Nepal International Film Festival (NIFF) is one of Nepal's premier film events. Started in 2018, NIFF was founded to celebrate various forms of storytelling and narratives from all over the world.

NIFF 2023, the sixth iteration of the event, will also be held in Kathmandu, from 16 - 20 March 2023.

NIFF 2022 Award winners announced at

Awards for NIFF 2023 are as follows:

NIFF 2023 Awards under the international competitions >

Gautama Buddha Award for the Best Narrative Feature film,
Includes cash prize (1500 US$) and trophy

IFFS Don Quixote Award for the Best Live Action Feature film,
Includes a certificate

Mt. Everest Award for the Best Documentary film
Includes cash prize (1000 US$) and trophy

Bagmati Award for the Best Live Action Short film
Includes cash prize (500 US$) and trophy

Manjushree Award for the Best Animated Short film
Includes cash prize (500 US$) and trophy

NIFF 2023 Awards under the national competitions >

Best Feature film Award (with Sonam Gears)
Includes cash prize (1,00,000 NPR) and trophy

Best Short film Award
Includes cash prize (50,000 NPR) and trophy

AK Sherpa Award for the Best Documentary film
Includes cash prize (50,000 NPR) and trophy


1. Submissions under all categories should adhere to time/duration restrictions as mentioned:

Narrative feature: Between 60 and 120 minutes*
Shorts (Live Action, Animated): Under 30 minutes
Documentaries: Under 60 minutes

*No runtime restrictions for national productions

2. Submissions completed before 1st January 2021 will not qualify for festival selection. Films that have already been screened at past iterations of NIFF will also not qualify.

3. Submitted films under all competition segments must have English subtitles in them

4. All entries should adhere to the following video and audio format for the submission:

Video Container: MP4, MOV
Resolution: 1920 X 1080 or higher
Video Codec: h.264, PRORES
Audio: 2.0 Stereo, 5.1 surround

*Audio / Video formats for the festival screening will be communicated post selection


Before submitting:

1. The film should be submitted as per the eligibility requirements. Films violating the eligibility requirements will be rejected.

2. All submissions (national/international), except for narrative features on national competitions, will need to be made via the online platform All associated submission fees as mentioned in said platform need to be paid for submission.

3. All submissions must be made before the extended (final) deadline of 25th December 2022. All films submitted later than the extended deadline will be rejected.

After submitting:

1. Selection process will officially start with the end of the extended deadline (25th December 2022). Finalists / selected films will be published on 25th January 2023.

2. The NIFF 2023 selection committee and programmers will have full jurisdiction for the final selection. NIFF 2023 is not liable for any films that are rejected.

3. NIFF 2023 will request any official film materials/information (if any) not provided by the applicant at the time of the submission, post-selection. All missing materials/information, including the festival screener for the selected film, need to be submitted to the NIFF 2023 programmers before 25th February 2023. Failure to do this will result in the rejection of the selected films.

NOTE: All selected films must ensure the delivery of the following information relating to said films before 25th February 2023:

a. Full press kit/info kit (must include a synopsis, posters, credits, director’s bio, statement and pictures, trailer/teaser, previous awards and accolades, and any other additional information relevant to the film)

4. NIFF 2023 will securely archive all films received online as well as through post, and will not use it in any commercial or non-commercial venture ever. NIFF can however utilize 10% of the film's footage/stills for promotional works in NIFF 2023 and future iterations of NIFF.

5. All applicants should agree that once films are selected and the selection published, they will be screened to a live audience in Kathmandu. Applicants should also agree that selected films will be screened at more than one venue (s) in Nepal (for example, parallel screens in multiple cities) all within the festival's duration.

6. NIFF does not have the policy to pay screening fees for selected films.

7. Due to the COVID pandemic and the ongoing crisis, NIFF 2023 may revert to an online / physical-with-social-distancing + online iteration of the event depending on the local situation of Kathmandu at the time of the festival. Applicants should be aware of and agree to these terms, though there will be an option to opt out of the online screening.

NOTE: If NIFF 2023 creates an online iteration of the event, all selected films will only be shown during the days of the festival through the NIFF 2023 official website, and will adhere to a strict online token system to keep the event private to NIFF audiences and ticket bearers for the duration of the event. Films will be duly taken down from the NIFF 2023 official website and from NIFF servers after the completion of the event.

8. By submitting their films, applicants agree to all the rules and criteria mentioned above and agree to remain bound by them.

Overall Rating
  • Great Festival 🎥 Thank you to hosting our film JUST LIKE WATER 🎬 Also big thank you for the invitation 🙏 I hope next time I can manage to come ✈️ Greetings from Greece 🇬🇷

    November 2022
  • Ramen Borah

    Beautiful...Thanks NIFF for selecting my movie.

    April 2022
  • Sebastian J. Lowe

    Excited to have been part of your festival. Thank you for keeping us up to date with the festival.

    April 2022
  • Christoph Wey

    It was a great plesure for me to be part of my first festival and I was sad not to participate at the event. Unfortunatly it was not not possible to watch the sceenings online out of Nepal.

    April 2022
  • We are happy to get the Don Kişot Best Film Award from the Nepal Film Festival...

    April 2022