With the successful completion of Eight Editions of the International Film Festival of Shimla, We are happy & proud to announce the 9th International Film Festival of Shimla "IFFS 2023" 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, Animation, Music Videos, Master Classes, 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. The 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 the Department of Language & Culture (LAC) & Department of Tourism & Civil Aviation, Government of Himachal Pradesh as part of its endeavor to catalyze a vibrant Documentary, Short Film, Feature Films, Animation Films & Music Videos movement. Increasing accessibility and affordability of media technology have 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 a platform for Independent Filmmakers & to promote Indian Regional Cinema.

1. Competition Sections
a) International Level Competition
b) National Level Competition
c) State Level Competition (For Bonafide Himachali only)

Non-Competition Sections:
a) IFFS Symbiosis
​ b) Retrospectives/Special Packages/Homage
c) IFFS- Buransh- Films which miss out on final selection but recommended by the Selection Committee, shall be included in this section.

​In each Sections following awards will be given for Categories:
Best Documentary Film (upto 60 minutes),
Best Short Fiction Film (upto 45 minutes)
Best Feature Film (upto 150 minutes)
Best Animation Film
Best Music Video (upto 10 Minutes)​
& Special Jury Awards
Winner will be honored by the Festival Chief Guest with Festival Trophy & Certificates on Closing Ceremony Day.

A) Rules and Regulations for Competitive Sections:

1. There will be an International Level competition for Documentaries, Short Fiction, Feature Films, Music Videos & Animation Films made in India or abroad between 1st January 2019 and 31st December 2022.
2. There will be a National Level competition for Documentaries, Short Fiction, Feature Films, Animation Films & Music Videos made in India by Indian Citizen between 1st January 2019 and 31st December 2022.
3. There will be a State Level competition for Documentaries, Short Fiction, Feature Films, Animation Films & Music Videos made in Himachal by Bonafide Himachali Only between 1st January 2019 and 31st December 2022.
4. All Indian films participating in the competition have to submit a CBFC certificate or give a self-attestation that the film and music video has been completed between 1st January 2019 and 31st December 2022. (both days inclusive). Same applicable for State Level competition (Bonafide Himachali)
5. The Festival absolves itself of any liability in case of dispute regarding the completion date of the entry.
6. Entrant is required to submit film in H.264/MP4 (under 2GB with 1920x1080 resolution) through Google Drive only and a soft copy containing Director’s photograph, bio-data, filmography, synopsis of the film, stills of the film, posters and pamphlets along-with promos/trailers,

7. No works in progress maybe submitted.
8. Only the films entered in the competition category will be considered for Competition.
9. Only selected films will be intimated by email. No letters of non- acceptance will be sent. All lists will be available on the website (www.iffs.in).
10. All non-English-speaking projects must have English subtitles.
11. One film can be entered in one competition section only, either in International, National or State.
12. Film(s) entered / screened in earlier IFFS editions / shorter version(s) / revised or re-edited version of film(s) will not be eligible.
13. Animation feature films, film series, episodes made/commissioned for TV Channels/Cable TV/OTT & any other digital platform are not eligible for entry.
14. Film can be entered by any organization / agency or by individual film Producer /Director who holds the copyright. There is no restriction on number of entries.
15. Once a film has been selected it cannot be withdrawn from the Festival programme during the event.
16. Entry Fee: The entry fee is non-refundable.
17. JURY: -
a) A duly constituted International Jury and National & State Jury shall determine the winning films in respective categories. The decision of the Jury will be final and binding on all.
​b) The Jury reserves the right to withhold an award in any category where no entry, in the Jury's view, meet the standards for award / recognition. It also reserves the right to recommend sharing of award(s) in any category and to recommend special Jury award/Certificate of Merit.
18. Copy of the award winning films will be retained by the IFFS for Festival Archive/Non-Commercial Screening.
​19. The IFFS will have the right to Screen Award Winning Films & IFFS Buransh films in different places in India and on social media platforms on non-commercial basis for promotion/publicity of documentaries/IFFS.
20. The Director of the Film Festival has the power to waive any of the above mentioned rules.
21. ​It is the sole responsibility of the entrant to secure clearance from the copyright holders of any copyrighted material included in the film. IFFS will not be held responsible for the unauthorized inclusion of any copyrighted material within or relating to the submitted film. IFFS reserves the right to disqualify any film with any unauthorized inclusion of copyrighted material.
22. ​The Festival assumes the submitter has accepted the terms of the festival mentioned here and is authorised to submit the film and the Festival indemnifies itself against any legal or other action in this matter.
23. ​Participation in the festival implies acceptance of Festival Regulations.

B) General Rules for Film Submission:

1. Last Date for submitting the Completed Entry Form and Preview Material is 30th April, 2023.
2. All submitted films must carry English subtitles.
​3. Films screened once before the Selection Committee CANNOT be re-entered.
4. Directors of Films in Competition will be invited to attend the Festival with Local Hospitality during the entire Festival Period.
5. Preview Material: Film Submitter is required to submit film in H.264/MP4 (under 2GB with 1920x1080 resolution) through Google Drive only and a soft copy containing Director’s Photograph, Bio-data, Filmography, Synopsis of the Film, Stills of the Film, Posters and pamphlets along-with Film Promos/Trailers.
6. 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.
7. IFFS is under no obligation to provide comments or feedback regarding the film entered to the entrant or any other representative.
8. For promotion/publicity of IFFS, clippings from any film entered in the festival shall be shown on the National/International /Local television networks/Cinemas/social media platforms/ Internet, etc.
9. ​Clippings of selected films will be screened on the official website and Social Media Pages of the festival.
10. ​Request for fee waiver shall not be entertained.

Overall Rating
  • Well organised and very professionally conducted the event.

    November 2023
  • Aditya Chavan

    This is one of the most Amazing Festival of India.

    October 2023
  • I was honored to participate in this year's International Film Festival of Shimla with "The Librarian" short film! - 😃😃😃🙏🙏🙏👏👏👏

    October 2023
  • Faranak Foroutan

    A great experience. Thank you for every things Film festival of Shimla

    October 2023
  • Rupam Malakar

    It was a great experience at the 9th edition of this prestigious festival. Thank you for everything and team "Ekaki" is filled with so much of gratitude and love. Kudos to each and every member of International Film Festival of Shimla. Keep up the good work. <3

    October 2023