After a Grand Success of the 8th Bengal International Short Film Festival (BISFF) we are announcing the 9th edition of BISFF in May 2024 in the City of Cinema - Kolkata. The Festival is organized by the Bengal Film and Television Chamber of Commerce (BFTCC) to promote and encourage the young and talented independent filmmakers from all over the world. This year the Festival will be showcased preferably at NANDAN - the Film Center of Kolkata from 2-5 May 2024.

Cash Awards for Best and Second Best Film in Both Sections - Short Fiction and Documentary. Some more Awards may be declared in due course.

* Genre: Fiction and Documentary.
*Duration: Maxim 40 minutes.
*Eligibility: Films made between 1 Jan 2021 to 28 Feb 2024 in any format/ country/ language with English subtitles.
*Certificates will be issued to all participants for all categories whose films will be selected for final screening.
*Premiere: No condition of premiere. Even films available in YouTube or OTT platforms are also eligible.
*Embargo: Films submitted earlier in any edition of BISFF will be rejected.
*One filmmaker can submit any number of entries but separate submission forms should be submitted for every entry with separate entry fees.
*Final Screener: HR (max 3GB) downloadable file in MOV or MP4 format or Pen-drive (non-returnable) only after receiving the confirmation for final selection. No DVD/VCD.
*Decision for selection of any film for competitive or non-competitive section or rejection of any film is the sole prerogative of the festival committee. No negotiation will be entertained in this respect.
*Films once submitted can not be withdrawn under any circumstances.
*Any individual or organization holding the due ownership rights of the films can submit any number of entries.
*Festival authorities will have the right to screen any selected film (max. 5 screenings) in different cities of India on non-commercial basis.
*For promotional/publicity purposes, excerpts from any film (max. 60 secs) may be used on non-commercial basis.
*Legal jurisdiction: Calcutta High Court.

Overall Rating
  • Kayser Foyz

    Great festival that is very inclusive.

    August 2023

    Very good arrangement for film viewing. Continuous film viewing was sometimes monotonous, some breaks may be considered next time. Promotion of the festival could be better

    May 2023
  • I am glad to be part of the Bengal International Short Film Festival 2022. Thanks for the selection of my short film THODI SI KHUSHI. I would love to be part of the future editions of the wonderful festival. Thanks again:)

    July 2022
  • Debayan Bhadury

    Excellent Experience. This type of festivals encourages us to venture out for our next production.

    July 2022
  • Very well organised festival with an amazing jury, excellent selection of films and great interactions with film makers. Thank you to Premendra Mazumder for putting all this together. Hope to be back here again.

    May 2022