Duhok IFF Submissions FAQ



1) When do submissions open?

Submissions open May 11, 2017. Please refer to submission.duhokiff.com for more



2) How do I submit?

In order to submit your film, you must fill out our online application form via duhokiff.com/submissions


3) Do I really have to fill out the online application?

All submissions must be issued a unique tracking number in order to be recognized by our system. The only way to get a tracking number is to fill out the online application at duhokiff.com/submissions. Unregistered submissions will not be viewed! If you are having trouble with the online form, please e- mail us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we will be glad to help guide you through the process.


4) Does the world cinema section include a category for short films?

Yes, we accept both international and Kurdish short films for in and out of competition. To qualify for the short film categories your film must have a runtime of 30minutes or less.


5) How much does it cost to submit?

Submissions from all categories and sections are free, no fees are required.


6) What are your deadlines? Are they postmarked deadlines?

 Official Deadline – July 9, 2017

The deadline is postmarked, meaning they must be in the mail on or before that date.


7) Do you accept works‐in‐progress?

Yes. Our programmers are used to watching films that have final elements outstanding. Please indicate on the screener itself and the Online Submission form that it is a work‐in‐progress. Unfortunately, we cannot consider updated versions as final elements are put into place.




1) Do you accept re‐submissions?

No, films that have been submitted and reviewed before are not eligible for re-submissions.


2) Can you provide more information on premiere statuses and completion dates?

Of course we can! See below:


Completion Date:

In order to be eligible for the Festival official competition, your film must have been completed no earlier than September of the previous year (i.e., films must have been completed by September 2016 or thereafter in order to be considered for the September 2017 Festival).


Premiere Status Requirements:

Duhok IFF is strict to that all short, documentaries and feature Kurdish films presented are, at minimum, Kurdistan premieres. We will accept submissions that have already premiered in Middle East, but the film’s premiere status will be taken into consideration when final programming decisions are made.


Premiere Status Definitions:

World Premiere: The film has not had a public screening anywhere

International Premiere: The film has not had a public screening outside the country of production.

Asian Premiere: the film has not had a public screening in any Asian Countries.

Middle East: the film has not had a public screening in the Middle East.

Iraqi Premiere: the film has not had a public screening in Iraq, but has previously screened in Middle East.


Kurdish films that have had theatrical releases in Kurdistan (all parts), have been publicly posted online, for sale on DVD/VOD, or have aired on television are not eligible for the Festival. It is OK for a film to have had a trailer publicly posted online or aired on television. Please note that Duhok IFF is under no obligation to refund the cost of submission if your film does not adhere to the Premiere Status rules listed above. If you have questions regarding premiere statuses, please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


3) How do I know if my film falls in the Kurdish Cinema or World Cinema category?

If the director of the film you are submitting is a Kurdish citizen or originally a Kurdish director in nationality, permanent resident of any other country than Kurdistan, and his film is about Kurds (Story or characters), or any other Kurdish element measured by our selection committee, then your film should be submitted in the Kurdish Cinema Section Features, Documentary or Shorts category. Final decision is made by the festival selection committee.


4) Do I need to meet a minimum age requirement in order to submit a project?

No, we encourage filmmakers of all ages to submit their work. However, we do not have any separate submission categories or Festival programs specifically related to young or student filmmakers. All officially-submitted projects compete against each other for available slots in each of our Festival programs. If you are under the age of 18 and your project is accepted, we will require signed, written permission from your parent or legal guardian before we are able to exhibit your project at the Festival.




1) Where do I send my film?

If you are submitting a short film, please upload your online screener via any private Portals (Vimeo, Google Drive, Dropbox etc.. ) then send it to us via our online Submission Form or mail it to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

If you are submitting a feature film, please send your DVD screener to one of the address below:


Kurdish Cinema Section

World Cinema Section

Duhok IFF Center

Azadi Panorama Park

Barzan St. AA1007

Duhok 42001

Kurdistan Region of Iraq

Telephone: Tel: +964 (62) 764 9838


Oranienstraße 191

10999 Berlin


Telephone: +49 (30) 54 71 94 62

Fax: +49 (30) 54 71 95 08


2) Do you accept DVD or Blu‐ray screeners?

While the Festival prefers to receive DVD screeners, we can accept Blu‐ray screeners. If you are sending a PAL screener, please note the format on the DVD itself.


3) How should I package my DVD screener?

In the interest of reducing waste, please send your DVD screeners in a simple paper DVD sleeve, as opposed to large jewel cases. Label your DVD with the title, director’s name, runtime, and Form tracking number. It is helpful to include a declaration of goods, which can simply be a note that states “Goods on loan for Film Festival purposes only. No commercial value. Non‐pornographic.”


 4) How can I tell when you’ve received my film?

Unfortunately, due to the high volume of submissions we receive, we are unable to confirm receipt of your film on an individual basis. Please note that this process may take several weeks. If you have questions regarding your film statuses, please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


5) I submitted a work‐in‐progress and would like to submit an updated copy. Will you accept it?

No. Unfortunately, due to the volume of submissions we receive, our programmers are only able to watch one version of each film.


6) If my project includes non-English dialogue, do you require English subtitles?

All projects that contain significant non-English dialogue MUST include on-screen English subtitles at the time of submission. A translated list of dialogue on paper will not suffice. Please do not send us an un-subtitled foreign-language project with the intention of providing a subtitled version at a later date. If your project is mostly in English and you wish to intentionally leave out subtitles for any non-English dialogue included as an artistic choice, you do not need to provide subtitles for those particular sections. If you are submitting a physical disc, we prefer that all subtitles are hardcoded to your video file as opposed to including discreet subtitles that need to be turned on in order to display on the screen.


7) What happens if you are unable to get my film to play?

We will make every effort to view your disc or online screener, but in the event that we are unable to watch your film, we will attempt to contact you to request another copy using the primary contact information that you provided on your application. However, there is no guarantee that we will get your replacement disc in time, and we must give preference to those who sent in a working copy to begin with. For this reason, we ask that you make absolutely sure that your disc or online screener plays all the way through BEFORE you send it to us! If your disc arrives broken, we will also make every attempt to contact you for a replacement.




 1) When will I be notified of the decision regarding my film?

You will receive an official decision by Mid-August. Please avoid emailing us and requesting a decision. You will receive one by the Mid of August through your submitter contact, to the email address associated with the Festival Contact on your Submission Form. Please make sure to provide an email address that is checked frequently. Decisions will not be released via phone or email. We appreciate your patience.


2) If my film is not chosen, may I speak with a programmer for notes or feedback?

Unfortunately, no. While we would love to speak with each individual filmmaker about their films, it simply isn’t viable for us to correspond with all applicants each and every year. We view far more worthy than we are able to include in the Festival, so please don’t be discouraged if your film is not accepted.


3) I have been accepted to another festival and haven’t received a decision from Duhok IFF yet. Can I email you about this?

Yes, you can email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to inform us but unfortunately we are not able to help you make a decision about participating in other festivals.


4) Can you return my Blu-ray or DVD to me once you’re done watching it?

Upon the completion of our selection process, all physical discs are recycled at a secure facility. We take the security of this process very seriously! If you wish to have your disc returned to you, please include a self-addressed, stamped envelope along with your initial submission.


NOTE: These FAQs are to assist you with your submission, and to help you understand the 2017 Terms & Conditions for Submission of Films Through our online submission application form.    

We encourage you to read through these terms and conditions in full. In the case of any conflict between this FAQ document and the terms and conditions, the terms and conditions will prevail.