All Lights India International Film Festival (ALIIFF), the flagship event of Indywood Film Carnival, announces its 4th edition. The event will return again to Hyderabad and will be scheduled from 01st December to 04th December 2018.

The third edition of Indywood Film Carnival turned out to be a humongous success and received an overwhelming response with participation of over 3000 National and International delegates from 48 countries.

ALIIFF is a unique platform for global film industry to portray excellence in film making. With an aim to inspire, nurture and integrate, our film festival brings together the different aspects of the Indian Cinema industry facilitating congregation of people and nations. For us 'Cinema is Knowledge' and we love films, irrespective of its origin and content.

ALIIFF intends to:
> To provide a unique platform for global films that will enable each territory to excel with mutual support and expertise.
> To initiate new generation Exhibition Centers in India.
> To cultivate and foster world class film markets in India.
> To provide a platform for budding artists/film makers and students to showcase and develop their talents.
> To impart training opportunities for the future generation by making them aware of the vast scope of the film industry.

International Competition for Feature Films
International Competition for Debut Directors
International Competition for Short Films
International Competition for Documentaries
International Competition for Student Short Films
Competition for Indian Movies

Animation Films
Children’s Films
Short Film Showcase
Travel Diaries


Entry Fee Waiver Policy:

Unfortunately due to the importance of the film submission revenue in operating the Festival we are unable to offer fee waivers. Recognizing the funding challenges that filmmakers face we encourage you to take advantage of the Early bird deadline.

The Board of Directors chooses and invites the films which will be presented in Competition / Out of Competition categories.

Each film which has been invited to be part of the Official Selection by the Board of Directors will receive a Certificate of Participation.

Only films that meet the following conditions will be chosen for invitation in the Official Selection:
# Films that have been produced during the twelve months preceding the Festival.
# Films that have not been released anywhere other than their country of origin.
# Films that have not been exhibited on the Internet.
# Once a film has been selected it cannot be withdrawn from the Festival programme during the event.
# None of the films invited must be shown outside the Festival's official theaters before its official screening at All Lights India International Film Festival.
# All films must be presented in their original language, with English subtitles. By "original language" we mean the language in which a film is or will be exhibited in its country of origin.

RULES & TERMS – 4th Edition ALIIFF 2018

1. Who Can Apply?

The films completed in 2017 January onwards are eligible for participation. The actual completion date must be indicated on the online submission form and the year of copyright must be indicated on the film. For International films where no proof is available, the date of the first theatrical screening will be considered as completion date.

(i) Feature Film – Must have a minimum duration of 60 minutes and above.
(ii) Short Film – Total running time must be less than 30 minutes in length, excluding front and back credits. No minimum running time is applicable.
(iii) Documentary – Must be less than 60 minutes in length, excluding credits.

2. How to Apply?

a) ALIIFF is a participating member of online film submission platform FilmFreeway.

b) Initial selection: For the initial selection, screenings can only be done by high quality DVD NTSC screener. We hereby request the submitters to courier the DVD screener to the festival address.

c) The deadline for receiving the online platform submission is 6:00 pm IST on Saturday, September 15, 2018 and preview material should reach Festival office by 5:00 PM IST on Monday, September 15, 2018. The DVD/pen-drive with English subtitles should reach the Festival office before the above-mentioned date.

d) Shipping: While sending preview material value must be declared as less than US $5/- (INR 300 /-). The parcel should be super scribed ‘No commercial value. For Cultural purpose only’. The Festival will not bear the cost of transportation of preview material/courier customs clearance. It will be returned on request at the owner’s cost. Preview materials (For Short Film only) from outside India can be in online downloadable links (.mov/mp4 file – PAL format) with permission to watch during the entire selection period.

e) ALIIFF won’t be baring the customs clearance duty charges incurred in the shipping of the DVD / DCP / Blu-Ray screeners.


f) FINAL SELECTION: If selected for the Competition / Non Competition Screening, the entrant(s) - must provide a Blu-Ray / DCP / High Definition DVD with EST along with Promos and Trailers after the notification date upon request.

g) Enclosures including Film Stills (min. 2 nos), Vertical Film Posters (min. 2 nos), Directors Pictures, Directors bio–filmography and a short synopsis must be sent for inclusion in the festival Catalogue to

h) If the language of the film is other than English, it should be sub-titled or dubbed in English.

i) In the case of Director’s Debut Film, the qualified movie for this category supportive relevant documents may be asked for proving or stating its eligibility, failing to which the film will not be treated as a Director’s Debut Film.

3. Deadlines

The deadline for all entries is 6:00 pm IST on Saturday, September 15, 2018. All entries submitted for selection must reach the Festival Office by October 30th, 2018.

4. Notifications

Successful entries will be acknowledged via E-mail/Submission Platforms by October 15th 2018.

5. Selection Process

Entries will be previewed by Pre-Selection Committee and the shortlisted films will be forwarded to the Jury for the final scrutinization and selection.
The decision of the selection committees and the jury will be final & binding on all and will not be subject to discussion.

