Indica Pictures is delighted to announce November 10 – 13, 2022 as the dates for the second edition of the Indic Film Utsav. Indica Pictures firmly believe in the timelessness of cinema as an art form with the power to seed, nurture and nourish India’s pluralistic civilizational values. The 2022 Festival is the third edition of the Indic Film Utsav. Please visit https://indica.pictures for brief details of the films we screened over the last two years – so that you can see why we are the epicentre for Indic cinema.

Indic Film Utsav is now open and accepting submissions from filmmakers. Filmmakers can take advantage of the Early Bird deadline to submit films without a submission fee. Winning entries in a various categories will be awarded prize money along with laurels. Indic Film Utsav has chosen Film Freeway as the platform for filmmakers to submit their films.

Indic Film Utsav will offer viewers a lineup of feature films, documentaries, short films and ultrashorts to be showcased at the festival under both competitive and non-competitive categories. While filmmakers can be of any nationality and live anywhere in the world, submissions must have a subject matter that, generally speaking, pertains to India or India-centric.

Indic Film Utsav is a platform for filmmakers who are committed to obscure and untold indigenous and Indic civilizational stories that inspire, uplift, challenge and captivate audiences. Indic Film Utsav seeks films spanning across Indian arts and culture and everything else in-between. Film genres ranging from popular ones such as action, romance, comedy, horror, drama, musical, fantasy, etc., to niche genres such as religion, children, sci-fi, parody, biopics etc., are welcome. Selected films will cater to audiences across the world since Indic Film Utsav is a global online film festival. Indic Film Utsav has a strong commitment to the power of positive cinema. Films that are disrespectful or insulting to any religion, caste, creed, gender, culture, or region will not be accepted. Films must carry a positive message to be eligible to participate in the festival.

(a) Narrative Feature Films - The Narrative Feature category is for fictional films of any genre that run for 60 minutes or longer including animated entries. Films submitted to this category will be eligible for our Narrative Feature Competition.
a. Two Awards in This Category-
• Jury Award – Best Film (Rs.1,00,000 along with a plaque)
• Audience Award – Best Film

(b) Documentary Feature Films - Any non-fiction film with a running time of up to 90 minutes. If your documentary contains re-enactments or other fictionalised depictions of actual events, you may submit it to this category. Indic Film Utsav reserves the right to change your category if needed. You will not be penalized if our committee choose to change your category.
a. Two Awards in this category-
• Jury Award – Best Documentary (Rs.1,00,000 along with a plaque)
• Audience Award

(c) Short Films - Any film with a running time of 40 minutes or less, including credits. This includes scripted or improvisational fiction, experimental films or videos, animation, music videos, or any other short-form film or video project.
a. Two Awards in this category-
• Jury Award – Best Short Film (Rs.50,000 along with a plaque)
• Audience Award

(d) Ultra-Short Films – Any film with a running time of less than 5 minutes including credits. This includes scripted or improvisational fiction, experimental films or videos, animation, music videos, or any other short-form film or video project.
a. Two Awards in This Category-
• Jury Award – Best Ultra-Short Film (Rs.20,000 along with a plaque)
• Audience Award

Note- Indic Film Utsav may institute additional awards as deemed fit.

Indic Film Utsav assumes that you have read the rules and regulations below.

GENERAL

Each year, Indic Film Utsav will select a lineup of feature films, documentaries and short films to be showcased at the festival. All submissions must have subject matter that pertains to or have reference to Indic culture. Films that are disrespectful or insulting to any religion, caste, creed, gender, culture, or region will not be accepted or considered.
(a) Narrative Feature Films - The Narrative Feature category is for fictional films of any genre that run for 60 minutes or longer including animated entries. Films submitted to this category will be eligible for our Narrative Feature Competition.
(b) Documentary Feature Films - Any non-fiction film with a running time of up to 90 minutes. If your documentary contains re-enactments or other fictionalised depictions of actual events, you may submit it to this category. Indic Film Utsav reserves the right to change your category if needed. You will not be penalized if our committee chooses to change your category.
(c) Short Films - Any film with a running time of 40 minutes or less, including credits. This includes scripted or improvisational fiction, experimental films or videos, animation, music videos, or any other short-form film or video project.
(d) Ultra-Short Films – Any film with a running time of less than 5 minutes including credits. This includes scripted or improvisational fiction, experimental films or videos, animation, music videos, or any other short-form film or video project.

