SAFACH (South Asia Forum for Art & Creative Heritage), endeavours to create South Asia’s First Borderless Travelling International Film Festival titled: Indus Valley International Film Festival (IVIFF). The first edition of this ambitious Promethean event held at New Delhi, second edition through Hybrid mode after Pandemic stuck in 2020, and third edition held physically at the cultural city of Vrindavan near Delhi. The 4th edition held in a much grandeur manner in physical mode at Chandigarh - India. The gala mela of art showcases films from South & South-East Asian nations.

This ambitious film festival showcase-
Films especially from all South Asian & South-East Asian nations.
Panel discussions with illustrious filmmakers from all the participating nations
Workshops on: Script Writing, Fiction Film-making & Documentary Film-making
Eminent film personalities from these nations gladly welcome interactions with the visitors

The concept of this artful event grew from the idea that Cinema & Art in South Asia are inter-connected, and they get nurtured from each other in sensibility & craft. Cinema and Art have the power to bring peace & harmony, and envisage for a more compassionate world around us.

SAFACH aspires to become a strong medium to facilitate dialogues between the creative industries of South Asia, encourage Creative & Artistic collaborations, create a networking platform for the Film Fraternity, facilitate cinema-making, and establish a forum to share art, culture, literature etc.

IVIFF Gold - Best Feature Film
IVIFF Silver - Feature Film
IVIFF Gold - Best Short Film
IVIFF Silver - Short Film
IVIFF Gold - Best Documentary Film
IVIFF Silver - Documentary Film
IVIFF Gold - Best Music Video
IVIFF Silver - Music Video
IVIFF Gold: Best Actor - Male
IVIFF Gold: Best Actor - Female
IVIFF Golden - Best Cinematography
IVIFF Golden - Best Sound
IVIFF Golden - Best Editing
IVIFF Golden - Best Playback - Male
IVIFF Golden - Best Playback - Female
IVIFF Critics’ Choice Award - Best Film
IVIFF Viewers’ Choice Award - Best Film

Rule 1

Once the film has been selected and the Invitation to participate at the Festival is accepted, the film cannot be withdrawn from the Festival Programme. Any withdrawal of film post selection and communication of the same to the Entrant shall be liable to pay damages to the Festival.

Rule 2

All films must be presented in their original language and, where this language is other than English, the screening format of the film must be subtitled in English (if not otherwise specified). Subtitling expenses are to be met by the Participant.

At its discretion, the Festival will be free to electronically project subtitles in in any lanugage below the film on a different screen. The production of language electronic subtitles is the responsibility of the Filmmaker.

Rule 3

All film entries for Competitive sections – International Competition for feature films, International Competition for Short films, International Competitions for Documentary films and Indian competition for feature films must be submitted to the Festival for selection before due date.

The decision of the Festival with regard to selection/rejection of a film shall be final and no communication whatsoever in this regard shall be entertained. If we donot find any suitable entry for any particular category of award, we may withheld that category, and no award would be announced for any such category.

The Jury, further, may decide new category of Awards, if they find a film suitable for the same.

Rule 4

All submissions must contain the following:
• A duly completed online/offline Entry Form
• Uploaded/couriered screener of the film or Vimeo/YouTube link with password valid till one month after the festival date or a DVD/Blue Ray (if the film's original language is other than English, the Festival requires receiving on-screen English subtitles).
• Submissions can also be sent by mail, containing a copy of duly completed Entry Form and the screener DVD/Blue Ray (All Region), labelled with the film's title, director's name, and language of subtitles. Submissions must be sent fully pre-paid to the address as indicated on the Entry Form plus specifying the Festival programme that you are applying for. The Festival reserves the right to refuse any shipment entailing additional costs.

4a. For films selected to be screened at the Festival, these materials must also be sent by email only:

• Photograph of the director (soft copy)
• Director’s biography and filmography (word file)
• One or more stills from the film (Jpeg high resolution files)
• Dialogue or Spotting Sheet/List in English (SRT Files by email)
• Film Clips / Trailer (Links or DVDs or Blue Rays)
• Poster of the film (Jpeg/pdf,soft copy) only
• CBFC certification, if available (for Indian films only)

4b. Additionally, for films selected to be screened in competition programmes:
• Photos of the leading actor/ actress (Jpeg high resolution files only)
• Leading actor/ actress biography and filmography (word files only)
• List of cast and crew members attending the Festival (word files only)

None of the above listed required materials will be returned.

Rule 5

The Festival may use all materials cited in Article 6 for promotional purposes and to compile the Festival Catalogue (web and printed copies both). The Festival bears no responsibility for published inaccuracies originating in submitted materials.

