Cinema arrived in Mumbai, formerly Bombay on the western coast of India, in December 1896 with the package of first ever films made by Lumiere brothers. By 2000, the Mumbai Film Industry had truly acquired the dimensions of an Entertainment Industry, catering to the entertainment needs of a nation of one billion, currently poised on the verge of corporatisation and expected to touch a total turnover of Rupees 15,000 crores.

India remains the only country perhaps where Hollywood has failed to capture the local theaters. The Hollywood blockbusters prefer to dub in regional Indian languages to gain foothold in the Indian market and compete with the indigenous cinema. In a country where Hollywood machinations, with its smart marketing and sleekly made films, have made a dent in India slowly in the last five years. However the concept of Asian Cinema is completely alien. It is interesting to note that while the Asian Cinema has been winning accolades in the international festival circuit, none of the SAARC countries screen Asian cinema commercially. It is not even much known in film society network of South Asia.

The Asian Film Festival is one such beginning in the right direction. The Festival aims to establish interaction between Asian Film fraternity and create a dialogue with the West.

Extending from Turkey to Japan, and divided culturally in the Middle East, West Asia, South Asia, Central Asia and the Far East, the Asian Cinema is as diverse and rich as its topography. Yet, the Asian countries share cultural similarities, and a common socioeconomic scenario. They are plagued by similar problems of poverty, illiteracy, population, lowly status of women. Cinema could be a common bond, which could create awareness about each other among Asian countries.

Short Film Awards (Best of Three Films)
Best Film Award for Women Filmmakers' Competition

Rules & Regulations

Short Film Competition
Short Fiction made in any country of Asia or by any Asian director after 1st January 2017 are eligible.
Duration: Maximum 30 Minutes.
Films submitted in any earlier edition of this Festival are not eligible.
The Competition will be adjudged by an International Jury.
Regular Entry Fee: 15 USD
Extended Deadline Entry Fee: 20 USD
Late Submission with Entry Fee: 25 USD
Best Film will be awarded with Trophy + Cash Rs.25.000/- (350 USD App). Second Best - Trophy + Cash Rs. 15.000/- (200 USD App). Third Best - Trophy + Cash Rs. 10.000/- (150 USD App)

Women Filmmakers' Competition
Feature Films made in any country of Asia or by any Asian women director after 1st January 2016 are eligible.
Duration: Maximum 120 Minutes.
Films submitted in any earlier edition of this Festival are not eligible.
The Competition will be adjudged by an International Jury.
Regular Entry Fee: 40 USD
Extended Deadline Entry Fee: 50 USD
Late Submission Entry Fee: 60 USDBest Film will be awarded with Trophy + Cash (amount to be declared later).

Spectrum Asia (Non-Competitive)
Feature Films made in any country of Asia or by any Asian director after 1st January 2016 are eligible.
Duration: Maximum 120 Minutes.
Films submitted in any earlier edition of this Festival are not eligible.
Regular Entry Fee: 40 USD
Extended Deadline Entry Fee: 50 USD
Late Submission Entry Fee: 60 USD

Three-Continent Connection (Non-Competitive)
Feature Films made in any country of Africa, Europe and Latin America after 1st January 2016 are eligible.
Duration: Maximum 120 Minutes.
Films submitted in any earlier edition of this Festival are not eligible.
Regular Entry Fee: 40 USD
Extended Deadline Entry Fee: 50 USD
Late Submission Entry Fee: 60 USD

Marathi films are exempted for Entry Fee. Apply for waiver Code.

English Subtitle is Mandatory for all Submissions.

Decision of the Selection Committee/ Jury is Final.