You’ve chosen to film. Chosen to put together a visual piece of art if we may say so. Today when anyone with a camera can, in theory, make a film... how will you make your short film stand out? What you intend to do with your film is what the Bengaluru International Short Film Festival is all about. We will be what you create. 

After the tremendous success that was BISFF 2020, we are all set to host the 11th edition. Just as every year, this is an attempt to understand the medium a little better and go a little further in inventing new forms of storytelling as filmmakers.

This year the Festival will be a HYBRID Version, having both Online and Venue Screenings. Online Screenings will be only for INDIAN Geography

The festival showcases shorts from across the world, creating a physical space for a great audience experience and bringing together a keen audience for the filmmakers. BISFF also exhibits works by past masters who have dabbled in short filmmaking that today is viewed as an art form that needs a unique approach. Additionally, the festival presents talks and panel discussions with leading thinkers and industry practitioners, enabling budding makers to interact with the best in the industry. BISFF also includes hands on learning experiences in workshops and demonstrations by professionals, putting together an exclusive audience experience and perhaps space for makers to find what they are looking for.  

Genre: Only fiction short films are accepted
Running Time: 30 minutes or less. No exceptions. Running time includes end credits.
Formats: Video Link (any digital format)
Production Country: All
Production Year: The film must have been produced after January 1, 2020 for all.
Language: All languages are accepted.
Subtitles: English subtitles are required for all submissions.
Screenings: Will be both Online and Venue Screenings

Overall Rating
  • Mayura Dolas

    BISFF was the most happening festival I have been a part of though it was arranged online due to pandemic. it was really well organized and the communication between the team and filmmakers was apt.

    Being the only Oscar accredited festival in India, it provides a big platform and opportunity for the film makers to reach the wider audience.

    Well done Anand and team. I would love to attend it each year in person. Cheers!

    October 2020
  • Pradeep Padma Kumar

    The organisers did a fantastic job despite the pandemic situation. I never thought going online would be this cool. Great Communication by the team, I am honoured that our film was selected and won an award at this prestigious festival.

    September 2020
  • While we didn’t get the chance to attend the festival (obviously, due to the COVID19) communication was great and we were well informed. Thank you for selecting "Moving" and I look forward to collaborating with you again in the future.

    September 2020
  • Anoop Oommen

    Bengaluru International short film festival happened to be a great opportunity to all independent filmmakers. It was not a bulk show of foreign films. Since it was accredited by Oscar Academy every selected filmmaker would get an encouraging support to reach the mainstream and get the International accreditation, serious audience and the attention of film professionals internationally.
    When my work “The Little Riddle” had the selection in the 2020 edition of the Bengaluru International Short film festival it was a shot in the arm for the film makers like me. The communication and public relation of the coordination team were excellent. Daily updates and online publicity and releases to the media and the discussion, interactions, interviews and everything were worthy of appreciation.
    Unfortunately this year the covid pandemic situation affected live screen shows. But the festival did overcome it by going online. Selection of films were good and coordinators are learned personalities and committed to the industry. I strongly recommended the BISFF to all filmmakers and film enthusiastic.

    September 2020
  • Nora Mariana

    The best festival experience one could ask for. Anand and his team are absolutely wonderful -- professional, excellent communications, great support for filmmakers, impressive selection and jury, fantastic online awards ceremony. All put together amidst a pandemic, no less. We are so humbled and thankful to have participated in BISFF this year and very much hope to submit again in the future. Our only regret is that we didn't get to meet and thank this team in person!

    August 2020