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.

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

FEE PAYMENT:

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.

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

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  • It was a pleasure to bring my film, 'The Firefox Guardian' to Woodpecker International Film Festival this year. It bagged the best student film award and was very well received at the festival. What's interesting about this festival is the kind of crowd it pulls. Cinephiles of all ages, professors, students, filmmakers and professionals engage with the screenings and always have interesting questions for the filmmakers. I enjoyed interacting with the audience after my screening. The festival director himself made it a point to interact with all filmmakers and the communication throughout was brilliant. Made some great friends there! Highly recommend this festival to all alternate cinema lovers. Well done, team!

    December 2018
  • Glad to show our short film in this amazing country!

    December 2018
  • Andreas Ewels

    Wow, one of the best Nature Film Festivals ever. Congrats to the team!

    December 2018
  • It was a wonderful experience having our film Laatsahab selected at WIFF 2018. The quality of Q&A was really really good. The selection of films is very good and tends to bring out a wide variety of films.

    December 2018
  • Elif Kayalar

    I believe that Woodpecker Film Festival has its unique place among other festivals. Its focus is on issue-based cinema. They carefully designed the festival. I couldn't attend the festival myself but we were kept in touch throughout the whole process.

    December 2017
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    Response from festival:

    Thank You So much Elif!..Look forward to have your presence in the upcoming edition.