Other Points to Note-
Indic Film Utsav may decide to categorise a certain film as a Premier, such as-
• World Premier (never screened anywhere in the world)
• International Premier (screened only in the country where the submitter is a resident)
• Asia Premier (never screened in Asia)
• India Premier (never screened anywhere in India), etc.
Such films must also never be screened anywhere online or released as video tape/disk/VOD. Private screenings to cast and crew, producers, and distributors and family members are exempt from this rule.

Indic Film Utsav is a competitive film festival with a non-competitive category too, when certain films may be accorded a premier screening status.

ENTRY GUIDELINES
• Films that have been completed after January 1, 2020, are eligible for submission.
• As a submitter, you are responsible for all omissions and commissions about the information you provide in the submission form.
• The person submitting the film will be the main point of contact for all communication regarding the submission.
• The submitter must be over 18 to be eligible to submit a film.
• Submissions are welcome from filmmakers from across the world.
• Films produced, financed, or initiated by a major film studio or television network are ineligible for competition, but may be considered for a special screening.
• The submitter must have documented rights to the film to submit a film to Indic Film Utsav. In case the submitter does not have documented rights to the film, she/he must have documented authority to submit the film on behalf of the individual who has the rights.
• Indic Film Utsav reserves the right to disqualify the entry in case discrepancies are found in the information the submitter has provided in the submission form.
• The submitter, if requested, must provide proof of identification such as Passport / DMV ID / Aadhaar Card in addition to address proof.
• Submission of entries during the Early Bird period requires no submission fee. A non-refundable submission fee is applicable to all entries submitted after the Early Bird Deadline.
• Payment can be made as a money order, cashier’s cheque, demand draft, online transfer, or via PayPal only. Cash is not accepted. Any local tax laws, if any, will be applicable.

Submission Fee Details-
• Early Bird Deadline – NO FEES. FREE SUBMISSION.
• Regular Deadline (a) Features and Documentaries @ Rs.1,000 or equivalent in any other currency and (b) Short and Ultrashorts @ Rs.500 or equivalent in any other currency

Submission Deadlines-
• Submission Opens on July 9, 2022
• Early Bird Submission Deadline is July 25, 2022
• Regular Submission Deadline is September 2, 2022
• Selection Confirmation Date to Filmmaker is October 4, 2022
• Official Line-up Announcement Date is November 1, 2022
• Festival Dates are November 10 – 13, 2022

Indic Film Utsav reserves the right to change any of the dates above without reason.
• For Indic Film Utsav to consider that a film has been submitted successfully, the submitter must meet all the following criteria-
• fill out the submission form in FilmFreeway correctly
• post Early Bird period, the submission fee is credited to the Indic Film Utsav account and
• film screener has reached Indic Film Utsav on time.

Indic Film Utsav only accepts media via one single password-protected online streaming location for screeners. Indic Film Utsav is not responsible for security of the content if submission is via a down-loadable link. All content shared with Indic Film Utsav will be destroyed/deleted once the festival is over.

Films submitted to Indic Film Utsav must comply with the following specifications-
File Size: Up to 2GB (This is maximum, anything bigger will be automatically rejected)
File Format: MP4 with codecs: H.264 video with Stereo AAC

Resolution-
• HD: NTSC, 1280x720 (720p, 16:9 aspect) or 1920x1080 (1080p, 16x9 aspect ratio)
• SD: Resolution: NTSC, 640x360 (16x9 aspect ratio) or 640x1080 (4x3 aspect ratio

Submitted films must have English subtitles irrespective of whether the film is in English or not. Cost of subtitling is the submitter’s responsibility. This applies to both screeners and screener and the final cut version.

