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These are The Top Short Film Festivals in India – Festival Guide

Find here the list of Top Film Festivals in India that accepting short Film Submission. So, you produced a short film, now what next?  Submitting that to any best short film festival- that you can do! Here, ours this list comprises India’s best short film festivals submission details, deadline, submission fees and the festival info.

  1. Mumbai Film Festival

Mumbai Festival is acclaimed as country’s largest film festival since its inception. The film festival was organized by late Hrishikesh Mukherjee on behalf of the Mumbai Academy of Moving Image. Every year, the festival held from October 18 to 25, 2012 at Mumbai, India.

Film Festival submission Announcement: 1st Week of May

Early Deadline: August 10, (Current year)

Film Submission Link:

Fee: No Fee Film Festival

  1. Mumbai International Film Festival

Founded in 1990, the festival was organized by the Film Division of India. The festival stands as a best showcasing platform to promote the independent film movement.  According to their officials, every year they have been receiving film entries from 40-50 countries in the categories of short film, feature film and documentary film.

First announcement: On 20th day August Every Year

Film Submission Link;

Early Deadline: October 15, (Current Year)

Submission Fee: Rs 1000/-


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  1. Dharamshala International Film Festival(DIFF)

Dharamshala International Film Festival (DIFF) is one of the recently launched Film Festival, but charted among one of the best film festivals in India. The festival was founded by filmmaker couples Ritu Sarin and Tenzing Sonam on November 2012. Unlike the usual metro oriented Indian film festival, DIFF conducts its festival secessions in a tranquil place at the kangara of Himachal Pradesh. Every year, the festival held in the month of November.

First Announcement:  First week Of September.

Film Submission Link:

Early Deadline:  October Second week

Submission Fee: N/A, Contact the festival rep

  1. International Documentary and Short film festival of Kerala (IDSFFK)

Very proudly, we can say that IDSFFK is one among the best short film festival in India. The programme was organized by Government of Kerala: It gives the filmmakers a chance for premiering short films, Documentaries, Music Albums and Campus Films In front of die hard film fans. The selection procedure to this film festival is bit rigorous, the panel members include Indian as well as international Film personas, and they select films purely on the basis of content quality.

Festival date: 26th June To 30th June

First Announcement: 1st Week Of February

Early Deadline: 30th April (Current year)

Submission Fee: No Fee Film Festival

  1. Bangalore International short Film Festival

The Bangalore international short film festival is acclaimed as a leading short film festival in S. India. The festival was organized by the Suchitra film Society in 2011. Along with the film festival, also they conducts filmmaking workshop and organizes open panel discussions with the Invited filmmakers.

First Announcement: March 1, Current year

Early Deadline: 31st day of March (Current Year )

Submission Fee: $ 10 USD To $15 USD

Submission Link:

  1. Jaipur International Short Film Festival

Founded on 2009 by Honu Roj, It stood as a best platform for showcasing the film to the global community. Since its beginning to now, without taking any off, the festival held annually from 2-6 January at Jaipur, India.

First Announcement: 1st April, Current year

Early Deadline: 10th of October, Current Year

Submission Fee: Rs 1500/-

Submission Link:

Jaipur Film Festival India


  1. Signs International Film Festival

Signs Film festival, held on every year on the month end of Mar at Kochi, India: FFSI (Federation of Film Societies of India) Keralam, is the programme founder of signs Film Festival.

First Announcement: First Or Second week ofJune

Early Deadline: 15th September Every year (Changes  might happen)

Submission Fee: No Fee Film Festival, Contact Rep

Submission Link:

  1. VIBJYOR international film festival Kerala

One of the prestigious Kerala based short film festival that you can completely trust for submitting your short film. The festival website says that it is a real time platform for the alternative film movement. The 6 day long  (16th -21 Feb) film festival will be held in Thrissur, Kerala will showcase  feature films, short films and documentaries.

First Announcement: First Or Second week of August

Early Deadline: 10th  day of December

Submission Fee: INR 300 for Indian Film and $300 For foreign film

Submission Link:

  1. Gujarat International Film Festival

The Gujarat International Film festival was sponsored by Academy of Cultural Activities & Arts Institute, a non-profit organization based in Gujarat purposed to give opportunities to suffering talents In the areas of Filmmaking, art , Literature and Music.  The festival held on every year July at Surat, Gujarat. Submissions can only made through offline, visit their website for more details.

First Announcement: Second week of March

Early Deadline: 1st week of June (Contact rep)

Submission Fee:  Rs 2000 For Indian Films, $50 USD for foreign Films

Submission Link: Visit website>

  1. International Film Festival of India (IIFI)

This is the official film Festival of India, organized by the Ministry Of broadcasting, Govt Of India. Annually, the festival held on November at Goa, India.  IFFI accepts the films in the Short, Documentary and feature film genres.

First Announcement: Second week of july

Early Deadline: 1st week of June (Contact rep)

Submission Fee:  Rs 1500/-

Submission Link: Visit website>

External Link: International Film Festival Of India 

  1. Navi Mumbai International short Film Festival (NMIFF)

This is a just launched film festival, has proved its potentiality in its beginning section itself. The Navi Mumbai International short Film Festival was founded by Sachin Khanna in 2014. The festival accepts the film entries through online or offline mode. See in their official website for further details

First Announcement: Second week of Jan

Early Deadline: 31ST Day of March (Usually)

Submission Fee:  Rs 800 to Rs 3000

Submission Link: Visit website>


So, that is the end of this section. Don’t forget to add your feedback in the comment section on below.

Thanks again for reading.

