Dadasaheb Phalke International Film Festival (DPIFF) was founded in 2012 and established in 2016 to carry forward the legacy of Late Shri Dhundiraj Govind Phalke lovingly known as Dadasaheb Phalke – The Father of Indian Cinema. It is India’s only independent international film festival, with a mission to celebrate the cinema & work of aspiring, young, independent & professional filmmakers. It is important for Indian film industry because the aim is to recognize the enlightening, entertaining & progressive new age cinema of youth & experienced filmmakers.
It is to honour the lifetime effort of the father of Indian cinema, Dadasaheb Phalke ji, the festival celebrates the brilliance of the Indian film industry, which is making an effort to acknowledge as well as aid nascent projects by bringing them to mainstream audiences. DPIFF is a unique initiative intended to honour the Entertainment Industry and to appreciate the creativity, In the presence of Celebrities, Ministers, Governor, Dignitaries, Industrialists and Media Personnel.
The ceremony showcases cultural diversity, rich heritage, world famous Indian cuisine, folk dance, folk music, handloom and the beauty of swadeshi. Being an ancient nation with a young populace brimming with ideas, talent and opportunities, India has much to offer to the world. The qualitative change that the nation has witnessed in the last few years has become a model of inclusive development. Hence, it has become a priority to DPIFF to signify and promote the blooming impact of culture through cinema recognised globally. The organisation also comprehends the campaign of “Vocal for Local” and prioritize the homegrown talent of the country. Unity in diversity (Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat”) is firmly promoted in a spirit of harmony and fellowship.
The prestigious ceremony has an integration of 10 reputed Tourism States of India as the official Tourism Partners - Maharashtra Tourism, Punjab Tourism, Assam Tourism, Rajasthan Tourism, Gujarat Tourism, Jharkhand Tourism, Chhattisgarh Tourism, Madhya Pradesh Tourism, Odisha Tourism and Himachal Tourism. For the first time in the history of entertainment industry, 10 venerated Tourisms States are associated with an event.
DPIFF will give following Awards & Prizes:
First Prize Winner – Rs. 15K Cash Prize and an Award Trophy
Second Prize Winner – Rs. 10K Cash Prize and a Token of Appreciation
Third Prize Winner – Rs. 5K Cash Prize and a Token of Appreciation
PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING REGULATIONS CAREFULLY PRIOR TO SUBMITTING OR MAKING ENQUIRIES REGARDING SUBMISSIONS. YOU CAN FIND THE SHORT FILM COMPETITION REGULATIONS HERE.
4. Preview Screener Formats
5. Eligibility Requirements
6. Authorised Use and Inclusion of Materials
7. Prior Submissions
DADASAHEB PHALKE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (“DPIFF”)
SUBMISSION REGULATIONS FOR THE DADASAHEB PHALKE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (“FESTIVAL”)
THESE REGULATIONS GOVERN THE SUBMISSION OF ALL WORKS FOR CONSIDERATION FOR THE FESTIVAL AND YOU (“YOU” OR “SUBMITTER”) ARE REQUIRED TO READ THE FOLLOWING REGULATIONS CAREFULLY TO CONFIRM YOUR UNDERSTANDING AND ACCEPTANCE OF THE SAME PRIOR TO SUBMISSION OF ANY FILMS. PLEASE NOTE THAT DPIFF RESERVES THE RIGHT TO ALTER THESE REGULATIONS WITHOUT NOTICE AND THAT THESE REGULATIONS ARE NOT CONFIRMED TO GOVERN REGULATIONS FOR FUTURE FESTIVALS.
Only films submitted to the correct category, accompanied by the correct fee and received by the allocated deadline will be considered. DPIFF reserves the right to disqualify a submission, and to have any and all paid fees forfeited, should the submission not meet all of these requirements.
Please note: DPIFF does not offer fee waivers.
This category is reserved for any film whose runtime is 30 minutes or less (including credits). If the film is submitted into any Short category and the length is greater than this definition stipulates, DPIFF will change the category and the Submitter will be required to pay the fee increase before the film is considered. Failure to do so will mean that the film will not be considered for the Festival and any and all fees paid prior will be forfeited.
The submission fee:
• must be made in INR or USD
• is payable by Visa, Mastercard, American Express, UPI, GPAY, PayTM accepted via Razorpay only
• cannot be waived (NO EXCEPTIONS)
• cannot be discounted, including for the submission of multiple films.
