FSA postponed to its silver jubilee year

In the light of the raging pandemic and the fact that many of our Filmmakers - the very reason for our existence- have not been able to complete their films as scheduled, Film Southasia announces the postponement of our festival to its silver jubilee year!  The new dates for our festival will now be from April 21 to April 24, 2022. We hope and pray that the world breathes easier by then and we can all welcome you to Kathmandu to celebrate. Please note that the last date for submissions stands extended to December 31, 2021. We look forward to receiving your entries even as all of us try to make sense of a post pandemic world. Meanwhile, do please keep safe and healthy!

Film Southasia (FSA) is a biennial festival held in Kathmandu, Nepal, initiated in 1997 to popularise documentaries that inform, entertain and transform lives. In between festivals, a package of fine and representative films travel the region and overseas as mini-festivals titled Travelling Film Southasia (TFSA).

‘Ram Bahadur Trophy’ for Best Film

Runner-Up Award

Tareque Masud Debut Film Award

UNICEF-Nepal Award for social/children’s issues

Student Film Award (entries to be submitted through film schools)

Non-fiction films made after 1 January 2019 are eligible for entry in FSA 2021. Films made in this period that have been submitted to FSA in previous years, but have not been selected, may be submitted again. Entries must necessarily be on Southasian themes or subjects, while the filmmakers need not be Southasian. Entries may cover any subject pertaining to Southasia: from people, culture, lifestyle, and adventure to environment, economy, politics, and history. Entries that have not been released publicly will receive some priority. Films can be shorts for feature-length but we only accept shorts longer than 10 minutes. Films may be in any Southasian language, but have to be subtitled or dubbed in English.

Film Southasia accepts entries in the following categories; Competitive, Non-Competitive and Student films.

Both shorts and full length feature productions are welcome. However, for shorts, the film duration must be more than 10 minutes.

There is no charge for entry.


Submission deadline for entries:
Regular Deadline: 31 July 2021
Entries must be submitted through FilmFreeway.com along with an application.

Notification Date: 15 September 2021
Directors/producers of entries which have been selected will be notified and asked to submit copies in professional video format for screening at FSA.

Submission of final version of selected films: 1 October 2021
Filmmakers must submit the final version of their entry through FilmFreeway.com for screening at FSA before this date.

Films must be submitted via online screener ONLY. We do not accept DVDs, pen drives or hard drives.
If selected, the film you upload to FilmFreeway.com must meet the following criteria:
Video bitrate: 18000 Kbps, H.264, mp4
Audio: 320 Kbps, AAC, 2 channel stereo
Aspect ratio preserved; maximum video height of 1080 pixels
Cinemascope videos should HAVE black bars
Subtitles should be in English and should be over video for films in cinemascope

The festival reserves the right to use up to 10 percent of the entry’s running time for promotional use. Production stills, filmmaker bio-sketches and other information submitted in the entry form may also be used for promotional purposes on the web, print, television etc.

Films submitted in the competitive category are judged by a three-member jury. The ‘Ram Bahadur Trophy’ carries a cash prize of USD 2000, while the Runner-Up Award, Debut Film Award and UNICEF-Nepal Award each carry cash prizes of USD 1000.The Best Student Film Award carries a cash prize of USD 500. All awards come with citations. Selections made by the FSA Jury are final.

FSA ’21 will select a maximum of 45 films in the competitive category and a varying number in the other categories.

As in the past, FSA expects to host the maximum number of delegates of selected films. Besides attendance in screenings and the camaraderie among filmmakers coming from a spectrum of Southasian societies, November and early December is also a pleasant and culturally vibrant time to be in Kathmandu Valley. FSA offers complimentary food and accommodation to delegates, who will have to bear their own travel costs to and from their home countries.

The final submissions of the selected films will be deleted from all our databases at the filmmaker’s request unless filmmakers want the FSA Archive to retain a copy.

All submissions will be catalogued for the FSA Archive. These copies will be maintained as a record for FSA and will be made available in-house to researchers and journalists. Films in the FSA Archive are held in trust, and will not be screened commercially.

It is the sole responsibility of the filmmaker to ensure s/he owns full copyright to the submitted film. The filmmaker is required to clear all contents of the submitted film from any and all actual or potential legal claims and issues and must have express permission from all parties involved in the production of the film. FSA reserves the right to disqualify any film with unauthorised inclusion of copyrighted/trademarked content or materials. In the event that any claim, dispute, action or proceeding is asserted by any person or entity that alleges that the film makes unauthorised or unlawful use of any copyrighted content or material, the filmmaker shall fully indemnify FSA from any liability in connection therewith and from any fees and expenses that may be incurred in light of such claims.

Overall Rating
  • I had not budget to travel to this film festival but the pictures of film fest seem nice...

    May 2022
  • I had an unforgettable experience at Film Southasia

    May 2022
  • Debashish Kumar

    What an incredible experience this whole festival was!
    It was well organized, by really passionate and involved people, who took care of your comfort, stay, food and went above and beyond (like with the 'heritage walk') to make you feel welcome.
    They featured such a good collection of films from South Asia! Their talks inspired such a feeling of 'one-ness' amongst South Asians, I truly felt a geographical/identity connect which I had never felt before. Communication was great, all the arrangements they made were great too!
    It is a superb festival, which I can recommend submitting to/attending with all my faith.
    Thanks FSA for a great, inspiring, fun event.
    Hope to attend it again and again! :)

    May 2022
  • Alex Sangha

    Thank you for screening Vinay Giridhar's debut feature documentary, Emergence: Out of the Shadows, at the prestigious Film Southasia.

    May 2022
  • Great festival, well organised.
    Alok and mitu are superb

    May 2022