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Cittador International Film Festival in Vienna, a vibrant two-day event, showcases independent films. Crafted to recognize and reward emerging talent, it goes beyond mere entertainment, aiming to inspire and engage both film enthusiasts and creators. This festival is a curated experience that transcends conventional cinema, offering a platform for emerging voices and inspiring passion for the cinematic arts.

We strive to spotlight global cinematic themes in short and feature films, showcasing a diverse palette of genres for a comprehensive cinematic experience. Emphasizing filmmaker perspectives, we provide a platform for interviews to share their visions with the audience. Our festival welcomes all filmmakers who appreciate inspirational, high-quality, engaging, original, and imaginative short and feature films.

Cittador International Film Festival considers feature films up to 120 minutes and short films up to 30 minutes running time.

The live cinema screenings of the winning films will take place at the Studiokino Lugner City Vienna, Austri


FEATURE-Length Film Awards

– Best Feature Film

– Special awards: Emerging Director Award, Remarkable Screenplay Award, Acting Art Award, Cinematography Art Award, Momentous Film Music Award, and Sound Design Art Award

SHORT Film Awards

– Best International Short, Best European Short, and 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 Inspirational Short, Best Environmental Short, Best Feminist Short, Best Experimental Short, Best Horror Short, Best LGBTQ+ Short, Best Sci-Fi Short, Best Animated Short, and Best Family Short

– Special awards: Emerging Director Award, Remarkable Screenplay Award, Acting Art Award, Cinematography Art Award, Momentous Film Music Award, and Sound Design Art Award


All selected and awarded films will receive the official laurel of the Cittador International Film Festival and a Cittador Certificate.


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


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


Cittador Film Festival accepts films in any language and from around the world up to 30 minutes running time for short films and up to 120 minutes running time for feature-length films. The submitted film must have a minimum resolution of Full HD (1080p).


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

  1. FEE

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 Best-of-Film-award will be screened live in the cinema. All other films will not be screened. Films that have received a special award will also not be shown.

  1. TERMS
  • Submission period: January 10, 2024 – November 15, 2024
  • Selection date: November 16, 2024
  • Notification date: December 1, 2024
  • Event date: December 14 – 15, 2024, 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.


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.