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Guide to Short Film Festivals in India

> Have a short film ready but don’t know where to send it? DearCinema gives you a lowdown of short film festivals in India where you can submit your short films and win awards
By Editorial Team • Published on May 7, 2013

MIFF

miffWhat is it: Mumbai International Film festival for Documentary, Short and Animation films is a biennial festival organized by the Films Division in collaboration with the Government of Maharashtra and the Indian Documentary Producer’s Association. The festival has separate sections for International and National competition.

When: the next edition will be held from February-22-28, 2014

Entries open: July-August

Entry fee: Rs. 1000 for filmmakers in India and US $ 50 for entries from abroad.

Awards: In Indian competition, the Best Indian Documentary or short film will receive a Golden Conch and a cash award of Rs.5, 00,000 while the second best documentary or short film will receive a Silver Conch and a cash award of Rs.2, 50,000.

Website: http://filmsdivision.org/

Indian Panorama, International Film Festival of India (IFFI)

What is it: The section for Indian feature and non-feature films at the International Film Festival of India (IFFI)

When: the next edition will be held from November-20-30, 2013

Entries open: July-August

Entry fee: Rs 1500

Awards: no awards. It is a non-competitive section.

Website: http://dff.nic.in

Dimensions Mumbai, Mumbai Film Festival

What is it: a short film competition of the Mumbai Film Festival which invites young Mumbaikars below the age of 25 years, to make short films of maximum five minutes based on the theme ‘Essence of Mumbai’ in any format.

When: the next edition will be held from October 17-24, 2013

Entries open: July

Entry fee: No

Awards: The Best Film will win the Silver Gateway trophy and cash prize of Rs. One Lakh (Rs. 1,00,000/-) for the Director(s). The second Best Film will win the Silver Gateway trophy and cash prize of Rs. 50,000/- for the Director(s).

Website: http://mumbaifilmfest.com

IDSFFK

What is it: The International Documentary and Short Film Festival of Kerala (IDSFFK) is organized by the Kerala State Chalachitra Academy, in addition to the International Film Festival of Kerala (IFFK). The festival has a National level competition for Documentaries (long and short), short fiction, animation, music videos and campus films.

When: June

Entries open: March

Entry Fee:  No

Awards: Best Short Fiction (upto 69 mins) with a cash prize of Rs. 50,000/ and a certificate. Best Animation with a cash prize of Rs. 25,000/ and a certificate. Best Music Video with a cash prize of Rs. 25,000/ and a certificate.

Website: http://iffk.in/

 

Short Film Centre, Goa

What is it: a business platform for short film makers, buyers, festival organizers and funding agencies at the International Film Festival of India (IFFI), Goa. Also has international competition and environmental film competition for shorts.

When: the next edition will be held from November 20-30, 2013

Entries open: Entries opened in October last year. But can be expected earlier.

Entry Fee: RS. 1000

Awards: Cash awards of Rs. 4 lakh, 3 lakh and 2 lakh in international competition; Rs. 2.75 lakhs for Vasudha award for best film on environmental issues; Rs. 50,000 for Goan film in international competition

Website: http://shortfilmcenter.org/

 

Osian’s Cinefan Film Festival

What is it: Osian’s Cinefan Film Festival in Delhi showcases Asian, Arab and Indian Cinema. The Short Fiction category features only first or second short film of a director of Indian, Asian or Arab origin.

When: 2013 dates yet to be announced

Entries open: Last year the entries opened in May

Entry Fee: No

Awards: The Short Film Competition comprises a 3-member international jury that awards the Best Short Film of the competition.

Website: http:// http://cinefan.osians.com

 

Third Eye Asian Film Festival

What is it: The Third Eye Asian Film Festival held in Mumbai organizes a Best Short Film Competition.  Short Fiction Films made two years before the festival are eligible for this competition.

When:  December

Entries open: September-October

Entry Fee: No

Awards: The Best Film is awarded a trophy and a cash prize of USD 1,000 or Rs. 50,000

Website: http://www.affmumbai.com (currently offline)

 

Pune International Film Festival

What is it:  Founded in 2002, an international film festival in Pune which holds international competition, Marathi film competition and Student film competition

When: the next edition will be held in January 9-16, 2014

Entries open: August-September

Entry Fee: No

Awards: In the Student Short film category, Best Film wins US $ 2000, Best Director US $ 1000, Best Screenplay US $ 1000, Sony Promising Indian Student Cinematographer Award US $500 or equivalent, Sennheiser Promising Indian Student Audiographer Award US $500 or equivalent, Best Animation Film  (India) US $1000 and Best Film (International) US $1000.

Website: http://www.puneinternationalfilmfestival.com

 

SIGNS

What is it: The Indian Film Festival of Documentaries and Short Features for John Abraham National Awards, organized in Thiruvananthapuram by the Federation of Film Societies in India-Kerala. Features national level competition for documentaries and short fiction in digital video format.

When: February

Entry opens: November-December

Entry fee: Rs. 500

Awards: Best Short Feature: Rs 50,000. Cinema of Resistance (human rights, environment etc.): Rs 25,000. Cinema Experimenta: Rs 25,000

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13 Responses to “Guide to Short Film Festivals in India”

  1. I am a student of communication studies, interested in film making, can anyone please tell me that how much money require to make a 4 minutes film?

  2. Please guide, is late entries accepted in the film fest.. Any alternative procedure or entry with late fees.

  3. Should a filmmaker or the actors in the short-film need hold a membership card of any film organization.. What is the censorship procedure.. thank you for your guidance.

  4. its great to see the all information on shoret film competitions at one place.its really helpfull.

  5. Ansh Tyagi says:

    its depend on u , story , rsources and location …

  6. Prodip Ghosh says:

    really informative for the upcoming film makers…

  7. Rajesh Rawat says:

    how much u hav????/

  8. Rajesh Rawat says:

    wat is the time limit of a short film or short documentary??

  9. wat is the time limit of a short film or short documentary??

  10. dear cinema badhai ki patra hai

  11. Davis Khaled says:

    I am also interested in film making thanks for Share this article.

  12. aboobaker says:

    please let me know where should i go for register

  13. manish K. Y. Yadav says:

    sir… i made a movie of 20 minutes, I don’t know what I do…..???…. please reply…. 0982012019…..thnx.

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