• DPIFF cannot provide refunds for submissions that do not meet eligibility criteria or are otherwise deemed to be disqualified under these regulations.
• Films submitted without payment WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED and the submission will be disqualified.
Preview Screener Formats
Screeners in physical format are no longer accepted; DPIFF accepts online screeners only. Any submission sent via disc or any other physical format will not be considered for the Festival; should this be the only format in which the submitted film is delivered, the submission will be disqualified, and any and all fees paid will be forfeited.
Submitted films can supplied as a password-protected Vimeo link or unlisted YouTube link entered directly into the DPIFF online application form. Some important notes:
DPIFF does not accept screeners via email;
• If the password changes at any point between the submission and the Festival, the Submitter must inform DPIFF via email ASAP. Any film that is submitted with an incorrect or outdated password cannot be considered for the Festival; in such a case, the submission will be disqualified, and any and all fees paid will be forfeited.
• If the screener is supplied via a Vimeo link, please ensure that the privacy settings are updated such that embedding is allowed; this ensures that DPIFF can view the film. This can be done while logged in to your Vimeo account and navigating to Settings > Privacy > Where Can This Video Be Embedded? and selecting ‘Anywhere’.
To be eligible for consideration, all submissions must meet the following requirements:
• Films must have been completed after 1 January 2019.
• Short Film Poster/Teaser/Tailer should be uploaded on Koo and the link of the same should be added in the form while submitting the short film for nomination
Films must be in their original language; if the original language is not English, subtitles in English must be provided.
• DPIFF reserves the right to program films that do not adhere to the above eligibility requirements.
• These regulations are specific to DPIFF 2022 and do not indicate eligibility for DPIFF 2023 and beyond.
Authorised Use and Inclusion of Materials
It is the sole responsibility of the Submitter to:
• secure permission from the rights holders of any and all copyrighted and/or trademarked content or materials included within the film
• clear all content within the film from any and all actual or potential legal claims and issues, including, without limitation, claims based on theories of libel, defamation, invasion of privacy, violation of rights of publicity, theft of trade secrets, breach of confidence, breach of confidential relationship, and breach of express or implied contract (“Third Party Claim/s”).
DPIFF will not be held responsible for any unauthorised inclusion of:
• any copyrighted and/or trademarked content or materials within or relating to the submitted project, including any content or materials that are or may become the basis for any Third Party Claim/s for copyright infringement and/or trademark infringement, trademark dilution or unfair competition
• any content or materials within or relating to the submitted film that are or may be the basis for any Third Party Claim/s.
If any unauthorised inclusion of materials as set out above applies to a submitted film, DPIFF reserves the right to forego consideration of that film, or to withdraw the film from confirmed programming – in which case any and all fees paid prior will be forfeited.
If a film has previously been submitted to DPIFF, it is not eligible for submission to the 2022 Festival.
Submission to DPIFF is with the understanding that selection may be for any and all exhibition formats that constitute DPIFF 2022, including in-cinema screenings, digital exhibition or both.
• All Submitters will be notified of an outcome by 15th February 2022. Festival programmers select and invite all films presented at DPIFF. If the Submitter’s contact details change during the submissions period, you must inform DPIFF via team(at)dpiff.in.
• If the film is selected to screen at DPIFF 2022, DPIFF strongly encourages the Submitter to supply closed captions and/or audio description so that the film can be viewed by audiences with access requirements.
• If the film is selected to screen at DPIFF 2022, the Submitter must provide a minimum of three (3) digital copies of stills from the film via email or WeTransfer (minimum image specifications: 300dpi, JPGs or JPEGs only). Electronic Press Kits (EPKs), digital posters, director headshots and social media handles may also be supplied to DPIFF, but are not mandatory. Please note: DPIFF may supply these materials to third parties for the purpose of editorial coverage of DPIFF. These materials may also be used for DPIFF’s publicly available print publications and print products as well as online media (DPIFF website/s, DPIFF mobile application/s and DPIFF social media channels), where they will remain available without any time or territorial restrictions. Please be aware that DPIFF cannot make photographer attributions within our printed or online guides.
• DPIFF’s selection decisions are final and no correspondence will be entered into. DPIFF does not provide critical analysis or feedback.
All correspondence from DPIFF regarding Film submissions will be sent via DPIFF Website, directly to the email address of the Submitter, or through third-party email campaign software. Please do not unsubscribe from DPIFF communications, as you may miss key updates.
Although DPIFF takes every precaution to ensure that messages are sent to the Submitter via email