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Kind attention, please:
The Public Elections-2024 are currently going on in India. Thus, permission for the ceremony, donation, etc., can be obtained only after the formation of the new government. So the festival will be held from 2nd to 8th August. Sorry for the inconvenience.


Chennai World Cinema Festival
02-08-2024 – 08-08-2024


Chennai World Cinema Festival Launch Program: 01-09-2023 To 03-09-2023.
The inaugural Chennai World Cinema Festival was held successfully for three days on September 1, 2, & 3. 700 seater Sri Devi Karumari Theater. A widescreen is like an IMAX theatre. The theatre has a 4K projection and Dolby Atmos sound system.

Three days,
18 screenings,
27 Short Films & Feature Films,
18,000 visitors,
70 Film Industry Celebrities.
The ceremony was held well.
All visitors were admitted free of charge.

Over 100 print dailies, online magazines, Twitter posts, Facebook posts, Instagram posts, YouTube videos, etc., covered the festival.

Screening fees, travel expenses, and accommodation expenses were given to the creative team, who needed to be financially comfortable.
Film festivals to come will be grander than this.
With love
Director World Cinema Bhaskaran.
Contact: +919003917667
[email protected]

More Than Just A Festival!
Art, in all forms, inspires us. From the first drawings of prehistoric people to Artificial intelligence-driven illustrations, the journey of art has been one of curiosity, progress, and redemption. The form of cinema is the most impactful of them all. Only this art form has the power to blend time with space. The real and the images correspond to one another in films. Only in cinema can we reflect, introspect and often modify our realities and history. It is a medium to look into our past and our future.
The transnationality of films often translates one civilisation to another. Cinema is a calling card for the universal values of humanity.
We are here to celebrate this power of films: the power to unite, the ability to transform and transcend. We are at the Chennai World Cinema Festival!

Tamil cinema has a history of 100 years.
Rangaswamy Nataraja Mudaliar (1885 – 3 May 1971) is the father of the Tamil Nadu film industry and pioneered in producing silent films. He directed and released South India’s first silent film ‘Keesaka Vatham’ in 1918. The first Tamil talking feature film, Kalidas, a multilingual directed by H M Reddy, was released on 31 October 1931. More than 100 Tamil movies are produced every year. Chennai is the Capital of the Tamil Cinema Industry.
Chennai World Cinema Festival is a unique film competition organised by working professionals from the film industry.
Our programming team focuses on Feature Films and Short Films, as our primary mission is to promote talent and their vision. This festival encourages filmmakers from all countries to enter the Film Competition, where we will screen Indian and International feature-length films and short films. The festival will consider any film in any genre. From entertaining to educational, inspirational to thought-provoking, comedic to ironic, CWCF is the place to showcase your movies to the broadest possible live audience.
So, if you’re a Feature Film filmmaker or a filmmaker who creates innovative short films – whether they’re Drama, Comedy, Fantasy, Adventure, Action, Historical, Horror, LGBTQ, Children, Animation, or Experimental – you’re welcome to enter.

Date and Place:
The Chennai World Cinema Festival will be held from August 02nd to August 08th, 2024 in Chennai, India
Festival Program:
The festival program is divided into the following categories:

INTERNATIONAL WORLD CINEMA [Competition Section] :
Films produced internationally. Filmmakers working in all international languages and those working in drama, comedy, fantasy, adventure, action, history, biography, horror, LGBTQ, children, animation, or experimental are encouraged to apply.

INDIAN WORLD CINEMA [Competition Section]:
The producer and the Director should be Indian nationals. Filmmakers working in all Indian regional languages and those working in drama, comedy, fantasy, adventure, action, history, biography, horror, LGBTQ, children, animation, or experimental are encouraged to apply.

INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM [Competition Section]:
Short Films produced internationally. Filmmakers working in all international languages and those working in drama, comedy, fantasy, adventure, action, history, biography, horror, LGBTQ, children, animation, or experimental are encouraged to apply.

