About MIFF

MBJ Films & Malati Jha Foundation Presents,
Mandaarhill International Film Festival, (MIFF) is an UNIQUE FILM FESTIVAL from India which is going to celebrate CINEMA in Seven Cities Mumbai , Delhi , Dhanbad & Deoghar , Patna – Bhagalpur – Mandaarhill of Four States naming MAHARASHTRA , DELHI , JHARKHAND & BIHAR from SEPTEMBER 2017–MARCH 2018 in First year of her commencement and wish to spread and cover all major cities of INDIA in future.
According to Hindu Mythology MANDAARHILL was used as a churner for sea churning by GOD & DEVILS together … from churning sea they got 14 RATNAs & AMRUT…. We believe CINEMA is a churner too and it has the potential to award us many more RATNAS and transforming us in better human being. CINEMA is an INTERNATIONAL MEDIUM FOR EXPRESSION AND EXCHANGING KNOWLEDGE at the same time it is most effective tool for BRAND CREATION… Cinema needs to reach to more and more people and MFF has taken an opportunity to fulfill this goal with having good attention on challenges in this way and plan to conquer it.
MFF will showcase films and there will be EXPERTS COMMENT & DISCUSSION SESSIONS everyday so viewers can learn to watch CINEMA and learn from WORLD CINEMA & Films OF THEIR OWN LANGUAGES too. Besides that Screening Premises will have FILM MARKET & MEDIA CENTER where film will have access to various Domestic and Foreign Film Distributors or their representatives and Journalist to promote Films in greater way.


MFF is brain child of Journalist – Filmmaker RAJESH JHA who have good experience of organizing Film Festival & Events for connecting YOUTH. Rajesh was FESTIVAL DIRECTOR on Go Indie Tv Film Festival and Youth for continuous 2 years. He have served Film & Television Industry of India for long 14 years in various capacities.
MFF is presented by MBJ Films and MALATI JHA FOUNDATION (MJF) with OBJECTIVES of Educating Film Lovers of remote areas ,who contributes on an average 65 percent of revenue in film business, enhance filming sense and strengthen Filmmakers – Exhibitors relationship of organized and unorganized film fraternities , promote regional cinematic contents on International platform and boost tourism of MAHARASHTRA ,DELHI, JHARKHAND & BIHAR specially DEOGHAR –DHANBAD- MANDAARHILL with creating awareness for GOOD CINEMA .
MBJ Films is Life Member of Indian Motion Pictures Producers’ Association ( IMPPA ) and MJF is a trust constituted for upgrading socio – cultural understanding and living of Indian Nationals.
MIFF is way of connecting world cinema to common people and vise versa. This seven day extravaganza showcases a diverse, language independent, selection of the best feature films, documentaries and short films from around the world, on themes of Hindi and English and other unexposed or less known cinema which represents and shows cultures and identities of the Globe , specially India and Indian Continent. This festival will provide business opportunities for Filmmakers and Distributors through FILM BAZAR and seminars on various film related subjects to achieve her goal.

MFF proposes to honor Films of All categories with 1st , 2nd , 3rd and Jury Awards. Winner film will get MOMENTO – CERTIFICATE & CASH PRIZES of INR 25,000 -11,000-5000 respectively as it is first year of her existence .
Prize money will be increased from the year of 2018-19 and management has proposed for INR 51000- 25000-11000 respectively .
Proposed Prize money for Jury Award is INR 11000 for the first year and from 2018-19 it may be INR 21,000 .

Short/Doc/Animated Films must be:

