Nepal America Film Society has announced the third Nepal-America International Film Festival (NAIFF) which takes place from 28-30 June 2019 in Maryland. The Festival showcases all genres of films including feature films, documentaries, animation, experimental, and short films.

The main objective of the Film Festival is to bridge Nepali and American culture through film. The festival has primarily focused films from Nepal made by the Nepali and Non-Nepali filmmakers under the Nepal Panorama section. Films made in South Asia, America and other parts of the world also will be included and screened in the festival.

In addition, discussions and workshops will be organized on various themes such as Nepali Diaspora and Film. Film screenings will be followed by Q&A with special guest or filmmaker based on availability.

NAIFF invites filmmakers around the globe to submit their films.

A jury committee of national and international film experts will be formed. The jury committee will select the films for a selection of awards. All the participated films will be recognized by the film festival.

Rules and regulations:

-All films made after Jan 2017.
-Films formally screened previously in Washington DC Metro area theatre will not be considered.
-Provide films and a brief introduction of the film along with a signed cover letter.
-Films in languages other than English must have subtitles in English.
-If selected the film society may ask either DCP (D-cinema), 35mm, HD or (Digi) Beta theatrical format based on the film festival venues. DCP is the most preferred.
-The film society will not cover expenses to and from the festival for the DCP or DVD’s as well any other expenses incurred.
-The Film Festival will not return entries or refund entry fees.
-The Fees are waived submissions from Nepal due to the inconvenience of online payment.
-The fees are also waived for DMV Close UP section.

Selection of Film
-The selection committee formed by the Film Society will select the films.
-Film selection decisions made by the selection committee will be final.
-Cinematic value, creativity as well as social complexity will be given a high consideration.
-Selected films will be asked for the publicity material for the festival.
-The Film Society will not disclose the reason for the film not being selected.
-Films submitted later than deadline will not be accepted. Any submission received after the submission deadline will not be reviewed for 2019 but will be forwarded to the selection pool for 2020.

Submission Deadlines
EARLY BIRD– December 31, 2018
REGULAR DEADLINE – March 15, 2019
LATE DEADLINE – April 15, 2019

Submission Fees
Narrative/ Documentary feature: (over 40 min.)

EARLY BIRD: $30.00

Shorts: (under 40 min.)
EARLY BIRD: $15.00,

Overall Rating
  • I loved the entire experience, Very good platform for an aspiring filmmaker.

    July 2019
  • Solaris Pictures

    It was fantastic to have our feature film EVENING SHADOWS screen as part of the festival's 2019 edition. It was the only Indian feature film to be included, that too an LGBTQ film! Truly honoured. We look forward to working with the team again next year!
    Check out all our 17 awards & 67 film festival screenings at

    July 2019
  • Vinay Pujara

    Thank you for selecting my film Rufus King Park at NAIFF.

    July 2019
  • Theodore Adams

    Wonderful festival with a warm, welcoming, and attentive crew of staff and volunteers.

    July 2019
  • Walter Becker

    It was wonderful to be included in the festival. We hope to participate again in the future.

    July 2019