November 12-14th, 2021, the 13th „New Generations – Independent Indian Film Festival” will bring highlights of the New Indian Cinema to Frankfurt, Germany. We will be hosting a hybrid event at the renowned Orfeos Erben and online Germany wide as well.

We are looking forward to the re-start of cinemas and festivals after the corona crisis, willing to do our best to adapt to the current dynamics and develop 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. We are looking for works with their own visual language, new angles and forms.

The New Generations Short Film Wallah Award is in its seventh year now.

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Along with the short film reel we will also award the New Generations Short Film Wallah Award, a cash price of max. EUR 150 for the best production, which will be announced at the festival.

Winners so far:

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 concerning 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: 31st July 2021

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. 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 September 2021 about the outcome. Accepted filmmakers agree to submit the screening copy on time, permit that short clips for promotional purposes are shown and provide high resolution stills (300 dpi) and permit use for PR.

Overall Rating
  • 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
  • Raju R

    Great event with good team

    November 2021
  • 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
  • Absolutely fantastic! My film, Sisak, won the Short Film Wallah award for 2018. I had a wonderful interaction with the audiences over Skype. Kudos to Subin, Petra, the Jury members & the entire team for putting up such a wonderful platform to voice South Asian stories.

    November 2018
  • Good one. Will submit my works in next edition too

    November 2018