Dear Fellow Film Maker

It is with great pleasure that we invite you to participate in the upcoming Phare International Film Festival in Mauritius.

Phare International Film Festival is organised by a dedicated team of local film-makers. Having created films and entered festivals ourselves, we wanted to create a festival of our own.

Learning from our experience and applying our knowledge, we aim to empower local and regional film-makers. Our festival is viewable live via social media channels and screened at one of the Island's local cinemas.

Our film festival brings local and international film-makers together in Mauritius to share culture, ideas, knowledge, experience, and, more importantly, each other’s creations.

We have created categories for local film-makers, including a special one for young film-makers aged under 25. When submitting your films, they will be assessed and passed forward to the independent judging phase. We will then create categories according to the entries received. Additional categories are also available for those wishing more chances of winning!

Phare International Film Festival will include live screening sessions of selected nominees from local and international entries.

Season 2024 Winners will have the opportunity of having their project screened in Cannes, thanks to our collaboration with Cannes World Film Festival - Remember The Future. This years submissions will also receive discounts to our collaboration festival Cannes World Film Festival - Remember The Future. We trust you will take advantage of the offer!

In addition you have the chance for your project to be screened in Cannes, during Cannes World Film Festival events throughout the year.

We look forward to sharing your project and to welcoming you to Phare International Film Festival.

- Laurels for the winners of each category
- Certificates for the winners of each category

We have to set some base rules to make sure that everything is fair. So that people have had the opportunity to have the same amount of time. So nobody has been treated unfairly.

So here are the rules for films being submitted clear and simple for everyone to see.
If you find that your submission violates one of these rules, actions will be taken accordingly depending on the violation. With the worst penalty being forbidden from entering our festival again.

Now that we’ve gotten that clear. here are the specifications your film must comply with:

- Shorts must be between a maximum of 40 minutes although 15-20minutes is prefered.
- Full-Length Films don’t have a time limit but must be at least 55 minutes long.
- The film must be created after the 30th of June 2022
- The film must be produced before the end of December 2023
- Minimum Swearing
- No nudity
- Racism will not be tolerated
- Films can be from anywhere in the world since the festival is an international competition.
- The festival has the right to use a trailer, stills and a poster from the films for promotional purposes. Entrants also agree that if their project is selected, it may be screened at the festival and via its online platforms, as well as used by media networks in news features. In addition, films maybe packaged together, and offered to broadcasters for airing. If aired it is agreed that all proceeds will be utilised in the festival for further growth.
- Entry fees are non-refundable.
- There is no premiere status requirement for films that would like to enter the monthly competition.
- English subtitles are required for non-English Films.
- Films can also be available online and on other platforms and still enter the competition.
- Once a film is selected for our annual event, it cannot be withdrawn.

Overall Rating
  • Philippe Talavera

    I couldn't attend the festival, but communication was extremely good, the team ensured we could contribute via a zoom interview and we felt privileged to be small part of the festivities.

    December 2023
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Philippe, we hope to see more of your work in the future!

  • Collins Reagan

    First class film festival in paradise. Run like a big city production but with the relaxed vibe of the islands.

    December 2023
    Response from festival:

    Thank you! I am proud we delivered that overall experience!

  • Marianne Williams

    Enjoyed participating in Phare 2023. Great people, intriguing and varied films and a beautiful theater venue. Looking forward to next year!

    December 2023
    Response from festival:

    It was a pleasure to have you here in person with your family. We wish you all the very best for 2024, and to seeing you again soon!

  • Aleksandr Tretiakevich

    Many thanks to the jury, to the entire team of the Phare International Film Festival and especially to its founder, Mr. Deane Thomas. The victory at PIFF is a great honor for me!

    December 2023
    Response from festival:

    It is a well deserved award, congratulations!

  • julia blagny

    Thank you very much for the comunication and for the Mention ! All th ebest for your festival

    February 2023