TAPAS is a Sanskrit word that means "to heat". It also connotes certain spiritual practices in Indian religions. In Jainism, it refers to asceticism (austerities, body mortification); in Buddhism to spiritual practices including meditation and self-discipline; and in the different traditions within Hinduism it refers to a spectrum of practices ranging from asceticism, inner cleansing to self-discipline.

Tapas Film Festival has been created to showcase both local and international, new and creative works by emerging and established artists who are passionate about story telling via the art of filmmaking.

We celebrate the finest in true genre cinema and we're looking for your best features, shorts, music videos and screenplays in the categories of horror, action/adventure, sci-fi, fantasy, martial arts, exploitation, documentaries, animation, grindhouse, suspense/thriller, international, experimental and more.

We featured in FilmFreeway Top 100 festivals after the first edition itself.

* All the films will be accepted via FilmFreeway only. We don't accept hard-copies even after acceptance.

* The maximum length for the film should be 60 minutes or less than that.

* Open to filmmakers worldwide, all genres and lengths.

* Festival reserves the right to determine eligibility of any work submitted.

* All films that are not in English must have English language subtitles.

* Each entry must be a separate submission which includes form and payment for each submission. Entry fees are payable through FilmFreeway payment systems and are non-refundable.

Overall Rating
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    Kade Yeager

    It was nice to be a part of it.

    April 2017
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    Dante Tanikie-Montagnani

    Tapas is a nascent festival that offers the aspiring filmmaker a little bit of everything (pun intended). Honoured that my doc Maasai 10th Lost Tribe of Israel, shot in Samburu, Kenya, was selected for festival!

    April 2017
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    Paul de M├ętairy

    For a first year festival, it was a success, with quite full venues. Thanks to Priyana for having selected "Teenagers", a bold and strong film that found here its young public.

    April 2017
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    Keith Farrell

    Although i could not attend, it was a great honour to be accepted for the Tapas Film Festival, communication from the festival organisers was excellent.

    April 2017
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    Asal Gharib

    Asal Gharib a filmmaker and an actress

    April 2017