INDIAN SHORT FILM [Competition Section]:
The short film producer and the Director should be Indian nationals. Filmmakers working in all Indian regional languages and those working in drama, comedy, fantasy, adventure, action, history, biography, horror, LGBTQ, children, animation, or experimental are encouraged to apply.

Programming is the soul of CWCF. The festival is programmed with care by the festival selection committee, considering cinematic aspects and the topicality, social relevance, and geographical representation of the films. We welcome films that seek out new cinematic languages to engage honestly with issues of great concern.

CWCF aims to be shown on the most giant cinema screens.
1. Prasad Preview Theatre [4K Barco Projection, Dolby Atmos Sound, 200 Seat], Arunachalam Road, Saligramam, Chennai, Tamil Nadu.

2. NFDC Tagore Theatre, [4K Projection, Dolby Atmos Sound, 120 seats] Music College Road, State Bank Of India Colony, Raja Annamalai Puram, Chennai - 600028

Welcome on board!

Awards & Prizes

Awards & Prizes

LAURELS, CERTIFICATES, CASH PRIZES & TROPHIES FOR WINNERS
OFFICIAL SELECTIONS & NOMINEES GET ONLY LAURELS & DIGITAL CERTIFICATES.

INTERNATIONAL WORLD CINEMA SECTION (AWARDS & PRICES):
LAURELS, CERTIFICATES, CASH PRIZES & TROPHIES FOR WINNER.
BEST FEATURE FILM (CASH PRIZE INR 200,000/-)
[‘Best Feature Film Award’ A Cash prize of INR 200,000/- to be shared equally between the Director and Producer]

INDIAN WORLD CINEMA SECTION (AWARDS & PRICES):
LAURELS, CERTIFICATES, CASH PRIZES & TROPHIES FOR WINNER
BEST FEATURE FILM (CASH PRIZE INR 200,000/-)
[‘Best Feature Film Award’ A Cash prize of INR 200,000/- to be shared equally between the Director and Producer]


INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM SECTION (AWARDS & PRICES):
LAURELS, CERTIFICATES, CASH PRIZES & TROPHIES FOR WINNERS
BEST INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM (CASH PRIZE INR 100,000/-)
[‘Best Short Film Award’ A Cash prize of INR 100,000/- to be shared equally between the Director and Producer.]

INDIAN SHORT FILM SECTION (AWARDS & PRICES):
LAURELS, CERTIFICATES, CASH PRIZES & TROPHIES FOR WINNERS
BEST INDIAN SHORT FILM (CASH PRIZE INR 100,000/-)
[‘Best Short Film Award’ A Cash prize of INR 100,000/- to be shared equally between the Director and Producer.]


