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**** Submit your film now at the most attractive fees or lowest submission fees. The submission fee is only $10 USD for all categories.

Important note on COVID-19

We would like to inform you that there will be no cancellation or postponement of festival operations fin light of the COVID 19 issue. The festival team along with the honorable jury remains committed to continuing the festival operations as per the prevailing schedule and process.

Bangladesh is south Asia's greenest jewel – a country braided with rivers, with a rich culture waiting to be explored by pioneering travelers. Likewise, the International Open Film Festival – Dhaka is unique in the industry. Attracting both powerhouse companies as well as talented new filmmakers it is an exceptional, truly international awards competition, not a traditional film festival – which allows filmmakers from around the world to enter their films in this prestigious competition.
International Open Film Festival – Dhaka is an avant-garde worldwide competition that strives to give talented directors, producers, actors, new media creators, and members of the creative teams a unique venue for their work and the positive exposure they deserve. It discovers and honors the achievements of filmmakers who produce high-quality shorts and new media.
Ultimately, our festival seeks to create an exciting, vibrant program that represents the spirit of adventure, innovation, and distinctive storytelling.


Awards & Prizes:

The officially selected project in each season receives IOFF laurel and certificate. All seasonal Award Winners receive laurel and customized certificate.

The awards are given in the following categories:

Narrative Feature (Above 40 minutes)
Short Film (Less than 30 minutes)
Experimental Film (Any length)
Student Film (Any length)
Best Director (Any length)
Horror/Science Fiction/Genre Feature Film (Above 40 minutes)
Best Actor (Any Length)
Best Actress
Virtual Reality (VR) / Augmented Reality (AR) and 360° Video (Any Length)
Drone Film (Any Length)
Web and New Media (Any Length)
Mobile Film (Any Length)
Women's Film (Any Length)
LGBT Film (Any Length)
Animated Films (Any Length)
Educational Films (Any Length)
Film on Nature/Environment/Wildlife (Any Length)
One Minute Film
Television/Pilot Program or Series (Any Length)
Commercial/Advertisement
Music Video (Any Length)
Film Poster
Photography
Short Script
Feature Script

Besides the BEST CATEGORY AWARDS, there are also OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS.


Rules & Terms:

We are open to any film completed after January 1, 2000, regardless of content, subject, or origin. Submitting your film to the festival is not a guarantee of selection. All the winning films will receive an award or certificate. Please note that we do not offer application fee waivers. We treat every filmmaker equally.
1. Submissions must be accompanied by the applicable submission fee PER ENTRY and a completed online entry form. All films must be in English or have English subtitles at the time submitted.
2. Films must be submitted as an online streaming video via a participating submission platform (WFCN), a password-protected streaming URL (please test before sending).
3. In the event of a password change or link change after submitting, you must email the Festival at immediately with that change so we may update your record. If the Festival is not notified of the change and the link is found to be inactive or the password to be incorrect, the submission may be deemed ineligible.
4. The festival has no obligation (other than as stated in these rules or on our website) to disclose any of the following information: i) identities of screeners or judges; ii) notes, feedback, or information relating to the submitted project; and/or iii) details regarding the submission review or selection process.
5. The film submitted to the Festival for a particular season can be re-submitted at any time for a second chance, considering that we have different judges' panels for each season.
6. A director/producer may submit more than one film in a category and more than one category at a time.
7. A nominee will be privately screened for the festival judging panel, and will not be screened initially to the public.
8. “Best” films of each category will receive a laurel & certificate.
9. A filmmaker’s submission fee will not be reimbursed if they decide to withdraw their submission. All entry fees are non-refundable.
10. We require an official trailer or poster, synopsis and a link to your film. Please select the correct category while submitting to avoid disqualification. We reserve the right to re-assign films to the appropriate category.
11. Filmmakers who are not Iranian yet submitting in the Iranian category, their films will be disqualified.


30 Reviews
  • Greetings to participants of the INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
    I would like to advise the young cinematographers not to let cinematography become only entertainment again. Because, cinematography was created for an entertainment and then with the creative vision of Charlie Chaplin, Mêlées, Griffith, Eisenstein, Fritz Lang, Samad Mardanov and so on, movie was transformed into art. Cinematography has to give positive emotions to humanity. We have to keep this world together. Love CINEMATOGRAPHY in yourself, not yourself in CINEMATOGRAPHY. World is a home for all of us and cinematograph should intend to protect our home.
    Thank you.”

