We at Thinking Hat Fiction challenge believe in the power of creativity, the scope of imagination and the beauty of the art of storytelling. We strive to provide a creative space to filmmakers from all walks of life across the continents.

Being film lovers ourselves, we strongly believe in creating an environment where filmmakers and other creative crew members can participate in a wholesome exchange of ideas, thoughts and share their knowledge and experience with one another.

We announce the winners monthly. All the winning films automatically enter the annual competition. The best of the annual fest films get screened in our annual event.

___________________COVID-19 update____________________

In order to ensure public safety and to maintain social distancing, we are not having the event at any physical location or public venue. Further information shall be shared on the matter.

Thinking Hat Fiction Challenge Award Categories
Thinking Hat Best Short Film – Social
Thinking Hat Best Short Film – Fictional
Thinking Hat Best Short Film – LGBTQ
Thinking Hat Best Short Film – Comedy
Thinking Hat Best Short Film - Animation
Thinking Hat Best Short Of The Edition
Thinking Hat Best Plot
Thinking Hat Best Background Music
Thinking Hat Best Cinematographer
Thinking Hat Best Director
Thinking Hat Best Short Film – Mystery
Thinking Hat Best Short Film – Drama
Thinking Hat Best Feature Film Of The Edition
Thinking Hat Best LGBTQ Feature Film
Thinking Hat Best Fantasy/SciFi Feature Film
Thinking Hat Best Social Feature Film
Thinking Hat Best Romantic Feature Film
Thinking Hat Best Comedy Feature Film


Printable Certificate
Special Mention in social media
Trophies (courier charges to be paid by the applicant)
Please note - International couriers might not be possible at the moment due the global pandemic)

Thinking Hat Fiction Challenge Submission Guidelines & Rules
1. Fiction films of any length/type can be submitted.
2. It is mandatory for the submitted work to have subtitles in English
3. Film submitters warrant that the film’s content is original by submitting it. In case of any infringement, the team of Thinking Hat Fiction Challenge is not to be held responsible.
4. We accept submission through FilmFreeway only.
5. All submitters shall be informed if their film is selected and subsequently other necessary and relevant communications shall follow.
6. All finalists, official selections, winners shall be notified and sent an award certificate along with laurel via email.
7. If in case any of the participant is keen to receive any physical copy of the certificate and or award, they shall have to bear the courier expenditure.
8. All finalists, official selections and winners shall be declared on the day of the event.
9. The social media channels shall be updated with the finalist, official selections and winners’ information within 3 days of the event.
10. By submitting the submitter gives Thinking Hat Fiction Challenge team the right to use 10 – 15 seconds of their work as a promotional teaser.
11. There is no refund of the fees if the submitter wishes to withdraw their submission at any point of time after they have submitted.
12. The decision of the Thinking Hat Fiction Challenge team is final with respect to the selection/rejection of the films. No request for review of decision shall be entertained.
13. The team of Thinking Hat Fiction Challenge reserves the right to cancel and re-schedule the event date(s) if there is an unforeseen and unavoidable situation.
14. Any decision of the festival’s management team is final and cannot be negotiated with.

Overall Rating
  • Satyawan Gagare

    It was fantastic experience to participate in this prestigious festival

    January 2022
  • I am honored that both of my submissions won Best in their categories (LGBTQ Screenplay and Fiction Drama Screenplay). I am disappointed I haven't received a response to my inquiry regarding how many screenplays were submitted in each category and not receiving instructions to receive a physical reward as depicted on the website.

    January 2022
  • Robert Lugto

    Thinking Hat Fiction Challenge was a fantastic experience! The staff moves seamlessly and answers the inquiries right away. We're so thankful that our client was an award winner on this particular Film Festival. Thank you thank you so much!

    January 2022
  • Ron Rossmann

    Amazing festival with supportive and professional staff. Honored to be an award winner. Thank you.

    January 2022
  • Thinking Hat Fiction Challenge provided me with a thoughtful mind-provoking awareness. Thank you so much for your awards. This has been a wonderful and meaningful challenge and it is a delight to be chosen for awards. Elizabeth Bishop, Vibhas Kendzia

    January 2022