Cinema can be a powerful catalyst of social change and a rich handloom of heritage. However, in India it remains confined largely as a source of glossy entertainment. The primary purpose of the Chalachitram National Film Festival, therefore, is to build a bridge between the traditional and the modern; to enable cinema to travel beyond the mainstream, and touch the grass roots; and to applaud weavers of myriad cultures.

WINNERS of the 2021 edition

The fifth edition of the festival was an entirely virtual one. In addition to cash prizes, totalling Rs. 35,000, there ARE trophies (not yet mailed) and certificates.



WINNERS of the 2020 edition

Best Film — Ashish Pandey’s “Nooreh”
Best North East Film — Ashok Veilou’s “Look at the sky”
Film Critics Circle of India Award for Best Debut Film — Priyanka Purty’s “Wandering cloud”
Best Documentary — Abhishek Swain’s “Through the eyes of an artist”
Best Film by a Woman Director — Priyanka Purty’s “Wandering cloud”
Best Screenplay (original or adapted) — Somnath Mondal’s “Madan veri”

The sixth edition of the festival will take place, as in previous years, except in 2021 at the Rabindra Bhawan, Guwahati, Assam. Sept 10-11 2022

Short fiction /feature /documentary /animation
Eligibility: Sept 01, 2021 to 31st August 2022

Overall Rating

    Chalachitram Festival has emerged as an important showcase for Indian short ficiton and documentaries highlighting Indian culture and societies within its short period of existence. It was an honour to have my short fiction film Xogun nominated in the festival in the best film category. Looking forward to future participation.

    September 2021
  • romi meitei

    ... yes you will be opportune to travel to the realm of creative space beyond mainstream glossy entertainment. A must attend film festival. I really love it.

    September 2021
  • Bishal Swargiary

    This a awesome festival, good communication
    Thanks for selecting my short film WORKING MAN

    August 2021
  • Rakesh Singh

    This is a great film festival... Allover excellent... 2nd times I have participated... 👍👍👍👍👍

    August 2021