Submission deadlines and fees

Date Deadline Feature Featurette Short Micro Student Trailers, Teasers Music video TV/WEB episode
Opening Date 15 May 2021 $15 $12 $9 $9 $9 $9 $9 $9
Early Deadline 15 June 2021 $17 $14 $11 $11 $11 $11 $11 $11
Regular Deadline 15 July 2021 $19 $16 $13 $13 $13 $13 $13 $13
Late Deadline 15 August 2021 $21 $18 $15 $15 $15 $15 $15 $15
Extended Deadline 15 September 2021 $23 $20 $17 $17 $17 $17 $17 $17
Final Deadline 15 October 2021 $25 $22 $19 $19 $19 $19 $19 $19

20 October 2021 – notification date

All the submissions for FICIMAD are to be paid by credit card. The submission fee is non-refundable.

FilmFreeway Gold Members get 10% off.

Categories for Submission

We are gladly accepting all movies, micro (up to 5 min), shorts (up to 15 min.), featurettes (15 – 60 min.), features (60 – 180 min.) in multiple categories: fiction, documentary, animation and experimental, student films (under 25 min), trailers/teasers (under 5 min.), music videos (under 10 min.), TV/WEB episodes (under 30 min).

Features & Shorts Award Categories




Additional Movie Awards:

Best Narrative Feature

Best Narrative Featurette

Best Narrative Short

Best Drama

Best Thriller

Best Comedy

Best Horror


Best Sci-Fi

Best Crime Film

Best Dark Comedy

Best Mystery Film

Best Film Noir

Best Western

Best Animation Feature

Best Animation Short

Best Documentary Feature

Best Documentary Featurette

Best Documentary Short

Best Inspirational Film

Best Indie Film

Best Micro Film

Best Music Video

Best Web Series

Best Experimental Film

Best 18 and Under

Best Director

Best Actor

Best Actress

Best Editing

Best Visual Effects

Best Cinematography

Best First Time Director

Best Student Film

Best Trailer

Best Original Story

Best Screenplay - Short

Best Screenplay - Featurette

Best Screenplay - Feature

Completion Date

Films must have been completed after December 30, 2016.


All non-English language films, videos and trailers must have English subtitles when submitted.


Once submitted, the filmmaker agrees that film, video or trailer may be selected for screening at the Festival. The film, video or trailer must be available for free public screening during the FICIMAD 23 October 2021. No film, video, trailer or photography still may be withdrawn from the Festival program after the selection.

Screening Deliverables

All movies, videos, trailers and photography stills must be submitted through FilmFreeway. For environmental reasons, we do not accept submissions by mail. The entry fee must be paid in USD and is non-refundable. All contestants must be at least 18 years old or otherwise must have the Tutor Express Authorization to participate.

We gladly accept multiple movie entries per participant – for each movie submitted, the each movie entry fee should be paid in full. The organizers, sponsors, partners and judges and their immediate relatives are not authorized to participate with movie submissions to the Festival.


The sender of the submitted film, video, trailer or photography stills is responsible for all copyrights. All submissions must be original works of the author(s) and not in violation of any copyright laws, trademarks or intellectual property. Neither the Festival nor its jurists investigates or attests to the authenticity of an applicant’s statement of authorship or rights secured. FICIMAD shall not be held liable for any legal action that results from unlawful submissions of any submitted movie.

We strongly encourage filmmakers to submit their films only after the films are fully finished, as the entry of a movie is final when the submission process is completed; no alterations are permitted after the film is accepted to be played at FICIMAD. Should the film be accepted to play during the Festival, the filmmaker should supply the Festival with its most recent version.

Entrants to the FICIMAD retain all rights to their movies, videos, trailers or photography stills; the organizers don’t hold any copyrights or selling rights of any submitted movie, video or photography still. FICIMAD will only publicize the name, the title and the location of the winners, the title of the movies, a brief description, the Jury’s motivations for choosing the winners and will only use very short excerpts for media in order to promote the FICIMAD’s winners.

Selection Criteria

All entries must be sent before 20 October 2021 while the results of the selection will be announced on 25 October 2021. The grading of the movies is based exclusively on creative and artistic merits. The decisions of the Jury are final and cannot be contested.

Screenings are curated and scheduled to be aired during the Festival at the discretion of FICIMAD. The Festival reserves the right to choose which selected films, videos and trailers will be screened.

All submissions must be original works of the author(s) and not in violation of any copyright laws, trademarks, intellectual property rights or against basic moral standards. All entries must be owned by their submitting authors at the time of submission. FICIMAD shall not be held liable for any legal action that results from unlawful submissions.


While every effort will be made to adhere to the published schedule, FICIMAD reserves the right to make any necessary changes, postponements, or cancellations to competition scheduling, screenings, categories, prizes, rules, regulations and Jury membership.

By submitting your work to the FICIMAD, you agree to hold us, our affiliates, our employees and partners harmless from any claims and damages. FICIMAD explicitly disclaims any liability or responsibility for any comments, notes, or opinions expressed about a submission, whether by FICIMAD or by its associates.

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