YathaKatha International Film & Literature Festival

Vision / Mission Statement
YathaKatha International Film & Literature Festival is a celebration of cinema & literature under one roof to bridge the gap between two beautiful related art forms and to re-engage the world with the mesmerising world of stories & their presentation.

Our long-term goal is to be a torch in raising awareness regarding the importance of both the arts in a challenging world climate and create an environment that facilitates in-depth discussions and share the insights about the legendary art forms and give the best presentation to the world.

About Festival

Surrounded with the thoughts of eternal stories and the culture of storytelling around the world, the idea of YathaKatha International Film & Literature Festival grew up slowly and then after an extensive research and planning, it is ready with its very first season.

Founded by a group of creative professionals and proven to be the first international cinema and literature festival together, YathaKatha International Film & Literature Festival is an extremely important and independent showcase, inspired by the fruitful interaction of arts – cinema and literature, in particular.

Special Award Categories

WINNERS WILL GET A CASH PRIZE OF INR 100000 (ONE LAKH) ALONG WITH A CUSTOMISED TROPHY

Best Film Based on Literature
Best Film On Earth
Best Director On Earth
Best Historical Film
Best Political Drama
Best Film On Social Issue
Best Biography Film
Best Film On Awareness
Best LGBT Film
Best Children Film
Best Experimental Film
Best Horror Film

OTHER FILM AWARDS

World Cinema

WINNERS WILL GET A CUSTOMISED TROPHY, HONOUR & COLLERBORATION OPPERTUNITY IN THEIR NEXT PROJECT

Feature Film Fiction International

Best Film
Best Screenplay
Best Actor
Best Actress
Best Editor
Best Cinematographer
Best Director
Best Director Male
Best Director Female
Best Director Debutant Male International
Best Director Debutant Female International
Special Jury Mention

Short Film Fiction International

Best Short Film
Special Jury Mention

Feature Film Documentary International

Best Feature Documentary Film
Special Jury Mention

Short Documentary Film International

Best Documentary Film
Special Jury Mention

Best Student Film International

Best Film
Special Jury Mention

Best Mobile Film International

Best Film

Best Web Series International

Best Web series
Special Jury Mention

Indian Cinema

WINNERS WILL GET A CUSTOMISED TROPHY, HONOUR & COLLERBORATION OPPERTUNITY IN THEIR NEXT PROJECT

Feature Film Fiction India

Best Film
Best Story
Best Screenplay
Best Actor
Best Actress
Best Editor
Best Cinematography
Best Director
Best Music
Best Lyricist
Best Singer Male
Best Singer Female
Best Art Direction
Best Production Design
Special Jury Mention
Best Director Debutant Male national
Best Director Debutant Female national

Short Film Fiction India

Best Short Film
Special Jury Mention

Feature Film Documentary India

Best Feature Documentary Film
Special Jury Mention

Short Documentary Film India

Best Documentary Film
Special Jury Mention

Best Student Film India

Best Film
Special Jury Mention

Best Mobile Film India

Best Film

Best Web Series India

Best Web series
Special Jury Mention

Regional Cinema

WINNERS WILL GET A CUSTOMISED TROPHY, HONOUR & COLLERBORATION OPPERTUNITY IN THEIR NEXT PROJECT

Best Film
Best Actor
Best Actress
Best Director
Special Jury Mention

Best Animation Film
WINNERS WILL GET A CUSTOMISED TROPHY, HONOUR & COLLERBORATION OPPERTUNITY IN THEIR NEXT PROJECT

Best Music Album
WINNERS WILL GET A CUSTOMISED TROPHY, HONOUR & COLLERBORATION OPPERTUNITY IN THEIR NEXT PROJECT

The Prize For SPECIAL AWARD Categories

- There will be a cash prize of INR 100000/- (One Lakh) for each category.
- All the winners will receive an exclusively designed trophy and a certificate.
- All the nominated films will be screened during the event.
- The winners will be featured on our website and other social media platforms for a long period of time.
- Winning films’ posters will be there on our website.
- All winners and their work will be reviewed / featured in a special issue of yearly Souvenir of the festival, post event.