1.1 Duration for competition category: 1 minute to 45 minutes
(Only for Documentary Film/s & Short Fiction Film/s, for animation film 30 minute/s)
1.2 All films / documentaries shot on film or Video (Analog / Digital format) by or before 21st august 2017 within a running duration of 30 seconds to 45 minutes are eligible for the festival.
1.3 Entries of all films / documentaries (hereafter collectively called Films) shall be accepted only in DVD format.
1.4 There shall be Three categories in the festival: short fiction film, documentary film, animation film :
[A] - To be eligible for short film category competition section, a film must be less than 45 minutes in duration.
[B] - Documentary competition section must not exceed duration of more than 45 minutes.
[C] - Animation competition section must not exceed duration of more than 30 minutes.
1.5 If a film is not eligible to be entered in any category (short fiction film, animation film and documentary film) will be eligible for Critic Film and non competition section.
1.6 If language of the film is other than English, & Hindi , it must be dubbed or sub-titled in English.
1.7 Films may be entered by any organization, agency, individual producer or director.
1.8 Selection of films / videos for MIFF 2017-18 will be done by a committee whose decision will be final. However, Festival Authorities reserve the right to accept or reject any film that is likely to offend sentiments, feelings or sensibilities of any caste, community, religion and sector is likely to promote racism or ill will in the society.
1.9 A complete screening schedule of selected films shall be put up on the festival website: around 7TH September 2017.
1.10 Transportation and insurance costs of DVDs, related documents, photographs and publicity materials from the country of origin to the Festival Office shall be borne by the applicant.
1.11 MIFF 2017-18 would be allowed to use all photographs and publicity materials received along with the Entry and the same will not be returned to the entrants.
1.12 Student / Diploma films / videos cannot be considered as Director's First film.
1.13 Censorship will not be applicable to any films / videos entered in the festival.
1.14 The Festival Authorities will have the right to screen (maximum 5 screening) in different cities of India on non-commercial basis.
1.15 For promotional / publicity purposes, excerpts from any film entered in the festival may be shown on any Television network / Internet or related media during the festival period.
1.16 Entry Forms with incorrect / inadequate / illegible / ambiguous particulars will not be considered.
1.17 DVDs submitted for selection will be considered as final and no changes will be entertained after submission. It is the sole responsibility of the applicant to submit DVDs without any physical / quality defects.
1.18 All shortlisted entries will receive a certificate.
1.19 Anybody can submit one or more than one entry. There is no limit for submission.
1.20 Films once selected and submitted for the final screening will not be allowed to be withdrawn under any circumstances, until the Festival is over.

2. DVD’s for Selection:
DVD’s of films may also be sent for purposes of selection (selection committee of MIFF) only so as to reach the Festival Director not later than 21st AUGUST , 2017.
DVD’s may also be sent through diplomatic channels.

3. Entering films in the Festival:
3.1 Film Producers, Distributors their duly authorized representatives or duly authorized government organization / agency of the participating countries may enter their films for the Competition/World Premier in the below Entry Form.
3.2 The Festival Director may also invite films it considers of interest.
3.3 The Form, duly filled in, separately for each film proposed to be entered should reach the Festival Director by 21st AUGUST , 2017.

4. Subtitling:
Films will normally be screened in their original language/version. Films in language other than English & Hindi must have subtitles in English & /or Hindi. Films that arrive without subtitles, or with subtitles other than in English/Hindi, where such subtitles are required, shall not be screened in the Festival.

5. Screening:
5.1 Entries under the all categories shall be of films certified by Information and Broadcasting Ministry or Central Board of Film Certification, India.
5.2 No accepted film will be shown outside the Festival city by the Festival Director.
5.3 The Festival proposes to have a maximum of 5 screenings per film as per FIAPF Regulations for non-competitive festivals and competitive specialized festivals which allow for a maximum of 5 screenings per film.

6. Excerpts for Television:
For promotion of films entered in the Festival on television, producers/authorized entrants are requested to supply four excerpts of the film(s) entered, each of a maximum duration of three minutes, to the Festival Director. These should be supplied preferably on DVC Pro format or Beta (PAL system) format.

7. General:
7.1 Classroom and advertising films are not eligible for participation in any section.
7.2 Films not presenting sufficient technical qualities for good public screening can be refused after checking of the prints by the Print Checking Unit of the Festival Director.
7.3 The participants must ensure that they have the right to participate in the MFF – Mandaarhill International Film Festival with regard to parties connected with the production / distribution of the participating film and / or other right holders/licenses.
7.4 Participation in the Festival implies acceptance of these Regulations.
7.5 The Festival Director will decide all matters not expressly provided for in these regulations but in conformity with the provisions of the International Regulations for film festivals and its decisions shall be final and binding on all parties.