The International Science Film Festival of India (ISFFI) aims at popularising science among citizens as well as attracting and promoting talented young science filmmakers and science enthusiasts. This year we celebrate Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav, an initiative of the Government of India, commemorating 75 years of progressive India and its glorious scientific history. The International Science Film Festival of India is scheduled from the 11th December to 13th December 2021, in Goa, India, and seeks to celebrate this initiative by fostering and creating the excitement of science amongst people at large. This would help inculcate scientific temper among the audience, thereby shaping analytical thinking, a prerequisite for the inclusive development of any nation. The initiative recognizes the effort and contribution of film producers in the specialized areas of science and technology and motivates them to develop this unique profession of science film making 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 also learn the art of science filmmaking through several Masterclass, Webinars, and Panel Discussions. The 3 days 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 on the theme of “Science for Everyone” and "INDIAN SCIENCE @75".

Please read through the Rules and Regulations before submitting the films.



Theme for competitive SECTION


Duration of Films:
Film submitted cannot exceed 40 minutes in length


Films are invited into the following themes:
a) Freedom Struggle: Events to remember the role of the scientific community in the freedom movement.
b) Ideas @ 75: New Science and Technology ideas for New India.
c) Achievements @ 75: Showcasing the S&T Achievements of our country in the last 75 years.
d) Actions @ 75 : S&T Action plan for New India.
e) Resolves @ 75Resolves: to make Atmanirbhar and prosperous India

Duration of Films:
Film submitted cannot exceed 30 minutes in length


NON COMPETITIVE SECTION (only for screening)

Theme for non-competitive category


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

For the Competitive Section, the Films must have been completed on or after 10th December 2020 and/or must carry a release date or copyright date, or air date during the calendar year 2020 or 2021.

For the Non-Competitive Section, the film must have been completed on or after 10th December 2018 (In the last three years)

Last date of submission of entries: 15th November 2021 (Pacific Standard Time)
Festival Dates: 11th to 13th December 2021
Prize Distribution Ceremony: 13th December 2021


Best of the International Science Film Festival Award Winner 

Trophy and Certificate - (In each section A & B)

Best of the International Science Film Festival Award - 1st Runner up 

Trophy and Certificate - (In each section A & B)

Best of the International Science Film Festival Award - 2nd Runner up 

Trophy and Certificate - (In each section A & B)

Best of the International Science Film Festival Award - Special Jury Award (2 nos.)

Trophy and Certificate - (In each section A & B)


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) The Film Festival will be hosted in a Hybrid Mode (Offline and Online). The nominated films will be screened at the festival venue and also be hosted online for public viewing during the fixed festival duration.

2) The festival is free, there is no submission fee. Multiple entries are welcome.

3) Entries are invited in all languages. Non-English language productions must include an English voiceover or Subtitles.

4) All film(s) are required to be submitted in HD format via the FilmFreeway platform. Before or after filling the form on FilmFreeway, it is mandatory to register yourself on the official website of India International Science Festival (IISF) 2021.

5) Film(s), previously submitted to ISFFI, or modified versions of previous entries 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.

6) Nominated Indian Film Makers (Competitive Category) will be invited during the International Science Festival of India scheduled from the 10th to 13th December 2021. The travel expense from their hometown to Goa will be reimbursed by the organizers. The organizers will also arrange the accommodation and food for the Nominated Indian Filmmakers.

7) ISFFI reserves the right to exclude films that are not in conformity with the aims of the Festival or produced in ways that do not respect general human values.

8) The screening committee of the Festival will decide the composition of the events, protocol, and screening schedules of the Festival.

9) The trophies and the citations of international winners will be shipped/ couriered to the filmmaker’s native country or their respective embassies/high commissions.

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

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

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

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

14) 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.

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

16) 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.

17) 2021 edition of this film festival will be hosted in 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 the film will be considered as default permission to showcase your film on YouTube or any other OTT platform for limited number of times i.e. during the festival and a maximum up to one week after the festival.


Along with your form please send high-resolution photographs (JPEG, TIFF, or EPS formats).
Production stills (5 in nos.)
Director’s photograph (2 in nos.)

Contact us on:-
International Science Film Festival of India
Science Films Division
Vigyan Prasar, A 50, Institutional Area
Sector 62, Noida, UP 201309, INDIA


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

Overall Rating
  • 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
  • Priyaswara Bharti

    One of best festival and best opportunity specially for student filmmakers and documentary filmmakers in India and International. Continuity of organizing this every year with schedule. Giving nominated filmmakers chance to come and attend and explore the festival.

    December 2021
  • Looking at Covid conditions in the country the online festival was a Great Event!!!

    May 2021