Samskara International Film Festival is organised to explore the wonders of film making from the mundane to the miraculous, looking into the unfathomable reaches of the human experience through the world of films. Neither a traditional annual festival nor a monthly travelogue, Samsara in the form of an overwhelmingly guided meditative tour will take your film to global audiences every quarter of the year.

Organised to promote and collaborate with new and established filmmakers from various genres who would like to present their creative work to established members of the Jury, the organisers of Samskara International Film Festival believes in the synergy of the many facets of filmmaking. A quarterly film festival designed for the indie filmmakers, submissions to Samskara are made with an understanding that it is submitted to a jury comprising of producers, filmmakers, independent script writers besides other technical crew from the industry that can do justice to the technical prowess of your film and the spiritual cinematic power of your work.

With our judging panel and support partners scattered across the globe, the festival will have quarterly selections and winners who will be notified at the end of the respective quarter or the beginning of the following month. Once a year, Samskara will organise the Annual Samskara International Film Festival Awards Event where we will screen the best of the selections from the winning submissions of every quarter (except the Feature Film Category; their trailers, special excerpts will be screened during the Event) in a theatrical projector based presentation.

We hereby welcome you to submit your project(s) in multiple categories - be it a Feature Film or a Short Film, an Animation Film or a Documentary, Music Video or Web Series. We also have separate category for LGBTQ Films. Short Films and Documentaries (up to 40 minutes) are accepted irrespective of the year of making.

So here’s looking forward to seeing your films at our festival. Happy Submissions!

Awards are constituted in the following categories:
Best Feature Film
Best Short Film
Best Animation Film
Best Documentary
Best Music Video
Best Web Series
Best LGBT Film
Best Actor
Best Actress
Best Music
Best Director
Best Cinematographer

All selected entries will receive Official Selection Laurel. Quarterly Winners will receive Official Certificate (print ready digital certificate and Laurel. The Annual Film Festival Award winners will be presented with an Official Laurel, an Official Certificate and a Trophy in a gala mega event.

Samskara International Film Festival is one of the best upcoming festivals as it brings in the synergy of the many facets of filmmaking. It offers competition in Feature films, Short films, Animation Film & Video Productions, TV Commercials, Web Productions, New Medias, Music Videos and Experimental Productions.

* To submit your film to the Festival, you must first upload your film or trailer to either or
* Only online Submission will be accepted through FilmFreeway.
After a film has been selected and the filmmaker is notified, the film will be listed on the festival web site under official selections till the festival is over, irrespective of whether it wins any awards or not.
* By submitting to the Festival you confirm that you own the rights of the film and you agree to allow your project to be shown by the Samskara International Online Film Festival. Your name and information about your project may be used for promotion.
* Filmmakers competing in this festival that wishes that their films are not shown films online, can submit their films into the trailer/teaser category. Judges will award the best films through private screenings.
* All selected films will remain on our website for as long as the festival is in existence. Please note that you can request to delete or update your link every time you need.
Submissions in languages other than English must be subtitled in English.
* Multiple entries are allowed. You can submit more than one film to the same category or different Category.
* We accept all kind of films. The film production could be from any year.
* Each entry must be accompanied by non-refundable fees. No Cheques are accepted to pay submission fees, only online payment through FilmFreeway
* Entrance fee is non-refundable. Entries will not be processed without entry fee payment.
* Please note that you will have to pay separate charges for Postage & Courier for Trophies / Mementos / Certificate etc. for the Annual Film Festival edition (Internationally USD$ 50 each) that will happen in November 2019.
* The festival has the right to disqualify or remove any winning film for any reasons, without having to explain the reasons to the submitter.
* The Festival reserves the right to make any necessary changes in regulations or scheduling.
* The festival authorities will have the right to retain film copies of each film and the material send as part of our festival library & can be screened in for Education, promotion, awareness & non-commercial purposes.
* The decision of jury members will be final and accepted by all.
* The Festival is open to everyone. If you’re under 18, you will need to include a parent’s name and contact info.

Overall Rating
  • Ahilya Zunj Ekaki

    Well deserved - Best film festival
    Good communications, good networking and hospitality

    May 2019