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We would like to inform you that there will be no cancellation or postponement of our Festivals operations for this COVID 19 issue. The Festival team along with Honorable juries remain committed to continuing the festival operations as per the prevailing schedule and process.

Calcutta International Cult Film Festival (CICFF) is an ISO 9001:2015 Certified Organization and an IMDb Award Listing Qualifier.

The event is a monthly live screening film festival with an annual live screening mega award event in the City of Joy. The monthly live screenings take place at the end of each month at the auditorium of HLC Studios in Kolkata. The Golden Fox Awards gala will take place in January 2022 at Rotary Sadan (A historical film venue in the heart of the city).

All monthly winners of the period from January 2021 to December 2021 will be automatically nominated for the prestigious GOLDEN FOX AWARDS (the best of the best) and they will be invited to attend our Annual Live Screening Gala in presence of juries, critics, film scholars and eminent movie personalities from across the globe.

Films entered in multiple categories may win multiple awards!


The sole purpose of CICFF is to develop a film culture that inspires and brings together cross-cultural innovations that enrich people lives with entertainment and services that inform, educate and entertain.

Each month more than 50 films from the different categories are officially selected and out of them at least one per category is awarded. The most representative are monthly screened in Calcutta and have a free academic and detailed review published at our International film magazine CULT CRITIC (http://hlc-cultcritic.com), shared at respective IMDb pages (if applicable). All these monthly winners are automatically qualified for the annual live screening gala in the City of Joy and can be nominated for the prestigious GOLDEN FOX AWARDS (the best of the best). PIAZZA DI CINEMA, (An International Film Market) will also take place during the gala.

The annual event is a glamorous red carpet premiere with press conferences and gala parties at Kolkata in the presence of international movie celebrities. The participants have excellent opportunities to exchange their ideas, ideologies and cultural innuendoes. The winners have a chance to meet with the audience and participate in Q&A after the screening.

CICFF is a division of Human Lab Corporation, a leading Multinational film production and distribution company.

The officially selected project in each month receives CICFF laurel and certificate. All monthly Award Winners receive CICFF laurel and customized certificate and are rated at their respective IMDb pages (if applicable).

Each month, most representatives of monthly award winners are screened in Kolkata, at Indira Cinema, and reviewed by CULT CRITIC film magazine. These reviews are shared at each films’ IMDb page (if applicable). Some filmmakers, screenwriters and actors/actresses might be invited to give an interview to the CULT CRITIC film magazine.

The awards are given in the following categories:

Best Director
Best Young Filmmaker (under 18)
Best Debut Filmmaker
Best Cinematography
Best Editing
Best Sound Designing
Best Actor
Best Actress
Best Supporting Actor
Best Supporting Actress
Best Narrative Feature
Best Documentary Film
Best Experimental Film
Best Short Film
Best Student Film
Best VR/AR and 360º Film
Best Drone Film
Best Web and New Media Film
Best Mobile Film
Best Horror/Science Fiction Feature Film
Best Women’s Film
Best Film on Women
Best LGBT Film
Best Animated Film
Best Family/Children Film
Best Educational Film
Best Film on Disability Issue
Best Film on Religion
Best Film on Nature/Environment/Wildlife
Best Travel Film
Best Silent Film
Best One Minute Film
Best Postmodern Film
Best Free Speech Film
Best Television/Pilot Program or Series
Best Commercial/Advertisement
Best Music Video
Best Film Score/Soundtrack
Best Trailer/Teaser
Best Film/Video Poster
Best Photography
Best Treatment/ Synopsis
Best Short Script
Best Feature Script

Besides the BEST of the category AWARDS, there are also OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT
AWARDS, which are given in different categories. You can find the last award winners in this link:http://www.hlc-cicff.com/blog.

Each year we select the Best of the Best (From the pool of all award winners from all
Seasons) and the FINAL WINNERS receive the prestigious GOLDEN FOX AWARDS and are screened in the theatre at Kolkata in front of live audience.

2022 Winners will have a chance to meet with the audience and participate in the Q&A session after the screening. We also provide incentives for winning films, and present promotional strategies for those films and their directors. First, we conduct an interview with the director, which is posted on our HLC portal, and we published the review by one of our esteemed writers from CULT CRITIC magazine. But that's not all: CICFF will take you globally with international distribution opportunities for your films.


Please read these Rules & Terms carefully before you submit your film. By submitting your film into competition in the Calcutta International Cult Film Festival, you expressly acknowledge and agree that you shall be bound by the terms of these Rules & Terms.
CICFF is open to any film completed after January 1, 2010, regardless of content, subject, or origin. Submitting your film to the CICFF is not a guarantee of selection. All the official selection, nominees and the winners will be listed on our website permanently. All the winning films will receive a trophy, award or certificate. Please note that we do not offer application fee waivers. We treat every filmmaker equally.

