Our goal

The main goal of the KIIFF is to present the current trends in the Kurdistan and international cinema and to provoke intercultural dialogue
Our mission is to develop a sustainable platform for presentation of contemporary feature movies and to turn KIIFF into cultural venue of filmmakers and cinema fans from all over the world


Filmfreeway makes it easy to discover, submit and get tickets to festivals and
contests all over the world

Over 10,000 of the world’s best film festivals and contests, including 172 Academy Award/BAFTA Award accredited festivals, use Filmfreeway to reach over one million filmmakers worldwide


Abdolrahman Sarraei is the president and founder of the festival
He is an Iranian Kurdish Actor, Writer, Director, Producer, Script and Continuity Department
He has a master’s degree in writing from The American Academy Of Dramatic Arts and he has begun acting in the Academy’s Methodacting classes


  • Categories
  • Awards
  • Rules
  • Dates & Deadlines


  • Short film – Feature film
  • Short Doc – Feature Doc
  • Short Animation – Feature Animation
  • Short script – Feature Screenplay
  • Director – Screenwriter
  • Leading Actress – Leading Actor
  • Supporting Actress – Supporting Actor
  • Cinematography -Editor
  • Sound – Designer
  • Original Score


    The OFFICIAL SELECTION laurel is given to all films
  • Best of Fest (Golden statue of the festival)
  • Best Short Film (Festival statue)
  • Best Feature Film (Festival statue)
  • Best Short Doc (Festival statue)
  • Best Feature Doc (Festival statue)
  • Best Short Animation (Festival statue)
  • Best Feature Animation (Festival statue)
  • Best Short Screenplay (Festival statue)
  • Best Feature Screenplay (Festival statue)
  • Best Director (Festival statue)
  • Best Screenwriter (Festival statue)
  • Best Cinematographer (Festival statue)
  • Best Editing (Festival statue)
  • Best Sound (Festival statue)
  • Best Original Score (Festival statue)
  • Best Costume Designer (Festival statue)
  • Best Leading Actress (Festival statue)
  • Best Leading Actor (Festival statue)
  • Best Supporting Actress (Festival statue)
  • Best Supporting Actor (Festival statue)


While we consider all genres, if you’re unsure if your film fits our programming, please review our archives.
Studios and Sales Agents: Please do not submit to KIIFF if you require a fee for screening at KIIFF. As a non-profit arts organization, it is not in our budget.
1: Each filmmaker can participate in the competition program for only one film made in the previous year and this year (2020, 2021).
2: Submissions not in English must have English subtitles.
1: The filmmakers accept responsibility for all trademark and copyrighted materials, shown or recorded, on the project and have the necessary releases for a theatrical screening.
2: If you are accepted in KIIFF, we will ask you for your movie download link or DCP to show the movie at the event.
3: While we will always ask first, Filmmakers agree that their film, or clips from it, and all other material related to their project may be used and/or published in the event program, KIIFF website, social networking sites, blog, or for other Festival promotional purposes.
4: Filmmakers promise to provide KIIFF with a full electronic press kit that must include a trailer, images for web and print, cast & crew information, and film synopsis. We can’t promote you without your help.
5: We ask that you participate in KIIFF as much as possible. If you’re unable to attend your screening, please have a representative attend in your place. Please support your peers and celebrate independent cinema.
6: The cost of delivery and pick-up of all materials is the responsibility of the filmmaker.
7: Take a deep breath, relax, and have fun!
1: KIIFF promises to watch each submission, from start to finish. Guaranteed. You took the time to submit your project to KIIFF and we’ll take the time to watch it. (Please note that your Vimeo counter will not take into account views if embedded into
2: At the end of each submission period, and during the final weeks of our selection process, KIIFF will regularly update the main contact on the status of the film. If you change your email address, please be sure to update KIIFF. Additionally, we ask that you add to your address book, follow @KIIFF.OFFICIAL on Facebook/Twitter/Instagram and please do not unsubscribe from our email list until films have been selected. This will ensure you receive all communications from KIIFF during the submission period.
3: KIIF will never share your contact information, or any part of your film, with a third party without your permission
4: Upon request, KIIFF will extend screening notes to filmmakers, after the festival has ended.
Submitting to KIIFF through FilmFreeway.
com confirms that you are authorized to do so and that you’ve read, understand and agree to the KIIFF Terms of Entry.

Dates & Deadlines

  • Opening Date: January 1, 2021
  • Earlybird Deadline: February 1, 2021
  • Regular Deadline: March 1, 2021
  • Late Deadline: April 1, 2021
  • Extended Deadline: May 1, 2021
  • Notification Date: June 1, 2021
  • Event Date: June 10 – 12, 2021



Kurdistan International Independent Film Festival