Rules & Terms

Rules & Terms
RULES FOR FEATURE FILMS & SHORT FILMS:
1. Censor certificate is not mandatory for the festival.
2. All Films must have been released/produced between 1st January 2020 and April 1, 2024.
3. Duration:
a)Short films: maximum 50 minutes.
b) Feature films: 50 minutes and more.
4. Anybody can submit one or more than one entry. There is no limit to submission. One film can be entered into multiple categories. It is necessary to pay the entry fee for each category and each film, in case of multiple submissions.
5. All films must be subtitled in English.
6. All films should be without any watermarks and advertisements.
7. The winners get the Trophy, Cash Prize, Laurels & Digital certificates.
8. If the winner is not able to attend the festival in person, the festival organizers should be informed 15 days in advance. The Trophy and the Certificate will be shipped to the winner. However, the winner needs to pay the shipping charges.
9. All the winners, Nominees, & Official Selection will receive our official Digital certificates duly signed.
10. Entry fees are non-refundable.
11. We prefer a movie with a trailer so that we can share it along with the poster on our website & Social Media pages.
12. The applicant agrees to:
a) Have read and accepted the rules & regulations for participation in the festival.
b) Confirms that he/she has the requisite authority or has obtained the requisite authority from the producer/right holder to enter this film in the festival. Furthermore, the applicant declares to possess all rights to screen your movie.
c) Under NO circumstance, the authorities of Chennai World Cinema Festival entertain or be answerable to anyone else apart from the applicant.
13. Submitting the film, the applicant accepts we can share the trailer, pictures, and posters of the movie with our social page, website, and other media.
14. Most importantly, we do not grant waivers.
15. We will notify the applicants only if the movie is selected and share the official selection as well as the winner’s list on our website. We also send a notification only to the winners via email as well as through our web and social media pages.
16. We can withdraw at any time the selection or the award if these rules are not respected.
17. We don’t entertain any queries or are answerable about the selection. Our judges are free to decide if a movie is worthy to be selected or not.
18. THE FESTIVAL WILL NOT ORGANISE AND OR REIMBURSE ANY TRAVEL / ACCOMMODATION FOR FILMMAKERS AND OR THEIR ARTISTS TO ATTEND THE FESTIVAL.
19. We accept films released on YouTube, OTT, Theatre, TV, and any media.
20. In the case of co-productions, at least one of the producers/production companies must have the right to sanction the participation of the film in competition in the festival and authority to receive the award, if any, is won.
21. The decisions of the jury will be taken by a simple majority of the members present and voting. The jury can evolve its own rules for the assessment of the entries. The decision of jury members will be final and accepted by all no inquiries or arguments will be entertained.
22. No person in any way connected with the production or commercial exploitation of a competitive entry will be a member of the jury.
23. Films should be in Any Digital format.
24. Classroom and advertising films are not eligible for participation in any section.
25. Films not presenting sufficient technical qualities for good public screening can be refused after checking the DCP/Online Screener.
26. Award of Cash and Certificate.
(a) ‘Best Feature Film Award’ A Cash prize of INR 200,000/- to be shared equally between the Director and Producer.
(b) Director and Producer are to be given the Trophies and Certificates in addition to the cash component.
(c) ‘Best Short Film Award’ A Cash prize of INR100,000/- to be shared equally between the Director and Producer.
(d) Director and Producer are to be given the Trophies and Certificates in addition to the cash component.
27. The deadline for receiving applications and preview material is 1st April, 2024.
28. All selected films must be available for screening on,
a) DCP [preferred]
b) Pro Res [preferred]
c) Minimum 1920×1080 digital file Quicktime, MP4, AVI, H264

29. CWCF has no premiere or exclusivity rule, we also consider work that is already online.
30. Film-makers must include a brief synopsis of the film, the Director’s Filmography in no more than 150 words
31. Provide at least one high-resolution image (1920 x 1080 or higher) for the use of Chennai World Cinema Festival promotional brochures or publicity. You may send more than one image.
32. All entries must obtain the appropriate copyright clearances (i.e., music, archive footage, images, etc.). Failure to do so will result in the entry being disqualified from the competition.
33. All the Nominated films will be screened during the festival program.
34. A complete screening schedule of selected films shall be put up on the festival website and social media Pages.
36. All festival submissions are handled through FilmFreeway.
37. Films once selected and submitted for the final screening will not be allowed to be withdrawn under any circumstances, until the festival is over.
38. We accept YouTube links, Vimeo links, wetransfer, Dropbox, Google Drive, etc. for screener/pre-selection/preview.
39. CWCF does NOT CONSIDER films that require SCREENING/RENTAL FEES.
40. The Festival proposes to have a maximum of 5 screenings per film as per FIAPF Regulations for non-competitive festivals and competitive specialized festivals which allow for a maximum of 5 screenings per film.
41. The Festival Authorities will have the right to screen (maximum 5 screenings) in different cities of India on a non-commercial basis.
42. International World Cinema & International Short film Awards: Any film worldwide can participate in this category.
43. Indian World Cinema & Indian Short film Awards: Only Indian Filmmakers can participate in this category. The film’s director (s) or Producer(s) must be an Indian citizen.
44. Films may be entered by any organization, agency, Individual producer, or director.
45. You have to read the rules carefully and agree with them.


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