Submissions for the ninth annual Naples International Film Festival are now closed. Thank you to all who submitted.


Submission deadlines

for all categories

Early bird Deadline: April 28, 2017

Regular Deadline: May 26, 2017

Late Deadline: June 27, 2017

Extended Deadline: July 7, 2017

Documentary Features

Any non-fiction feature length film 41 minutes or longer. Documentary feature films may be foreign or domestic.

Narrative Features

Any original work of fiction 41 minutes or longer. Narrative feature films may be foreign or domestic.

Florida Films

The Florida Films category is intended to celebrate, encourage and support the production of films in the state of Florida. Documentary Feature, Narrative Feature or Short films with partial or principal photography in Florida may submit in the Florida Films category. Any film submitted to this category must state what part of Florida their film is associated with.


Any Narrative or Documentary film 40 minutes or less. NIFF programs short films in themed packages. We may also screen a short film before a Narrative or Documentary feature.



Young Filmmaker Showcase

Student filmmakers from the Collier and Lee counties, Florida are invited to submit a short film completed any time after January 1, 2016. Filmmakers currently enrolled in grades K-12 (in March 2017) may submit a film as an individual or in groups. Submissions must have a running time of 10 minutes or less (including credits). Films of all genres are accepted (documentary and narrative). 

There is no submission fee or premiere requirement for this category. Limit 2 entries per student.

Films submitted in the Young Filmmaker Showcase category must be works written, directed, and shot by high school, middle school or elementary school students. This category is not for university or college filmmakers. Adult supervision is limited to advisory capacity. 

Please include or email a copy of your Student ID (if possible) with your submission. Name of school in which student is currently enrolled must accompany submission.


General RuleS


A. Films must have been completed after January 1, 2016.

B. All films must be available to screen during the Naples International Film Festival, October 26-29, 2017.

C. Previous Screenings

1. Films must not have screened theatrically in Florida or be widely available in the U.S. for video, Internet or television distribution prior to October 26-29, 2017. Short films may have screened online. 

2. Films must not have shown publicly in Collier or Lee Counties prior to screening at the Naples International Film Festival, October 26-29, 2017. This rule does not apply to the Young Filmmaker Showcase category.

3. If you are unsure if your film is eligible for festival consideration, please check with us before entering your film by emailing Refunds will not be issued once a film is submitted.

D. The Naples International Film Festival will not consider trailers or rough cuts for selection purposes.

E. All films must be in their original language with English subtitles, when applicable.

F. All films must be submitted and submission fees paid for through or Entries must be received by July 7, 2017. The Festival is not obligated to view late entries. 

The Naples International Film Festival accepts secure online screeners through Filmfreeway, Withoutabox, Vimeo and YouTube. The Festival no longer accepts DVD submissions.

G. Films will be selected and entrants will be notified via email by October 9, 2017. All correspondence will be done by email; no information will be provided over the phone.

H. Unfortunately, we are unable to provide individualized feedback to filmmakers.

I. Artis–Naples reserves the right to make exceptions to the above rules at its sole discretion. Any exceptions to the submission rules must be approved by Artis—Naples.

For a full details please go to our online submissions platforms FilmFreeway or Withoutabox.  

About NIFF

As part of Artis—Naples, a multidisciplinary arts organization that focuses equally on the visual and performing arts, the Naples International Film Festival is a place for film lovers to connect, exchange ideas and celebrate the art of film in a friendly, welcoming environment.

NIFF presents a carefully curated program of approximately 50 domestic and international narrative, documentary and short films from established and emerging filmmakers. The opening night film and party takes place on the Artis—Naples cultural campus. Competition films screen at the Silverspot Cinema, a luxury boutique theater with state-of-the-art digital projection andsound. Our community is passionate about film, and Silverspot's intimate theaters create a relaxed environment where filmmakers and audiences can truly connect.

We strongly encourage filmmakers to attend the festival, where they will find a warm welcome from our friendly staff, dedicated volunteers and enthusiastic community. We intentionally keep our program small, which allows us to pay detailed attention to each and every film in the festival. Filmmakers are invited to participate in everything from our exclusive filmmaker’s welcome dinner to the opening night festivities and more.

We hope that filmmakers will make lasting relationships during their time in Naples. NIFF fosters a spirit of camaraderie among visiting filmmakers, whether relaxing in the filmmaker lounge, attending each other’s screenings or sitting on a panel together. We strive to build long-lasting relationships with our NIFF alumni and make a point to stay in touch long after the festival weekend has ended. It’s gratifying to watch careers and projects develop and we always welcome the chance to consider new work from our alumni.

Filmmakers are at the heart of everything we do. When you share your film with us, you will be treated with respect throughout every stage of the submissions process. Your emails will be returned, your questions answered and a real, live person will (usually) answer the phone.

Thank you for your interest in the Naples International Film Festival. We wish you all the best with your film!

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