Years running: 27 (since 1994)


International Documentary Film Festival


International Documentary Film Festival CINEMA OFF is a competition festival, which presents documentary films from around the world. The best documents a jury of eminent filmmakers, film critics and entertainers awards: Gold, Silver and Bronze Castle. We promote and present interesting events in a wide range of Polish and world cinema contemporary and classical, not only documentary. The competition is accompanied by numerous special screenings, meetings with artists, the exhibition of a film, concerts, films workshops, academic lectures and discussions. The festival promotes the development of documentary cinema in three areas: presentation, education and reflection.


The Jury of the Festival will assess films participating in the competition and award the following main prizes:

  • 1st  prize: The Golden Castle Grand Prix
  • 2nd  The Silver Castle 
  • 3rd prize: The Bronze Castle

The Jury has the right to award honorary mentions.

The Jury has the right not to award statutory prizes.


  1. IDFF OFF CINEMA will accept submissions from around the world, without running time limits or thematic constraints. 
  2. Only films made after January 1st, 2018, will be eligible for the festival competition. 

Documents and Other Requisite Items

  1. Films shall be accepted for competition upon submission of a preview copy with a completed submission form 
  2. For the competition selection, only films submitted in DVD Video, Blu-ray, MP4 or download link with resolution no higher than 720p will be taken in consideration
  3. The following must be sent in order for the film to be accepted for selection:
    • c) at least four (4) stills from the film (horizontal, .jpg file format, 300 dpi min. resolution)
    • d) photograph of the director (.jpg file format, 300 dpi min. resolution)
    • e) director’s biographical note (.doc or .docx file, not exceeding 300 characters)
    • f) description of submitted film (.doc or .docx file, not exceeding 500 characters)
    • trailer of submitted film (min. 30 sec, max. 90 sec., no less than HD resolution (1920X1080p))

Selection Media Type: DVD, online

Screening media type: DCP, MPEG-4 file (H.264 codec), Blu Ray (code-free, region B/2)

Subtitles language: English

Premiere Requirements

No premiere requirement




Official website



Centrum Kultury ZAMEK
ul. Święty Marcin 80/8261 –
809 Poznań

Phone: +48 61 64 65 204

Email: (submissions)

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Dates & Deadlines
  • Opening date
    January 23, 2019
  • Deadline
    June 15, 2019
  • Notifications
    June 15, 2019
  • Event dates
    15 — 20 October 2019
Categories & Fees
  • Deadline — free
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