The Auroville Film Festival is a biennial film festival that started in 2009 and established itself as a success with editions in 2011, 2013, 2015 and 2017. It is a central contribution to the cultural life in Auroville, an international township in the making in South India.

The aim of the Auroville Film Festival is to connect with people and cultures within and beyond Auroville and to further the aspiration of human unity by showcasing films that develop the theme of human unity.

We feature international films that explore the theme of human unity.

Films are screened in the international category

Our unique structure allows us to incorporate local participation in the screening of films, the creation of art installations, the creation of posters, and other festive activities. With three screening venues, including one outdoor venue, outdoor music performances in the evenings, a food court, a discussion area and by showing films made by local filmmakers twice, we attract large audiences and enable an exciting festival ambiance.

Our festival is totally non-commercial: No entrance fees to view the festival program. Submission fees are 1US$

The prizes will be in kind and expressive of the spirit of Auroville.

"As we all know, unity refers to that which is one and cannot be divided; associated with humanity it refers to all that is one or all that can become united in humanity. It includes also all the processes exploring its development: oppositions, difficulties, failures, etc...
It can be experienced within oneself or in relation with other human beings …or even with everything that exists in the world… animals, plants and nature, stones, situations, events …
Human unity aims at unity in diversity; a unity beyond religions, nationalities and, more generally, beyond uniformity. It springs from the deepest source of one's own being, and it embraces all forms of existence."

Deadline for "Films that develop the theme of Human Unity" is June 30, 2019. Submissions made into this category after June 30 will be dismissed.


a) The screening format in the main venue is digital file in 720p HD. All films must be delivered to the festival as online format in 720p or 1080p and uploaded to Vimeo ( or Dropbox (, and the hyperlink sent with the submission form.

b) Films of any duration will be accepted.

c) Non-English submission must have English subtitles.

d) The films for this category must have been completed after 1 January 2017.

e) Cinema Paradiso will take responsibility for the final selection of all films.

f) The prizes will be in kind and expressive of the spirit of Auroville.

g) The International category will be judged by a separate jury of 3, at least one of whom will be Aurovilian and none of whom will be involved in the selection or organization process. There will be a separate prize for the audience vote for this category.

h) Our festival is totally non-commercial: no entrance fee to view festival programs, however, of course, any donations will be gratefully accepted
Fee for submissions is 1US$ only.

i) No DVDs / Blu-ray accepted

j) If the film submission does not include a synopsis it will not be considered

Overall Rating
  • Andrea Vandenboer

    The Art for Social Change team would like to say thank you do much to the wonderful team at the Auroville Film Festival! Thank you for the opportunity to screen our film 'Silent No More - Louise Pentz: A Voice for Social Change' in Auroville, Puducherry in India. We hope that your audience enjoyed ur film! What an honour to have our film screen alongside a terrific line up of of films from around the globe. Kudos to the organisers for the support and friendly communications. We wish you all the best with the future of the festival and will be sure to follow you in the years to come. Thank you!

    September 2018
  • Christoph Pohl

    A wonderful event that completely transformed the town hall area in Auroville to a festive plaza for one entire week. The quality of films in this 5th edition was better than ever before. Keep going...

    February 2018
  • Christoph Nick

    Great festival! Very happy having been part of it.

    February 2018
  • this is a great festival, our participation was great !

    January 2018
  • Pascal Gélinas

    I would have liked so much to attend Auroville Film Festival happening in that mythical city of Auroville. The contact with the organizers was more than excellent, and the festival's theme of human unity was an essential one! When I made my film, called A Bridge Between Two Worlds, I specifically intended to celebrate human unity, and I thank warmly the organizers for the selection and presentation of my film. Long Live Auroville Film Festival.

    December 2017