The Prize For OTHER FILM AWARD Categories

- All the winners will receive an exclusively designed trophy and a certificate.
- All the nominated films will be screened during the event.
- The winners will be featured on our website and other social media platforms for a long period of time.
- Winning films’ posters will be there on our website.
- All winners and their work will be reviewed/ featured in a special issue of yearly Souvenir of the festival, post event.

The Festival
The 1st edition of YathaKatha International Film & Literature Festival will take place between 25th to 28th November 2021, In Mumbai, Maharashtra, India.

General Rules

- As per government guidelines, it is compulsory to wear a mask and maintain safe distance while entering the venue. No Mask No Entry.
- Please read these Rules & Terms carefully before you submit your project. By submitting your project into competition in the YathaKatha International Film & Literature Festival, you expressly acknowledge and agree that you shall be bound by the terms of these rules & regulations.
- Submitting your work to the YathaKatha International Film & Literature Festival is not a guarantee of selection. All the official selection, nominees and the winners will be listed on our website permanently. All the winning projects will receive a trophy, award or certificate.
- Please note that we do not offer application fee waivers. We treat every submitter equally.
- We accept all genres in any language, only with English subtitles. Projects in English language with English subtitles are appreciable for a possible screening during the Annual Public Event that will take place in Mumbai, India in November, 2021.
- After a project has been selected as a nomination, the submitter will be notified via FilmFreeway or via email. It means that you are now eligible for the awards and you can use our Official Laurels on your poster.
- Entry fees are non-refundable. Multiple entries are allowed for each submitter and each entry may be submitted to multiple categories with separate submission fees.
- A Submitter’s submission fee will not be reimbursed if they decide to withdraw their submission. All entry fees are non-refundable.
- The festival reserves the right to refuse entries. The Jury can remove the project from the competition at any time without any explanation.
- Festival will host films screenings, award ceremony, talks, panel discussions, open forums, workshops, and interactive experiences.
- The Director of the festival has the power to waive any of the mentioned rules.
- Jury’s decision will be final and acceptable to all the participants.

Submission Eligibility For Special Awards

Any participant from any country or region can submit their work in these categories. All submissions must have been completed after 1 January 2019. Any film from 10 minutes to 120 minutes of run time can be a part of the special award categories under featured genre. The date of production is determined by the copyright /Censor certificate printed on the film. Work-in-progress films are not accepted. We do accept already released films too.

Submission Eligibility For Other Film Awards

All submissions must have been completed after 1 January 2019. The date of production is determined by the copyright /Censor certificate printed on the film. Work-in-progress films are not accepted. We do accept already released films too.

What to Submit

- Film Link (FilmFreeway, youtube link, vimeo link, wetransfer, harddrive, pensdrive, dcp)
- Brief Synopsis of film
- Film posters in high resolution (minimum 300 DPI)
- Film trailor
- Lead cast/crew details
- Director’s bio
- Director’s pic in high resolution
- Cover Letter
- Press Kit

Submission Format

Films must be submitted via online screener but we do accept films sent over by hard drive, pendrive, DCPs. We do not accept rough cuts of submitted films, only one final version of the film will be reviewed by programmers. All the films submitted in the Festival will be in the Original Language with English subtitles. Without subtitles, submissions will be disqualified from the selection criteria.

Premiere Status

Submitted films may have screened at other festivals or theatres or Online etc. Though we do premiere as well. If you are submitting an unreleased film, we may premiere it if it gets selected. All the nominated films will be screened at the festival during the event. We do not screen webseries keeping in mind their length. So only trailors of the webseries will be screened.

Other Guidelines
- Submissions are reviewed and selected on the basis of quality of narrative, production value, nature of production, presentation and innovation.

- Multiple entries from the same participant are accepted, but each film must be accompanied by a separate details and entry fee.

- By submitting your project, at YathaKatha International Film & Literature Festival take note that: You authorise us to use the parts of your project (including film/trailer/teaser/film poster/stills) for promotional purpose.

- Please select the right category while submitting to avoid disqualification.

- We may promote some/all of the projects by uploading their trailers/ teasers/ posters/production stills on our website and on our social media.

