Cinema is considered as one of the most powerful mediums, with its accessibility and strength of communication. But the accessibility of cinema has to be mirrored by representation of a multitude of voices.
Art may be a mirror, a pioneer, a kaleidoscope of voices and numerous other elements the creator intends to be. But art and the artist are part of the world they seek to speak about or speak to.

The bridges between these voices and perspectives and the mainstream viewer and market are Film Festivals!
They encourage and engage with diversity of art and representation. They foster critical thinking with respect to stories, art, social issues, politics and seek out better representations of the world and it’s travails.

We welcome you to CIFFI 2021- Cineaste International Film Festival of India.

Launched in 2019, CIFFI is a pioneering voice in the international film festival circuit.
In addition to film screenings from around the world, CIFFI 2019 saw a hitherto unseen level of Deliberation and Discussion on cinema with filmmakers, cinema academics and artists. A tradition continued by CIFFI 2020. Pandemic hit
CIFFI 2020 was the world’s first 10 day Digital Live Film festival by educational institutions!

Academic pursuits seek to challenge and broaden every known horizon of knowledge and perspective. This perspective leads CIFFI 2021 and is the Uniqueness of the festival.

In the age of OTT platforms and omnipresence of digital media, we seek to take not just watch films, but to broaden the horizons of Films and Stories! Stay tuned for various screening sessions, workshops and Master classes by eminent experts.
CIFFI is open to college students and independent filmmakers from across the globe

Short Films - Up to 5 minutes
Best Short Film I
Trophy and INR 5000
Best Short Film II
Trophy and INR 5000

Fiction Films - 5 to 20 minutes
Best Fiction Film – I
Trophy and INR 10000
Best Fiction Film – II
Trophy and INR 10000

Documentary - 5 to 20 minutes
Best Documentary – I
Trophy and INR 10000
Best Documentary – II
Trophy and INR 10000

Ad Films - Up to 3 minutes
Best Ad Film – I
Trophy and INR 3000
Best Ad Film – II
Trophy and INR 3000

Musicals - Up to 5 minutes
Best Musical Film – I
Trophy and INR 5000
Best Musical Film – II
Trophy and INR 5000

Animation Films - Up to 10 minutes
Best Animation Film – I
Trophy and INR 7000
Best Animation Film – II
Trophy and INR 7000

Covid-19 Lockdown Diaries - Up to 10 minutes
Best Lockdown Diary Film – I
Trophy and INR 7000
Best Lockdown Diary Film – II
Trophy and INR 7000

1. All films shot on film or Video between 2017- 2021 can be submitted for the festival.
2. If language of the film is other than English, it must be dubbed or sub-titled in English.
3. Films may be submitted by student filmmakers in competitive category and by independent filmmakers in non-competitive category.
4. Selection of films will be done by the Nomination Jury whose decision will be final. However, CIFFI 2021 Authorities reserve the right to reject a film that is likely to offend sentiments, feelings or sensibilities of any caste, community, religion and sector is likely to promote racism or ill will in the society.
5. A complete screening schedule of selected films will be notified ahead of the film festival.
6. Costs of related documents, photographs and publicity material from the country of origin to the Festival Office shall be borne by the applicant.
7. CIFFI 2021 has the right to use all photographs and publicity materials received along with the Entry and the same will not be returned to the entrants.
8. For promotional/publicity purposes, excerpts from any film entered in the festival may be shown on any Television network/Internet or related media during the festival period.
9. Entry Forms with incorrect / inadequate / illegible / ambiguous particulars will not be considered.
10. Prizes, trophies and certificates will be awarded to the director (s) or producer (s) of the film.
11. Anybody can submit one or more than one entry. There is no limit on submissions.
12. Films once selected and submitted for the final screening will not be allowed to be withdrawn under any circumstances, until the Festival is over.
13. Entry form along with necessary documents and photographs should preferable be submitted through FilmFreeway , the website ciffi.dme.ac.in or can be mailed on the official email id of CIFFI 2021 (CIFFI2019@dme.ac.in).