Vienna International Film Awards (VIFA) is a brand new, up and coming annual film festival held in the heart of Vienna.

The objective of VIFA is to provide support to independent filmmakers and to have their films shown on the big screen in front of an international audience.

VIFA accepts short-films of all genres from across the globe. The selected high-quality films will have a chance to win awards in various categories as well as have their films on the big screen at our live screening.

Our judges consist of international filmmakers and industry professionals. We believe that having such a multicultural team behind our festival helps make our festival thrive and stand out among other independent festivals.

We want to offer a unique experience to talented filmmakers and give them the chance to present their work to industry professionals with vast experience in their field.

One of our top aims is to give filmmakers, regardless of their age, the opportunity to have their films exposed to a large audience and to help promote their talent.

We aim to create an event that leads to further opportunities in the film industry.

VIFA is an IMDb qualifying film festival.

Best Director

Best Directress

Best Actor

Best Actress

Best Cinematography

Best Production Design

Best Comedy

Best Romance

Best Horror

Best Thriller

Best Drama

Best Documentary

Best Science Fiction / Fantasy

Best Period Film / Adventure

Best Animated

Best Experimental

Best Music Video


To view the judges of our festival please visit us on:

1) Films that are not in English are required to have English subtitles.

2) Duration 20 minutes and under.

3) Films must be 2018 or newer to qualify.

4) Student Films will require proof of student ID to qualify for the discounted rate. Any non-student films submitted into the category will be disqualified.

5) To submit a film you must have created the project yourself, you have to own the rights or have permission from the owner of the content to submit the film to us.

6) Our festival is run by a small group of volunteers, film enthusiasts, and professional film judges. Every effort is made to provide great communication and fun festival experience. If there is anything we can assist with, please send us an email and we will contact you back within 24 hours.

7) VIFA reserves the right to refuse acceptance of submissions deemed by the festival to be inappropriate and violating the Rules and Terms. Should you wish to question VIFA about the decision, you can contact us by email.

8) One entry fee per category. The same film can be entered into one or more categories, but each category requires an entry fee.

9) Only online submissions using FilmFreeway are accepted.

10) All fees are non-refundable.

Overall Rating
  • Thank you for selecting our film! Congratulations to all the winners.

    April 2021
    Response from festival:

    Thank You for submitting your film and being part of the VIFA family! We hope to see your next work at one of our upcoming festivals :-)

  • Randy Sage

    Great Festival! Thank you for selecting my film. I will be back next year. Congrats to the winners!!

    April 2021
    Response from festival:

    Congratulations & Thank You!
    We are looking forward to your next film :-)

  • Pencho Kunchev

    It was great honor for me that my film "Roses in the Night" was nominated as finalist in the Best Animated Film category. Thank you very much with all my heart dear friends! I beleive that this new event in the beautiful Vienna will become one of the most important film festivals in the world. Good luck!!!

    April 2021
    Response from festival:

    Thank you so much for submitting your wonderful film to our festival! :-)

  • Sam Locke

    Great Festival! Proud to be selected

    March 2021
    Response from festival:

    Thank You for being part of the VIFA family :-)


    Thanks for everything! Nice experience!

    March 2021
    Response from festival:

    It was great having you at our festival, Thank You :-)