Our mission is to discover high quality and ambitious films, to promote filmmakers’ works and to help them realize their dreams.

The Certificate Awards are given in the following categories:
Best International Feature Film
Best Indian Feature Film
Best International Short Film
Best Indian Short Film
Best Director
Best Debut Filmmaker
Best Cinematography
Best Editing
Best Musical Theme
Best Original Score
Best Sound Designing
Best Actor
Best Actress
Best Supporting Actor
Best Supporting Actress
Best Experimental Film
Best Horror/Thriller/Fantastic/Science Fiction Film
Best Women’s Film
Best Film on Women
Best Animated Film
Best LGBT Film
Best Documentary Film
Best Single Shot Sort Film
Best Family/Children Film
Best Film on Nature/Environment/Wildlife
Best Poster
Best Trailer

1. Films made in languages other than English must have English subtitles otherwise they will be summarily rejected.

2. The KIFF reserves the right to refuse entries.

3. The KIFF will not refund any fees if the filmmaker fails to submit the film in the correct category. Films submitted without the correct fees or proper submission media may be deemed ineligible at the discretion of the KIFF programming director or executive director. The festival does not cover any of the expenses incurred by the filmmaker.

4. After a film has been an official selection, the filmmaker will be notified, and eventually the film will be listed on the festival website under Official Selections. The Official Selection status doesn’t mean that your film will be screened at the festival. It means that your film has been appreciated by our judges of panel and you can use the festival logo on your poster.

5. A nominee will be privately screened for the GSIFF judging panel, and will not be screened initially to the public.

6. A filmmaker’s submission fee will not be reimbursed if they decide to withdraw their submission. All entry fees are non-refundable.

7. KIFF may without advance notice amend these Rules & Terms from time to time. Each and every such amendment shall become effective immediately. It is your responsibility to periodically check for updates of these Rules & Terms.

Overall Rating
  • Joe Zhao

    Amazing festival with great team!!

    July 2022
  • A great experience to participate in this festival, with the enormous added joy of having been awarded. Thank you very much for evaluating our film so positively, it is a great encouragement. Festival highly recommended!

    July 2022
  • We were so excited to have Daisy selected to be shown in the Kathakali International Film Festival and then to find out that we received Best Micro Short Film was such a huge honor! We would have loved to have attended in person. The photos look amazing. Congratulations to all!

    July 2022

    Thank you very much for the prize.
    From all my heart.
    Happiness is enormous for letting us participate in the festival.

    July 2022
  • We are grateful to have our films in here, thank you

    April 2022
    Response from festival:

    Welcome.., thank you for your support