- After a project has been an Official Selection/Nomination, the submitter will be notified, and eventually the project will be listed on the festival website under Official Selections. The Official Selection status doesn’t mean that your project will be screened at the festival. It means that your project has been appreciated by our judges of panel and you can use the festival logo on your poster.

- We do not accept - Amateur videos / Extremist or propaganda content from religious or political organizations / Projects involving politics / Films promoting political agenda / Pornography / Films with a poor production standard (bad sound, lack of subtitles for non-English films, poor resolution) etc.

- The YathaKatha International Film & Literature Festival is hereby granted the rights to utilize an excerpt from any Project submitted for promotional purposes of the Film Festival. The individual or corporation submitting the project hereby warrants that it is authorized to commit the project for possible screening (private and/or public), and understands and accepts these requirements, rules and regulations.

- The festival reserves the right to refuse entries. The Jury can remove the project from the competition at any time without any explanation.

- You agree to indemnify and hold harmless the YathaKatha International Film & Literature Festival, from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney’s fees, and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to the screening videos entered.

- All submitter understand and accept that if their project is accepted for presentation and screening at the film festival, they grant full and unrestricted permission for YathaKatha International Film & Literature Festival to screen the film/video at times of the festival.

- YathaKatha International Film & Literature Festival reserves the complete right to make changes in the program dates and times and to possibly not screen the video, despite its being selected for screening.
- The decisions of the jury will be taken by a simple majority of the members present and voting. The jury can evolve its own rules for assessment of the entries.
- No person in any way connected with the production or commercial exploitation of a competitive entry will be a member of the jury. All Members of the jury will refrain from releasing any articles or reviews to the press concerning the films submitted for their judgment, until after the jury's decisions have been formally announced at the closing function.

- Only nominated films will be screened at the festival.

- For films produced outside India, a certification by relevant Film Board of the country or attestation by the relevant Embassy in India would suffice. For International films, YathaKatha International Film & Literature Festival will obtain Censorship Exemption from Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Government of India, New Delhi.

- Preview material and promotional will not be returned.

- The entry form must clearly mark the section entered for. Entry Forms should be filled in clearly. Yatha Katha International Film & Literature Festival will not refund any fees if you fail to submit in the right category.

- In the case of co-productions, at least one of the producers/production companies must have the right to sanction the participation of the film in the competition section of the Festival and the authority to receive an award, if any, is won.

- Only selected films will be intimated by email. No letters of non-acceptance will be sent. All lists of nominated films will be available on the website.

- Entry will be cancelled if film has violated copyright issues. Festival will not be responsible for any such films.

- Organizers will not pay air-freight or any other travel charges to any participant. Also the organizers cannot reimburse any freight or other charges in foreign currency & INR too. Expenses will be taken care by participants only, which is related to their film.

- If selected for the festival the entrant must undertake to provide publicity clippings, posters, banners and other promotional material for the use of the festival.

- Submission of an entry gives the festival permission to have accepted work exhibited, photographed, locally telecast, and reproduced either in part or whole, for educational or festival purposes. Filmmakers can request in writing that their material not be used for such purposes after the festival.

- Submission materials should be sent by ordinary mail, Registered Post with Acknowledgement Due or courier. All postage costs and duties are to be borne by the sender. Festival organiser is not responsible for loss or damage of the submissions materials.

- The members of the Jury shall select the best film in each category. In case, the panel does not find any film to have the required levels of artistic merit; it may decide not to grant awards in one or more categories. In all instances, the panel's decisions are final and no appeal in this regard shall be entertained.

- Before submission, please do check back on the Submission Guidelines. Participation in the Festival implies acceptance of these Regulations.

- No film may be withdrawn from the festival programme after its selection.

- All submission materials must be sent fully prepaid by the sender by Registered Post with Acknowledgement Due or courier to:

YathaKatha International Film & Literature Festival
Office No – 4, Sandeep building,
Ushma Nagar, Evershine Nagar,
Malad (West), Mumbai 400064, Maharashtra, India
Mob. No. 9082050680 / 7738350680
Email - yathakathafestival@gmail.com
Website - www.yathakatha.com
- For Online submission of entries please visit the FilmFreeway link given below https://filmfreeway.com/YathaKathaInternationalFilmandLiteratureFestival
- For any further information kindly visit our website www.yathakatha.com