MTIFF's mission is to foreground the importance of film and its impact on social change and promote the work of filmmakers as agents of social change.
The festival showcases the world’s best filmmakers as well as provides a platform for new talent from around the world to launch their work.

The Kerala Museum has a 35-year long track record as a non-governmental initiative providing authentic learning experiences in history, fine arts and performing arts. Today the Museum is a vibrant arts venue powered by in-house curations, collaborations with other arts-based organizations and participatory audiences.

The Museum is managed by the Madhavan Nayar Foundation. Its core objective is to provide interactive, engaging and experiential arts-based learning that places the understanding of the individual within the larger context of community and history. Through its programs, it aims to actualize the potential of the “Museum as an instrument of social change” thereby impacting critical thinking, tolerance towards the world around us and better citizenship.

The Kerala Museum Film Society is called the Museum Talkies. It holds screenings, discussions and meet and greet sessions with film persons and film buffs.


For Feature Films
Audience Choice Category
Best International Feature Film
Best Indian Feature Film
Best Children’s Feature Film
Best Student Feature Film
Best Documentary Feature Film

For Short Films
Audience Choice Category
Best International Short Film
Best Indian Short Film
Best Children’s Short Film
Best Student Short Film
Best Short Documentary

Best Animated Feature Film
Best Animated Short
Best Documentary Film on Intangible Heritage of India
Best Installation Film
Best New Media
Best Experimental Film
Best Fantastic/Science Fiction Film
Best Film made by Women
Best Film on Women and Women’s Issues
Best Film on Gender
Best Film on Nature/Environment/Wildlife

Best Director Feature Film
Best Director Short Film
Best Debut Filmmaker- Feature Film
Best Debut Filmmaker- Short Film
Best Cinematography- Feature Film
Best Cinematography- Short Film
Best Editing- Feature Film
Best Editing- Short Film
Best Original Score- Feature Film
Best Original Score- Short Film
Best Sound Designing- Feature Film
Best Sound Designing- Short Film
Best Actor- Feature Film
Best Actor- Short Film
Best Actress- Feature Film
Best Actress- Short Film
Best Supporting Actor- Feature Film
Best Supporting Actor- Short Film
Best Supporting Actress- Feature Film
Best Supporting Actress- Short Film
Best Poster
Best Trailer

Please read these Rules & Terms carefully before you submit your film. By submitting your film into competition in the Museum Talkies International Film Festival (MTIFF), you expressly acknowledge and agree that you shall be bound by the terms of these Rules & Terms.

MTIFF is open to any films completed after January 1, 2010, regardless of content, subject, or origin.

Submitting your film to the MTIFF is not a guarantee of selection. Selections will be based on the evaluation of the selection committee.
All the winning films will receive a certificate.
Award winning films of major categories will be screened at our venue at Cochin.
Annual event will be held at Cochin.

1. Films made in languages other than English must have English subtitles otherwise they will be summarily rejected.
2. The MTIFF reserves the right to refuse entries.
3. The MTIFF 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 MTIFF 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. 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 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. By submitting at MTIFF, the submitter provides permission to the organizers to screen the film to public and use the parts of film for promotional purposes.
8. MTIFF 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
  • Thank you for having us this year we will be doing better and better each year .

    May 2022
  • Good Film Festival and well organised

    May 2022
  • Kokoe Film Studios

    So pleased to have been selected for this iconic festival. So looking forward to visiting and meeting everyone in what looks like an amazing location too. Thank you - from all at Kokoe Film.

    March 2022
  • I received all of my communications and they were very helpful. The festival is small but has good quality films.

    March 2022
  • It shows on Film Freeway that my film was selected. But the festival did not send me any personal intimation regarding the same, nor did they inform me about the virtual or online screening details about my film at the festival. It is disrespectful, and almost saying to the filmmaker, that you pay us 500 rupees, so that you can have a digitally created laurel, there is no substance or dignity attached. Disappointing to say the least.

    December 2021
    Response from festival:

    Hi Abhishek,
    We feel sorry to understand your disappointment. We have clearly mentioned in our description that the official selection isn't an aururty of screening. Your film was selected by our selection committee as a gesture of encouragement but, the grades given by judges didn't made you reach the benchmark we had for the screening list of the particular season. Also your film isn't fitting into any of our curation packages.