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You’ve chosen to film. Chosen to put together a visual piece of art if we may say so. Today when anyone with a camera can, in theory, make a film... how will you make your short film stand out? What you intend to do with your film is what the Bengaluru International Short Film Festival (BISFF) is all about. We will be what you create.

After the tremendous success that was BISFF 2020 and with the Oscar accreditation, we are all set to host the 11th edition. Just as every year, this is an attempt to understand the medium a little better and go a little further in inventing new forms of storytelling as filmmakers.

The festival showcases shorts from across the world, creating a physical space for a great audience experience and bringing together a keen audience for the filmmakers. BISFF also exhibits works by past masters who have dabbled in short filmmaking that today is viewed as an art form that needs a unique approach. Additionally, the festival presents talks and panel discussions with leading thinkers and industry practitioners, enabling budding makers to interact with the best in the industry. BISFF also includes hands-on learning experiences in workshops and demonstrations by professionals, putting together an exclusive audience experience and perhaps space for makers to find what they are looking for.


Awards & Prizes:

The Top Films in the International Section and Indian Section will be nominated to the Oscar Shorts from BISFF


Rules & Terms:

Genre: Only fiction short films are accepted
Running Time: 30 minutes or less. No exceptions. Running time includes end credits.
Formats: Video Link (any digital format)
Production Country: All
Production Year: The film must have been produced after January 1, 2020, for all.
Language: All languages are accepted.
Subtitles: English subtitles are required for all submissions.


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Any narrative work of fiction & Non-Animation with a running time of 30 minutes shot outside Indian, will qualify in the International competition section. The film has to be produced after 1 January 2020 and not submitted to previous BISFF edition. If th

Early Bird $3.00 USD

Regular $15.00 USD

Late $20.00 USD

Any narrative work of fiction and Non-Animation with a running time of 30 minutes shot inside and produced and shot in India, will qualify in the Indian competition section. The film has to be produced after January 1, 2020, and not submitted to the previ

Early Bird $3.00 USD

Regular $10.00 USD

Late $15.00 USD

Any narrative work of Animation fiction with a running time of less than 30 minutes, will qualify in the Animation competition section. The film has to be produced after January 1, 2020, and not submitted to the previous BISFF edition. If the film is foun

Early Bird $3.00 USD

Regular $10.00 USD

Late $15.00 USD

This Section invites filmmakers to share their stories of disability through a short film. We welcome submissions from all filmmakers, ranging from the professional to the independent, student, or amateur. The filmmaker needs to be above 18 years of age t

Early Bird $3.00 USD

Regular $10.00 USD

Late $15.00 USD

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