Kautik International Film Festival was founded by the Himalayan Society for Art, Culture, Education, Environment and Film Development, primarily to promote cinema culture.

The first two editions were conducted at, and in association with, the Cell for Ethnomusicography and Film Making, Kumaun University, Nainital, Uttarakhand.

Since the third edition, the Festival has been occurring in association with the District Administration of Almora and the Mahaseer Fishing Camps at the outer zone of the Jim Corbett National Park, Marchula, Uttarakhand.


The 3-day Kautik International Film Festival at the Mahaseer Fishing Camps happened Dec 3-5, 2021. Over 50 short fiction, documentary, and feature films from all over the world were exhibited parallel in two screens.

Two books had an Uttarkhand launch. Guwahati International Film Festival director Monita Borgohain released her coffee table book, and film critic Dipsikha Bhagawati released her translation of Utpal Datta’s book on film appreciation.

Additionally, 3 panel discussions - "The rise of OTT in the present-day scenario”, “Actors preparation for a role” and “What the future holds for the Indian cinema” - were conducted. The panelists comprised Ranjan Ghosh, Prashant Naik, Dipshika Bhagawati, Yash Chavan, Srikant Verma, and Sushil Sharma.

Awards were conferred by 5 separate jury panels.

The features jury comprised Surendar Chaudhury, Himanshu Khatua, and Simone Mariani (Italy). The short fiction jury comprised Umamaheswara Rao, Paresh Kamdar, Monjrul Islam Megh (Bangladesh). The documentary jury comprised Sudhir Tandon, Subhash Sahoo, and Judy Gladstone (Canada). The animation jury comprised Monita Borgohain, Amrit Pritam, and Charlotte Summers (Spain).

House of Illusions instituted two awards; one for Best Student Film, and the other for the Best Film by a Woman Director; the jury comprised Prashant Naik, Resul Pookutty, and Aleksandra Biernacka (Poland).

Film Critics Circle of India conferred awards for the Best Debut Short Fiction and the Best Debut Animation; the jury comprised Dnyanesh Moghe, Dipsikha Bhagawati, and Aseem Chhabra.

Awards conferred at Kautik 2021:

Best Feature Film:
Aimee Baruah's "Semkhor" (India)

Special Mention, Feature Film:
Ruben Buren's "Maquis" (Spain)

Special Mention, Best Actor in a Feature Film:
Rituparna Sengupta in Ranjan Ghosh's "Ahaa Re - The Two Lovers" (India)

Best Short Fiction:
Anuraag Pujaari's "Araao - The Cry" (India)

Special Mention, Short Fiction:
Amir Mohandesian's "Stage" (Iran)

Special Mention, Best Actor in a Short Fiction Film:
Anna Harling in "The Intimate Touch" (Sweden)

Special Mention, Best Child Artist in a Short Fiction Film:
Yaikhomba in "The Tainted Mirror" (India)

Best Short Documentary:
Zachary Goodwin, Flynn Harris, Alex Flanagan & Alex Kumph's "Eyes" (U.S.A.)

Best Full Length Documentary:
Adriano Zecca's "Return to the Lost Eden" (Switzerland)

Best Animation Film:
Forrest Schlage's "Like & Follow" (Japan)

House of Illusions award for Best Student Film:
Zachary Goodwin, Flynn Harris, Alex Flanagan & Alex Kumph's "Eyes" (U.S.A.)

House of Illusions award for Best Film by a Woman Director:
Morvarid Kashiyan's "Bodies" (Iran)

Film Critics Circle of India award for Best Debut Short Fiction:
Yaser Barzegar's "Subservient" (Iran)

Film Critics Circle of India award for Best Debut Animation:
Majid Sabri's "Dream" (Iran)

Overall Rating
  • Happy and honoured to be part of the Kautik International Film Festival. Good team. Best wishes to all.

    December 2021
  • Wonderful Experience and to be Honored my film selected as nominee best documentary film

    December 2021
  • Amazing festival and really proud of them

    December 2021
  • 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