TRAVELLING ACROSS THE GLOBE WITH CINEMA - with this unique concept, we are the world’s first and only global touring film festival with multiple editions in various countries, giving global branding & publicity to film makers, partners and associates.

Setting up our identity unique and completely different, we are passionate about our idea of touring and hosting festival at various places. This enhances the reach, popularity and visibility of films and thus of filmmakers to mass, providing a much bigger exposure to their talent and creativity. This truly fulfils our objective of providing independent filmmakers a wider attention and space to showcase their art and innovative ideas to the global audience. Audience in different cities also have a repository of fine movies of different taste & calibers from across the globe, to enjoy through our touring film festival.

Film screenings along with an award function are clubbed with networking with International film fraternity, gala dinners, meets, film workshops, literature seminars, interactions, expert lectures and much more in a truly international ambience.

BITFF is a unique global platform for worldwide screening and promotion of independent films. We have a massive online reach of millions (and counting) with thousands of footfall in every event with cine lovers of diversified age groups.

With almost 1700 film submissions from 80 countries so far (and counting), we are one of the fastest growing film festival with massive International film content library.

The festival was founded in 2014 as Navi Mumbai International Film Festival-NMIFF which was the first ever film festival of the city - Navi Mumbai. Showcasing highest quality of content, balanced jury panel and the best in class event organising, NMIFF rose to become one of the top most film festival of the country and we are proud to state our growth & trust, film makers have shown on us since its inception. In our very first edition in 2014, there was a participation from 35 countries with 300 film entries, 75 countries with 410 films in the 2nd edition, 503 film submissions from 48 countries in the 3rd edition and 407 film submissions from 55 countries in the 4th edition.

In its 4th edition, we rebranded NMIFF as BANJARA INTERNATIONAL TOURING FILM FESTIVAL - BITFF, a global travelling film fest, so that we spread our wings worldwide and grow as a bigger international brand. With BITFF, we are now visiting various countries with our event and generating much more visibility to film makers, partners and sponsors through all possible means of reach, promotions & publicity to provide them best commercial benefits through our brand.

The festival is open to all film makers, short & feature length films of various genres from across the globe. This is a competitive festival of films where the best films are shortlisted under various categories. The winners are selected by the festival committee and awarded with prizes and trophies.
Having organised and hosted grand events of our International film festival since its inception in 2014, Banjara Cinema has become a reputed hub for national and International filmmakers & guests to witness best quality films screening and respectable award ceremonies.

Our Vision & Objectives: BANJARA INTERNATIONAL TOURING FILM FESTIVAL (BITFF) aims to become the top international platform to discover, support, inspire and showcase the talent of independent filmmakers to the global audience.

At BITFF, we intend to be a future hub as International film market where film makers get an opportunity to connect with industry professionals, market their work and groom the careers in film production, direction, screenwriting and other various aspects of film making.
Our Roadmap consists of below targets :
✢ Giving maximum exposure & promotions to independent filmmakers. 20 millions online reach by 2022.
✢ 3 events in different countries in 2019 and 6 events in a year by 2024.
✢ 3000 film submissions by 2022 and turn into prominent screening, distribution & film content market by 2024.
✢ Be the world's topmost unique brand as a touring film festival & film event by 2022, having top global brands as partners on board.
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BIFF is a competitive festival with cash awards, trophies and awards in-kind in different categories finalised by the festival panel and jury.

Rules & Detailed Information - 5th BITFF

1) Entries at BITFF are open to all International, national and regional films.
No restriction on the production year or on the release status of the film/video - online or offline.

2) We are accepting submissions in below 6 categories :

(A) Student Short Film (school/college ID card must be provided) :
Sub categories: Fiction/Drama, Animation, Documentary, Social awareness or other.
No restriction on the topic, theme, subject or genre of the film.
Duration should be 45 minutes or less.

(B) Professional Short Film :
Sub categories: Fiction/Drama, Animation, Documentary, Social awareness or other.
No restriction on the topic, theme, subject or genre of the film.
Duration should be 45 minutes or less.

(C) Feature Film :
Sub categories: Fiction/Drama, Animation, Documentary, Social awareness or other.
No restriction on the topic, theme, subject or genre of the film.
Duration should be more than 45 minutes.

(D) Scripts/Screenplays- Short :
Short film/teleplay scripts with lengths from 1-45 pages in English only.
Font size must be 12 point and in courier type.
Pages must be numbered in the top right-hand corner.
No restriction on the topic, theme, subject or genre.

(E) Scripts/Screenplays- Feature :
Scripts/Screenplays with lengths from 46-120 pages in English only.
Font size must be 12 point and in courier type.
Pages must be numbered in the top right-hand corner.
No restriction on the topic, theme, subject or genre.

(F) Music Video :
Can be of a band or a solo artist.
No restriction on the topic, theme, subject, language or genre.
Duration should not be more than 10 minutes.

3) Awards : BITFF is a competitive festival with cash awards, trophies and awards in-kind in different categories finalised by the festival panel and jury.

4) Subtitles: Films can be with dialog, silent or without dialog. All films must have English subtitles. We may ask for subtitles in a different language if your film is selected, depending upon the country/region where our event will be held.

