Kaaffilm International Short Film Festival

Submissions for 2023 are now CLOSED

Every year the Kaaffilm International Short Film Festival presents a diverse program of short films. We pride ourselves on supporting talent in all its forms, and we welcome applications from both new-waves and emerging filmmakers, from anywhere in the world. Below you’ll find everything you need to know about submitting your film. Whether you’re a seasoned filmmaker or a fresh new voice, we look forward to receiving your work!

Full rules for short films are below, please read carefully before submitting.

Please read these Rules & Terms carefully before you submit your film. By submitting your film into competition in the 2º Kaaffilm International Short Film Festival, you expressly acknowledge and agree that you shall be bound by the terms of these Rules & Terms.


  • Maximum length 20 minutes (24/25 frames per second)
  • Completed in 2021, 2022 or 2023
  • All films must have English subtitles also when the spoken language is English
  • Premiere not required
  • All genres are welcome
  • Films can only be submitted once – no resubmissions from previous editions
  • Please be sure that you have all rights, concerning thirds parties, needed in order to participate at Kaaffilm International Short Film Festival
  • Online digital submission only. Films for pre-screening must be uploaded via FilmFreeway or Festhome
  • No promotional films (e.g. educational, industrial, advertising, tourist films, etc.)
  • Low-quality copies are accepted for pre-selection screening, but cinema screening formats must be high-quality – HD 1080p or above


  • Deadline 15th of July 2023
  • Submission must be done via FilmFreeway.com or Festhome.com and Entry Form
  • Early-bird deadline 1st of May 2023: No Fee
  • Regular deadline 1st of June 2023: No Fee
  • Late deadline 15th of July 2023: No Fee
  • Notification Date 31th of August 2023
  • NO waivers or refunds


The organizers will appoint a selection committee that will be in charge of the final selection for the competition. The organizers may also authorize persons, whom they consider competent, to pre-select films for the selection committee or directly to the competition.

  • Entrants will be notified of the selection results no later than the 31th of August 2023
  • Final selection screenings in September 2023


Submissions for 2º Kaaffilm International Short Film Festival 2023 are made through

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