The International Science Film Festival of India (ISFFI) seeks to promote science popularisation among citizens and aims to attract talented young science filmmakers and science enthusiasts. Science and technology have been always an integral part of Indian culture and tradition. ISFFI offers an opportunity for students and other filmmakers to get involved with science through a visual medium. This would help inculcate scientific temper among the people, thereby shaping analytical thinking, a prerequisite for the inclusive development of any nation. The initiative recognises the effort and contribution of film producers in the specialised areas of science and technology and motivates them to develop this unique profession of science filmmaking with innovative quality content for the public interest.

The festival offers an opportunity for filmmakers from across the world to communicate science using the medium of films and to learn the art of science filmmaking through several Master Classes, Webinars, and Panel Discussions. The 3-day science film festival in its hybrid platform (offline and online) will showcase internationally acclaimed and award-winning foreign and Indian films and also invite short films/documentaries/animated films from international and Indian filmmakers.

Short films are invited on the following themes:
A. Science, Technology and Innovation for Sustainable Development
Duration of Films: Film submitted cannot exceed 35 minutes in length
B. Science, Technology and Innovation to Address Climate Change
Duration of Films: Film submitted cannot exceed 35 minutes in length
C. Science, Technology and Innovation for Better Life
Duration of Films: Film submitted cannot exceed 35 minutes in length

NON-COMPETITIVE SECTION (only for screening)
Films are also invited for non-competitive section which will be only for screening.
Duration of Films: There is no duration limit for the non-competitive section.

The following can participate in both the categories (competitive/non-competitive)
• Any national/international professional/individual filmmaker
• Any national/international organization/institute
• Any national/international student/research scholar

It is mandatory to register yourself on the official website of India International Science Festival (IISF). The link for registration is as follows:-

• Last date of submission of entries: 25th December, 2022
• Festival Dates: 22nd to 24th January, 2023
• Prize Distribution Ceremony: 24th January, 2023
• For the Competitive Section, the films must have been completed on or after 10th December 2021 and/or must carry a release date, copyright date or air date during the calendar year 2021 or 2022.
• For the Non-Competitive Section, the films must have been completed on or after 10th December 2019 (In the last 3 years)

• First prize
Trophy and certificate - (In each section A, B &C)
• Second Prize
Trophy and certificate - (In each section A, B & C)
• Third Prize
Trophy and certificate - (In each section A, B & C)
• Special Jury Award (2 nos.)
Trophy and certificate

The Rules and Regulations and Terms of Entry as contained here will govern the International Science Film Festival of India (ISFFI). Please read the ISFFI Rules and Regulations carefully for submitting the entries.

1. All film(s) are required to be submitted in HD format via the Film Freeway Platform. The link is as follows:-

2. Before or after filling the form on Film Freeway, it is mandatory to register yourself on the official website of India International Science Festival (IISF). The link for registration is

3. The film festival will be hosted in a hybrid mode (offline and online). The nominated films will be screened at the festival venue and will also be hosted online for public viewing during the fixed festival duration.

4. The festival is free, there is no submission fee. One applicant can submit only 2 entries.

5. Entries are invited in all languages. Non-English language productions must include an English voiceover or subtitles.

6. Film(s), previously submitted to ISFFI, or modified versions of previous entry will not be entertained for the competitive section. However the same may be submitted for the non-competitive section provided the film is based on the mentioned theme.

7. Nominated Indian filmmakers of competitive category (one person from each entry) will be invited during the International Science Festival of India scheduled from the 22nd to 24th January 2023. The III tier AC train fare from the home town to Bhopal will be reimbursed to the Indian nominated filmmakers by the organisers. Nominated international filmmakers of competitive category will be invited and provided air tickets as per the availability of budget and approval of the competent authority. The organisers will arrange the accommodation and food for the nominated Indian and international filmmakers of only competitive category. There will be no travel reimbursement or accommodation arrangement for the filmmakers of non-competitive category.

8. ISFFI reserves the right to exclude films which are not in conformity with the aims of the festival or produced in ways which do not respect general human values.

9. The committee of the festival will decide the composition of the events, protocol and screening schedules of the festival.

10. The trophies and the citations of international winners (in the case of non-attendees) will be shipped/couriered to the filmmaker’s native country or their respective embassies/high commissions.

11. The decision of the Nomination Jury and the Award Jury shall be final and no correspondence will be entertained in this regard.

12. ISFFI has the right to change any information contained in this document (including festival dates, venues, events, awards and eligibility requirements) without further notice.

13. Submission of entries implies full acceptance of the ISFFI Rules and Regulations, Guidelines and Terms of Entry.

14. All matters regarding the festival will be decided by the Festival Directorate and its decision in these matters shall be final.

15. All matters not mentioned in these regulations will be decided by the Festival Directorate. The discretion to make an exception to any rules and regulations of the festival will rest with the Festival Directorate.

16. All disputes are subjected to the exclusive jurisdiction of competent courts and forums in Delhi only.

17. Names on the credit roll must match with those in the entry form. Entries can be submitted by the producer, co-producer, commissioner, broadcaster, director or any individual/organization that has the right to submit the entry.

18. The current edition of this film festival will be hosted in a hybrid format (offline and online) and all shortlisted and nominated films will be screened on multiple festival venues for a fixed duration time. The submission of film will be considered as a default permission to showcase your film on YouTube or any other OTT platform during limited amount of time, i.e., during festival and maximum up to one week after the festival.


Along with your form, please send high-resolution photographs (JPEG, TIFF or EPS formats).
1. Film stills (3 in nos.)
2. Director’s photograph (2 in nos.)

Contact us on:-
International Science Film Festival of India
Science Films Division
Vigyan Prasar, A50, Institutional Area
Sector62, Noida, UP201309, INDIA

E mail:

* Please ensure that the following should be mentioned in the subject column in all Email correspondences: “Title of the film and subject for mailing”.

Overall Rating
  • Thank you for selecting our film "Secrets of the Forest" into this wonderful festival and for our award win. Thank you.

    February 2023
  • Subha Das Mollick

    ISFFI is one of its kind festival in India that focuses completely on films based on science, environment and health issues. because of this festival and its counterpart NSFF, more and more cinema students and young filmmakers are encouraged to take up science based themes for their films. The panel discussions that are slotted in between the screenings are equally useful. Comments from the jury at the end of the festival are a great help to the young filmmakers.

    February 2023
  • Caravan Fantasia

    Good communication and very interesting and importatn event!
    Thanks for your drive and passion to make science visible!
    Hope to be able to be there in person one day.
    Thanks a lot for having tripleF*** included into your line-up!

    June 2022
  • Krishnappa Gopinathh

    IISF really wonderful experience and also enjoyed the documentary films through watching the films in INOX, GOA, also participated the film making workshop by Shri Nandan Sexena, Smt. Kavitha Bhel and Sri Siddartha Sexena. Thanks to Vigyan prasar inviting me. K.Gopinath, Mysore, Karnataka

    December 2021
  • Raphy Neelamkavil

    great experience.
    Proud privileged to be a part of it.

    Raphy Neelamkavil
    Mangrove life of Mary

    December 2021