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 is all about. We will be what you create.
After the tremendous success that was BISFF 2015, we are all set to host the 6 th edition in August. 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 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 a space for makers to find what they are looking for.
Running Time: 30 minutes or under. No exceptions. Running time includes end credits.
Genre: Only fiction short films are accepted.
Production Country: All
Submissions will be considered in two categories: Student / Non Student (students should submit a copy of their present identity card/letter from school as proof)
Production Year: A competition submission film must have been produced after January 1, 2015.
Language: English subtitles are required for all submissions.
Any narrative work of fiction with a running time of 30 minutes or less will qualify as an International Narrative Short Film in the competition section. The film has to be produced after January 2016.If the film is found to be produced before this term, it will lead to disqualificationl
Any narrative work of fiction with a running time of 30 minutes or less will qualify as an International Short Film in the non-competition section. The film has to be produced in the last 3 years.
We can accept a low quality screener, however if the movie is selected, we would require a high quality file for screening.
Films with running times of less than 30 minutes are classified as Shorts. Films that are 30 minutes or longer are classified as Features. You should select your submission category based on what the final projected running time of the film will be, including credits.
After you have completed the online application, you will also give us a link of uploaded film (part of the application form)
As our festival works only through online submissions, and we receive humongous submissions, due to the volume of submissions we receive, we are unable to contact each applicant individually. However, when you submit a film you will get a submission code, which confirms your film has been submitted.
Your communication should contain the Submission code to make things easy for the festival team to respond
Sending in replacement cuts after you have already submitted a prior version of the film can cause a great deal of confusion throughout the screening process and it is also not fair to those who sent in a cut prior to their selected submission deadline. We reserve the right to disqualify, without refund of any or all submission fees, any applicant who attempts to avoid submission fees by sending in a replacement cut of their film after their selected deadline has passed. WE WILL ONLY VIEW THE FIRST CUT OF YOUR FILM THAT WE RECEIVE!
Yes! all our submissions are through online link. We will NOT accept any personal hand submissions.
You may submit as many films as you’d like. We do not offer reduced rates in fees for multiple submissions. If you submit three films, you must pay the submission fees for all three of them.
For final project during the film festival, we will only accept HD quality in downloadable version from a link provided by you.
The Director of the Festival has the authority to settle all cases not covered by the present rules. All appeals maybe addressed to the Festival Director. All disputes regarding the festival are to be dealt within the jurisdiction of Bengaluru..
No cuts or changes will be made in the films by the Festival management for any reason.
Any narrative work of fiction with a running time of 30 minutes, will qualify as Student Short Film in the competition section. The film has to be produced after January 2016. A signed letter has to be submitted on the same. If the film is found to be produced before this term, it will lead to disqualification. All students need to submit scanned/photocopy of their Student id’s along with the film.
Any narrative work of fiction with a running time of 30 minutes or less will qualify as an International Short Film in the non-competition section. The film has to be produced in the last 3 years i.e not before January 2014.
Yes. We will accept a link to your film on Vimeo, YouTube or any other video streaming or download site. If you choose to submit an online screener, please be sure to put the link of your film into your application. Simply uploading the film is not enough. The file size must be less than 2GB. Once your upload is complete, you MUST view the uploaded file in its entirety to ensure that everything is in order.
We do NOT accept DVD’s
In almost all cases, this is determined by the primary source of the film’s funding. If 50% or more of the film’s financing came from sources within the INDIA it qualifies as a INDIAN Film. If more than 50% of the film’s financing came from international sources, it qualifies as an International Film. Please select your submission category based on the primary source of financing, but we do reserve the right to make a final judgment call based on a number of other factors, such as the primary shooting location, language(s) spoken in the film, and the nationalities of key members of a film’s cast and crew.
FOR COMPETITION SECTION: Any film submitted for 2017 Festival consideration must have been completed POST January 1st, 2016
FOR NON-COMPETITION SECTION: Any film submitted for 2016 Festival consideration must have been completed POST January 1st, 2014 .
We will make every effort to play your ONLINE LINK, but in the event that we are unable to view your film, we will attempt to contact you to request another link using the primary contact information that you provided on your application. However, there is no guarantee that we will get your new link in time, and we must give preference to those who sent in a working link to begin with. For this reason, we ask that you make absolutely sure that your submitted plays all the way through BEFORE you submit it to us!
No, we require a final cut version of your film.
From a legal standpoint, you must clear all copyrighted material included in your film before you can publicly screen it. However, BISFF does not check to ensure that you have obtained clearance for these materials at any point during the application process, nor will we be held responsible for any inclusion of uncleared materials in your film. It is the sole responsibility of the entity submitting the project to secure permission from the copyright holder of the material in question, whether it is music, stock footage, or any other elements that could violate an existing copyright. Films that are accepted into the Festival must sign a waiver stating that materials used in the film do not violate any existing copyright. Quite often, rights holders offer reduced rates for festival films, so you should contact them directly to avoid any possible rights infringements.
You can mail us on our email to keep us updated. We will use the public contact information from your application to contact you regarding problems with your submission and to notify you of your acceptance status, so please ensure that this information is always kept up-to-date.
Any narrative work of fiction with a running time of 30 minutes or less will qualify as an International Short Film in the non-competition section. The film has to be produced in the last 3 years ie not before January 2014.
Films should be uploaded online. Link for submission: https://filmfreeway.com/festival/BISFF
Although we have accepted both Blu-Ray and HD-DVD formats in the past, it has proven to be more efficient to use to one standardized format for viewing submitted films. For that reason, we ask that you do not submit a physical disc in any format.
We require that all films that contain significant non-English dialogue include on-screen English subtitles. We actually prefer even English films also to have English subtitles, so our audience clearly follows the conversation..
Yes, but only if it has changed significantly. We are not interested in seeing the same cut again — it should be a complete reworking of the previous version that was submitted to us. If you are in doubt, it probably hasn’t changed enough.
If your film is a short (less than 30 minutes in length), it is still eligible even though it has been broadcast on television. However, once if it gets selected for the festival, the movie has to be removed from online channels, till the time festival gets over.
No, we require a final cut version of your film.
No, we encourage filmmakers of all ages to submit their work. However, we do have separate category specifically related to young /student filmmakers. All submitted films will compete against each other for available slots in each program. If you are under the age of 18, and a student, if your film is accepted, we will require signed, written permission from your SCHOOL before we are able to screen your film..
We will contact you via e-mail, Please make sure that the e-mail address you provided on your application will be operational at that time. If your e-mail address changes after you’ve filled out the application, please update us with an email. We will not be held responsible for any failed delivery of notification!
The use of cameras or of other recording equipment is strictly prohibited during any screening or program.
Refund requests for the upcoming BISFF 2016, all payments are nonrefundable for any reason, including but not limited to illness, acts of God, or travel-related problems. Badges are non-transferable and are the property of BISFF..
Beyond film screenings, we arrange panels, seminars, workshops etc.,.
Bangalore International Short FIlm Festival
C/o Suchitra Cinema & Cultural Academy
36, 9th Main, BV Karanth Road,
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