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Terms and Conditions for Kalakari Film Festival:

  1. Rights and Permissions: Participants must possess all necessary rights for the audio and video content used in their films. If the film is in a language other than English, subtitles must be provided.

  2. Non-Refundable Entry Fees: All entry fees are non-refundable, regardless of the outcome of the submission.

  3. Multiple Entries: Multiple entries from the same submitter are accepted, but each entry must be accompanied by a separate submission and entry fee.

  4. Final Decision: The decision of the festival selection committee is final and binding.

  5. Promotional Usage: The festival organizers reserve the right to screen posters and trailers of selected films for promotional and educational purposes.

  6. Original Work: Films submitted must be the original work of the entrant and must not infringe upon any copyrights or rights of third parties. Participants agree to have obtained all necessary copyright permissions for music, sound, images, etc., used in their films.

  7. Changes to Festival: The organizers reserve the right to change, cancel, or reschedule the festival dates, venue, awards, and categories without prior notice to contestants.

  8. Discretion of Awards: The organizers reserve the right not to award any or all of the prizes.

  9. Payment Responsibility: By submitting a film, the submitter acknowledges that they are responsible for paying the entry fees and that Kalakari Film Festival is not coercing them to do so.

  10. Waiver of Legal Action: The submitter agrees not to take any legal action against Kalakari Film Festival regarding the submission, selection, or screening of their film.

Kalakari film festival grants fee waivers T&C

  1. Eligibility: Fee waivers are available to participants from the UK - Britain - India, and Canada, subject to verification of residency.

  2. Fee Waiver Request: To request a fee waiver, you must add true proof of residence from the respective location. Proof of residence may include a government-issued ID, utility bill, or other official documents. The request will be processed within 2 working days of receipt.

  3. Student Submissions: Students wishing to qualify for a fee waiver must provide proof of enrollment or a valid student ID. This documentation must be submitted along with the film entry.

  4. Inclusivity Policy: In line with our commitment to inclusivity and accessibility, fee waivers are also extended to female filmmakers worldwide and disabled individuals. No additional documentation is required for these categories.

  5. Verification: The Kalakari Film Festival organizers reserve the right to verify the authenticity of submitted documents. Any false or misleading information provided may result in disqualification.

  6. Decision: The decision to grant a fee waiver rests solely with the festival organizers. All decisions are final and binding.

  7. Amendments: The terms and conditions for fee waivers may be amended or updated at the discretion of the festival organizers. Any changes will be communicated to participants in a timely manner.

  8. Films must be able to be viewed theatrically (i.e. we can accept a single take fixed-view version of a VR film).

Kalakari film festival Entry

As part of the entry form for the Kalakari Film Festival, please ensure that the following information is provided:

  1. Film Title

  2. Synopsis / Logline

  3. Running Time

  4. Film Completion Date/First Screening Date (whichever is earliest)

  5. First Public Exhibition Details – Type and Date

  6. Genre

  7. Target Audience

  8. Writer, Director, and Producer Details

  9. Key Crew and Cast Details (including gender, nationality, and country of residence)

  10. Production Details

  11. Films must be able to be viewed theatrically (i.e. we can accept a single take fixed-view version of a VR film).

Please ensure that all information provided is accurate and complete to facilitate the submission process. Thank you for your cooperation,

Competitive Strand at Kalakari Film Festival

Competitive Strand of the Kalakari Film Festival, where filmmakers from around the world showcase their talent and creativity in a competitive setting. Our competitive strand is designed to recognize outstanding films across various categories and genres, providing a platform for filmmakers to gain recognition and celebrate their achievements.


  1. Best Feature Film: Recognizing excellence in feature-length films that captivate audiences with compelling storytelling and cinematic mastery.

  2. Best Short Film: Celebrating the artistry and innovation of short films that deliver powerful narratives in a condensed format.

  3. Best Documentary: Honoring documentaries that enlighten and inspire, shedding light on important issues and compelling stories from real life.

  4. Best Animation: Highlighting creativity and technical skill in the realm of animation, from traditional hand-drawn to cutting-edge CGI.

  5. Best Experimental Film: Recognizing avant-garde and boundary-pushing films that challenge conventions and expand the possibilities of cinema.

  6. Best Student Film: Supporting emerging talent and innovation in filmmaking by recognizing exceptional work from student filmmakers.


Judging Process: Each submitted film will be carefully reviewed and evaluated by our panel of esteemed judges, comprised of industry professionals and film experts. Films will be judged based on criteria such as storytelling, direction, performances, cinematography, editing, sound design, and overall impact.

Awards: Winners in each category will receive prestigious awards and recognition, including certificates and trophies, to honor their achievements in filmmaking. In addition to category awards, special jury prizes may also be awarded to films that demonstrate exceptional creativity, vision, or social relevance.

Submission Process: Filmmakers interested in participating in the competitive strand can submit their films through our official submission platform, ensuring that all eligibility criteria and submission requirements are met.

Selection Process for Kalakari Film Festival:

  1. Initial Submission: Filmmakers submit their films to the Kalakari Film Festival through our official submission platform. Submissions must adhere to the festival's guidelines and criteria.

  2. Pre-Screening Evaluation: Upon receiving submissions, the festival organizing committee conducts a pre-screening evaluation to ensure that each film meets the basic technical requirements and eligibility criteria.

  3. Selection Committee Review: A dedicated selection committee comprising experienced film professionals and experts is formed to review the pre-screened films. The committee evaluates each film based on artistic merit, storytelling, technical quality, and overall impact.

  4. Shortlisting: After careful deliberation, the selection committee shortlists a curated selection of films that demonstrate exceptional quality and align with the festival's programming objectives. Shortlisted filmmakers are notified of their selection status.

  5. Final Selection: From the shortlisted films, the selection committee further refines the selection to create the official lineup for the festival. The final selection represents a diverse range of genres, styles, and perspectives, ensuring a dynamic and engaging program for festival attendees.

  6. Notification: Filmmakers whose films have been selected for the festival are notified of their inclusion in the lineup. They receive detailed information regarding screening schedules, participation requirements, and any additional festival-related activities.

  7. Public Announcement: The official lineup of selected films is publicly announced, generating excitement and anticipation among filmmakers, industry professionals, and film enthusiasts.

  8. Festival Screening: Selected films are showcased during the Kalakari Film Festival, where they are presented to audiences in various screening sessions. Filmmakers have the opportunity to engage with audiences, receive feedback, and network with industry peers.

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