5) ENTRY DEADLINE for submissions are as follows:

Early bird: Till 30th April 2019
Regular: 1st May - 31st July 2019
Late Deadline: 1st August - 31st December 2019

6) Entry Fee :

Student Short Film Category (school/college ID card must be provided) :
Early Bird Entry: US$ 17 or 1200 Rs
Regular Entry: US$ 20 or 1400 Rs
Late Entry: US$ 23 or 1600 Rs

Professional Short Film Category:
Early Bird Entry: US$ 30 or 2200 Rs
Regular Entry: US$ 33 or 2400 Rs
Late Entry: US$ 36 or 2600 Rs

Feature Film Category:
Early Bird Entry: US$ 49 or 3500 Rs
Regular Entry: US$ 52 or 3700 Rs
Late Entry: US$ 55 or 3900 Rs

Scripts/Screenplays- Short Category:
Early Bird Entry: US$ 30 or 2200 Rs
Regular Entry: US$ 33 or 2400 Rs
Late Entry: US$ 36 or 2600 Rs

​Scripts/Screenplays- Feature Category:
Early Bird Entry: US$ 49 or 3500 Rs
Regular Entry: US$ 52 or 3700 Rs
Late Entry: US$ 55 or 3900 Rs

​Music Video Category:
Early Bird Entry: US$ 30 or 2200 Rs
Regular Entry: US$ 33 or 2400 Rs
Late Entry: US$ 36 or 2600 Rs

7) Submitting Your Film/Script/Video :
Film/Script/Video can be submitted directly to BITFF online or by courier or through our online submission partner- FilmFreeway.
Please do not forget to enable download option on these platforms as we need it for preview purpose.
Poster and Synopsis of the film (max 200 words) must be uploaded on these platforms.
Producer's/ filmmaker's direct contact details must be provided for the notifications, even if any agency is submitting on their behalf.

8) Participants can send multiple entries. However, please submit a separate entry for each film/script/video.

9) BITFF provides the free social media publicity and advertising to all the submissions, worth thousands of dollars, whether selected or not. However, the festival management reserves the right to promote any film on its sole discretion and this cannot be claimed/challenged by any participant.

​10) Once the film/script/video is shortlisted for festival screening/competition, We will ask you to:
a) Send us as soon as possible the publicity material, if required.
b) Send us the screening copy. We will mail you the detailed instructions regarding screening format.

11) Once entered, submission cannot be withdrawn from participation at BITFF under any circumstances.

12) A. By submitting work to BITFF, filmmaker/producer/submitter takes the whole responsibility of copyright issues of music, script and other creative and technical aspects of film.
B. He/she accepts the responsibility for the accuracy of the information supplied and authorises BITFF to reproduce & use personal/company's contact information as supplied. The applicant/submitter confirms that he / she has the requisite authority or has obtained the requisite authority from the producer / right holder/concerned authorities to enter, screen, advertise and publicise the work in the Banjara International Touring Film Festival and/or elsewhere and make available the print for screening. BITFF is not responsible /answerable to any copyright/legal issues regarding submitted work.
C. Scripts must be the original work of the applicant(s). If based upon another person’s life or upon a book or other underlying work, applicant(s) must secure any necessary rights to make such adaptations. However, it is not necessary to submit the adaptation or rights agreements to the festival. Festival does not attests the authenticity of an applicant’s statement of authorship or rights secured. By entering the competition, you are acknowledging that you have secured all necessary rights.
D. By submitting the work/material, the applicant hereby agrees to indemnify, hold harmless, and defend the festival, its employees, directors, representatives, and affiliates from any liability, claims, and damages in connection with the submission and from any fees and expenses, including but not limited to reasonable attorneys’ fees, that any of them may incur in connection therewith.

13) Notification of selections will be announced on official website/social media platforms as per schedule (tentative date - 15th February 2020 for the 5th BITFF). However, the festival management reserves the right to change the dates, accept or refuse any submission without assigning any reason whatsoever. There may be multiple intermediate festival events or tours for which the selections will be done from the submitted works. We may declare the result of shortlisted films/scripts/videos on quarterly or six monthly basis depending on our tours. For example, one selection list may be announced in March for our April tour and another in July for our August tour.

14) Filmmakers/delegates of short listed films/scripts/videos will be invited to attend the festival. However, the festival may not arrange or reimburse for travel / stay expenses of the participants attending the festival.

15) Festival management/organisers shall determine selections and award winners at their sole discretion. Decision of the BITFF festival management regarding all matters not expressly provided for, in these rules and regulations or which require interpretation of the clauses mentioned above shall be final and cannot be challenged.

16) Though we will be doing our best efforts & arrangements to screen selected films in the topmost commercial quality during the event, we cannot guarantee a commercial cinema hall display or effects, as screening may be held in an auditorium.

17) Shipping and Insurance : All costs, if any, related to the shipment of the film, publicity, promotional and photographic material to and from the BITFF will be at the expense of the participants.

18) Participants/Production Companies may contact BITFF for the promotion of the film, their brands/Logo etc during the festival event or online promotions. Please send an email to "contact@banjaracinema.com" with subject line as "promotions" to get more information about this.

19) For any queries, BITFF can be contacted at :

Email: contact@banjaracinema.com, banjaracinema@gmail.com

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  • Susil Kaur @ Sheila Sandhu

    It's festival that has grown year to year and has been par excellence at every stage. I would definitely recommend it to filmmakers old and new.
    Keep rocking!!👍👍

    February 2019
  • Kalichaat Film

    It was a wonderful experience at Navi Mumbai International Film Festival. It was a well organized festival in the Marble City of India, Jabalpur living the true spirit of Banjara Film Festival...

    January 2017