FILMSAAZ is an International Film Festival of Short films & Documentaries ,which is one of the largest multi disciplinary art & cultural festival in India dedicated to the exhibition of short films,documentaries,music,art & cultural advocacy panoramas.First of its kind in India to be organized by a university, it had its first edition in 2008 in the Aligarh Muslim University, organized by the University Film Club.The festivals aims to promote and encourage an awareness, appreciation and understanding of the art of Cinema,inspire cultural exchange, seek out hidden talent and provide a platform for aspiring young filmmakers.

The mission & objective of the FilmSaaz is to give short films,documentaries & other submission(s) an identity that differentiates this art form,from the conventional big screen.FilmSaaz showcases films that celebrate diverse cultures,aesthetics traditions,socio-political and relevant themes and other works that challenge and transcend expectations.Our particular interest is in films that deal with novel themes,cutting-edge technology and unusual visualization, tradition as well as those that dissent in form,technique or content from the mainstream.
Each year FilmSaaz receives hundreds of entries both,for Indian & World Premier,it exhibits numerous films made from around the world and India,specifically.

Official FilmSaaz trophy and Certificate

1. Eligibility
Submission to the Festival is open to short films, documentaries, animated films, ad films and music video created by Independent and Student Film Makers.

2. Competitive Section
All the films Submitted by Independent and Student Film Makers to the Festival under all categories and completed after January 1, 2014 are eligible for the Competitive Section of the festival program. The duration of the films should be no longer than the time stipulated for each category.
The date of production is determined by the copyright /Censor certificate printed on the film.

3. Festival Dates
The film festival will be held from 24th-27th Feb1ruary, 2017.

4. Non‐Competition Section
All the films Submitted by Independent and Student Film Makers to the Festival under all categories and completed before January 1, 2014 will be included under the Non‐Competition Section of the festival program. Films previously submitted to the Festival and not selected will not be considered for the 2016 edition.

5. Film formats
Film formats that can be presented for selection and exhibition for the Festival should be in MPEG 4, WMV, AVI, MOV, MKV, AVCHD or FLV

6. Entry Fee
The entry fee to the festival is $15.

7. Entry Acknowledgements
University Film Club will confirm the receipt of the submission materials by e‐mail.

8. Number of submissions
Independent and Student Film Makers may submit any number of films under the Festival’s Film Categories.

9. Participation
Participation in the 10th Filmsaaz- 2017 implies acceptance of the Rules and Regulations by filmmakers, producers and their representatives.


10. Competition Section
For the Competition Section, the selection of films which will compet
in the 10th Filmsaaz- 2017 will be decided by the Festival Program Committee.

11. Non‐Competition Section
For the Non‐Competitions Section, the selection of films which will be exhibited at 10th Filmsaaz-2017 will be decided by the Festival Program Committee.

12. Jury Members
For the complete list and profiles of the jury members kindly visit our website

13. Awards/Prizes
The members of the Jury shall select the best film in each category. In case, the panel does not find any film to have the required levels of artistic merit; it may decide not to grant awards in one or more categories. In all instances, the panel's decisions are final and no appeal in this regard shall be entertained.

14. Promotional materials
Participants are urged to make available all requested press kit / publicity materials for promotion. (Also see rule 18 Press Kit / Publicity Materials)

15. Mentioning participation
Producers and distributors of participating/winning films are requested to include in future promotional material the mention of Official Selection/Winners at 10th Filmsaaz- 2017.
16. Committing to the Sections of the Festival
After accepting the invitation to participate in the various Competitive and Non‐Competitive sections the film cannot be withdrawn. However, the decision of the Festival committee shall be final in this regard.


17. Submission Method
Submission materials should be sent by ordinary mail, Registered Post with Acknowledgement Due or courier. All postage costs and duties are to be borne by the sender. Festival organizer is not responsible for loss or damage of the submissions materials.

18. Press Kit / Publicity Materials
Press Kit / Publicity Materials requested in the entry form:
Synopsis of the film (in English), At least 2 production photos of the Film (300 dpi), 1 photo of the director(s) (300 dpi), poster of the film (300 dpi), A statement of the director on the film, Biography and filmography of the director, Production details like Cast, Crew, Credits list and any other promotional material must be submitted in a separate CD/DVD for every film.
Kindly refer to the end of the Regulations document for shipping details and address.

19. Submission Materials
None of the above listed submission materials will be returned.


20. Participants’ obligation
Participation in the festival requires the unconditional adherence to its regulations as set out here.

21. Satellite Channel Exhibition
All the films selected under Competition Section of the festival are requested to give absolute clearance for one time exhibition of their film in a Partnering Satellite Channel.

22. Catalogue materials
All contact persons of selected films will receive a request for catalogue materials upon confirming participation in the festival.

23. Required catalogue materials
In order to compile the Festival Catalogue, for each selected film the Festival must receive a duly completed entry form and press kit. The requested materials should be sent/ submitted.

24. Submission Deadlines
The submission deadlines for selection purposes, for the Festival’s office to receive all required submission materials are 20th February, 2017. The Festival is not obliged to view late entries under any circumstances.

25. Selection
Films selected for the 10th FilmSaaz 2017 will be announced in 3rd week of February, 2017 on our website.

26. Credits
In principle, the catalogue will include the following technical and artistic credits: original title, international title, country(ies) of production, year of production, premiere status, format, length, director, production company, producer, sales company, print source, screenplay, cinematography, editing, production design, sound, music, principal cast.

27. Catalogue writings
Catalogue writings are entirely at the discretion of the Festival.

28. Promotion
For promotion of the entire selection and of each selected film, the Festival organizers website is allowed to use any photo or digital film clip (less than 3 minutes duration or the total duration of the excerpts not exceeding more than 10% of the film running time).
29. Press Screenings
During the festival and in collaboration with the Program Department, the Film Club will organize press industry screenings for the films.
30. Programming
General scheduling and the timetabling of public screenings are entirely at the discretion of the Festival Committee.
31. Subtitling
Selected films will be screened in their original version. In principle, if not with English dialogues, films must be subtitled in English. Electronic sub‐titling system should not be used for any film.
Entry and participation of films implies unconditional acceptance of the regulations. On your DVD courier pack, please mention "For cultural purposes only and No commercial value", or “value not more than 10 USD". Submission Materials Checklist for each entry submission is: FILM ENTRY FORM, 2 DVDs/PENDRIVE/MEMORY CARD and 1 PRESS KIT CD.

All submission materials must be sent fully prepaid by sender by Registered Post with Acknowledgement Due or courier to:

The Secretary
University Film Club
Cultural Education Centre
Kennedy House Complex
Aligarh Muslim University
Uttar Pradesh, India
Mobile: +91-7895167747(for whatsapp), +91-7906017418(for call)


Overall Rating
  • Ratna Chakraborty

    Very poor management. They don't even answer your email or update in their website or social media pages. I think they do it for collecting entry fees..

    March 2017
  • adwait abhyankar

    no communication from the festival, very sad experience, I was elated to be a part of it, but the management seems to be very poor

    March 2017
  • No Communication Received from them... Wondering What they did during the festival.. I also Paid an Entry Fee... This should be investigated... No one should submit an entry to this festival

    March 2017
  • Rajesh Anuragi

    The award ceremony has been finished almost 2 weeks ago. They still haven't updated list of award winners on their website and social media pages, and filmfreeway page too. I contacted them to get my pictures of receiving award so may times, but they didn't send me the pics till now.

    March 2017
  • Som Chakraborty

    A real honour to be selected for this film festival.

    March 2017