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.
THEME IS "HUMAN UNITY"
"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.
PLEASE AVOID UNQUALIFIED SUBMISSIONS!
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 (https://vimeo.com) or Dropbox (https://www.dropbox.com), 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