Films submitted in the Narrative category should not exceed 20 minutes in length. Narrative films are defined as those that tell or reveal a story. Keep this in mind while selecting pieces to submit to this genre.


This category accepts brief, informative films that can be classified as documentary shorts. Pieces submitted should not exceed 20 minutes.




Experimental films are those that cannot be defined by any of the other genres highlighted by the IYFF. Films in this category should not exceed 15 minutes in length and should strive to embody indefinable creativity.

Social Action

Films that may be submitted to the “Social Action” category include public service announcements, exposés, and videos created with the purpose of illuminating or solving contemporary social and global issues. Social Action submissions may not exceed 20 minutes.