The Rushes National Film Festival serves as a unique platform where industry professionals, film scholars, and aspiring filmmakers converge to engage with students who are passionate about the art of filmmaking. It also serves as a launching pad for student films and creative endeavours. Over the past five successful editions of this film festival, RNFF has consistently provided a space for industry professionals to connect with the university's talented students and foster relationships with the next generation of filmmakers. RNFF'23 marks the sixth edition of this festival and offers an excellent opportunity to explore, appreciate, understand, and promote film culture in Bengaluru. The festival will feature film screenings in both competition and non-competition categories, along with workshops, masterclasses, and panel discussions.

Cash Prizes - Only for films under competition category.

1st Prize 10,000 INR
2nd Prize 5,000 INR
3rd Prize 3,000 INR

Special prize (Best regional short film made in Kannada language) cash prize of 3,000 INR

1) Quality: 720p or above
2) Duration: Entries should not exceed 20 minutes (including titles and credits)
3) Only films completed on or after January 2022 are eligible for the festival. The films must be uploaded no later than 27th October, 2023.
4) The competition category is only for students from India. Students ID must be mailed to
5) If the film is not in English, then it must have hard coded English subtitles.
6) The short film must not contain any copyright work(s) belonging to third parties unless:
Participants have a license to use such works in the film.
Usage of found footage which doesn't hold any copyrights is allowed.
7) Once submitted, the entries cannot be withdrawn for any reason whatsoever.
8) Film submitted under non-competition are considered for screening purposes only and is not included in the official competition.
9) All submissions will be screened and evaluated by the RNFF Selection Committee. Their reports are final and confidential. The selected films will be screened at the film festival.
10) The entries which do not comply with the rules and regulations are liable to be rejected.
A maximum of only two persons from the team, who submit the entry, will be considered as the ‘Participants’. All communications from our side will accrue only to them.

Overall Rating
  • I am clueless. I don't know anything about when the film was show… Best wishes to all the filmmakers whose films have been screened at this film festival.
    Raktim Mondal
    Filmmaker / cinematographer

    November 2023
  • Afin Faizy

    It was fun to be around a big group of fellow cinephiles. Definitely enjoyed the vibe of the college and the film festival. Was a little disappointed they didn't tell us beforehand that not all the short films will be projected in the main auditorium.

    June 2022

    Thanks for selecting Mritojibi- A dead living system as an official entry.

    June 2020
  • Thomas George

    It was a good experience, specially the interaction with the young movie happy

    March 2020
  • Dhrumil Chauhan

    Good festival for us, Gives you a good experience. But judging and selection would be improve.

    February 2020