Film Festival & Photography Contest
The Film Festival
is an international film and photography festival, with seasonal events and live screenings in three countries with annual awards ceremony in Denmark.
After two years of holding the festival with three successful seasons in Denmark, In line with its primary goal of supporting short films around the world by creating more physical screening opportunities, the festival succeeded in expanding the screening of its films in other countries as well. We started the third year by holding the festival's fourth edition in the NPAK cultural and arts center in Yerevan, Armenia. Then, the 5th edition of the Luminous Frames Film Festival was held at the Fabrika from May 1 to 5, 2023 in Tbilisi, Georgia.
Luminous Frames is looking for independent short films in all genres, especially those which have been historically underrepresented. Gender and ethnic diversity, human rights, and environmental issues are all of high interest.
We have two seasons of competition in a year with varying themes. Our professional and international jury panel will judge the submitted projects. The seasonal winners are automatically qualified to compete at the Luminous Frames annual competition.
Discover our unique and interesting categories: "Seasonal Theme", "Minority Report", "The Bounty", and "Memento".
Luminous Frames is one of the few festivals that accepts submissions in each sub-category independently.
We also have a Photography Contest with various categories for passionate and professional photographers, whose work will be judged by an explicit jury panel.
Luminous Frames is a home for independent photographers who are looking for an international platform to showcase their artwork.
Check the Rules & Terms on this page and for more information visit the festival website.
All applicants are eligible to submit their work for multiple categories.
Luminous Frames aims to start its Academy of Education and Film Clubs in Canada, Denmark, Brazil, South Africa, Turkey, Armenia and Georgia.
By attracting university lecturers and creative artists as our professional critics, Luminous Frames intends to establish itself as a reputable web magazine in the field of film and photography reviews.
We have special promotions for our official selections and the winners at the end of each season.
All accepted entries are promoted through our social media and website.
All the winning films will have a live screening at the end of each edition.
All the winners will have a Q&A interview session on our website.
All officially selected projects of each season will receive the Luminous Frames laurel.
All the winners of each season will receive the Luminous Frames certificate.
All the winners in the annual event will receive the Luminous Frames special trophy and special sponsor award.
We pay special tribute to our winners in the Luminous Frames, seasonal winners of the festival may be selected as honorary members of the jury panel for the next edition, and in addition to judging the films, they will receive a festival's special jury badge.
We believe that good films should be watched many times. Therefore, all the winning films in each edition of the festival may be selected for special screening in the following editions as well.
All fiction, documentary and experimental films with topics about the beauty and wonders of our planet Earth. Also environmental threats around it. Requirements: Under 45 minutes/2020-2021-2022 productions.
Festival Unique and Interesting Categories:
Receiving a professional review of your film within 15 days. If you are courageous enough to put your movie under the spotlight for the critics and would like to receive a professional review from the experts, who are eager to discover new talents but will not take it easy on you, submit your film in this section. We publish the review of your film on our website and social media. Any genre, under 40 minutes.
A compelling category that is dedicated to all the movies that were released during the first 15 years of the millennium, between 2000 to 2016. The films either had shined in the festivals, got the attention, and were praised, or did not receive enough attention on their release dates and their festival circuit. If you want to give it another shot and let your movie to be appreciated, this category is made for you. Any genre, under 40 minutes.
Receiving a professional review of your film within 15 days. If you are courageous enough to put your movie under the spotlight for the critics and would like to receive a professional review from the experts, who are eager to discover new talents but will not take it easy on you, submit your film in this section. We publish the review of your film on our website and social media.
Submit your demo reel in this category if you are a rising star. The goal of this unique category is to discover acting talents and help them to get recognized by the film production community. The winners of the best acting audition category will be announced & reviewed in Luminous Frames magazine. -Under 10 minute.
Festival General Categories:
Best Narrative Short
Best Documentary Short, Best Animation Short, Best Experimental Short, Best Music Video
All genres of shorts are accepted with a maximum length of 40 minutes.
All films must have been made in or after 2020.
Best Short Script
Best Supporting Actor
Best Supporting Actress
Best Actor-Under the Age of 16
Best Actress-Under the Age of 16
Best Sound Design
Best Original Score
Best Original Song
Best Visual FX
Best Production Design
Best Costume Design
All submitted films should have English subtitles.
All films must have been produced in or after 2020.
Only in the "Memento" category, you can submit shorts from the year 2000.
All genres are accepted with a maximum length of 40 minutes.
You can submit your short film in the sub-category sections independently.
Filmmakers are responsible for the copyright on their own materials and must have the rights to the material (e.g music) used in the film.
By submitting to Luminous Frames, you give us the right to screen your film in front of a live audience.
Luminous Frames have the right to promote clips from your film on social media, based on the press kits you provide us with and excerpts of the original movie.
Luminous Frames retains the right to change the date and venue of the festival under special circumstances. All filmmakers will be informed about any changes through our online platforms.
Entry fees are non-refundable.
Filmmakers own all the rights to their films.
By submitting your projects to the festival you agree to our terms and conditions and you are giving consent to receiving marketing newsletters and discounts about the festival in the form of emails. We will never sell your information to third parties.
We reserve the right to update our terms and conditions.