Rule 6

During the Festival, selected films will be available in the Digital Video Library, open exclusively to designated Film Bazaar professionals and journalists.

By accepting to be part of the Festival, Participants grant permission for their film to be included in the Video Library unless other arrangements have been made with the Festival.

Rule 7

All prints of selected films must arrive at festival office by 15 days before the festival commencement date and must be made available for the entire festival period, unless otherwise agreed. It is obligatory for the Participant to follow the Festival's shipping instructions (to be sent to film producer, director or another film representative along with the letter of acceptance of the film).

The Festival will cover one-way shipping costs for all selected films, unless otherwise agreed. The Festival will be responsible for customs clearance in New Delhi, India.

All prints will be returned within four weeks following the Festival’s closing date. As far as possible, the Festival will respect the wishes of Participants concerning return shipment of their film. Where print is to be returned to an address different to that of the sender, this must to be clearly noted along with the desired date of arrival at the return address.

The insurance of film print goes into effect the moment the film is received by DHL or another courier agent in New Delhi. The insurance remains in effect until the film is re-shipped. Unless otherwise arranged, in the event of damage or loss of the screening copy during the Festival, the Festival is only responsible for the cost of producing a new screening copy based on current standard laboratory rates.

Damage to the film print must be reported to the Festival in writing within one month following the return of the print and prior to the film's next screening. Any claims will be judged by the reported state of the print.

Rule 8

The Jury for all Competitive sections will be comprised of prominent representatives of culture, film theory, criticism as well as filmmakers and producers. Total 3 jury will be appointed as under:
• Competition - Feature Films
• Competition - Short Films
• Competition - Documentary Films

Rule 9

Award winners are expected to attend the Festival Closing Ceremony. Award winners are obliged to mention the award as announced, nationally as well as internationally, in all publicity and promotional material and attend the ceremony in person and not by representation.

Rule 10

The invitation sent for each film in Competition sections selected by the Festival must remain strictly confidential between the Festival Management and the Participant until the Festival decides to make an official announcement in this regard.

Rule 11

Participation in the Indus Valley International Film Festival implies acceptance of all regulations and pre-selection conditions. The Chairman, Indus Valley International Film Festival has the power to settle all issue not covered by the present Rules and Regulations.

Rule 12
The last date for receiving entries mentioned in the Festival announcement.


Rule 1

• Films must have been produced after 1 January 2018. Films produced before 2018, can be selected & screened under the Showcase section.
• Films that have neither been presented in television nor in the Internet / VOD. (Only for Feature Films)
• All Feature length Films (fiction or documentary) must exceed 60 minutes in length.
• All Short films (fiction or documentary) should be within 60 Minutes in length.

Rule 2

The Producer of the selected film is obliged to provide the presence of at least one member of the selected film's cast and crew (director, lead actor and actress) at the Festival.

Rule 3

The cast and crew members of the selected film present at the Festival are obliged to promote the film through participating at official press conference, photo call, introduction prior to the film's screening and interviews with selected Indus Valley International Film Festival partners as conveyed by the Festival.

Rule 4

Films that were not screened on television in the countries outside their country of origin are eligible.

Overall Rating
  • Sara Bahramjahan

    Thanks for Indus Valley International film festival.

    October 2022
  • Do Over Movie

    It was an honor to be selected and we had the luck to our movie DO OVER Nominee in the wonderful festival. thank you so much! Long live the Indus Valley International Film Festival (IVIFF), Season ! A great festival and great programming! All the people who run it are very nice and communicative. Overall a very promising film festival that I highly recommend to submit too.Thank you so much for the consideration!

    October 2022
    Response from festival:

    Hi Sharvi, many thanks for this lovely message. We always aspire to support Independent filmmakers with good content works; and connect them with masses and industry leaders.

  • Thanks for screening my film ‘Arshinagar (Reflection)’. It’s been a real pleasure to be a part of this festival. I’m grateful!

    October 2022
    Response from festival:

    You are welcome Mr. Ahmed.. we look forward to seeing you at our future festivals.

  • I am so thankful to IVIFF for showcasing my work on this festival. Thank you INDUS VALLEY INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL for giving me this opportunity. Wonderful forum.

    June 2022
    Response from festival:

    It was a pleasure meeting you Topashish ji at our festival. Look forward to more of such works from you.

  • Excellent organization and very friendly and warm team    

    May 2021
    Response from festival:

    Many Thanks Luca... Hope to see you with us at our future festivals.