Indic Film Utsav will not accept replacement of the submitted final cut media unless the original is damaged. Also, the final cut DCP media with watermarks are also not accepted.

Films submitted to Indic Film Utsav do not require a censor certificate. In case a film already has a certification, only the certified version will be considered for screening. For films without certification, the submitter must secure exemptions from regulatory organisations as needed. Films that do not have such exemptions will not be screened.
Indic Film Utsav will be responsible for storage costs and insurance of the submitted film media for the period of the festival, with liability limited to replacement cost of media only, provided the claim is made within 14 days from the last day of the festival.
Indic Film Utsav will not provide feedback on films or specific reasons for selection or rejection of any film. It reserves the right to cancel a film that has already been selected and requests for private screenings to festival staff will not be entertained.

Films that are work-in-progress are accepted on the condition that the final cut is submitted within the deadline for final cut DCP submission. If selected, a final cut of the film must be available to the festival by the established final cut submission deadline.

All selected films must keep the selection decision as confidential till the time of the official press announcement by the Utsav. Non-compliance to this clause will make the selection of the film liable for potential cancellation.

FILM COLLATERALS
For all selected films, Indic Film Utsav will request the following items-
● Title (Original as well as English)
● Language (Original as well as dubbed, if applicable)
● Exact duration in minutes
● Screening Format, Shoot Format
● Colour or B&W
● Year of production
● Country in which produced
● Name of the Director
● Nationality of the Director
● Producer’s Details
● Principal Cast
● Story and Screenplay Credits
● Director of Photography
● Editor
● Music and Sound
● Production Chief
● Production Company
● Distributor’s Company
● Awards received so far
● Director’s synopsis of film (not exceeding 250 words)
● Blurb of film (50 words or less)
● Director’s CV and filmography
● 3-5 High Resolution Stills (minimum 300 dpi) of the film
● 1-2 High Resolution Still (minimum 300 dpi) of the director
● 1-3 High Resolution Still (minimum 300 dpi) of the poster

Indic Film Utsav will bring in academicians, journalists, artists and film Industry personalities who are sworn to secrecy as judges to determine the winners. Those who are directly connected to the participating films are not eligible to be jury members. Indic Film Utsav or its representative may facilitate jury deliberations but will have no vote. The ballot process will be conducted in a strictly confidential manner.

Indic Film Utsav explicitly disclaims any liability or responsibility for any comments, notes, or opinions expressed about a submission, whether by the festival staff or by its volunteers.

Indic Film Utsav logos and associated laurels must be prominently displayed in any film-related publicity material and credits for all films selected to be screened at the festival. All selected films will receive the digital logo of the Indic Film Utsav and winning films will receive the logo with the name of the award.

Indic Film Utsav reserves the right to resolve all cases not covered by these guidelines through mutual arbitration.

All legal issues will be governed by and construed in all respects in accordance with India’s laws and settled under the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of Hyderabad, India.

For more information regarding Indica Pictures and Indic Film Utsav, visit https://indica.pictures or email namaste@indicapictures.com.

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  • LOVED IT . ITS INTERESTING THE WAY THEY CHOOSE FILMS WITH INTERESTING OBSERVATION

    April 2022
  • YOGESH PATIL

    Good platform for content oriented films.. thank you..

    November 2021
  • A sonvick production

    we thanks to Indic Film Utsav .

    November 2021
  • Vivek Prabhu K

    Thanks for selecting my animated short. It was a great platform to be on.

    November 2021
  • Abanti Sinha

    Excellent communication, good selection of films that portrays Indian Culture. Loved being part of this festival for 2 consecutive years and also a winner in documentary audience choice catagory.

    November 2021