    13 Nov, 2021

    International Open Film Festival
    Response from festival:

    Dear SHAMIL ALIYEV,

    Thank you so much for your valuable feedback. We are really honored. We are hoping for a longer association with you.

    24 Nov, 2021
  • I try to bring my short films to audiences around the world, and being selected by the International Open Film Festival is a great honor. I would love to come to Bangladesh for the film festival, and to see the architectural wonders of the country, including Louis Kahn’s Capitol Complex in Dhaka.

    12 Nov, 2021

    International Open Film Festival
    Response from festival:

    Dear LOGAN FRY,

    Thank you so much for your valuable feedback. We are really honored. We are hoping for a longer association with y

    24 Nov, 2021
  • The International Open Film Festival is a vital event in this series of film festivals. Thank you for the top award in Best Animation for The Raven's Word!

    12 Nov, 2021

    International Open Film Festival
    Response from festival:

    Dear WILLIAM THINNES,

    Thank you so much for your valuable feedback. We are really honored. We are hoping for a longer association with you.

    24 Nov, 2021
  • What an incredible administration & staff. Their respect towards the film maker is genuine. On behalf of my cast, crew and myself, thank you for acknowledging Robot Romance.

    17 Oct, 2021

    International Open Film Festival
    Response from festival:

    Dear THOMAS CONSTANTINIDES,

    Thank you so much for your valuable feedback. We are really honored. We are hoping for a longer association with you.

    24 Nov, 2021
  • Excellent Film Festival with an international point of view. Great staff, everything's so well managed. Thanks to the Jury for bestowing the Best Women's Film Award on my short film "Tell Me Who I Am" ("Dimmi chi sono")! Check out this event!

    07 Oct, 2021

    International Open Film Festival
    Response from festival:

    Dear LUCA CASERTA,

    Thank you so much for your valuable feedback. We are really honored. We are hoping for a longer association with you.

    24 Nov, 2021
  • Great Festival! Thans for the Opportunity!

    06 Oct, 2021

    International Open Film Festival
    Response from festival:

    Dear GABRIEL ANGULO,

    Thank you so much for your valuable feedback. We are really honored. We are hoping for a longer association with you.

    24 Nov, 2021
  • Great Festival! Thans for the Opportunity!

    06 Oct, 2021

  • I am really happy to have participated in your festival and for the attention you have dedicated to my film! It’s nice to know that many in the world can appreciate works - sometimes even so far away in culture - but that unite us in our common passion for cinema.

    08 Sep, 2021

    International Open Film Festival
    Response from festival:

    Dear MARIO ROCCATO,

    Thank you so much for your valuable feedback. We are really honored. We are hoping for a longer association with you.

    24 Nov, 2021
  • Enjoyed the experience, thank you very much!

    03 Sep, 2021

    International Open Film Festival
    Response from festival:

    Thank you so much Jonathan for your valuable feedback. Would love to work with you again!

    24 Nov, 2021
  • It's good to be associated with such an esteemed organization, where true work is recognized and valued. The team is responsive to the applicants. I take this opportunity to wish International Open Film Festival all the best in all their future endeavors and we look forward to associating with you in the future. Stay Safe & Healthy.

    26 Jul, 2021

    International Open Film Festival
    Response from festival:

    Thank you so much for your valuable feedback. Would love to work with you again!

    24 Nov, 2021
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(Above 40 minutes)

Regular Deadline $10.00 USD

Final Deadline $15.00 USD

(Less than 30 minutes)

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(Any length)

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(Any length)

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(Any length)

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(Any Length)

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(Any Length)

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(Any Length)

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Comedy Short

Regular Deadline $150.00 USD

Final Deadline $15.00 USD

Regular Deadline $10.00 USD

Final Deadline $15.00 USD

Iranian Film

Regular Deadline $10.00 USD

Final Deadline $15.00 USD

(Any Length)

Regular Deadline $10.00 USD

Final Deadline $15.00 USD

(Any Length)

Regular Deadline $10.00 USD

Final Deadline $15.00 USD

(Any Length)

Regular Deadline $10.00 USD

Final Deadline $15.00 USD

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Final Deadline $15.00 USD

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