Film Southasia (FSA) is a biennial festival held in Kathmandu, Nepal, initiated in 1997 to popularise documentaries that inform, entertain and transform lives. In between festivals, a package of fine and representative films travel the region and overseas as mini-festivals titled Travelling Film Southasia (TFSA).

Film Southasia invites submissions for the 12th edition of the premier documentary film festival of Southasian region that will take place 14-17 November 2019 in Kathmandu.

- ‘Ram Bahadur Trophy’ for Best Film

- Runner-Up Award

- Tareque Masud Debut Film Award

- UNICEF-Nepal Award for social/children’s issues

- Student Film Award (entries to be submitted through film schools)

Non-fiction films made after 1 January 2017 are eligible for entry in FSA 2019. Entries will have to be on Southasian themes or subjects, while the filmmakers need not be Southasian. Entries may cover any subject pertaining to Southasia: from people, culture, lifestyle and adventure to environment, economy, politics and history. entries that have not been released publicly will receive some priority. Films may be in any Southasian language, but have to be subtitled or dubbed in English.

Film Southasia accepts entries in the following categories; Competitive, Non-Competitive and Student films.

Both shorts and and full length feature productions are welcome. However, for shorts, film duration must be more than 10 minutes.

There is no charge for entry.


Submission deadline for entries:
Extended Deadline: 15 August 2019
Entries must be submitted through along with application.

Notification Date: 15 September 2019
Directors/producers of entries which have been selected will be notified and asked to submit copies in professional video format for screening at FSA.

Submission of final version: 1 October 2019
Filmmakers must submit the final version of their entry through for screening at FSA before this date.

Films must be submitted via online screener ONLY. We do not accept DVDs, pen drives or hard drives.

The films you upload to must meet the following criteria:

- Video bitrate: 25 Mbps, H.264, mp4
- Audio: 320 Kbps, AAC, 2 channel stereo
- Video frame aspect ratio 16x9; Video resolution 1920 x 1080 pixels; non 16x9 video should be
fitted inside 1920 x 1080 pixel with extra space padded with horizontal (letterbox) or vertical
(pillerbox) black bars.
- Subtitles should be in English and should be over video image area. Please DO NOT place
subtitles on black bars.

If you are unable to send large, high-resolution files for screening at the festival because of an insufficient internet connections, please get in touch with us at

The festival reserves the right to use up to 10 percent of the entry’s running time for promotional use. Production stills, filmmaker bio-sketches and other information submitted in the entry form may also be used for promotional purposes on the web, print, television etc.

Films submitted in competitive category are judged by a three-member jury. The ‘Ram Bahadur Trophy’ carries a cash prize of USD 2000, while the Runner-Up Award carries a cash prize of USD 1000, Debut Film Award and UNICEF-Nepal Award each carry cash prizes of USD 1000.The Best Student Film Award carries a cash prize of USD 500. All awards come with citations. Selections made by the FSA Jury are final.

FSA ’19 will select a maximum of 45 films in the competitive category and a varying number in the other categories.

As in the past, FSA expects to host the maximum number of delegates of selected films. Besides attendance in screenings and the camaraderie among filmmakers coming from a spectrum of Southasian societies, November is also a pleasant and culturally vibrant time to be in Kathmandu Valley. FSA offers complimentary accommodation to delegates, who will have to bear their own travel costs to and from.

The final submissions of the selected films will be deleted from all our databases at the filmmaker’s request unless filmmakers want the FSA Archive to retain a copy.

All submissions will be catalogued for the FSA Archive. These copies will be maintained as a record for FSA and will be made available in-house to researchers and journalists. Films in the FSA Archive are held in trust, and will not be screened commercially.

It is the sole responsibility of the filmmaker to ensure s/he owns full copyright to the submitted film. The filmmaker is required to clear all contents of the submitted film from any and all actual or potential legal claims and issues and must have express permission from all parties involved in the production of the film. FSA reserves the right to disqualify any film with unauthorised inclusion of copyrighted/trademarked content or materials. In the event that any claim, dispute, action or proceeding is asserted by any person or entity that alleges that the film makes unauthorised or unlawful use of any copyrighted content or material, the filmmaker shall fully indemnify FSA from any liability in connection therewith and from any fees and expenses that may be incurred in light of such claims.