The Kookai International Film Festival, combines an esteemed international film competition with a concentrated industry summit organized to address the ever-changing landscape of film and media creation. Tailored to fit the moment, the festival includes in-theatre and online screenings, red carpets, talent talks and special events. Industry initiatives include a Content Summit featuring interactive sessions and networking meetings, to provide filmmakers new opportunities to connect around the globe.

We proudly announce all our Categories. Your project might become a multi award winning film!.


* Best Short
* Best Foreign Short
* Best Documentary Short
* Best Animation Short
* Best Experimental Short
* Best Horror Short
* Best Student Short
* Best First Time Filmmaker Short
* Best Music Video
* Best Producer
* Best Female Director
* Best Male Director
* Best Student Director
* Best Actress
* Best Actor
* Best New Actress/Actor
* Best Acting Ensemble
* Best Cinematography
* Best Editing
* Best Production Design
* Best Sound Design
* Best Original Score
* Best Screenwriting
* Best Experimental Feature film
* Best Documentary Feature
* Best Animation Feature
* Best Student Feature film
* Best First Time Filmmaker Feature
* Best Original Score Feature film

The Kookai International Film Festival welcomes any film in any genre, under 180 minutes in length.

Only digital submissions will be accepted: please upload films via FilmFreeway.

If submitters are unable to upload a screener, we will accept a private Vimeo link, emailed along with the submission tracking number, to

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

Accepted filmmakers attending the festival are responsible for their own expenses.

Filmmakers certify that they have full rights to use all music in their films. All photos submitted may be used for any festivals promotions. Non-English films must have English subtitles, or be dubbed in English.

Overall Rating
  • Ian Charles Lister

    Delighted to achieve semi-finalist status at this worthy festival.

    June 2024
  • A serious Festival. It was a pleasure to know that our multi-award winning feature film "Lesbian Psycho?" is a finalist!

    June 2024
  • Alexander Nikolayenya

    Thank you very much for your attention to my film “Through the Mouth of a Baby”! I was very glad to take part in your festival. I will be happy to take part in it next time.

    May 2024
  • I am delighted to have reached the quarter-finals of the Kookai International Film Festival. How thrilling. As well as in-theatre, there are also online screenings, which of course is very handy for those who are unable to physically attend. This festival offers red carpet and talk events, plus opportunities to connect with other industry professionals around the world. Perfect!

    May 2024
  • Ive been fortunate enough to have my work shown at this brilliant festival, I am so grateful for all the opportunities given to me to share my work with indian audiences by the organisers. I hope to come back in the future with new film projects. I will always be grateful. Thank you all so much.

    May 2024