Darbhanga IFF (Darbhanga International Film Festival) is the International film festival of Bihar state of India organized every year at Darbhanga city since 2013. Darbhanga city is the cultural capital of Bihar state, so it hosts the International film festival.
The city is distinguished by its art & cultural environment publicized countrywide. It is well known worldwide for Mithila/Madhubani Paintings, its heritages & historical monuments belonging to “DARBHANGA KINGDOM”. Darbhanga is covered by the Indian State of West Bengal from south & the country Nepal from east. The ancient name of the city was Dar-E-Banga. It is a Persian word which means "Gateway To Bengal". The name of the city modified as Darbanga by time and now finally modified as Darbhanga.

We celebrate Darbhanga IFF for a better development of Cinema, Film, Art & Culture in Bihar state of India. Films, filmmakers & artists from all states of India and all over the world participate in the festival every year. This festival is organized by DBG Film Club (Darbhanga Film Club). It is the first ever film club of Bihar state, registered under trust act, Government of India. The organization DBG Film Club was founded in 2013 by film festival curator & filmmaker: Writer/Director Meraj Siddiqui.

There are three categories for Darbhanga IFF Awards - International, National & Regional and each category has five sub categories - Feature, Short, Documentary, Animation & Music Video.

Category 1: International, National, Regional
Sub Categories: Feature, Short, Documentary, Animation, Music Video

Category 2: Web Series: International, National

There are 26 Awards in Category 1.

1. Best Film - Feature
2. Best Film - Documentary
3. Best Film - Short Fiction
4. Best Film - Animation
5. Best Actor - Feature
6. Best Actor - Short Fiction
7. Best Actress - Feature
8. Best Actress - Short Fiction
9. Best Singer - Male
10. Best Singer - Female
11. Best Story - Feature
12. Best Story - Short Fiction
13. Best Story - Documentary
14. Best Lyrics
15. Best Director - Feature
16. Best Director - Short Fiction
17. Best Director - Documentary
18. Best Cinematographer - Feature
19. Best Cinematographer - Short Fiction
20. Best Cinematographer - Documentary
21. Best Film Editor - Feature
22. Best Film Editor - Short Fiction
23. Best Film Editor - Documentary
24. Best Sound Design
25. Best Music Director
26. Best Music Video

There are 8 Awards in Category 2.
1. Best Web Series
2. Best Director
3. Best Cinematographer
4. Best Actor
5. Best Actress
6. Best Sound Design
7. Best Editor
8. Best Music Director

1. Entries of all Films / Documentaries (hereafter collectively called films) shall be accepted online only on www.filmfreeway.com/DarbhangaIFF

2. Films made in the year 2018, 2019 & 2020 can only participate in 8th Darbhanga International Film Festival 2021. Films made before 1st January 2018 can’t participate in the competition category. (Excluding Web series).

*All the web series (International / National) made after 31st December 2012 are eligible to participate in the competition / film festival.

*Films / Web series published / released on Cinema halls / Movie Theaters / TV Channels / Online Streaming Channels (like Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hotstar etc.) / Private Screenings / Festival Screenings can participate in the competition / film festival.

*Films / Web series published / released on public platforms like YouTube, Vimeo etc or any other social websites can not participate in the competition / film festival.

3. Films already selected in official selection of Past editions of Darbhanga IFF can't enter again.

4. There are three categories in the festival – International, National & Regional and each category has five sub categories - Feature, Short, Documentary, Animation & Music Video.

*There are two categories for Web Series - International & National.

*International Category: Any film all over the world can participate in this category.

*National Category: Only Indian Filmmakers can participate in this category. The Director(s) or Producer(s) of the film must be an Indian citizen. (A document must be
submitted along with your film which proofs your Indian Citizenship).

*Regional Category: Films made by Filmmakers belonging only from Bihar / Jharkhand state of India come under this category. The Director(s) or Producer(s) of the film must be a resident of Bihar or Jharkhand / Native place in Bihar or Jharkhand (A residential proof ID must be required with film submission). The films which are made in Hindi or regional languages of Bihar/ Jharkhand (like Bhojpuri, Maithili, Khortha, Maghi, Bajjika, Angika, Mundari etc.) can only participate in this category.

