Harkat is back with the fifth edition of the 16mm film festival, a festival exclusively screenings works done on celluloid film. We welcome all kinds of films from a diverse range of contexts, as long as they are made on celluloid film. That the visuals speak to the medium is what we look for.

The 16mm Film Festival, conceived with a view of re-connecting with the cinematic medium through it's celluloid history has been drawing an amazing response these past few years, with year long workshops and screenings The festival has been working it's way through re-building and supporting infrastructure for filmmakers and artists who want to work on film since the past 5 years.

This year, with support from the Gujral Foundation, Harkat is now an artists DIY film lab based in Mumbai and has been running a regular residency and workshop. We will be presenting a lot of these works at this years festival.

Apart from the usual fare of bringing films made on film to the film capital of India, facilitating the production of 5 one minute films by young film makers and conducting beginner and advanced workshops, the festival will be announcing a year long slate of engagements and facilitation in the realm of film.

Another big announcement is that we have loosened our guidelines to also accept films shot on film but with their final prints on digital mediums. Though we will, and always, give preference to films shown on film.

The Harkat 16mm Film Festival is organised by Harkat, an alternative arts space and a film production company based in Mumbai and Berlin.

- We only accept films shot on 'celluloid film' - These can be 8mm, 16mm or 35mm.
- We accept all films made post Jan 2015. However, if you have a film which has not been to more than 2 festivals and you think it fits well within the kind of work we ask for, please submit it. This is not a hard rule.
- Prints on film are preferred.
- The festival schedule will be released on December 1st.
- Once a film entry is submitted, it must be sent in.
- The festival will quality check each print and send a QC report and will then take responsibility of it being sent back in the same condition. The festival is not responsible for any damage in transit and the filmmaker must take responsibility for insurance of their prints.
- All films must be accompanied with a synopsis of the film and publicity material.
- The festival will not be able to pay for the travel and allowance for any of the entries accepted.
- The festival is under no obligation to accept the submitted film

Overall Rating
  • Jack Warren

    Wonderful festival! Great films, great q+a moderators, and a great team overall.

    December 2020
    Response from festival:

    Thank you. Looking forward to you participating again.

  • Roland Dahwen

    On behalf of our team, we would like to extend our warmest gratitude to Harkat 16mm Film Festival. They were very kind and communicative, and we thank the festival organizers for the official selection of BORRUFA. We hope to attend in person in future years and see more analog films!

    December 2020
    Response from festival:

    We loved Borrufa. Thank you for your kind words.

  • Harold Chapman

    Great communication from the festival throughout and a real sense that the organisers love not only film but film as a medium. Given that it was not possible for me to travel to the festival I appreciated that they involved me in a Zoom discussion - I felt they really knew my film and had some incisive questions. Overall a very positive experience. I highly recommend the festival.

    December 2020
    Response from festival:

    We're all in with the medium bit. Thank you for your review.

  • Charles Cadkin

    Fantastic festival! Everyone was super nice and great to participate in a Q&A with other filmmakers.

    December 2020
    Response from festival:

    Thank you.

  • Jack Wormell

    I really enjoyed being part of this festival, and the Q & A I took part in. Despite being on Zoom it felt like a genuine discussion amongst the filmmakers and chairs. Great festival.

    December 2020
    Response from festival:

    Warm discussions are what keep us alive. Thank you.