6. Rights of Festival Authorities

a) Festival Authorities reserve the right to accept or not to accept any films on any ground including the likelihood of the film offending the feelings of any state, religion, country or on the grounds such as racism and religion.

b) Decisions of the Festival Authorities regarding all matters not expressly provided for in these regulations or which require interpretation of the clauses mentioned above shall be final & binding on all parties.

7. Copyright

It is the sole responsibility of the applicant to secure clearance from the copyright holders of any copyrighted materials included within the submitted film. ALIIFF will not be held responsible for the unauthorized inclusion of any copyrighted materials within or relating to the submitted film. ALIIFF reserves the right to disqualify any film with any unauthorized inclusion of copyrighted materials.

8. Jury

a) The Jury for ALIIFF will consist of a Chairman along with not less than two and not more than eight members. The decisions of the jury will be taken by a simple majority of the members present and voting.
b) Jury will determine the winning films and will be composed of individuals selected by the Festival Authorities. The decision of Jury will be final and binding to all.
c) The Jury has the right to withhold an award in any category where no entries, in the Jury’s view, meet its standards for award/recognition.
d) The jury can evolve its own rules for assessment of the entries.
e) No person in any way connected with the production or commercial exploitation of a competitive entry will be a member of the jury.
f) All members of the jury will refrain from releasing any articles or reviews to the press concerning the film submitted for their judgement until after jury’s decision have been formally announced at the closing function.

9. Archive

The films once submitted for selection as well as digital tapes/media sent for the final screening will be retained for the Festival Archive. Also, CDs/DVDs, containing photographs & publicity material received will not be returned.

10. Transportation

a) Cost of transportation of DVD / DCP / Blu-Ray screeners / tapes / media and all related documents, publicity materials to the ALIIFF office shall be borne by the entrant.
b) ALIIF won’t be baring the customs clearance duty charges incurred in the shipping of the DVD / DCP / Blu-Ray screeners.

11. General

a) A film can be submitted for multiple award categories.
b) Films may be entered by any organization/agency or by an individual film Producer/Director who hold the copyright or with consent letter from the producer. There is no restriction on number of entries.
c) ALIIFF is under no obligation to provide comments or feedback's regarding the submitted film to applicant or any other representative of the submitted film.
d) For promotional/publicity purposes, clippings from any film entered in the festival may be shown on the National/International Television/Local network/Internet etc.
e) Submissions with incorrect/inadequate/illegible/ambiguous particulars will not be considered.
f) No legal claim can be filed for participation in the competition.
g) No invited film shall be withdrawn from the festival programme.
h) Selection at any other International festival does not ensure selection to ALIIFF.
I) Cash Prize will be handed over only to those winners who are physically present at the venue.
j )If the winner fails to collect the accolades at the time of the event, the courier charges of the same have to be borne by the Movie team.

12. Awards

Official Award: The Festival Jury will be the final and only authority to judge the films for competition. There are 6 awards in the Competition Section.

1. International Competition For Feature Films - Golden Frame Award For Best Film– Memento , Certificate and cash award of INR 1,00,000/- to be shared equally between the Producer and Director of the film.
2. International Competition For Debut Director's Films (Features) - Golden Frame Award For Best Debut Directors Film– Memento , Certificate and cash award of INR 1,00,000/- to be shared equally between the Producer and Director of the film.
3. Competition For Indian Movies - Golden Frame Award For Best Indian Film – Memento , Certificate and cash award of INR 1,00,000/- to be shared equally between the Producer and Director of the film.
4. International Competition For Short Films - Golden Frame Award For Best Short Film – Memento , Certificate and cash award of INR 50,000/- to be shared equally between the Producer and Director of the film.
5. International Competition For Student Short Films- Golden Frame Award For Best Student Short Film – Memento , Certificate and cash award of INR 25,000/- to be shared equally between the Producer and Director of the film.
6. International Competition For Documentaries - Golden Frame Award For Best Documentary – Memento , Certificate and cash award of INR 50,000/- to be shared equally between the Producer and Director of the film.

13. Disclaimer

All disputes in respect of any matter relating to the ALIIFF shall be subjected to the exclusive jurisdiction of the competent courts and forums in Ernakulam.

ATTENTION: - All Communications, Blu-Ray / DVDs, and Documentation should be sent freight prepaid, addressed to:

Aries Telecasting Private Ltd.
C/o All Lights Film Society
BCG Tower, 1st Floor,
Opp. CSEZ,
Seaport Airport Road,
Kakkanad, Cochin – 682037
Ph :+91 9539967373

Overall Rating
  • Ra chezhian

    It was a great pleasure to attend this grandeur festival
    The hospitality is so good

    December 2018

    It deserves more than 5 stars . Very well organized festival with lovely people and equally good audience . I recommend it for all .....

    December 2018
  • Keith Large

    Wonderful festival with outstanding communication from the festival organisers.

    December 2018
  • Anne Abdalla

    Although I couldn’t attend the festival, but the communication before the festival was amazing!

    December 2018
  • mario morin

    Poor communication
    They didn t get back to me in time when they selected my film

    December 2018