We are thrilled to announce the launch of Stars N' Stripes international film festival 2022 (SSIFF) for the short film category. This is going to be a spectacular forum for film makers and movie lovers across the world to cherish the short film culture that has thrived over the past two decades in its reach and popularity .It is that true blend of cultural, colorful, and emotional sketches in the smaller canvases we believe can touch the heart and soul of every human being, breaking the barriers of language, age, religion and politics. Having its roots originating from of Kerala Cultural Society , an organization that has been consistently promoting cultural awareness over decades, we have come together here to establish that unique venue for film makers to showcase their work and earn the positive exposure they deserve.

Winners will be awarded certificates at the ceremony on December 17th at Walt Whitman High School in Bethesda , Maryland. The show will also include cultural programs and glimpse of the remarkable festival entries.

We are accepting entries from all over the globe for the below short film categories

1. Indian

This include any creatives where the primary language is one of Hindi, Bengali, Marathi, Telugu, Tamil , Gujrati, Urdu ,Kannada, Odia, Malayalam, Punjabi, Assamese . Under this section there are two sub categories that include

• Micro-Shorts - Short films with up to five minutes in run time
• Short-movies - Short films with up to thirty minutes in run time

2. Global ( Non-Indian )

Any creatives where the primary language of communication is anything other than the ones listed in Indian category

• Micro-Shorts - Short films with up to five minutes in run time
• Short-movies - Short films with up to thirty minutes in run time

Best Films in the above categories will be awarded prestigious golden laurel by the festive organizers. Additionally, we will be recognizing runner ups in the respective categories. Please note that SSIFF will be promoting the winning films through all social channels not just limited to KCS social forums

We work to create an opportunity that allows filmmakers to submit their work and get them judged by the very qualified, professionals, and experts in the fields of filmmaking. Every film entered is judged on its own merits by our panel of judges

** Please note that there will be a service fee charged during checkout.

1. Only those short films completed on or post January 1st 2018 will be considered for competition. The topic is yours to choose as we welcome submissions from storytellers of all ages for your stories of love, grief, laughter, tradition, art, inspiration or something else entirely

2. For any non English language movie, please ensure that they are submitted with English subtitles.

3. The Entrant/s submitting the film must hold all legal rights for the submission.

4. The Filmmaker/s retain/s all submission and intellectual property rights.

5. Films may be submitted electronically via FilmFreeway only . Please do not share any YouTube , TikTok links etc. and may be rejected solely for the same reason.

6. The Filmmaker/s is/are responsible for making sure all submission materials are submitted by the submission deadline indicated here.

7. Submission fees are in U.S. Dollars, will be assessed per submission and is non-refundable. These fees may be paid by PayPal . Please ensure to capture the PayPal transaction# for any future references

8. Subtitles for the movie must be in English only

9.Please test your media prior to submission to make sure they run properly . Additionally please ensure that the content is authentic and do not leverage any out of the box tech platform capabilities such as TikTok backgrounds. SSIFF reserves the right to reject the content if determined to break the criterion.

10. Filmmakers are allowed to submit more than one film for the Festival provided that each film is submitted separately and meet SSIFF guidelines.

11. Filmmakers are allowed to re-submit a film that was previously submitted provided significant changes were made and all eligibility requirements are met. When re-submitting the film, include a brief letter detailing the changes made.

12. A student/child submitting a film must provide a formal consent from Parent/Adult. SSIFF will not be responsible for any legal issues in this matter and it is the sole responsibility of the Parent/Adult to ensure the authenticity and legal rights of the content submitted.

13. Entrants may contact the SSIFF for any queries related submission at filmfest@kcsmw.org. Filmmakers can check the status of the submission through the FilmFreeway website.

14. All personal contact information is to remain confidential and not to be shared with any third parties.

15. SSIFF reserves the right to use images or clips from films selected in the Festival for promotional purposes.

16. All decisions regarding award winners are considered final and incontestable.

17. In its true spirit while we encourage and respect the creative mindset from our participants will put utmost efforts to discourage any form of contents promoting vulgar, obscene, profanity. SSIFF reserves the rights to reject the submissions if not found to adhering this criteria.

Overall Rating
  • Joe Inchincoli

    Great to be in ypur Festival. Regards from Turin - Italy.

    December 2022
  • My short film, "Enter the Room", was recently selected and announced as a Winner at this festival, which was exciting news. The communication, was quick, clear and professional throughout the festival process. Unfortunately, I couldn't attend the festival, but I was happy with the experience and will definitely consider submitting future projects to this festival.

    December 2022