The Festival was founded primarily to promote cinema culture in Uttarakhand. The first two editions were conducted at, and in association with, The Hermitage, Kumaun University.

From the third edition onwards, the festival is organised in association with the District Administration of Almora, Uttarakhand, at the Mahaseer Fishing Camps, Jim Corbett National Park.



Kautik 2020 | JURY

Former professor of film direction at the Film & Television Institute of India (FTII - Pune)

PSBT mentor/evaluator
Founder executive director [prog] of Lok Sabha TV
Former ADG of Doordarshan
President of Osian’s Connoisseurs of Art
President, Osian’s Cinefan Festival of Asian & Arab Cinema
Recipient, Commonwealth Broadcasting Association’s Miller Award

Festival director of the Guwahati International Film Festival
Director of the Bhupen Hazarika Regional Government Film and Television Institute
Secretary of the Jyoti Chitraban Film Studio, Govt. of Assam
Joint secretary to the Govt. of Assam, cultural affairs dept


Film Critics Circle of India JURY at Kautik 2020

National Award winning film critic.
Founder member, Cine Artistes and Technicians Association
Founder member, Manipur Film Journalists and Critics Association
President, Film Society of Manipur
President, Banian Repertory Theatre, Imphal.
Additional director, public relations department of the Manipur government
Former Director of Information & Public Relations, Government of Manipur
Member, FIPRESCI-India

Film critic with over 30 years experience of reviewing Kannada, Malayalam, Tamil, Telugu, Hindi and English films
Co-author, ‘Random reflections: kaleidoscopic musings on Kannada cinema’
World cinema curator, Bengaluru International Film Festival (BIFFES)

Winner of the National Film Award for the Best Book on Cinema, namely, 'In A Cult of Their Own: Bollywood Beyond Box Office'



Best Documentary
I LIVE |Rok Matić (Slovenia)

Best Short Fiction
SILENT MOVIE | Melo Viana (Brazil)

Best Animation
WINTER MEMORIES | Zahra Kababian & Amir Mahdi Safdari (Iran)

Audience Choice Award for Best Film
NOOREH | Ashish Pandey (India)

Film Critics Circle of India Award for Best Student Film
WINTER MEMORIES | Zahra Kababian & Amir Mahdi Safdari (Iran)
"For a succinct narration filled with love and longing, while vividly bringing to fore the tragic consequences of war not only in Iran but the world over."

DRIFT | Flora Nakazone (Brazil)
"For a refreshing and original attempt to capture the entirety of human experience through the juxtaposition of abandoned scraps of film and letters addressed to no one in particular."

• Films that are submitted must be the entrants’ original work and shall not infringe on any copyrights or any other rights of any third party.

• Contestants agree that they have obtained all required permission regarding music, sound and images. Kautik is not liable for any copyrights infringement perpetuated by the contestant or their film.

• Kautik reserves the right to not screen any film for any reason it deems valid.

• The contestant accepts the responsibility of the accuracy of information supplied.

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• All legal issues, if any, shall be subject to the jurisdiction of Nainital High Court.

• Entrants will retain all ownership rights.

• For promotional/publicity purposes, excerpts of films that have been entered in Kautik may be shown in electronic media/internet and other related media during the festival period.

• Entry constitutes permission to use winner’s name, likeness, and voice for further advertising and publicity purposes without additional compensation.

• Kautik has the power to settle all cases not covered by rules and regulations.

• Participation in Kautik implies acceptance of all aforesaid regulations and respect of screening and submission rules.

Overall Rating
  • Maximiliano Riva

    Really good people working in this festival!

    January 2021
  • Liu Jiayi

    It was pretty good!I want to attend it again.

    January 2021
  • Nur VURAL

    Thanks for the selection 🍀

    January 2021
  • Marcos Altuve

    It is a wonderful Festival. Very happy that our short film "The eyes of the land" has been selected. We hope next year to participate again with new jobs and enjoy it again in person.
    KAUTIK International Film Festival is an Excellent Festival.

    January 2021

    HAPPY NEW YEAR and best wishes. Festival received 2098 films from over 100 countries. Great, excellent festival.Thank you so much for selecting our film.We are happy and proud to be part of the Festival. Special thanks to Mr. Chritopher Dalton.

    January 2021