Started in 2016, Belgaum International Short Film Festival is organized annually by Society of Artistic Vision and presented by Niyati Creations to recognize and help aspiring filmmakers and film enthusiasts. Films are not merely meant for entertainment and over the years, we have seen that filmmakers have used this visual medium to raise their voice regarding global and local issues as well.

Belgaum, a blissfull town surrounded by hills from the three sides, has been a center of art since ages. Located at the border of Karnataka and Maharashtra, Belgaum enjoys the liberty of two languages, Marathi and Kannada. And, this is the reason behind the cultural richness of the city. Drowned in the sweetness of local delicacy, Kunda, the people of Belgaum have always been lovers of art in various forms.

Many famous names in the Indian art scenario have their roots from Belgaum. To name a few, K.B.Kulkarni, Kumar Gandharva, Shobha Gurtu, Charan Raj, Shirish Deshpande, Sanjay Deshpande, Prasad Pandit and Sulochana Latkar. The city has also given shelter to artists like Atul Kulkarni and P. L. Deshpande(PuLa).

With digital filmmaking on its boom ride, Short films have become the easiest medium for artists to convey their ideas. And, we will always be striving hard to give the best possible platform and encouragement to all the artists with a voice.

Following awards will be given:
A) 1 Best Films from each category
B) Best Director
Best Cinematographer
Best Editor
Best Music
Best Sound Designer
From Each Category excluding STUDIO 5.0

"For Indian Film, Foreign Film, International Women Filmmaker and Studio 5.0 Categories, there is no restriction on the genre of the film".

"For Children Film category, movies that are created EXCLUSIVELY FOR CHILDREN".

“For Women Filmmaker category, the Director should be a female”

“For STUDIO 5.0 the maximum length of short film should not be more than 5mins. Including start and end credits.

"The age of the participants must be at least 18 years".

General Rules and Regulations:
1. The length of the short film should not be less than 5mins. and more than 15 mins. Including start and end credits. (All categories excluding STUDIO 5.0).

2. A submission will be considered complete only after the DOWNLOAD IS ENABLED for the film's preview screener and has SUBTITLES.

3. The participants cannot withdraw the film under any circumstances once they have submitted it to the festival.

4. There is no restriction on the language of the film. But, all the entries must be subtitled in English. And the filmmaker should compulsorily provide an SRT file or embed the subtitles in the downloadable version of the film if selected for the screening.

5. The films must not contain any copyrighted work(s) belonging to third parties unless the participants have a license to use such work(s) in the film. However, royalty-free music can be used with proper credits.

6. By submitting the movie to the 5th Belgaum International Short Film Festival, filmmaker/producer takes the whole responsibility of copyright issues of music, script and other creative and technical aspects of the film.

7. Top 5 films from each category will be selected for screening and Judging.

8. BISFF organization has the right to use the nominated films for the Festival promotional purposes.

9. Films will be judged by a judging panel of industry professionals consisting of independent producers, filmmakers, and other film industry professionals.

10. 5th Belgaum International Short Film Festival does not take any type of financial commitment for the expense incurred on the correspondence by the participant. All Travel, Lodging & Boarding and other miscellaneous expenses will have to be borne by the participant himself for attending the festival. No request for the same will be entertained. However festival organizers may guide you through it.

11. All the Short Films will be confidentially screened by a pre-selection committee of the festival. The committee reserves every right to exclude submissions that are not in conformity with the objectives of the competition or which offend national feelings or likely to promote discrimination based on gender, caste, creed, religion or language.

12. Best films will be awarded Trophy, Certificate. The decision of the panel will be final, unquestionable and binding on all the participants.
- If the Indian filmmakers or any of the representatives of a particular film are not present during the screening/award ceremony then the cash prize will be canceled and will not be transferred on request.

13. Due to the large number of entries we receive, we will not be able to offer any feedback to those films not accepted.

14. The film submission fee is non-refundable.

15. The applicants will be notified about the selection for the screening.

16. The festival has the right to make any changes in the rules and regulations, guidelines, dates, without any prior notice.

17. If the submitter is a student He/She should produce valid proof to the festival at

18. Festival has right to screen the short film in its year-round program under ScreenShort Film Club.

19. This film festival does not consider Documentary films.

By submitting your film to 5th BISFF you accept the terms and conditions mentioned.

"Studio 5.0 Category":
This Category is in collaboration with Eyeline Pictures, Belgaum.
2. 5.0 is a unique platform to showcase your short films.
3. After every Deadline, our Jury will select the Best Film(s) and those film(s) will be screened at Belgaum International Short Film Festival in the month of December.
4. With the due permission of Maker, we will upload these selected films on Eyeline Pictures' website ( every month/week after the festival is concluded.
5. Only the selected film(s) from every deadline shall compete in this Category.
6. No age restriction in this category.
7. All other general rules and regulations considered in this category as well. So please read it before submitting it.
By submitting your film to 5th BISFF you accept the terms and conditions mentioned.