5. Films / Web Series must be subtitled in English or Hindi.

6. Films may be entered by any organization, agency, Individual producer or director.

7. Selection of films / videos for Darbhanga International Film Festival will be done by a committee whose decision will be final. However, Festival Authorities reserve the right to accept or reject any film that is likely to offend sentiments, feelings or sensibilities of any caste, community, religion, and sector is likely to promote racism or ill will in the society.

8. Darbhanga International Film Festival would be allowed to use all photographs and publicity materials received along with the film submission and the same will not be returned to the entrants.

9. Censorship will not be applicable to any films / videos entered in the festival.

10. The Festival Authorities will have the right to screen the selected films (for awards) in India or abroad on non-commercial basis.

11. For promotional / publicity purpose, excerpts from any film entered in the festival may be shown on any Television Network / Internet or related media during the festival period.

12. Film Submission with incorrect / inadequate / illegible / ambiguous particulars will not be considered.

13. Films submitted for selection will be considered as final and no changes will be entertained after submission.

14. Prize and Certificate will be awarded to the Director(s) or Producer(s) of the film.

15. Films of any length/duration can enter in the festival.

16. An entry fee of $25 USD for Regional & National Category and $30 USD for International Category is applicable on every online submission.

17. Participation in the Festival implies acceptance of these Regulations.

18. Decision of the Festival Authorities regarding all matters not expressly provided for, in these regulations or which require interpretation of the clauses mentioned above shall be final and binding on all parties.

Documents required for film submission:

Please mail us the below documents on darbhangaiff@gmail.com with your FilmFreeway submission tracking number. Please mention the subject of mail as "8th Darbhanga IFF 2021_Required Documents_<Your FilmFreeway Submission Tracking No>"

1. Synopsis of the film 150 words.

2. Cast and Credits with Photographs respectively.
(We also need photographs of each on screen and off screen crew member of your film with name and designation exclusively)

3. About Director(s) (Bio Data) 150 words.

4. Photograph of Director(s) and Producer(s) of the film.

5. Production Still (minimum two).

6. Poster (Portrait and Landscape with high resolution)

7. Press Kit (not mandatory)

8. Censorship (If you have censorship certificate from Govt. Of India / Govt. of other countries, please attach.)

9. For International Category, an ID or document of Director(s) & Producer(s) which proofs your country's Citizenship. Preferred Document: Passport.

10. For National Category, an ID or document of Director(s) & Producer(s) which proofs Indian Citizenship. Preferred Document: Adhaar Card / Passport

11. For Regional Category, a residential proof ID of Director(s) & Producer(s). Preferred Document: Adhaar Card.

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  • Nishant Balgovind

    Thanks for awarding our Documentary Film, "the BORO" with 3 awards at your prestigious film festival. Will it be possible for you to send us our awards, as we have to leave the venue early and could not collect the awards, physically. Thanks

    June 2021
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    Response from festival:

    Hi Nishant, please write to us on darbhangaiff@gmail.com. we need your following details for sending awards:
    1. address for courier/post
    2. mobile number of the person who will receive the award via courier. Please send us on mail, so that we will proceed.

  • Päivi Kapiainen-Heiskanen

    Thank you very much for selecting my doc film Seeking New Paths to your programme. It was a great pleasure to follow your festival online. All the best and let´s keep in touch, Päivi

    March 2021
  • Murali dharan

    Great Film Festival. It was a great experience to be a part of this Film Festival.Kudos to the Organizing team!

    March 2021
  • Darbhanga International Film Festival is one of the most prestigious film festivals of India. It is a grand and unique platform for the film-makers to showcase their talent.

    February 2021
  • Adérito Gonçalves

    thanks to Darbhanga for giving me the opportunity to present my project, you are the best ✌🏾

    February 2021