From 6th to 8th October 2023 , the 15th „New Generations – Independent Indian Film Festival” will bring highlights of the New Indian Cinema to Frankfurt, Germany. The location of the festival has been fixed this year again at the renown Orfeos Erben Cinema, also offering dining for a first class experience.

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 forms.

The New Generations Short Film Wallah Award is in its 9th year now. Please also visit our website, like us on Facebook and follow us on Instagram @newgenerationsffm and Twitter @NewGenFFM.

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:

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: 31st July 2023

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 end of August 2023 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
  • 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