The concept for the festival started as a breakfast idea one summer morning in 2009 by Hannaleena Hauru and Synes Elischka – as a critique to the world wide short film festival network. In June 2009 we were talking a lot about film festivals, basically about the common misconception, where many filmmakers are in the belief that all film festivals actually watch all the submitted work from the beginning to the end.
There is a naive belief that program selections and award decisions are made based on an equal evaluation of the films. Especially young filmmakers are seeking approval from film festivals without questioning the methods used for the selections.
So one morning we decided to start a film festival that gives a truly equal possibility to all the filmmakers to have their film screened internationally. The theoretical basis is to deconstruct the concept of a competition in quality.
The International Random Film Festival is organized annually in a randomly selected location, on a random date. Random awards are given. The first edition for the festival in 2010 was promoted only by our facebook group. The website has been running since April 2011.
2010: 1st edition, Wiesensteig, Germany
2011: 2nd edition, Bór Zapilski, Poland
2012: 3rd edition, Anija, Estonia
2013: 4th edition, Garpenberg, Sweden
2014: 5th edition, Gdynia, Poland (2 November 2014)
2015: 6th edition, Hofuf, Saudi Arabia (25 January 2015 – postponed)
THE RANDOM FESTIVAL POLICY
Our festival policy is to give a truly equal possibility to all the filmmakers to have their film screened internationally.
– Having personal contacts to the festival organizers does not help you to get your film into the IRFF festival program.
– Having a good CV for your previous work does not help you to get your film to the IRFF festival program.
– Submitting an awarded film does not help you to get your film to the IRFF festival program.
– The submission to the international competition is (and will be) free of charge.