1. Films made in languages other than English must have English subtitles otherwise they will be summarily rejected.
2. The film submitted to the CICFF for a particular month can be re-submitted at any time for a second chance, considering that we have different judges' panels for each season.
3. A director / producer may submit more than one film in a category and more than one category at a time.
4. The CICFF is hereby granted the rights to utilize an excerpt from any film submitted for promotional purposes of the festival within India only. The individual or corporation submitting the film hereby warrants that it is authorized to commit the film for screening, and understands and accepts these requirements, rules and regulations.
5. The CICFF reserves the right to refuse entries.
6. You agree to indemnify and hold harmless the CICFF, from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney's fees, and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits and publicity.
7. The CICFF will not refund any fees if the filmmaker fails to submit the film in the correct category. Films submitted without the correct fees or proper submission media may be deemed ineligible at the discretion of the CICFF programming director or executive director. The festival does not cover any of the expenses incurred by the filmmaker.
8. After a film has been an official selection, the filmmaker will be notified, and eventually the film will be listed on the festival website under Official Selections. The Official Selection status doesn’t mean that your film will be screened at the festival. It means that your film has been appreciated by our judges of panel and you can use the festival logo on your poster.
9. A nominee will be privately screened for the CICFF judging panel, and will not be screened initially to the public.
10. “Best” films of each category will receive a laurel & certificate.
11. A filmmaker’s submission fee will not be reimbursed if they decide to withdraw their submission. All entry fees are non-refundable.
12. We require an official trailer or poster, synopsis and a link to your film. Please select the correct category while submitting to avoid disqualification. We reserve right to re-assign films to the appropriate category.
13. CICFF may without advance notice amend these Rules & Terms from time to time. Each and every such amendment shall be become effective immediately. It is your responsibility to periodically check for updates of these Rules & Terms.


All filmmakers understand and accept that if their film is accepted for presentation and screening at the film festival, they grant full and unrestricted permission for CICFF to screen the film/video at times of the festivals choice and to charge an admission fee for the presentation of the digital video program. All the presented film/videos do win a GOLDEN FOX Award from the festival, CICFF only screens winners.
The Filmmaker understands and accepts that they do not participate in receiving any funds from the Box-office proceeds which are fully retained by the festival to help cover the overall cost of the festival presentation. It should be noted for the record that box-office proceeds never cover the cost of presentation of the Features and Short Film Programs. The Festival (CICFF) is a non-profit, Cultural Organization with Federal, State, Country & City Tax-Exemptions.
Required Legal Stuff: The filmmaker releases the festival (CICFF) from any and all liability for dam-ages or destruction of the entered DCP. The Filmmaker understands that the entered DCP will be retained in a secure facility by the festival, and every effort will be taken to protect and control the viewing of this production. The festival assumes no liability whatsoever for theft, copyright violations or piracy of the entry.
The Filmmaker accepts and understands that the festival, in conjunction with HLC Studio, Kolkata will do everything possible to present the video in the best possible manner but the festival (CICFF) is not responsible for any and all malfunctions during the presentation of the production at its festival screening. We use Professional Pioneer International playback systems, all formats, all regions, including Region 0. All entries are carefully pre-screened prior to the public showing to assure that the DCP does perform to industry Standards. The Festival (CICFF) assumes no responsibility for any technical difficulties in the presentation of this video at the actual event.
The Film Festival (CICFF) reserves the complete right to make changes in the program dates and times and to possibly not screen the video, despite its being selected for screening.
The filmmaker will endeavour to present to The Festival (CICFF) a new and pre-checked Hard disk / DCP for the actual presentation of the video at the festival.

Overall Rating
  • The festival is being organized in a very professional way, and is taking the name of Indian film festivals ahead in the world arena.

    Very glad to be a part of this fest, and to win 2 awards for our feature movie 'Who Killed Gaurav?'. Cheers.

    May 2022
  • Hariharan Raju

    One of the best film festivals in India and very happy to be on winning side of the festival with our shortfilm "Atman"

    April 2022
    Response from festival:

    Dear Hariharan,
    Thank you for your feedback. Looking forward to work with you soon.

  • Thank you very much for selecting my film. I am very proud to have been distinguished in your very beautiful festival. It's very important for me to share "A day will come" and I'm glad you like it.
    I wish you all the best,
    Nicolas Cazalé

    April 2022
    Response from festival:

    Dear Nicolas,
    Thank you for your feedback. It was a pleasure working with you. Looking forward to work with you again. Best Wishes

  • Aarti Borade

    it was great experience with festival

    April 2022
    Response from festival:

    Dear Aarti ,
    Thank you for sharing your experience. It was a pleasure working with you.

  • Rainer Bartesch

    I am really grateful that my short film "Our World is on Fire - an oratorio for our future" became the winner in the category "Film on Nature / Environment / Wildlife"!
    When I decided to record the live premiere of my oratorio on video I did not know what chances this documentary will provide for me for spreading the word about global warming and get in touch with people from all around the world! Great opportunity, great festival!
    Of course I would have prefered to attend the festival in person, but it was not possible for me this time ... But: in addition to the film I do a global virtual performance right now. Everyone is welcome to sing along and become a part of the project to support climate action to stop global warming. For more info see: https://our-world-is-on-fire.org
    See you! All the best, thumbs up for all enthusiastic film makers! Rainer Bartesch (Germany)

    April 2022
    Response from festival:

    Dear Rainer,
    Thank you for your feedback. It is really wonderful to work with filmmakers like you who play a major role in spreading awareness to the world through their art. We sincerely appreciate your noble cause to stop the problem of global warming. We look forward to working with you again. Best wishes for your upcoming projects!