The IndiEarth XChange Film Festival 2017 will showcase a meticulously curated selection of independent cinema from all over the globe. Ranging from difficult-to-access, world premieres and recent international and domestic releases - the film programming is a showcase of some of India's and the world's independent filmmakers, giving audiences a chance to explore a very different perspective of non-mainstream cinema.

Select Filmmakers participate in Q&A’s with fellow filmmakers and the public after the screenings.


The XChange Film Festival this year will be curated by internationally acclaimed filmmaker Harold Monfils - director of the multiple-award winning documentary Laya Project, and founder of Monfils Pictures.

Harold Monfils Bio:
Monfils is a multi-disciplinary filmmaker, with a 30-year career of international exposure working oncommercials, documentaries and features. Through the years his love for travel led him to shoots in over 20 countries and 5 continents, working with a wide diversity of cultures and people as director and/or producer. He has received international recognition and a wallpaper of awards for his advertising works.

In 2006, he directed award-winning feature documentary ‘Laya Project’, a visual musical journey through the 2004 Asian tsunami-affected countries. His film ‘A Good Day to Die, Hoka Hey’ documents the life story and extraordinary adventures of British conflict photographer Jason P. Howe and was selected to showcase in Cannes-France at Marche du Film in May 2016, then was screened at the Los Angeles Film Festival (LAFF) United Nations Event on June 7th 2016. The World Premiere was held at Biografilm Festival in Italy, on June 14th 2016.

Rules & Terms:
The 6th edition of the IndiEarth XChange Film Festival will be held from November 24th - 26th, 2017 in Chennai, India. Film Submissions are now open, offering filmmakers the opportunity to showcase their work to an international audience at the festival.

Submission Fee / Catagories:
$10 - Shorts (within 30 mins), Mid Lengths (31 - 60 mins), Features (above 60 mins)


October 21st 2017

IndiEarth XChange accepts features, short films, documentaries and animation related to any topic or subject. The film must not be broadcasted on TV or available on the Internet prior to the program date. The films can be submitted from any part or the world and the filmmaker or production house can be of any nationality.

All Indian films require Censorship Certificate.

All filmmakers need to sign a duly filled Release Form for the event. The filmmakers, producers or production houses will be notified with a mail on the same.

Production Date:

The film must have been completed no earlier than March 2015.

Submission Format: 

The Festival only accepts online screeners (password encrypted on vimeo, youtube or FilmFreeway). Only HD formats with minimum 1080p or blu-ray for the venue hall screenings will be excepted. No other formats are compatible. 
Films in any language other than English must be provided with English subtitles.

While sending the film via HDD, data dvds or pen drives, the package should be clearly labeled with the details as below:

1) Film Title 
2) Director’s Name 
3) Duration 
4) Contact Information 
5) Tracking Number.

• All costs are to be prepaid by the sender, and the IndiEarth XChange Film Programme will not assume responsibility for any charges. To ensure safe and timely shipment, mark the parcel with “NO COMMERCIAL VALUE - FOR CULTURAL PURPOSES ONLY”. 
All expense pertaining to return of External Hard Disks (HDDs, pendrives, DCPs) is to be borne by the filmmaker.

The Festival will at its sole discretion decide on the dates and order of the screening(s) of each film.

The Festival will take all possible and reasonable anti-piracy precautions. All prints and associated copyrighted materials will be securely stored and access is limited to the festival’s authorized staff only and all movement of prints will be strictly monitored. No duplication or loaning is permitted and no prints will ever leave the custody and care of the festival and showcase organisers.

The Festival reserves the right to cancel the selection of the film without any liability whatsoever.


IndiEarth XChange gives priority to World / International or Asian premieres.

Selection Results: 

IndiEarth XChange will notify the selection results to the filmmakers by November 1st 2017. IndiEarth XChange reserves the right to decide the section in which the selected film will participate. The Festival does not provide individual explanation on the non-selection or cancellation of a film showcase.


Overall Rating

    the festival has good selection of films.

    September 2017
  • It was really nice to be a part of the festival!

    December 2016