language are required to subtitles.
3. Premiere Status 
- There is no Premiere policy for any category, they may have screened at other Festivals and/or online.
4. Submission Fee 
The submission fee is non-refundable.
5. Selection
Submissions are reviewed and selected under the following criteria: 
- Quality of narrative and production values 
- Independent nature of the production
Annual Winners will be notified 2 months before live event. SIFF have rights to change place and date of annual live-screening.
SIFF can use trailer/teaser/film poster/stills or BTS for promotional purpose 

Overall Rating
  • Synsapalum Film festival is one of the most prestigious film festivals of the world. It is a grand and unique platform for the film-makers to showcase their talent.

    June 2022
  • I was honored to be included in your festival! Love the festival theme and concept. Thanks for all you do! xoxo Fran Sisco, posted 6/8/22

    June 2022
  • Digcenia Mejias

    Thank you for our honorable mention!!!

    June 2022
  • Nicholas Weed

    Synsapalum was one of the few places that actually showed my horror film, "Natzee Zombie Carnage". Thanks!

    June 2022
  • Helia Behrooz

    Thank you to Synsapalum festival for giving us the opportunity to showcase our short “A Morsel of Love”.
    Long live Synsapalum!

    June 2022