Terms & Conditions

All submissions:

PIHFF accepts international and Hungarian films, whether they are fiction films,

documentaries or animations, regardless of length, genre, or subject matter.

The films should fit into the category of “historical film”, meaning we expect fiction

films, documentaries, animations and short films dealing with already completed past

events, periods. The topics could cover any happenings from the antiquity until the

20 th century.

We are especially glad to receive historical films whose world premiere is at this

festival. We particularly appreciate and even evaluate such films.

The submitted films had to be completed after January 1st, 2017.

The films must have at least their Hungarian premiers at the festival (i.e. it is a

prerequisite that they have not have been screened publicly in Hungary prior to the

2020 festival, including a broadcast version of any length).

The films must be in English, subtitled in English or English versioned.

Submission Fee and deadlines

The price of submission is available at the exclusive partner of the festival, the

FilmFreeway. Submission is also only possible via FilmFreeway. Please note that

submission fees contribute to the administrative duties carried out by our festival

team and previewing panel. These fees are essential to the sustainability of our

festival and therefore we are unable to offer waivers.

Deadline for submissions is 05 September, 2020.

Programming Consideration

PIHFF will consider both international and Hungarian films, whether they are fiction

films or documentaries, regardless of length or subject matter.

All submissions will be given full consideration by our programming team.

Programming Decisions

The final decision on programming, categorization, and scheduling of films will be

determined by the Festival programming team. Their decision is final (and not open

to negotiation). Successful applicants will receive this information in their official


No screeners or application materials will be returned. Do not send film prints, master

tapes or other originals. If your film is selected, you will receive a more detailed form asking for promotional

materials needed for our catalogue and website (delivering these on time and in the

right format is 100% your responsibility). We expect all submitted films to be free of

screening fees.

You can expect your film to be screened 2-3 times during the festival and 4-5 times

around the rural countryside of Hungary in the month following the end of PIHFF in a

separate program named ‘PIHFF around the country’. The project aims to reach

audiences that would otherwise not have a chance to see our program.

Selected Films

PIHFF features three juried competition programs: the fiction films /Best Feature film,

Best Drama Film, Best Director, Best Script, Best Cinematographer, Best Editor, Best

Actors/ and the same type of awards will be distributed in the categories of the

documentaries and the short films. There will be several other programs that are non-


There is an opportunity to meet Hungarian film distributors at the festival. We also

help in negotiations concerning the distributions of films in Hungary, in the network of

cinemas as well as on television.

Travel & Accommodation

For officially selected films, PIHFF wants to provide as much support as possible to

filmmakers attending the Festival. We hope that we will have the opportunity to

provide first class accommodation and full board for two people from all selected

productions free of charge. As long as the budget of the film festival permits it, we will

make an effort to cover the airplane travel too. The transfer from Budapest to Pápa

will be provided by the festival by specific vehicles.

For feature-length films, PIHFF will do its best to bring a representative to Pápa

(Hungary) for each invited film.

For all selected films, PIHFF will provide Festival accreditation for every credited


The conditions of the accreditation will be available on the website of the festival from

August 2020. The aim of the organizers of the festival is to host as many artists as

possible, as apart from the competition, we would like if new professional

relationships, friendships, were born among the film professionals gathering from the world.