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Short Films,Horror, Midnight, Animation, Experimental, Documentary, Texas Films, International, LGBTQ, Sisterhood, Features and Shorts!

Chatrapati Shahu Maharaj Kolhapur Film Festival is a mission is to engage and inspire the community by screening films without discrimination, creating new films, teaching the art of film making, and networking with fellow filmmakers.

We provide an International platform that showcases all kinds of work from filmmakers, visual artists and musicians while providing educational opportunities during the festival.

The Chatrapati Shahu Maharaj Kolhapur Film Festival (CSMKFF) is for filmmakers and film lovers alike to be entertained, educated and inspired. KNSFF celebrates independent film and recognizes and pays tribute to accomplished artists on both sides of the camera in the international, national and regional film community. We provide filmmakers, producers, directors, writers and actors an environment to collaborate, present their work, and interact with each other and with film audiences. Our priorities are to showcase the most challenging and topically relevant documentaries each year and provide a platform for Others filmmakers.

Vision and Mission :

Chatrapati Shahu Maharaj Kolhapur Film Festival is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the discovery and development of independent artists and audiences. Through its programs, the festival seeks to discover, support, and inspire independent film, media, and theatre artists from the all over the World, and to introduce audiences to their new work.

We believe that a story driven by an individual, authentic voice can awaken new ideas that have the power to delight and entertain, push creative boundaries, spark new levels of empathy and understanding, and even lead to social change. We support independent storytellers and advance the impact of their work in the world.

Chatrapati Shahu Maharaj Kolhapur Film Festival is conducting a innovative international short film festival and invites participation from aspiring and upcoming independent filmmakers. A unique short film Festival, focusing on opportunity creation for global filmmakers. We celebrate the work of these artists by sharing their films in a city that triumphs originality, creativity and the weird.

We aim at facilitating the spreading of ideas and awareness on social issues through film. CSMKFF provides a great opportunity for people to discover the best material from the contemporary independent short film scene, a place for exchanging ideas and networking or simply a treat for a great night out.

Featuring great talent and special guests from the film industry, Shorts On Tap is striving to promote short film­ making. Coming to you from across a wide range of genres and styles and in the most inclusive way: from narrative to experimental; documentaries to animation and also music videos. We always deliver a varied, eclectic, dynamic show and we facilitate an engaged, vibrant and yet totally relaxed dialogue between film­makers and audience members.

Awards Category:


1. Best FEATURE Short Film (Above 40 minutes)
2. Best SHORT Short Film (Below 30 minutes)
3. Best STUDENT Short Film
6. Kolhapuri FREEDOM Award


1. Best FEATURE Documentary (Above 30 minutes)
2. Best SHORT Documentary (Below 30 minutes)
3. Best STUDENT Documentary
6. Kolhapuri FREEDOM Award


1. Best FEATURE (Above 20 minutes)
5. Kolhapuri FREEDOM Award

Best Female Director
Best Social Subject
Best Health Topic
Best Documentary Topic
Best Web Series Topic
Best Educational Inspiration Topic
Best Handicapped Topic

The following personal rewards will be selected from all the short films.

1) Best Director
2) Best Acting (Female, Male)
3) Best Childlike (Boy, Girl)
4) Best storytelling
5) Best Screenplay
6) Best communication
7) Best collection
8) Best cameraman
9) Best color
10) Best Negative Role (Male, Female)
11) Most Humorous Actress (Male, Female)
12) Best comedian (boy, girl)

Please read these Rules & Terms carefully before you submit your film.​

​* By submitting your film into competition in the Chatrapati Shahu Maharaj Kolhapur Film Festival (CSMKFF), you expressly acknowledge and agree that you shall be bound by the terms of these Rules & Terms.

* CSMKFF is open to any film completed after May 1 , 1997, regardless of content, subject, or origin. Submitting your film to the CSMKFF is not a guarantee of selection.

* All the official selection, nominees and the winners will be listed on our website permanently.

* All the winning films will receive a trophy, award or certificate. Please note that we do not offer application fee waivers. We treat every filmmaker equally.

* Films made in languages other than English must have English subtitles otherwise they will be summarily rejected.

* The film submitted to the CSMKFF for a particular month can be re-submitted at any time for a second chance, considering that we have different judges’ panels for each season.

* A director / producer may submit more than one film in a category and more than one category at a time.

* The CSMKFF is hereby granted the rights to utilize an excerpt from any film submitted for promotional purposes of the festival within India only.

* The individual or corporation submitting the film hereby warrants that it is authorized to commit the film for screening, and understands and accepts these requirements, rules and regulations.

* The CSMKFF will not refund any fees if the filmmaker fails to submit the film in the correct category. Films submitted without the correct fees or proper submission media may be deemed ineligible at the discretion of the CSMKFF programming director or executive director. The festival does not cover any of the expenses incurred by the filmmaker.

* After a film has been an official selection, the filmmaker will be notified, and eventually the film will be listed on the festival website under Official Selections. The Official Selection status doesn’t mean that your film will be screened at the festival. It means that your film has been appreciated by our judges of panel and you can use the festival logo on your poster.

* A nominee will be privately screened for the CSMKFF judging panel, and will not be screened initially to the public.

* “Best” films of each category will receive a laurel & certificate.

* A filmmaker’s submission fee will not be reimbursed if they decide to withdraw their submission.

* All entry fees are non-refundable.

* We require an official trailer or poster, synopsis and a link to your film. Please select the correct category while submitting to avoid disqualification. We reserve right to re-assign films to the appropriate category.

* It is your responsibility to periodically check for updates of these Rules & Terms.

Overall Rating
  • Rafael Toba

    Thanks for the Juan Mariné, between light and shadow

    October 2023
  • No clarity about festival, no communication nothing

    September 2023
  • Thanks for selecting Enter the Room into your festival as a semi-finalist!

    September 2023
  • Seerkatchi Packil Pandian Bhaskaran

    An amazing festival, with quality communication, and great leadership! I highly recommend this festival!

    September 2022
  • Very professional, thank you for the award, thank you and thank you Film freeway

    September 2022