Serving as West Bengal’s upcoming premier film festival as the gateway of North-Eastern India, the Everest International Film Festival (EIFF) is founded to showcase the beauty of the Himalayan range, encompassed by tea gardens. Situated at the base of the Himalaya mountains in the plains of Darjeeling District by the side of River Mahananda, Siliguri is the 2nd largest city in West Bengal.

Breaking free from stereotypes and bringing films into theaters, classrooms, businesses, and even organizations throughout the state, the mission of EIFF is to present quality films from around the world as well as support, recognize and honor indie film makers. The EIFF will not only be a platform for showcasing films and networking but will also serve as a travel city to the transcending Himalayan scopes of Gangtok, Mirik, Kalimpong, Darjeeling and Kurseong inside India and furthermore to neighbouring nations like Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan and Myanmar.

Slated to be happening from August 23-25, 2019, the EIFF is a full-fledged three day film festival showcasing not only excellent films and contemporary filmmaking skills with features, shorts, documentaries, mobile films, music videos and web series; but also hopes to be a dedicated contributor to the cultural arts, economy and education, through a highly effective strategic partnership model. EIFF will be introducing unique programs not only during its 3-day period, but will also have year-round programming through fellowships and workshops to keep the spirit of film making alive.

The three day festival will see people of various communities thronging the venue to enjoy films from countries like USA, UK, Australia, Malaysia, Singapore, China, Belgium, Spain, Italy, Russia, Bangladesh, Iran, Poland and many others in English and the country’s own languages. Indian regional language films like Bengali, Hindi, Marathi, Bhojpuri, and south Indian languages including Malayalam, Tamil, Telugu and Kannada will be showcased.

The Awards are constituted in the following categories:

Feature Film Category
Best Feature Film
Best Children Film
Best Experimental Film
Best Environmental Film
Best Film on Social Issues
Best Debutante Director
Best Suppporting Actor
Best Director
Best Actress
Best Actor
Best Story
Best Music
Best Editor
Best Story / Screenplay
Best Cinematography

Short Film Category
Best Short Film
Best Documentary
Best Children Film
Best Experimental Film
Best Environmental Film
Best Film on Social Issues
Best Debutante Director
Best Director
Best Actress
Best Actor
Best Story
Best Music
Best Editor
Best Screenplay
Best Cinematography

Other Awards
Best VFX Film
Best Music Video
Best Web Series
Best Film Local Talent
Best Public Service Film

IMPORTANT NOTE FOR SUBMISSION & PARTICIPATION
The festival will not interact with anyone except the submitter and/ or the producer of the film. If any person - be it the actor, writer, director or anyone from the production crew tries to forcibly extract information about the status of the film from the festival authorities, the festival will have absolute rights to >>DISQUALIFY THE FILM<< from competition and/ or screening which you may kindly note. At the same time, the festival may take the decision to ban the production house completely from sending entries to the future editions of the festival.

Open to filmmakers worldwide, all genres and lengths depending on the categories mentioned.

- Filmmakers can submit more than one entry to the festival in any category.
- All films that are not in English must have English language subtitles.
- Each entry must be a separate submission which includes form and payment for each submission.
- The Festival reserves the right to determine eligibility of any work submitted.
- Entry fees are payable through FilmFreeway payment systems and are non-refundable.
- The decision of the Festival committee will be final and binding.