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list Of Top Ten Film Festivals in India- 2016

Filmmakers Fans Presenting The deadlines, Important Dates, Eligibility Criteria of Top Film Festivals in india. Scroll to Bottom to see the Deadlines of Film Festivals in 2017 and 2018. If any Doubt, comment your opinion below.

Film Festival is no doubt a much-awaited piece for every movie buff. Cine-lovers keep on waiting for this to take place. In this article, let us go through the top ten film festivals list, 2016 in India.

Article Includes- Top Ten Film Festivals In India -2016, Submission Date, Submission Fees, Etc.


Film Festival India submission Deadline February 2016


VIBJYOR International Film Festival, Kerala:

This is one of the most prestigious Short Film Festival, happened in Kerala. This is a 6-day long festival, usually happens in the month of April. Along with the short films, the festival, at Thrissur also allows the screening of documentaries, feature films and so on. The main theme of this year is cultural plurality and diversity.

Submission Categories: Shorts, Documentaries and Feature Films

Submission deadline: February 2016

Submission Fees: Rs. 500 for Indian Film and $15 for films from foreign soil.

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Film Festival India submission Deadline March 2016


Jaipur International Short Film Festival

Established by Honu Raj in 2009, this international Short Film Festival focuses on the complexity and aesthetic appeal of the short films. Every year the festival is organized in January in Jaipur.

Categories of Submission: Feature Film, Animation Documentary, Short Fiction, Short Documentary, Ad Film,

Submission deadline: 30th October

Submission Fees: Rs. 1500/-

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Film Festival India submission Deadline March 2016


Dharamshala International Film Festival or DIFF:

Founded by the filmmaker Ritu Sarin, Tenzing Sonam in 2012, this film festival is organized June-July in the secluded and tranquil place of Kangra, unlike the other metropolitan film festivals.

Categories Of Submission: Features, Shorts and Documentaries

Submission Deadline: Second Week of March

Submission Fees: 1,2550

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Film Festival India submission Deadline July 2016


Rajasthan Film Festival or RFF:

Rajasthan Film Festival is an attempt to recognize the lost glory of Rajasthan’s films. Kanchan Cassettes & Series first started this festival. The main goals are to safe the brilliant talents of Rajasthan Film Industry and introduce them to the global platform.

Festival Date: 23 September

Submission Deadline: Last week Of July

Fees: yes

Accepting Categories: Short Films, Feature Films, and Documentaries

You can visit their website for submission fees and deadlines which is


Film Festival- Month August 2016


International Film Festival of India or IIFI:

Organized by the Ministry Of Broadcasting, Government of India, this is the official Film Festival. This one is held in Goa during November. The festival allows the screening of short films, documentary ones and as well as the feature films. The festival attempts to the exploration of cultures across the nations and states and enables the audience to have the essence of the art films along with their diversity, aesthetic appeal and extraordinary subject matters. Here is some information regarding the festival:

Categories of Submission: International Competition for Feature Films, Non-Competition  For Feature  Films, Indian Panorama (For Indian Films Submission), Retrospectives- Tributes- Country Focus category films and Short Films (Occasionally).

Deadline To Apply: 31st August, 2016

Submission Fees: Rs. 1500/-

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Film Festival India- Deadline August 2016


Mumbai Film Festival:

Mumbai, the crowned city of Bollywood is most likely to organize India’s most colourful film festival. Initially the festival was arranged by late Sri Hrishikesh Mukherhee in association with the Mumbai Academy of Moving Image. This year the festival will hold from 20th to 27th October.

Submission category: International film, Indian Short Film, Indian Feature Film

Submission deadline: 10th August

Submission Fees: No Fee (Free Submission) Film Festival

You can visit their website for detailed information

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Film Festival India- Deadline August 2016


Kolkata International Film Festival:

Nothing beats an international Film festival of higher order in the city of joy, Kolkata. The film festival screens different kinds of movies, local as well as international of greatest taste and order for almost 6-7 days. The festival invites masterpieces from the rest of the world and shows them according to 15 categories.

Submission Categories: International Competition, Cinema International, Special Screening, Indian Select, Bengali Panorama, Children’s Screening, India Unheard, and Asian Select

Submission Deadline: It happens in November generally.

