The UNOFEX Swiss Film Awards is an independent Swiss film competition that honors outstanding achievements in the national and international film industry and is considered a qualification competition for the UNOFEX International Film Awards. A jury made up of producers, directors, actors and filmmakers selects the winners in 3 categories of best film, best short film and best actress/ best actor.

As an organization, UNOFEX (Union of Excellence) brings together an extraordinary network of professionals and award-winning members who work in the film, television, art and entertainment industries. Over the years UNOFEX has nominated and accredited hundreds of members who have achieved our UNOFEX Standard of Excellence.

Our mission with the UNOFEX Swiss Film Awards, is to honor outstanding achievements in the art of film. This year our jury will honor the best in the film through private screenings and hold a special interview with the winner of the UNOFEX Swiss Film Awards.


The winner of a UNOFEX Swiss Awards will receive:

1) The certificate of the UNOFEX Film Award (printed and as pdf, png)

2) will be listed as an award winner on the UNOFEX website - Winners section.

3) Receives a portrait "Focus On" page of our platform

4) A follow-up interview / article that will be published on UNOFEX website and partner networks

5) Entitled to use the expression "Winner of the UNOFEX Swiss Film Awards 2021" and the award in advertising material and media

6) Automatically be selected to be a nominee for the 2021 UNOFEX International Film Awards in New York City and skip the pre-selection phase.


All nominations will be announced by the notification deadline on May 23, 2021 - 6:00 p.m.

1. The nominees are entitled to use the expression "Nominee of the UNOFEX Swiss Film Awards 2021" and the nomination badge in advertising material and in the media.

2. The nominees are automatically qualified to participate in the UNOFEX International Film Awards 2021.


- Competition is open to Swiss entries as well as EU-wide entries.

-Feature films are 40 minutes in length or longer. Short films are under 40 minutes in length.

-Films not in the German language must be subtitled in English.

-​Entries must not have premiered to the public before 1, January 2020. If your work was completed before 2020, please contact us before submitting.

​-Multiple entries are allowed for each filmmaker and each entry may be entered in multiple categories

​-UNOFEX employees, including seasonal and event staff, board members, sponsors, and their immediate families, are not eligible to submit in any category to this competition.

-Incomplete applications will not be considered. If you are submitting a rough cut and update your submission later, we cannot guarantee that the updated version will be reviewed.


-SCREENERS - Secure online screener links are the previewing method. Entries can also be submitted for pre-screening on Vimeo or YouTube link. If you use a secured link, you are required to keep us updated with passwords or your film may be rejected. No hard copies will be accepted for entries. If you need to submit in another format, please contact to make arrangements.

-PROMOTION - Provide concise loglines, synopsis, artist statement/cover letters, behind-the-scene photos, (and trailers for feature films) etc. Please also include a filmography and one portrait of the director.

Accepted entries must submit at least one digital, horizontal 300dpi still photo from the film and at least one web-ready still at 72dpi and 1440x900 pixels.


-The notification of the acceptance status will be sent to all participants within 3 working days.


By submitting to this competition, you hereby grant the UNOFEX AG registered in Zurich permission to screen and otherwise use the aforementioned title (the “Work”) in connection with the 2021 UNOFEX Swiss Film Awards. You represent and warrant that you have all the rights in and to the Work and/or you have the authority to grant UNOFEX the rights to screen and otherwise use the Work. Your film awards acceptance also grants UNOFEX permission to use stills and excerpts from the Work for promotional and publicity use.

Should unforeseen events alter the format of the UNOFEX Awards, we will contact and inform filmmakers in selection of how such events may affect and change the nature of their status.

Overall Rating
  • So glad to have been part of the festival! Awesome job UNOFEX!

    September 2021
  • Andreas Kranzler

    Really well made material and great online experience. We are very honoured to have been a nominee for best short film with perfect song.

    July 2021
  • Thank you very much to UNOFEX SWISS FILM AWARDS 2021 to selecting our documentary: La amable euforia de la danza as a HONORABLE MENTION.It is a great honor to us. Great festival.Highly recommended.

    June 2021
  • Mark Forbes

    It was an absolute honour to my my documentary short film made in Switzerland nominated out of 154 films! The Unofex staff member Deivis H - Committee, was amazing updating my poster very quickly! Please give Deivis H either a bonus or gift as he was great!

    My only serious piece of feedback for Unfex Swiss Film Awards would be this: I do think its unfair to allow Documentary features to compete in the same category as documentary shorts, as you only have the Best Documentary category. So, why not have Best Short documentary category and Best Feature Documentary? I think this is much better. This will be great for the next Film awards in 2022!

    June 2021
    Response from festival:

    Dear Mark,

    thank you so much for your feedback and your participation. It was a pleasure for us to evaluate and nominate your project for the UNOFEX Swiss Film Awards.

    Yes, we do understand your concern. This year, we haven't separated feature and short documentaries, but for the next year, we will definitely consider your feedback and implement your request.

    We wish you all the best, and until soon!
    Your UNOFEX Team