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The Cittador International Film Festival in Vienna is an annual two-day event presenting international, European and Austrian independent short films. Our Film Festival was created with the goal of showcasing and honoring emerging film talent, inspiring and entertaining audiences, as well as motivating filmmakers and inspiring film lovers. We aim to discover and highlight current cinematic themes and endeavors worldwide in short film. Therefore, we show films as a palette from all film genres, so that a comprehensive cinematic picture can be created for the film audience. It is important for us to hear the opinions of the filmmakers, to give a space for their thoughts and to share their visions with the audience through an interview. Our festival is addressed to all filmmaker who love inspirational, high quality, engaging, original, and imaginative short films like we do.

Cittador International Film Festival considers short films up to 30 minutes length.

The live cinema screenings of the winning films will take place at the beautiful Studiokino Lugner City in Vienna, Austria.


  • Cittador Award for Best International Short
  • Cittador Award for Best European Short
  • Cittador Award for Best Austrian Short
  • Best Drama Short
  • Best Arthouse Short
  • Best Thriller Short
  • Best Action Short
  • Best Comedy Short
  • Best Fantasy Short
  • Best Mystery Short
  • Best Romance Short
  • Best Documentary Short
  • Best Environmental Short
  • Best Feminist Short
  • Best Experimental Short
  • Best Horror Short
  • Best LGBTQ+ Short
  • Best Sci-Fi Short
  • Best Animated Short
  • Best Family Short
  • Emerging Director Award
  • Remarkable Screenplay Award
  • Acting Art Award
  • Cinematography Art Award
  • Momentous Film Music Award
  • Sound Design Art Award


Each winning film will receive a short jury statement, which will be published on the Cittador Film Festival website and printed in the Film Festival Catalog. The jury statement can be used as a quotation for promotional purposes with the source reference.


The Cittador International Film Festival will publish a catalog containing: a) information about the selected and awarded films, b) interviews with filmmakers, c) a short statement by the jury about the awarded films. Since the information is already available on the Cittador International Film Festival website and will be included in the catalog. There is no free author’s copy of the catalog for the filmmakers of the selected and awarded films. The catalog is a document about the festival and serves as a record of the festival. The catalog can be purchased online.

Rules & Terms


The Cittador Film Festival accepts films in any language and from around the world up to 30 minutes in length. We have no film premiere or completion date requirements.


Films whose dialogue is not spoken in English must have English subtitles.


The submission fee is non-refundable. The film festival does not pay a fee for the screening of the winning films.


Only the films that have received a Film Award will be screened live in the cinema. Films that have received one of the Special Awards will not be screened. The live cinema screenings of the winning films will take place at the Studiokino Lugner City Vienna, Austria.


  • Submission period: January 1, 2023 – November 15, 2023
  • Selection date: November 16, 2023
  • Notification date: December 16, 2023
  • Event date: December 16 – 17, 2023, Studiokino Lugner City, Vienna


You confirm that you have obtained all necessary permissions to participate in the Cittador International Film Festival and that the film does not infringe the rights, including copyright, of any third party.


Please include your address in your FilmFreeway entry and do not submit a film without providing us with your mailing address, phone number, and email address, which we only need for our records.


By submitting your film, you agree that the Cittador International Film Festival may use portions of your film (including trailers/teasers/film posters/film stills) for promotional purposes. By submitting to the Cittador International Film Festival, you agree to abide by all rules of the Film Festival and grant the Cittador International Film Festival unrestricted permission to screen the submitted film at the sole discretion of the festival. The festival has the right to refuse the film without giving any reason. The event date and location are subject to change.