With the successful completion of "IFFS 2015" and "IFFS 2016" We are happy & proud to announce 3rd International Film Festival of Shimla "IFFS 2017" which will be held in the capital city of Himachal Pradesh in Historical GaietyTheatre, Shimla. The Festival will include Film Screenings and Competitions for Short, Feature, Documentary, Animated, Music Videos and Workshops on Film Making.
The first ever International Film Festival of Shimla for Documentary, Short, Feature and Animation Films, Music Videos was held in the year Oct 2015. City of Shimla is the permanent venue of the festival. The festival is a unique venture in India and is being organized by the Himalayan Velocity in collaboration with Department of Language & Culture (LAC), Government of Himachal Pradesh as part of its endeavour to catalyze a vibrant Documentary, Short film, Animation and Music videos movement. Increasing accessibility and affordability of media technology has led to a boom in the production and scope of films. The media is now used by image-makers from all walks of life to express, experiment, learn and as an effective tool to communicate and bring about social change. The mission of this film festival is to showcase the world’s best cinema and develop taste for good cinema among the youths and to provide platform for the Independent Filmmakers.

International Competition:
There will be an International Level competition for Documentaries, Feature Films, Animation and Short Fiction and Music Videos produced or co-produced outside India between 1st Jan 2014 and 10th May 2017. The following awards will be given:

Best Documentary
Best Short Fiction Film (less than 40 minutes)
Best Feature Film
Best Music Video (7 minutes and below)
Best Animation Award
& Certificate, Trophies, Gift Prizes, Hampers & Cash Prizes for best film in each category.

A) Rules and Regulations for Competitive Sections: International level competition Only

Films produced or co-produced outside India between 1st Jan 2014 and 10th May 2017. are eligible for the International level competition.
The Festival absolves itself of any liability in case of dispute regarding the completion date of the entry.
Films must be available for festival screening in DVD Format. Download link must be there on Freeway.
No films entered once for competition can be re-entered. The decision of the Festival Director will be final.
No works in progress maybe submitted.
A director or production company may enter more than one film or music video provided a separate entry form and fees accompanies each film. The entry form must clearly mark the section entered for.
Only selected films will be intimated by email. No letters of non- acceptance will be sent. All lists will be available on the website soon.
All non-English-speaking projects must have English subtitles.
​Films that have not been exhibited on the Internet.
​Once a film has been selected it cannot be withdrawn from the Festival programme during the event.
​Entry Fee : The entry fee is non refundable.
The Director of the festival has the power to waive any of the above mentioned rules.
Decision of the festival Jury cannot be challenged.
Jury will determine the winning films and will be composed of individuals selected by the Festival Authorities. The decision of Jury will be final and binding to all.
- The Jury has the right to withhold an award in any category where no entries, in the Jury's view, meet its standards for award / recognition.

B) General Rules

Last Date for submitting the Completed Entry Form and Preview Material is May 15, 2017.
Preview material will not be returned (on case if you sending DVD etc on our mailing address- otherwise the information/film download link must be available on FilmFreeway)- No need to send the preview material in that case.
Below information to be noted if you opt to send the preview material by post.....

The Preview Parcel must state clearly: NO COMMERICAL VALUE. FOR FESTIVAL PREVIEW ONLY. The festival will not cover any expense regarding this matter.
Entrants are required to submit 2 DVDs (Film, Promos, Trailers) and a separate DVD containing Directors Photograph, Bio-data, Filmography, Synopsis of the film, Stills of the Film, Posters, Pamphlets, etc., Entry Form (Printed copy) & Entry Fee Demand Draft (not required if paid online) packed properly and freight pre-paid.
Please note: Do not use fiber envelopes as the material can be damaged as well as the festivals viewing equipment. Please pack adequately
Preview DVD must be labelled with title, running time and contact information. Please do not send Master tapes or any originals. The festival will not be responsible for any damage or loss of Master Tapes/DVD.
Preview materials will not be returned unless specifically requested by the applicant. The cost for the same shall be borne by the applicant.
Publicity: If selected for the festival the entrant must undertake to provide publicity clippings and posters and promo of the film for the use of the festival.
Decision of the festival jury cannot be challenged.

Note: For National & State Level Competition please refer to our website. Entrants need to send entries on mailing address. Please follow the rules & regulation.
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Overall Rating
  • The communication was great, the website is very informative as well as the coverage of the event on Facebook. Unfortunately I could not attend the events but I am glad to see that it was well organized!

    December 2016
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    Wishing good luck and will be waiting for the next event.

    October 2016