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Six festivals to send your Short films

By Nandita Dutta • Published on October 29, 2011

[H]ave a short film ready but don’t know which festival to send it to? DearCinema recommends these film festivals for your short films:

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.

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12 Responses to “Six festivals to send your Short films”

  1. A short film give us a lot of things, during a sort time. So I suggest U that, If U have no more time, than U go to see a good quality "Short film" to upgrade yourself. Thanks.

  2. Joanne King says:

    Animation Hotline landed in Cannes Film Festival besides others. Now, it’s going to Ottawa Internatioal Animation Festival. It’s awesome!

  3. prasad narayan mane says:

    my short film ”mandeshi mansa” is playing to festivel…..

    • smriti says:

      Dear Sir/ Ma’am,
      This is to inform you that we organise International Children’s Film Festival & we welcome films which are meant for children up to 18 yrs & the films which are produced 2009 on wards.
      You are most wecome to register your films which are for children’s.Looking forward to hear from you soon.
      Thanks & Regards,
      Smriti Dhaon

  4. Ronak malik says:

    hi all, i am interested to participate in short film competitions, pls help me out with the links to fill up an entry ,.

    • smriti says:

      Dear Ronak Malik,
      This is to inform you that we organise International Children’s Film Festival & we welcome short films also which are meant for children up to 18 yrs & the films which are produced 2009 on wards.
      You are most wecome to register your films which are for children’s.Looking forward to hear from you soon.

      Thanks & Regards,

      Smriti Dhaon

      • Ronak malik says:

        Dear smriti,
        thank you for ur kind response pls send me the details to where and when to send the short films and also the date of the festival so that i can make the despatch immediately.
        Ronak Malik

        • smriti says:

          Dear Ronak,
          Thanks for showing your interest in our Film Festival.
          You are most welcome to send your films in our festival, for further process you may send me your E Mail Id so that i can send you an official invitation for our festival or you may directly log on to our website **www.cmsfilms.org/iecff for more information,
          and avail the on-line registration fascility available.

          Looking forward to a fruitful association with you.

          Thanks & Regards,

          Smriti Dhaon

  5. Jacob says:

    Entries open for Script-2013 short film fest
    IANS India Private LimitedBy Indo Asian News Service | IANS India Private Limited – Fri 19 Oct, 2012 6:19 PM IST

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    Kochi, Oct 19 (IANS) Have you made a socially relevant short film? Your chance to showcase it is here — entries for Script-2013, a unique festival for short films with socially relevant themes, are now open now.

    The entries for films with a duration of 30-minute are open for five categories – Filmmakers, International Films, Students, Documentary and Mini/Ad films with a social message (two-minute).

    The last day to submit is Nov 15, according to the organisers.

    The detailed rules for entry is available on the festival website – http://www.scriptfilmfest.in, one of the organisers of the festival told IANS.

    Into its third edition, the two-day festival will be held here from Feb 8 next year and it will be free for filmmakers and the audience.

    Organised by the Rotary Club of Cochin Metropolis, based in the commercial capital of the state, the festival has now been approved by the Public Service Broadcasting Trust and the Indian Documentary Producers Association.

    Kuala Lumpur International Short Film Festival is a partner for the event.

    All categories carry a cash prize Of Rs.25,000 for first winner and Rs.15,000 for the second along with the Golden Halo award.

    Revathy, award-winning South Indian film personality, will head a four member jury.

    Last year’s edition of the festival saw some outstanding films being screened, including one from Green Oscar winner Mike Pandey.

  6. Allal El Alaoui says:

    I want to submit my short film called "The Will" produced in 2012.Please send me in this email below the 2013 entry form.

  7. CALL FOR ENTRIES! Inviting Entries now for the Navi Mumbai International Film Festival (NMIFF)…Professionals & students Competetion categories with cash award, trophies & many more offers.Pls visit the below NMIFF website for film submission & regulations.Earlybird Entry Deadline-15th Sep 2013.

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