The Teen Indie Film Awards (TIFA), hosted by RV University, Bengaluru is a unique film festival initiative, ‘of the students, by the students and for student filmmakers’, to recognise and celebrate excellence and creativity in film productions by school and university students from across the world.

The second TIFA 2023 Awards Ceremony was conducted on 30 May 2023, celebrating over 10 student winners from five continents. The four-day film festival featured experimental cinema workshops, masterclasses by filmmakers and eminent film journalists, film book launches and cinema themed panel discussions.

List of Award Winners – TIFA 2023
• Best Film – Meiyu Song, Huzi, China
• Best Director – Konstantin Reber, Take Five, Switzerland
• Best Actor – Yashas Banakar, Teenage Short Film, India
• Best Story – Adya Reddy Yedulla, Kanasu, India
• Best Technical Achievement – Sumedh K., Anatma, India
• Special Mention (Technical Achievement) - Andrew Tan, Banana Regeneration, Australia
• Best Film Essay and Documentary – KK Rath: Celebration Of Life, India
• Best Ensemble – Yoel Rodríguez, Far From Home, Spain
• Best Experimental Film – Kamya Sandeep Subramanya, The Carousel, India
• ‘Emerging Young Filmmaker in World Cinema’ – Bhumika Bansal, Fantastic Death, UK

The jury comprised of eminences from the world of filmmaking, writing and criticism including Nandita Puri, Chairwoman, Om Puri Foundation; Christopher Dalton, film critic /essayist /festival advisor; Priyanka Sinha Jha, author, senior journalist and co-Founder of Talkietive Content Creators and Kabeer Khurana, Filmfare-nominated international filmmaker. The event also featured unveiling and reading from the book, ‘Folk Tales from Bollywood’, by Priyanka Sinha Jha. Expressing her enthusiasm for engaging with young filmmakers, and viewing it as a remarkable chance to connect, she highlighted, “Filmmaking is a multi-faceted endeavour, encompassing various disciplines. Being a liberal arts university, the session holds immense relevance for the students.”

The next and third edition of TIFA will be held in March 2024.
Trophies will be awarded to entries by student filmmakers in the age group of 13-19 years, exploring personal and universal themes, on ‘being a teenager or young adult’ and other issues, ideas and experiences in fiction [all genres], non-fiction, documentary, essay and experimental films. i
Filmmakers in the age group of 20-25, can submit films for Audience Choice Award, Student Jury Prize and ‘Emerging Young Filmmaker in World Cinema’ categories.

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View show reels of TIFA 2022 Nominees:


1. Best Film (Fiction)
2. Best Film (Experimental)
3. Best Film (Essay and Documentary)
4. Best Director
5. Best Ensemble
6. Best Actor
7. Best Technical Achievement
8. Best Story

1. Audience Choice Award
2. Best Film (Student Jury)

CASH Award
1. Best Experimental Film (Made in TIFA 2023 Workshop)

Genre /categories:
Fiction, Documentary, Experimental, Essay Film

Length: Up to 15 minutes