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Grand OFF World Independent Short Film Awards 17th edition, 27 Nov - 4 Dec 2023, Warsaw

Grand OFF World Independent Short Film Awards submission is open for:

  • films submitted by independent filmmakers and film clubs
  • films submitted by Academy Members
  • films submitted by directors of our partner film festivals

Award Nominations

Nominations will be made by the Selection Committee in Warsaw. Academy Members will have the right to indicate a film for nomination, which must be approved by the Selection Committee.


Submission of the film to the competition means acceptance of the following regulations.


Every film enters free of charge. All film genres are accepted.


We accept:

  • films made after the 1st of January 2021
  • films which were made without any professional production support (except for film schools)
  • whose length does not exceed 45 minutes


Film print must be properly packed in order to protect it against mechanical damages. If not respected, mechanical damage may lead to disqualification of the film.


Film prints have to be marked with the filmmaker's name, the film’s title, its length, a contact email and telephone number. All films must have English subtitles.


Films accompanied by a properly filled out and signed Submission Entry Form (available in the SUBMIT FILM section on the official Grand OFF website, must be sent by the 30th of June 2022 to the following address:

Grand OFF Cinema Art Foundation - Fundacja Cinema Art
61 Pulawska St.
Warsaw 02‐595

Films without a properly filled out and signed Submission Entry Form will be dismissed!


Having submitted the film, the author accepts the organizers’ right to screen the film at the official Grand OFF Awards Gala and any other screenings promoting Grand OFF World Independent Short Film Awards. Moreover, the entrant permits Grand OFF to use excerpts of any selected work of up to 60 seconds in length, for promotional purposes only.


Submitting your entry, you certify that you are the legal and beneficial owner of all rights of copyright in the material submitted. The contestant accepts all responsibility in this regard. The festival reserves the right to reject a film on the basis of copyright infringement.


Grand OFF reserves the right to publish the email and telephone number for the primary contact and distributor of the films selected for the programme in the festival catalogue. The film maker’s personal data may also be used for promotional purposes on television, on the internet, in newspapers and on the radio.

Selection process and Grand Off World Independent Short Film Awards


Selected films will receive nominations for Grand OFF World Independent Short Film Awards in the following categories: directing, script, cinematography, editing, actor, actress, best feature film, best documentary, best scenography and best costume, best animation. The list of the nominated films will be available on the Grand OFF website,, on the 30th September 2022 at the latest.


The submitted films will be evaluated by the professional Selection Committee, which will make the nominations in the respective categories. The members of the Grand OFF Academy (more than 50 professionals from 25 countries from all over the world) will select the best pictures from among the nominated ones.


The authors of the nominated films are invited for the Awards Ceremony in Warsaw. The Organisers will provide accommodation and programme throughout the 4-day long Grand OFF festival. The Organizer does not cover travel expenses.


The authors of the films cover the costs of sending the DVD copies to the Grand OFF. The Organizers do not return submitted DVD copies. All submitted competition entries will remain in the Organizer’s archives.


Technical Data of the submitted films:

  • digital copy of the film on a DVD (PAL) disc (DVD format and autostart) or mini DV or 4K
  • 4:3 or 16:9 format
  • english subtitles
  • dialogue list

One DVD should carry only one film. DVD should be marked as following: original title, english title, director, running time, email address and telephone number.


Authors of the nominated films are obliged to send the following, by the 15th of October 2022:

  • film
  • the film’s trailer (if such exists)
  • film synopsis
  • at least 2 stills from the film (10 x 15 cm ) BW or colour
  • picture of the nominated artist
  • biography of the nominated artist
  • dialogue list

For more information please contact us:

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Submit a film:





Cinema Art Foundation
Puławska 61 / 02-595 Warsaw / PL

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