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Film Festival in India- Submission Deadline September 2016


International Film Festival, Kerala:

Kerala government in 1988 established Kerala State Chalachitra Academy in order to prevent the dirty commercialization of films. The film festival focuses on documentaries, short films mainly. The contents of the films are supposed to be extraordinary in order to get selected.

Categories of Submission: International Competition, Indian Cinema Now, and Malayalam Cinema Today.

Submission Deadline: 1st September

Submission fees: Free

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Film Festival in India- Submission Deadline September 2016


Chennai International Film Festival or CIFF:

The film festival was started in 2003 in collaboration with Indo Cine Appreciation Foundation, India. The main aim is to provide a place to the people related to films, like cinematographers, directors, script writers and so on and promote a joint, encouraging discussion.

Submissions Opens for  World Cinema / Indian Panorama / Tamizh Film in Competition

Submission Deadline: 30th September

Submission fees: Free

Delegate Registration: Rs. 500/- for others and Rs. 300 for students of Film Unions and Students of Media related course.

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Film Festival- Month December 2016


Pune International Film Festival:

Referred to as the Cultural Capital of Maharashtra, Pune takes pride in organizing International Film Festival. Pune International Film Festival is known for artistically combining the essence of traditional past and the cosmopolitan urban development. Due to the presence of FTII or Film and Television Institute of India and the National Film Archive of India, Pune is maintaining its pioneering role in educating as well as entertaining the cine-lovers.

Categories of Submission: World Cinema Competition, Marathi Cinema Competition , Animation Short Films and Live Action Short Films

Submission Deadline: 25th December

Submission Fees: No fee (Free Submission) Film Festival

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That’s the End-list of top ten film festivals in India through which you can gain the essence of both national and international cinema.

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  1. Shankar Lahiri

    August 6, 2016 at 3:50 pm

    This is helpful information. Thanks.

    Now I have 2 questions for my forthcoming documentary film.

    1. If i get the censor certificate in Oct. 2016, will I be permitted to send this film to the festivals next year, in 2017 ?
    2. If after getting the censor certificate, I have its screening in this year itself, will I be permitted to send it to the festivals next year? i.e., do the festivals accept the films which are already shown to public?

    Kindly advise.

    • FMF Resources

      August 9, 2016 at 8:54 am

      1. Sure. But, check the regulations of Film Festivals
      2. yes, but don’t telecast it on TV or Upload it to You Tube

  2. Anuraag Talpade

    October 7, 2016 at 4:29 am

    I would like to know upcoming short film festivals in India for 2016 as I would like to submit my short film please mail the details on

    • FMF Resources

      October 26, 2016 at 10:45 am


  3. aakash

    November 18, 2016 at 7:01 am

    I would like to know upcoming short film festivals in India for 2017 as I would like to submit my short film please mail the details on

    • FMF Resources

      November 28, 2016 at 9:35 am

      will let you know

  4. Jyoti Singh

    November 29, 2016 at 7:24 pm

    I would like to submit my full feature. Any of them still accepting applications?

    • FMF Resources

      December 11, 2016 at 1:09 am

      Yes there are a lots of Film Festivals in India that accepting applications still.

      Also, check out the submission dates of important Film Festivals that accepting Films for the Year 2017

  5. G

    December 1, 2016 at 7:43 pm

    Best wishes for the festival..

  6. ramen borah

    December 8, 2016 at 11:31 am

    recently I have completed my documentary Film…plz mail me …..(Festival Information for submit my Doco.

  7. Mangesh Dupare

    December 18, 2016 at 1:55 pm

    Hi, I have finished the post production work of my Short film recently and have submitted for certification. I appreciate if you could let me know the upcoming short film festivals in India for 2017. Please mail the details on


    April 6, 2017 at 10:05 am

    I am Aurangzeb Alam. one of my friend has made a film in HOUSTON, USA. His feature film name is “JOY COMES IN THE MORNING” which is about cancer. sir/madam i request you to please give me information about film festival in India which accept the request of foreign feature films.
    please give me list of those film festivals and also the procedure to submit foreign feature films in the Indian festivals.
    Please mail the details on


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