• September 15, 2018


  • Film students, independent filmmakers.


  • No submission fees.
  • All shipping and insurance costs will be incurred by the sender.

Prizes, Awards, and Recognition:

  • Best short non-animated film prize - $300
  • Best short animation prize - $300
  • Official recognition awards granted by the Jury and the audience.
  • Featuring the best works on the APFF website and APFF Blog.
  • Special interviews with the creators of the best projects.


  • Up to 10 minutes with credits.


  • Narrative, documentary, animation, experimental.


  • We are accepting films whose either content, creators, production credits, or inspiration have a connection to Poland or Polish culture. For example:
    • a Polish (or Polish-American) director, lead actor or actress, cinematographer, screenwriter, or editor;
    • the film is in Polish, filmed in Poland, about or inspired by Poland or Polish culture, art, etc.


  • Film (maximum file size 10GB).
  • Press kit: synopsis, bios, 10 still frames from the film in the resolution 1920x1080px or higher.

Video format:

  • Accepted file formats (containers): .mp4 or .mov
  • Recommended codecs: Apple ProRes or H.264 (preferred high bitrate, minimum 2MBit/s and Uncompressed)
  • Resolution: 1920x1080px
  • 24fps or 23.976fps

Audio format:

  • AAC (recommended, > 160 kBit/s)
  • 48kHz sound PCM (only uncompressed) 
  • MP3 (not recommended)


  • Each film has to be uploaded as: online streaming (YouTube or Vimeo preferred) and direct download (<10GB).
  • All direct download files and online streaming links must contain the full film, including credits and subtitles embed in the film.
  • All direct download files and online streaming links must be available until the beginning of the festival.
  • If the links or the files are password protected, the passwords need to be provided.
  • If you are unable to meet any of the above requirements, need an assistance or have any questions, please contact with us and explain.

Language and Subtitles:

  • If the original version is in a language other than English, the film must be subtitled in English.
  • The subtitles should be: properly translated and synchronized, using a standard sans-serif font, embed into the film.
  • White color of the font if possible.


  • Excerpts from films may be shown for promotional purposes, if permission is obtained from the producer.
  • Person submitting the film is responsible for any legal repercussions, caused by unlawful or improper use of any copyrighted materials.
  • Submission of a film represents agreement with the regulations set forth here.
  • The APFF committee reserves the right to determine, which works are granted entry into the APFF International Short Film Competition.
  • Materials received after the submission deadline (September 30, 2017, 11:59 PM CTD) will not be accepted.