The coming edition marks the 10th year of the Smita Patil International Film Festival.

Smita Patil International Film Festival, was started in 2012 by Arogya Sena on the name of legendary actress Smita Patil. Smita Patil stood up to mainstream cinema as an alternative voice and quickly became an icon for brave, bold, and audacious cinema. She died at the age of 31 but her enormous contribution to cinema will echo across the centuries.

We at SPIFF are committed to showcasing the original voices in Indian and world cinema. Our goal is to showcase films that are bold and innovative. In the last nine years, SPIFF has emerged as one of the most prominent short film festivals in India with tight programming and a closely-knit cinephile audience.

SPIFF is a two-day event held in Pune with enthusiastic audiences, local critics, and dinner parties for filmmakers that are visiting. Programmers are filmmakers and cinephiles themselves.

Umesh Kulkarni(Multiple National Awards, Berlinale 2009)
Anand Patwardhan(Multiple National Awards, Winner at IDFA, Yamagata, MIFF)
Kranti Kanade(Multple National Award Winner)
Tushar Paranjpe(Berlinale Crystal Bear Winner)
Sumitra Bhave(Legendary Marathi Filmmaker, Multiple National Award Winner)
Gaganvihari Borate(National Award Winner)
Ashok Rane(Eminent Critic)
Roma Kong(LA-based producer, SXSW Jury Award)

Cash Awards Will be Awarded in the Following Categories.
Best Short Fiction Film
Best Short Documentary Film
Best Short International Film
Best Director
Best Female Filmmaker (Smita Patil Award of Recognition)
Jury Special Mention

The 10th Smita International Film Festival will be held from December 16th - 17th, 2023 in Pune.


DURATION: Fiction, Nonfiction and Animation films below 40 mins.

1> Films that are not online on any streaming platform or youtube.
2> Web series, music videos, corporate films, and VR are not accepted.

FORMAT: A documentary or Short Film could be shot on any camera, but English subtitles are compulsory for languages other than English.

SUBMISSION: Films are to be submitted online only, no physical submission will be accepted.

SELECTION PROCESS: Submission to the festival doesn’t guarantee the screening. All the Films submitted to SPIFF will be confidentially viewed by a programming team appointed by Arogya Sena. Films to be screened in the final selection of the film festival will be exclusively judged on the artistic merit of the film without regard to the cost of production or the subject. As SPIFF receives submissions from across the globe, the final selection is becoming incredibly competitive. The programming team reserves the right to reject any film that doesn’t fit the artistic excellence that SPIFF seeks. There wouldn’t be any refund if the film is rejected. It’s not possible for us to provide any feedback.

Only a RIGHT HOLDER of the film is allowed to submit the film.

FINAL SCREENING: Only films shortlisted by the programming team will be eligible for final screenings and awards.

FILM MATERIALS: After the selection is confirmed, we will notify the applicant and provide the deadline to send us all the materials regarding the film(Screening Copy, Trailers, Posters, etc). If this deadline is not obeyed, we won't be able to guarantee your screening. The selected film should have English subtitles.

We are committed to making Festival screenings COVID-19 safe. We adhere to the policies of the medical authorities regarding COVID-19 protocols. SPIFF will comply with the Maharashtra and Central Indian governments' COVID guidelines.

PUBLICATION AUTHORIZATION: All filmmakers/ Right Holders, grant the festival a non-exclusive limited use agreement to use selected portions of submitted films to use the following:

The Film’s title, the Film’s synopsis, photographs, trailers, and other Publicity Deliverables, and any of the principal cast members, director(s)’s, writer(s)’s, producer(s)’s, crew members’ names, voice, biographical information, and/or likeness, in the following media: SPIFF’s website, Social Media (including Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, youtube), the printed festival film guide, the festival mobile app, radio, television and press releases throughout the universe, in perpetuity, without compensation, permission, or notification, solely for the purpose of advertising, publicizing, and promoting the Film Festival and the Film’s screening for which the entrants are solely responsible.

Filmmakers fully retain all rights, titles, and interests in their films and all Intellectual Property. Also, the organizers will be able to share the information with their publicity partners.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF AWARDS: Entrants must agree to acknowledge the award on the film itself if it wins the award.

CANCELLATION/REJECTION: The core committee of Smita International Film Festival reserves the right to take action against any breach of regulations or any misbehavior disturbing the course of the festival and reserves all the rights to refuse or reject any registration/entry of any submission(s) or persons or institutions. Submission will only be considered valid after receiving all the required documents and the final screening copy of the film(s). After notification of selection, the film may not be withdrawn from the festival under any circumstance. Results declared by the programming team and juries will be treated as final and all the participants will abide by them.


FEEDBACK: SPIFF team is not able to provide feedback on the rejected films.

IMPORTANT NOTE: The core committee of the Smita Patil International Film Festival appointed by Arogya Sena reserves the right to change the rules and regulations or the competition's schedule.

By submitting your film to the festival, you accept the terms and conditions mentioned.

Overall Rating
  • Janantik Shukla

    It was indeed a beautiful film festival where hosts were warm and helpful.
    Icing on cake is seeing our film on National Film archives’ big screen. That was the biggest award for us.

    Through the film festival, Our name is associated with Smita Patil. Anything can beat that? Thank you again.

    January 2023
    Response from festival:

    Thanks, Janantik! It was a pleasure to have your film in the lineup!

  • Sanat Ganu

    Amazing selection of films. Great communication and hospitality!

    January 2023
    Response from festival:

    Thanks, Sanat for your review!

  • Pravin Anarse

    Thanks, Smita Patil International Film Festival for selecting my short film into the was an honor to be part of this fantastic festival
    The programming team was great to communicate with and the staff were incredibly warm and thoughtful. Our team had an amazing time and highly recommend the festival to other filmmakers.

    January 2023
    Response from festival:

    Thanks Pravin and we are happy to know that you had a good time!

  • Nivedita Gokhale

    Amazing opportunity and a great platform to feature films from all across the globe. The curation of all films at this festival was simply superb and it was an absolute treat to watch these films. Hearty congratulations to the Smita Patil International Film Festival 2022 team for curating and organising this one of a kind film festival. Thanks for giving us a brilliant opportunity to feature our short film :)

    December 2022
    Response from festival:

    Thanks, Nivedita. We are glad that festival was a wonderful experience for you!

  • It was an amazing experience to be a part of the Smita Patil International Film Festival. The communication and exposure is brilliant and I am looking forward to be part of the festival in the future again:)

    December 2022
    Response from festival:

    Thanks Ashish for your review!