Years running: 19 (since 2006)


World independent short film awards.


GRAND OFF World Independent Film Awards is the most important initiative promoting independent cinema in Poland and one of the most significant ideas of its kind in the world. It’s also one of the most important cultural events related to independent cinema in the world. The mission of Grand OFF is to put independent cinema in the spotlight that both films and their makers deserve. This goal is achieved by a meticulous process of nominating submitted movies by the members of Grand OFF Jury, representing cinema professionals from 24 countries. This procedure culminates in a festive award ceremony, taking place in Warsaw since 2006 and attended each time by 400 distinguished representatives of the cinema world. A week later the awarded films are presented in more than 20 Polish cities.


Selected films will receive nominations for Grand OFF World Independent Short Film Awards in the following categories: directing, script, cinematography, editing, actor, actress, best feature film, best documentary, best animation.


Grand OFF World Independent Short Film Awards submission is open for:

  • films submitted by independent filmmakers and film clubs
  • films submitted by Academy Members
  • films submitted by directors of our partner film festivals,
  • films made after the 1st of January 2019
  • films which were made without any professional production support (except for film schools)
  • whose length does not exceed 45 minutes

Documents and Other Requisite Items

  • Fill out entry form,
  • Send DVD with submitted film by mail.

The authors of the nominated films are invited for the Awards Ceremony in Warsaw. The Organisers will provide accommodation and programme throughout the 4-day long Grand OFF festival. The Organizer does not cover travel expenses. The authors of the films cover the costs of sending the DVD copies to the Grand OFF.

Premiere Requirements

No premiere requirement

Jury and Organizers

  • Director — Witold Kon
  • Festival Producer — Dominika Czarny




Official Website



Cinema Art Foundation
Ul. Puławska 61 / 02-595 Warsaw / Poland


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Dates & Deadlines
  • Opening Date
    January 01, 2021
  • Deadline
    August 15, 2021
  • Notifications
    November 01, 2021
  • Event Dates
    6 December 2021
Categories & Fees

Films under 45 minutes.

  • Deadline — free
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