The Auroville Film Festival is a biennial film festival that started in 2009 and established itself as a success with editions in 2011, 2013 and 2015. It is a central contribution to the cultural life in Auroville, an international township in the making in South India.

The aim of the Auroville Film Festival is to connect with people and cultures within and beyond Auroville and to further the aspiration of human unity by showcasing films that develop the theme of human unity. We feature films that are created in and around Auroville, as well as international films that explore the theme of human unity.

Films are screened in the 3 Auroville related categories
- Films made by Aurovilians, bioregion residents or guests of Auroville
- Films made about Auroville / bioregion
- Films made by students of Auroville / bioregion
and the international category
- Films that develop the theme of Human Unity

Our unique structure allows us to incorporate local participation in the screening of films, the creation of art installations, the creation of posters, and other festive activities. With three screening venues, including one outdoor venue, outdoor music performances in the evenings, a food court, a discussion area and by showing films made by local filmmakers twice, we attract large audiences and enable an exciting festival ambience.

according to the spirit of Auroville: No entry fees. No submission fees.

Awards & Prizes

The prizes will be in kind and expressive of the spirit of Auroville.

Rules & Terms

a) The screening format in the main venue is digital file in 720p HD. All films must be delivered to the festival either on a standard video-DVD or as online format in 720p or 1080p and uploaded to vimeo (https://vimeo.com) or dropbox (https://www.dropbox.com), and the hyperlink sent with the submission form.

b) Films of any duration will be accepted.

c) The films for the first 3 categories must have been completed after 15 August 2015.

d) The films for the 4th category must have been completed after 1 January 2014.

e) Cinema Paradiso will take responsibility for the final selection of all films.

f) If a film is rejected from one category, but is suitable for another one, it will automatically be transferred.

g) The categories are:

Films made by Aurovilians, bioregion residents or films made in Auroville by guests of Auroville;
Films made about Auroville/bioregion;
Films made by students of Auroville/bioregion;
Films which develop the theme of Human Unity.

h) The prizes will be in kind and expressive of the spirit of Auroville.

i) 3 jury members will judge the first 3 categories of films. No Aurovilians and no-one involved in the selection or organization process will serve on this jury. There will be a separate prize for the audience vote for films made by students.

j) The 4th category will be judged by a separate jury of 3, at least one of whom will be Aurovilian and none of whom will be involved in the selection or organization process. There will be a separate prize for the audience vote for this category.

k) Our festival is totally non-commercial (no fee for submissions / no entrance fee to view festival programs, however, of course, any donations will be gratefully accepted

l) No DVDs will be returned. They will be archived.

m) Deadline for submission of DVDs and online formats for the first 3 categories is July 31, 2017.

n) Deadline for submission of DVDs and online formats for the 4th category (human unity) is June 15, 2017.

o) Non-English submission must have English subtitles.

p) Submit your work online at http://filmfestival.auroville.org

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