Years running: 5 (since 2019)


International film festival.


AI FILM FESTIVAL is a short film festival that intends to promote and screen short films and also establish an international communication for short filmmakers and everybody involved in this industry. It tries to build up a bridge between Iranian and international short filmmakers. It intends to recognize and present top short films and introduces young talents. AI FILM FESTIVAL is a place to expand the experiences and enhance the knowledge and endorse the skills.



Jury members will select the best movies of each section and will announce the awards as below:

  • Best Film
  • Best Director
  • Best Script
  • Best Actor
  • Best Actress


  • International and Asian premiere is in priority; However, it is necessary that the first screening of the selected movies in IRAN will be at AI FILM FEST, otherwise, the films will be considered for the non-competition section.
  • Short films must not exceed 15 minutes including final sequence and NOT less than 5 minutes.
  • It must be produced after January, 2019.
  • Short films include live action and animation. No documentary is eligible.
  • The eligible formats for previewing and selection purpose are downloadable links, DVDs or blue-Rays.
  • Accepted formats: Full HD File (plus a blue-Ray backup) with English subtitles.


Premiere Requirements

National premiere required.




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Dates & Deadlines
  • Opening Date
    March 15, 2020
  • Earlybird Deadline
    June 25, 2020
  • Regular Deadline
    September 30, 2020
  • Late Deadline
    November 30, 2020
  • Notifications
    December 25, 2020
  • Event Dates
    20 — 23 January 2021
Categories & Fees
  • Earlybird Deadline — free
  • Regular Deadline — $15
  • Late Deadline — $25
  • Earlybird Deadline — free
  • Regular Deadline — $15
  • Late Deadline — $25
  • Earlybird Deadline — free
  • Regular Deadline — $15
  • Late Deadline — $25

Short films in any genre except animation and documentary would submit for this section. In case of previous screening in Iran, movies will be considered for non-competition section

  • Earlybird Deadline — free
  • Regular Deadline — $7
  • Late Deadline — $15
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