Grass Root international film festival is the first collaborative program done ever in its own way of recognizing and acknowledging talents. It is an annual and a monthly qualifying festival open to all aspiring filmmakers across the globe.
All the award winning artists of the monthly editions are further nominated for the annual awards and the red carpet ceremony which will be covered by media at the annual function.

Grass Root international film festival not only aims at giving out trophies and certificates but recognizing talents and supporting the career of artists working in the film industry as writers, directors, producers, actors, cinematographers, editors, composers etc. As we are in the process of expanding our footprints, the festival would be truly a international platform for all filmmakers beyond language barriers across the globe. we truly care about the language of cinema, independent film making, filmmakers, arts and all the artists involved in each film project.

We have dedicated board members who are professionals with great experience about the film industry. Every month we invite new board of well renowned juries for the selection process from various crafts.

The officially selected project in each month receives GRIFF laurel.
All the Finalists, Winners and Honorable Mentions will be listed on our website, will be shared on our social media.

All monthly winners of the period from AUGUST 2021 to JULY 2022 will be automatically nominated for the prestigious GOLDEN TROPHY.

But annual event screening films will be selected from the monthly winners list by our annual event juries.

The Certificate Awards are given in the following categories:

Best International Feature Film
Best Indian Feature Film
Best International Short Film
Best Indian Short Film
Best Director
Best Debut Filmmaker
Best Cinematography
Best Editing
Best Musical Theme
Best Original Score
Best Sound Designing
Best Actor
Best Actress
Best Supporting Actor
Best Supporting Actress
Best Experimental Film
Best Horror/Thriller/Fantastic/Science Fiction Film
Best Women’s Film
Best Film on Women
Best Animated Film
Best LGBT Film
Best Documentary Film
Best Single Shot Sort Film
Best Family/Children Film
Best Film on Nature/Environment/Wildlife
Best Poster
Best Trailer


Please read these Rules & Terms carefully before you submit your film.

By submitting your film into competition in the
GRASS ROOT INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (GRIFF), you expressly acknowledge and agree that you shall be bound by the terms of these Rules & Terms.

GRIFF is open to any film completed after January 1, 2014, regardless of content, subject, or origin.

Submitting your film to the GRIFF is not a guarantee of selection.
All the winning films will receive an award or certificate.
We treat every filmmaker equally.

Do not submit industrial or instructional works.

CHENNAI or PONDICHERRY city is our monthly event screening places.

Annual event will be held in CHENNAI

1. Films made in languages other than English must have English subtitles otherwise they will be summarily rejected.

2. The GRIFF reserves the right to refuse entries.

3. The GRIFF will not refund any fees if the filmmaker fails to submit the film in the correct category. Films submitted without the correct fees or proper submission media may be deemed ineligible at the discretion of the GRIFF programming director or executive director. The festival does not cover any of the expenses incurred by the filmmaker.

4. After a film has been an official selection, the filmmaker will be notified, and eventually the film will be listed on the festival website under Official Selections. The Official Selection status doesn’t mean that your film will be screened at the festival. It means that your film has been appreciated by our judges of panel and you can use the festival logo on your poster.

5. A nominee will be privately screened for the GRIFF judging panel, and will not be screened initially to the public.

6. A filmmaker’s submission fee will not be reimbursed if they decide to withdraw their submission. All entry fees are non-refundable.

7. GRIFF may without advance notice amend these Rules & Terms from time to time. Each and every such amendment shall become effective immediately. It is your responsibility to periodically check for updates of these Rules & Terms.

Overall Rating
  • Michael Buckley

    Grass Root IFF has been very good to me as an independent filmmaker. I picked up some prestigious Awards, which makes me feel great. And communication and feedback have been first-rate, which is important to me. Highly recommend this festival!

    December 2023
  • C Varma

    An awesome Festival to be part of! Glad our film Murugesanum Cellphonum was awarded. The professional approach, smooth process, prompt communication and completion are hall marks

    December 2023
  • This is an amazing film festival . Thank you so much for awarding my project From Homeless to Hollywood with an award.

    December 2023
  • Thank you, we are very happy and grateful for the winning award for our film EarthLove!

    October 2023
  • Prakash Vaswani

    An amazing experience from submitting to the results.Thank you for awarding my short documentary film Postive I Am.
    A film festival for every film maker to participate in.

    September 2023