This is 8th edition of BEFF - Babul EFF, the first and only International Environmental Film Festival in Hyderabad and south India!
The festival is hosted in multiple locations across Hyderabad, India followed by screenings in different cities. To ensure better connect with audience and leverage mileage nationally and internationally, the festival is held every year during first week of June to coincide with World Environment Day. Hyderabad is capital of Telangana state and known as City of Pearls and Biryani, is a major film making hub and has many world class studios including the world's largest Ramoji Film City. Screening your film at BABUL BEFF will ensure your film's reach to a quality and diverse audience & opens the doors for networking with the best of talent in film-making.
There will be Seminars / Panel Discussions / Master Classes / Eco Games and activities etc., Our hashtags are #babulecofilmfest and for the 8th edition #babulecofest24 #beff2024
While we make all efforts to hold a live physical event, however, due to prevailing situation the festival holds the right to postpone/defer or convert to online virtual festival.
The festival will have follow up screenings to ensure better mileage for the films and also travels to other cities in India. Films that fit into thematic niche audience find less acceptance from general public. We will screen such films for relevant audiences by coordinating with Individual groups / organisations connected to such themes. These screenings go beyond the announced time window as per original festival dates.
update May 2024: Due to heatwave, the on going elections and other reasons we are extending the main film festival beyond 5th June 2024 till end of June 2024. After this some films will have repeat screenings at different venues based on the themes as per the date and audience suitability.

Prize money of INR.50,000/- [ USD 700 ] will be awarded to the winners in Short Film Category. This includes:
~ USD 350 for short films [open for all non-Indian countries]
1st Prize 200 USD
2nd Prize 100 USD
3rd Prize 50 USD
~ ₹25,000/- for short films [Indian Entries]
1st Prize ₹14000
2nd Prize ₹7000
3rd Prize ₹4000
Topic for 7th BEFF2023 is ENVIRONMENT. Cash award, citation and memento will be given to the winners.
All the selected films ( Foreign and Indian ) will get laurels, screening certificates.
Films submitted using waiver code are not eligible for Awards.

~ Films should cover one or more aspects of Environment, Biodiversity and Sustainable Development. All genres, including documentaries, narratives, shorts, children’s films, and experimental films, PSAs are all welcome. The quality of the film production will also be considered and weighed. Animation includes: traditional animation, 2D animation, 3D animation, motion graphics, and stop motion
~ Film run-time: Upto 60 mins
~ Format: MP4 / AVI / MOV
~ Films shot on mobile are also accepted
~ Non-English films should have English
~ Win Laurels, get a screening certificate and
~ Films made after 1.1.2021 are eligible.
The Jury for pre and final selection of film for 8th BEFF consist of personalities from the world of environment, media, cinema, and audio-visual, as well as entrepreneurs or artists engaged in and/or sensitive to environmental issues. Decision of the organisers regarding film selection is final.
By submitting their films, the filmmakers agree that BEFF can screen the films at different venues as part of the travelling BEEF festival.

~For the Short Film Contest, in addition to the above, the following rules also apply:
Duration: Below 5 minutes ( including credits )
Total prize money of Rs.50,000/- will be awarded. This includes:
~ [a] USD 350 for Animation short films [open for all non-Indian countries] and
~ [b] ₹25,000/- for Indian Short Films

Note: While we make all efforts to hold a live physical event, however, due to prevailing situation the festival holds the right to postpone/defer or convert to online virtual festival.

Not necessarily all selected films are screened in the main festival 1-5 June 2024. However, all the selected films will be screened on other dates as decided by the Festival.

Overall Rating
  • Analu Bambirra

    Nice festival, good communication, looking forward to submitting other films in the future!

    June 2023
    Response from festival:

    Thanks for the feedback Analu Bambirra. Waiting to receive your future films.

  • Pat Boran

    A great festival with enthusiastic, welcoming organisers and audience. A very positive experience.

    July 2022
    Response from festival:

    Thanks Pat Boran for the review. It means a lot for our young and growing environment film festival. Bes wishes

  • Marina-Evelina Cracana

    Very good communication and passion for environmental documentaries.

    June 2022
    Response from festival:

    Thanks Marina for the Overall Rating review. It sure encourages us to work with more dedicated for the spread of environmental messages using Cinema. Best wishes

  • Lou Sumray

    Thankyou for selecting my animation, Takeaway for your festival and wish you well for this incredibly important subject.

    June 2022
    Response from festival:

    The Lou Sumray for submitting the wonderful film giving positive review. Wish more and more outreach to your works. Best wishes

  • Great festival and best wishes to the organizers and other participants. We need more ecological art.

    June 2022
    Response from festival:

    Yes, you are right. All of the humanity needs more ecological art which is the best vehicle for environment messagings and has the potential to bring a change in the collective behaviours. Thanks