9180 Shortfest is an independent short film festival that is a part of Kalotsava - a two day arts festival in Bangalore, India. We at 9180 recognise the emerging aesthetics of short films as a distinct genre of films powered by digital cameras and the internet. We also realise the need for a space in Bangalore where shorts are encouraged, curated and awarded. The moniker '9180' is the short dialing code of Bangalore, a little nod towards all things short and sweet.

The festival is designed for filmmakers and cinephiles alike. There is something for everyone here - stimulating films, passionate discussions and the possibility of enriching connections. This is our third year and we hope to make the festival even more attractive for film lovers from all over.

Starting this year 9180 Shortfest will also have an online chapter, in partnership and with support from Fliqvine. Audiences from around the world will be able to pay and watch all the films as part of the 9180 online film festival. Audience can nominate the best film from the selection of the film.
The most nominated film by audience will win the 9180 Shortfest, Best Film - Audience Choice.

9180 is organised by Kalotsava Trust, in association with Sweet Spot Media.

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Best Short Film

Second Best Film

Certificates and Cash Prizes

Rules and Regulations

• The short film can be documentary, experimental, narrative, fiction or animation.

• Total running time must be less than 30 minutes in length, including front and back credits.There is no minimum running time.

• The short film can be in any language or any genre. All non-English films must have English sub-titles for festival presentation.

• You could submit a DVD or make an online submission. Required formats are AVI, MP4 or MOV with the size not exceeding 720p.

• You could email 9180shortfest@gmail.com a vimeo or youtube link. Or a downloadable link via wetransfer, yousendit or dropbox.

• Multiple entries can be submitted, but with separate entry forms.

• 9180 Shortfest has right to use the entries / send / selected / nominated films, DVD and materials from the film for festival promotional purposes and to retain copies of each film as part of our festival library.

• Films once selected & submitted for final screening will not be allowed to be withdrawn under any circumstances until festival is over.

• The publicity material (Brochure, Stills and Posters ) and a synopsis of the short film to be enclosed with the entry. Entry materials submitted shall not be returned to the entrant.

• Transportation and insurance costs of DVDs, related documents, photographs and publicity materials from the country of origin to the Festival Office shall be borne by the applicant.


• The entry form/application will be considered only on receipt of administrative film submission entry fee of Rs.200 (early entry), Rs.400 (regular entry) and Rs.800 (late entry) - for films produced in India.
US$ 10(early entry), US$15 (regular entry) and US$20 (late entry) – for films produced outside India, by Cash or Demand Draft or Cheque, or money transfer in favour of
KALOTSAVA SAMITHI (Account number 64130715639), (IFSC CODE – SBMY0040159), State Bank Of Mysore, Hanumanthanagar Branch, Bangalore.

• You could personally make your payment in cash at Kalamandir, 5th Cross, AN Subbarao road, Hanumanthanagar, Bangalore – 560019


• 15th Nov 2015 – Regular Deadline
• 10th Dec 2015 – Late Deadline

• The film should be submitted before deadline. 9180 Shortfest is not responsible for late, lost, damaged, misdirected, postage due, stolen, or misappropriated entries.

• Entry Forms with incorrect / inadequate / illegible / ambiguous particulars will not be considered. The festival committee reserves the right to accept or refuse any film without assigning any reason whatsoever.

• DVDs/online entries submitted for selection will be considered as final and no changes will be entertained after submission. It is the sole responsibility of the applicant to submit DVDs without any physical / quality defects.

• The competition is open for professionals as well as students. No separate section for student filmmakers.

• The Festival is scheduled on 19th and 20th December 2015.

• Contact details: 9180shortfest@gmail.com
Ph +919986423946


• Shortlisted entrants will be notified about the selection by the 18th of December.

• Winners are selected by a judging panel of industry professionals consisting of independent producers, production companies, filmmakers, and other film industry professionals who may be substituted at the discretion of the Festival organizers.

• All films are judged equally based on:
o Content Originality (Quality of storyline, and script)
o Production (Camera work, lighting, and shot composition)
o Post-Production (Editing, transitions, pacing, continuity, and flow)
o Image (Focus, color, and lighting)
o Sound Quality (Clarity, consistency of audio levels, and lack of noise)

• No work or artist will be either discriminated or favored by their country of origin, language, age, race, education, gender, ideology, or by their economic resources. Every content, every form, every technique will be admitted with no censorship of any kind.

• The decision of selection committee is final and no correspondence will be entered into Finalists will be notified by mail and/or email. 9180 Shortfest will use its best efforts to announce the selected films, winners at the designated time, but will not be held liable for any unforeseen delays.

• By entering 9180 Shortfest, contestants and/or their parents or legal guardian (if such entrant is a minor) agree to accept and be bound by the decisions of the Festival and its judges which are final and binding in all matters.

• Selection of films for 9180 Shortfest 2015 will be done by a committee whose decision will be final.

• The Festival Authorities will have the right to screen the film- solely for the festival- on non-commercial basis. For promotional / publicity purposes, excerpts from any film entered in the festival may be shown on any Television network / Internet or related media during the festival period.

• Entrant agrees to be bound by all terms of these official Festival rules and regulations as established herein. 9180 Shortfest reserves the right to extend the Festival deadline for any unforeseen reasons if needed. Entry constitutes permission to use winner's name, likeness, and voice for future advertising and publicity purposes without additional compensation

• Selected films will be screened on the 19th and 20th of December 2015 at 9180 Shortfest.

• Festival venue: KH Kalasaudha, Hanumanthanagar, Bangalore.


• Short films that are submitted must be the entrants’ original work and shall not infringe on any copyrights or any other rights of any third parties.

• Contestants agree that they have obtained all required permissions regarding music, sound and/or images presented in your short film. By entering the Festival, the entrant agrees that 9180 Shortfest will not be held liable for any copyright infringements perpetrated by you or your short film.

• 9180 Shortfest reserves the right to not screen any film(s) for any reason it deems valid.

• The entrants may also run the risk of being prosecuted as per the Indian Criminal Procedure Code and the Indian Media Law for any offence or infringement. Racial, religious and regional discrimination shall not be portrayed in any part of the film being submitted.

• Entrants will retain all ownership rights to their films submitted.

Cash Prize and Certificate
• Best Film
• Second Best Film


• Complete entry form with signatures.
• Online downloadable link or DVD(mov) of the film.
• Entry fee
• Poster of the film.