Tag: Best Short Film Festival India, Short Film Festival India 2015-2016, Film Festival Kerala, International Film Festival India 

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  2. Jigar Mehta

    April 27, 2016 at 7:12 am

    good for short film maker just like we are….

  3. Ratul Tripathi

    May 12, 2016 at 4:50 am

    I am in this field from many years. I completed Film making diploma and MJMC from Lucknow University. Lack of finance I was unable to join such a serious film school where I could learn something. Your articles helped me Lot. Thanks . I organized a short film festival some years ago but It was total flop show . … Now will try to plan some new.

  4. madhu rana

    May 21, 2016 at 11:26 am

    helpful article for needful

  5. Ravi ranjan

    May 24, 2016 at 2:47 pm

    thanks very useful article,
    is there is any website who informed us about film competitions?

  6. Ajay Sood

    August 3, 2016 at 9:36 am

    I make a short film at Indian Army plz tell me how can I submit this film in award festival my 8567826055 .and my 2nd film going to start shortly I have need actors so plz give me answer at my no.

    • FMF Resources

      August 9, 2016 at 8:59 am

      check the submission date of film festivals

    • shyam mohan

      February 20, 2017 at 10:43 am

      please submit your short film in All Lights India International Film Festival Dec 01- 04,2017

  7. Vijay Shekhawat

    August 4, 2016 at 9:39 am

    important information..thx.


    August 15, 2016 at 4:50 pm

    can we subbmit one short film in different different film festivals all over the world ???

    • FMF Resources

      August 15, 2016 at 7:45 pm

      Sure. You can. But make sure that the film hasn’t released on any TV channels or Uploaded on You Tube

  9. PK Bhai

    August 17, 2016 at 12:00 pm

    IFFI doesnt accept shorts .. u need to correct that

    • FMF Resources

      August 17, 2016 at 12:02 pm

      Are You sure about that?

  10. m muthiah

    August 20, 2016 at 10:53 am

    congratulations for your helping mind.I am a new short film maker , how i will send short film for academy award compedition . please give me all ideas .

  11. Arpit Jhamb

    August 29, 2016 at 10:50 am

    Could you add “PEC Film Festival” to the list? We do have collaborations with Shamiana and also assisted the team of “Zero dark Thirty” for their shot capturing. We accept short Films of about (5-10 mins). The event takes place in October.

    • FMF Resources

      August 29, 2016 at 2:29 pm

      Share your details including Website details, Contact address, Types of Films you accepting, Fees, Deadline, Mode of submission overview about your festival (100 words) to the email address

      Important: Please note that we require fresh (non-published) content, in case it found duplicate content, your request will be rejected without a prior warning

  12. m muthiah

    September 12, 2016 at 1:44 pm

    Thank you very much for your kind commends . shall i send abroad short film festival to without censor certificate from india ?

  13. Suraj Karale

    September 23, 2016 at 7:31 am

    Really Good site
    Please add free short film submission links

    Please check my Short Film on our Country

  14. Amarkumar

    September 24, 2016 at 4:47 pm

    What is criteria for submission of short film

    • FMF Resources

      October 29, 2016 at 11:17 pm

      Which film festival ypu want to participate?

  15. anupam

    October 1, 2016 at 8:56 am

    Is production house important for making a short film

    • FMF Resources

      October 26, 2016 at 10:58 am

      No. You can make short film and send it to film fest without registering a Film Production company in India.

  16. gannesh rao

    October 25, 2016 at 12:19 pm

    can i know some good and real monetization platforms available for short films.

    • FMF Resources

      October 26, 2016 at 9:49 am

      YouTube. No other platform is good as YouTube for earning money.

  17. admin

    October 27, 2016 at 4:13 pm

    Thanks for such a post. Please write more informative post like this to help small filmmakers like us. By the way i made a Short Film only with the free stock footage found online.

    I just want to add the point that, sometimes you don’t need a camera or a crew to make your dreams come true. Best of luck guys!.

  18. sandip basu

    December 2, 2016 at 3:08 pm

    where can i get fund for my short feature film. sandip basu. kolkata

  19. Abhishek Galshar

    December 13, 2016 at 7:11 am

    Important information for short filmmakers. So kind attention please.
    7th Gujarat International Short Film Festival will organise by Mr. Abhishek Galshar at Surat for upcoming short filmmakers.
    Mr. Prakash Kapadia (Devdas, Black, Saawariya, Bajirao-Mastani.Padmavati fame), Bahubali’s sound designer Manoj M. Goswami, Shailendra vaghela (cine go round-coloumist- Deputy editor Divya bhaskar Ahmedabad) and film acadamician-cinemetographer Hitesh Liya from Satyajit Ray Film Institute-Kolkata .For more

  20. thiagarajan

    December 29, 2016 at 1:24 pm

    In india without censor, I would like to take a social awareness short film festival to abroad ? shall i ?

  21. Ramesh kumar

    January 5, 2017 at 11:52 am

    Feel connected to right network!

  22. kaneeth

    January 11, 2017 at 8:19 am



    January 27, 2017 at 7:35 pm


  24. Kurt Ivan Stone

    February 5, 2017 at 10:52 pm

    So overwhelmed of those great short films being released these days. For those who want to view other independent short films, you can also visit, they also have a collection of classic independent short films, that you would love to watch.

  25. Thamizh

    February 12, 2017 at 9:01 am

    Thanks for your information. Submission fee is so cost. Plz no submission fee short film list.

  26. C.G.Prince

    February 17, 2017 at 9:51 pm

    Valuable information ….

  27. shyam mohan

    February 20, 2017 at 10:39 am

    Please add All Lights India International Film Festival .It is one of the biggest film festival in south asia.


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