Welcome to 7th Woodpecker International Film Festival (WIFF) 2019 - India's biggest film festival on Issue-Based Cinema. Launched in 2013 the festival is counted among the highly respected film festivals in India.

WIFF provides a highly credible platform to Indie films in New Delhi. Widely appreciated for its great programming and creating excellent networking opportunities, the festival keeps the filmmakers at the center of the festival. We believe in establishing a strong relationship with filmmakers and as result the festival has gained a great reputation, with filmmakers returning again and again to showcase their wonderful films every year.

WIFF showcases the rich mélange of visual creativity worldwide and also promote films, documentaries and advertisements focusing on socially pertinent themes like Environment, Forest & Wildlife, Refugees & Migrants, Gender, Livelihoods, Public Health, Disability, Children, Social Challenges etc.

The Festival will be organised from November 29 - December 01, 2019 at the prestigious Siri Fort Auditorium, New Delhi.

Categories (INTERNATIONAL FILMMAKERS): Environmental Challenges, Forest & Wildlife, Refugees & Migrants, Terrorism Crime & Violence, Gender, LGBTQ, Livelihoods, Children Films, Art & Culture, Social Challenges, Human Rights, Water, Science & Technology, Films on Disability , Religion & Spirituality, Public Health Issues, Student Films.

Categories (INDIAN FILMMAKERS): Art & Culture, Forest & Wildlife, Livelihoods, Environmental Challenges, Films on Disability, Films on Corporate Social Responsibility, Religion & Spirituality, Social Challenges, Gender, Children Films, Films on North East, Social Advertising, LGBTQ, Public Health Issues, Human Rights, Water, Science & Technology, Terrorism Crime & Violence, Student Films.

1. Via FilmFreeway
2. On Festival Website:- www.woodpeckerfilmfestival.in


a) Entrants can pay the fee via PayPal (PayPal Id: narender.yadav3@gmail.com).

b) Indian Entrants can also pay the fee as per the payment mode given in the Entry Form available on festival website.

For any query, please feel free to call at +91-96432 81661 or email us at woodpeckerfilmfestival@gmail.com

Woodpecker Awards: Awards are given in several categories across several genres.

a) Indian Filmmakers: Winner receives the Prestigious Woodpecker Trophy and Citation.

b) International Filmmakers: Winner receives the Prestigious Woodpecker Trophy and Citation.

a) Genres: Documentary, Features, Short Film, Animation, Community Videos on any of the competition categories.

b) Duration: Films upto the length of 120 min only (including credits).

c) Cut off Year: Films produced after January 1, 2018 are eligible for the festival.

d) Entries are invited in all languages. Non-English and Non-Hindi language productions must include English subtitles.

e) Entrant may submit more than 1 film in the festival. Each film must be accompanied by a separate Entry Form and Entry Fee. Entry Fee is mandatory and non-refundable

f) NO SCREENING FEE will be paid to filmmaker/Production House for the festival screening.

g) Winners residing outside India will have to bear the applicable shipping charges for shipping the awards from Delhi

h) Films submitted in WIFF will be included in other non-commercial public screenings, around the world in other film festivals, as well as in travelling film festivals and other educational activities.

I) Films once entered cannot be withdrawn

J) All matters NOT mentioned in these rules will be decided by the Festival Director. The discretion to make an exception to any rules and regulations of the festival will rest with the Festival Director.

Early Bird Deadline: March 15, 2019
Regular Deadline: July 31, 2019
Late Deadline: August 20, 2019
Extended Deadline: September 10, 2019.

Overall Rating
  • Aparna Sanyal

    The Woodpecker International Film Festival is a great platform for filmmakers. My film travelled to the festival for the first time this year, and I was pleasantly surprised with both their professionalism and enthusiasm for films. The organising team was dedicated and competent, and all the filmmakers were received with warmth. I was especially impressed by their outreach efforts, which showed in the kind of audience that came for the screenings. I highly recommend this festival.

    January 2020
  • Aakash Arun

    There were numerous films which were screened but the film 'WOMENIYA' was awarded with the title of 'BEST FILM'. This doesn't make judgement regarding other films. each movie had its own quality and many of them was presented at its best. The festival was very lively and with a good vibe it becomes one of the best film festivals for the filmmakers and even for the students who are seeking their career in filmmaking.

    January 2020
  • Jeanne Hallacy

    We were honored that our human rights documentary, Mother, Daughter, Sister, received the Best Short Documentary Award at the Woodpecker International Film Festival. The festival team's communication was always timely and professional. The range of content offered in the screenings was a diverse and rich story collection from across the world. It is increasingly important for filmmakers to take part in festivals across our vast -and yet small world -and a platform to share work in a country as important as India is an opportunity not to be missed! We are determined to join a future festival in person!

    January 2020
  • Ritwik Baiju

    Woodpecker Festival was the most well organized film festival I have been a part of. Be it the communications or the screening of the films, Wood Pecker stands as an example.

    January 2020
  • Amish Srivastava

    The Woodpecker Fest team was really very professional. Although I could not attend the festival but screening the films in Delhi's prestigious Siri Fort Auditorium was really a great idea. I missed it. But the communication was great. My hour-long documentary "Hell and Hope" received "Best Film Award in Terrorism, Crime & Violence" category. Their stories were also picked up by a few newspapers which were good follow up and public reach effort from the team. The newspaper coverage also helps filmmakers to take there work to more people.

    January 2020
    Response from festival:

    Thank You so much Amish Srivastava. WIFF team look forward to have your presence in the next edition.