Welcome to VIFF Vienna Independent Film Festival!

We invite filmmakers from all over the world to submit their films to our international film festival which will take place in Vienna. Our judges appreciate the auteur cinema - films made with a unique artistic vision.

The goal of our festival is to find new talented filmmakers who will be able to approach the heights of cinematography created by geniuses like Antonioni, Fellini, Tarkovsky, Bergman, Visconti, Godard.

Now, when the whole world has a tendency towards commercialization, we appreciate free spirit, new ideas an independent point of view and new approaches. Not the budget of the film but solely talent should be the criteria for the film's success.

We appreciate films made without the benefits of large budgets and unnecessary technological sophistication. The festival encourages individuality and experimentation. With the rapid development of film equipment, cinematography becomes more and more affordable for independent filmmakers. Now all we need are new ideas and exposure for these ideas. Our film festival will provide this exposure for new outstanding films.

The Vienna Independent Film Festival is an important event and it consists of the film screening, meeting with participants and industry representatives, social events and seminars. Our program is unique and most of the films cannot be seen in the mainstream theaters.

Vienna is a perfect spot for an event like this. It is from this place that cinematographers such as Fritz Lang, Billy Wilder, Josef von Sternberg, Fred Zinnemann, Otto Preminger and actors like Romy Schneider, Hedy Lamarr, Helmut Berger, Maximilian Schell, and Arnold Schwarzenegger came to conquer the world.

It is still an important center of cinematography. The great traditions of Austrian cinema have been continued by the Oscar and Palme d'Or winning director Michael Haneke.

Our aim is to present the most outstanding films produced in every part of the world to reach international success.

All the films should be in English or have English subtitles.

Grand Prix of the festival - The Golden Sphinx is a symbol of mystery and wisdom, as we believe that there is an element of mystery in any real piece of art. There will also be awards for the Best Film, Best Director, Best Short Film, Best Documentary and Best Music Video.

Certificates and prizes will be presented on the final night to producers attending the festival or sent by email or post.

We guarantee that your film will be viewed by our international community and will be judged by a jury of film professionals. The Festival will host numerous opportunities to connect with enthusiastic new audiences, fellow filmmakers, film industry professionals, non-profit organizations and the media in the beautiful city of Vienna.

Our festival is an IMDB Qualified Event.

Statue of The Golden Sphinx, Golden Statuettes and certificates

We encourage the submission of international film or video entries, but all entries must be in English or have English dubbing or subtitles.

All entries must be available for screening during the festival. We welcome Feature Films, Short Films, Documentaries and Music Videos.

You may submit as many entries as you like. Each entry requires its own entry fee. Fees are not refundable.

We prefer online submissions.

Please submit a film using FilmFreeway.

You can also send us a link to your film on Vimeo with a password.

Or you can also provide a download link to your 1080p, 24/25 fps .mp[e]g / .avi / .vob / .mov / .mp4 / .m4v submission.

In order to select the films for screenings we watch the online screeners. We select films for a number of reasons and we are not obliged to watch all films to the end, we can watch only the part of the film.

If your film is chosen to show at the Vienna Independent Film Festival, you must send a full quality DCP file/35mm print no later than 2 weeks prior to the festival screening.

All films should have been completed within these past three years.

All awards are based on the overall merit of the entry. Decisions by the judges are final.

Festival does not deal with any copyright issues. All copyright issues should be resolved by the film authors.

Filmmakers and screenwriters retain 100% all of the rights to their projects and materials that they submit to the Vienna Independent Film Festival.

Festival organizers have the right to use extracts of the film for promotional purposes.

You agree to indemnify and hold harmless us, our officers, affiliates, employees, and partners from any and all claims and liability arising out of entering or transmitting your film to the Vienna Independent Film Festival.

Overall Rating
  • Previous editions may have been worthwhile, but in November 2021 all they bothered to do is stream the selection on facebook, despite the fact that there were, as far as I know, no lockdown measures in place in Vienna during this time. There were was no networking, no communication - they didn't even reply to my emails. Be careful before submitting in 2022!

    January 2022
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    Response from festival:

    Our last edition was held online due to the restrictions in Vienna, Austria - the strictest restrictions in the whole Europe. Many festivals, even those with huge budgets, such as Sundance, Rotterdam, Berlinale and the European Film Market and many others had to turn to online editions in such difficult conditions. The supposed lack of communication and that we did not answer your emails is quite simply a lie. We did not answer only one email - one question about the file formats because we shared the information on our website, and emails with all relevant information was sent out to all participants. And Tom Janson also approved our request to download his film, therefore the file format issue was resolved early on.

  • ranjit singh

    This was an awesome Vienna Film Festival...would highly recommend it to anyone!... Thanks!

    December 2021
  • Wade Rupp

    VIFF curates films which are intense, compelling, sometimes iconoclastic, regardless of the filmmaker’s budget. This gives VIFF a powerful and rich view into the human experience. I am so proud and gratified that our film “Be Carfle” is included with these exciting films. VIFF’s caring regard, practical helps, for filmmakers and their films is phenomenal. This is one festival I would want to attend just to see their selections—and see Vienna. Thank you so much VIFF!!

    November 2021
  • Kazuhiro Kiuchi

    The greatest independent film festival ever.
    I never forget VIFF's love for the movies.

    November 2021
  • Aline Jewell

    My experience at VIFF was transformative, to say the least. I was impressed with the curating of short and feature films and thoroughly enjoyed attending the program during the four days of the festival. I've also met very talented and creative filmmakers with whom I'll keep in touch. VIFF is a unique independent film festival for us filmmakers to present our work and interact not only among ourselves but also with the audience attending the screening and taking part in the Q&A sessions. I salute the Festival Director for the decision to go ahead with the festival this year despite the pandemic of Covid-19. It was an honour to be part of VIFF 2020. I'm also immensely honoured for my film being awarded Winner Best Screenplay Short Film and I'm looking forward to VIFF 2021!

    October 2020