Frequently Asked Questions


Frequently Asked Questions

We will announce the selections by 15 July 2021. Please make sure that the email address and telephone you provide will be operational at that time.

We will announce it on our website. We will also contact you via email, Please make sure that the email address you provided on your application will be operational at that time. If your email 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!

Unfortunately, NO. With numerous films to go through, we don’t have enough time to speak or correspond with you individually about your film. Please forgive us.

We receive Indian film submissions from across India. How many local shorts and feature films showcased depends primarily on the quality and quantity of eligible films received and the available screening slots.

The festival was started in Bangalore in 2010.

The 4-day online festival is from August 13-16 on Each film or program will have the first screening at a scheduled time but don’t worry if you miss it!

All the films and programs are made available for free during this limited time to raise funds for COVID-19 relief.


Yes, the recordings for the Forum sessions will be available for the duration of the Festival here:


Live events will not be available to watch from the Apple TV, Firestick, or Google Chromecast. In order to participate in the Q&A during a live event, you will need to watch from a computer to use the chat feature within the player. You can also watch live events from a tablet or smartphone, however, these devices will have limited functionality in the chat.

We greatly appreciate your sharing info about BISFF’s online festival offerings with your friends and family via sharing BISFF newsletters and social media posts.

Yes. We will offer tech support by phone from 10 am – 6 pm leading up to the Festival and from 11 am – 9 pm during the Festival at +91 9986863615

Yes, the films will have English Subtitles (closed captions).

Yes, please contact us to discuss the opportunities currently available. Our program, on-screen and venue packages are available to fit most budgets.

We do not offer submission fee waivers since that wouldn’t be fair to the independent filmmakers who pay to submit their work for consideration.

We will accept submissions that have already premiered in any film festival but your film’s premiere status will be taken into consideration when final programming decisions are made.

There are a couple of reasons that motivate the inclusion of the submission fee. From our experience with earlier seasons, free submissions generated a large number of spam submissions and/or submissions that did not fit the criteria mentioned in the call. We are a volunteer-run organization and the investment in terms of time to weed out and disqualify these entries was significant. It is hoped that requiring a submission fee would encourage filmmakers to make sure the films they submit match the required criteria. The second reason for requiring the submission fee is for a source to fund the artist/exhibition fee we pay to the filmmakers whose films are selected to screen at the festival.

We accept a low-quality screener for submission on film freeway, however, if your movie is selected for the screening at our festival, we will require an HD file.

No. We only accept digital copies of your film sent via Vimeo, Youtube, and other video streaming or downloadable sites. 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.

Films with running times of less than 30 minutes are classified as Shorts. Films that are 30 minutes or longer are classified as Features. We DO NOT accept feature films. You should select your submission category based on what the final projected running time of the film will be, including credits.

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 an 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.

We require that all films that contain significant non-English dialogue include on-screen English subtitles. We actually prefer English films to also have English subtitles, so our audience clearly follows the conversation.

After you have completed the online application, you will also give us a link to the uploaded film (part of the application form).

Any film submitted for 2021 Festival consideration must have been completed POST-January 1st, 2019.

Due to the volume of submissions we receive, we are unable to contact each applicant individually if we do not receive his or her film. It is your responsibility to make sure you follow up with our office.

We will make every effort to play your movie, but in the event that we are unable to view your film, we will attempt to contact you to request another link/copy using the primary contact information that you provided on your application. However, there is no guarantee that we will get your replacement link/disc 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 link plays all the way through BEFORE you submit it to us!

If your film is 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.

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!

No, we require a final cut version of your film.


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.

We do NOT currently have a screenplay competition.

All the films are watched by the festival jury. We depend on new talent and new filmmakers to uphold our mission as a Festival of discovery. If we didn’t watch the films submitted to us, we would miss out on so many new works of independent film. If your film is received in time, your account is paid in full, and there are no playability issues with your online link, your film will be treated exactly the same as all other films submitted to us for consideration.

Refund requests for the submissions are not appreciated. All payments are non-refundable for any reason.

If you have any further questions, please email us at