From 27th to 29th September 2024 the 16th „New Generations – Independent Indian Film Festival” will bring highlights of the New Indian Cinema to Frankfurt, Germany.

We are looking forward to offer a snapshot of the current global dynamics and present new perspectives for a cinematic future. We are now looking for submissions for our New Generations Short Film Wallah competition. The movie should be a production of Independent South Asian Cinema or with focus South Asia. A German premiere is desired but not strictly necessary. We are looking for works with their own visual language, new angles and innovative forms.

The New Generations Short Film Wallah Award is in its 10th year now. Please also visit our website, like us on Facebook and follow us on Instagram @newgenerationsffm and Twitter @NewGenFFM.

***Please note that the timeframe indicated is tentative, as we are currently fixing the venue for our festival***

Along with the short film reel we will also award the New Generations Short Film Wallah Award. The winner will only be announced at the festival itself but invited beforehand for the screening, with all travel costs covered.

Winners so far:
2023: Solitude (Mahinder Chana)
2022: KISS (Varun Grover)
2021: The Wait (Prarthana Goswami)
2020: 51 States (Cass Virdee)
2019: Passage (Asavari Kumar)
2018: Sisak (Faraz Arif Ansari)
2017: Sanyog (Aly Rana)
2016: To my dreams (Anjana Premchand, Khalid Shah, Ankit Jain)
2015: No Love Lost (Shekar Bassi)

We call for applications that meet the following criteria in order to be eligible for the competition:
- Genres: Fiction, Documentary, Narrative, Animation, Comedy and Experimental from independent productions
- Suggested topics: Anything related to topics with a link to South Asia.
- Production: from South Asia or from abroad, explicitly having a link to South Asian society, i.e. dealing with a South Asian topic, or with “Desis’ lives abroad”
- Production Date: preferably at most two years old
- Duration: max. 20 minutes
- Format: Digital File
- Deadline: 30th April 2024

Please submit your film, along at least a short synopsis, two stills, director’s bio and all information that is helpful for evaluating, through FilmFreeway. English subtitles are required, should your submission be in any other language. Should you not be able to submit a digital submission, please contact us at
Every film submitted is evaluated by the New Generations Short Film Wallah Jury. Applicants will be informed by latest end of August 2024 about the outcome. Accepted filmmakers agree to submit the screening copy and provide high resolution stills (300 dpi) and permit use for PR instantly after acceptance, and permit that short clips for promotional purposes are shown.

Overall Rating
  • Thank you to the jury at New Generations for selecting our films ‘Dos Bros Force' and 'Raj-lost found' for ShortFilmWallah 2023. Thanks to festival team for their continuous communication and follow ups. Great job and looking forward to being a part of the festival in the future. Cheerz!

    October 2023
    Response from festival:

    It was and will be our pleasure! :)

  • It felt like a well organised festival in Germany with focus on Indian films, and I appreaciate that my film "Stick No Bills" was selected.

    October 2023
    Response from festival:

    Thanks Ebba for your kind review!

  • Prarthana Goswami

    Thank you New Gen for selecting our film ‘The Wait’ for the ShortFilmWallah Award 2021. Such an honour and a huge motivation for the entire team and me. Thanks to Subin and Petra for the timely, friendly and crisp communications. Looking forward to be a part of the festival in the future. Thank you once again!

    November 2021
    Response from festival:

    Our pleasure indeed!

  • Raju R

    Great event with good team

    November 2021
    Response from festival:

    Thank you!

  • Supernova Design

    What a beautiful festival! Thank you Subin, Petra, the NGIIFF Jury & festival team. Our animated short film Passage had the honor of receiving the Short Film Wallah award (2019). It was lovely to participate in a skype Q&A with the festival audience and to receive an in-depth film review and comprehensive feedback from the jury. Hope to attend in the future!

    November 2019
    Response from festival:

    Thank you for your wonderful work!