International Short Film Festival Oberhausen
This is one of the oldest and most prestigious film festivals devoted to short films in the world. The 58th edition of the festival to be held in 2012 in Oberhausen, Germany is now calling for entries. Indian filmmakers can send their entries for the International section as well as the International Children’s and Youth Films section. The festival has increased its prize money to 44, 000 Euros. The deadline for submission of international productions is January 13, 2012. The duration of the film should not be more than 35 minutes and the film should have been produced after January 1, 2010. There is no entry fee for submissions. Entry forms and regulations are available as downloads from kurzfilmtage.de.
Clermont Ferrand Short Film Festival
A prestigious short film festival in France, the International Competition section at the festival accepts animation films, documentaries, fiction films as well as graduation shorts from film schools. The deadline for submitting entries is usually between July to October. There is no registration fee for this festival. Maximum running time of the film should be 40 minutes. Films entered for the festival can also be registered for the Short Film Market that takes place parallel to the festival. Visit the official website here.
Berlin International Film Festival
Since 1955, the Berlin International Film Festival awards the Golden and the Silver Bear for short films. The section for short films showcases all genres and types of short films without any formal restrictions. But the films should be international premieres. The films must have a maximum duration of 30 minutes and must be produced within 12 months prior to the festival. Entries are open for the short film competition at Berlin, last date for submissions is November 14, 2011.
The entry fee is €?50 or 3,500 INR. The 62nd edition of the festival will be held from February 9-19, 2012. More details on the official website here.
International Film Festival Rotterdam
International Film Festival Rotterdam gives out three equal Tiger Awards for Short Films of each 5,000 Euros. Around thirty films shorter than 60 minutes compete for the awards and one of the competing short films becomes the Rotterdam Short Film Nominee for the European Film Academy 2012. Short films up to 60 minutes can be submitted for the festival. The deadline is usually in September, and the festival does not charge any entry fee. For the official website of the festival, click here.
Third Eye Asian Film Festival
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. The duration of the film should be up to 30 minutes and it should be in digital format – preferably DVD. The Best Film is awarded a trophy and a cash prize of US$ 1,000. Deadline is usually in October. There is no entry fee for the submission of films. Oficial website of the festival here.
Mumbai International Film Festival for Documentary, Short and Animation Films
Mumbai International Film Festival for Documentary, Short and Animation Films (MIFF) is a biennial film festival which is held in February. The deadline for submitting entries is September. Best Fiction film up to 70 minutes wins the Golden Conch and a cash prize of 5 lakh while the Second Best film gets the Silver Conch and a cash prize of 2.5 lakh. The entry fee for Indian films is 1000 INR. More details available here.