The aim of the festival is to showcase short and documentaries from across the world and promote storytellers.

Started in 2012 the upcoming festival marks the eigth year of the event.

You may watch the trailers here

Best Short Film Rupees 15,000 /- and 10,000/-

Best Documentary Rupees 15,000 and 10, 000/-

Best Short Film Director Rupees 8,000/-

Best Documentary Director Rupees 8,000/

8th Smita Patil Documentary and Short Film Festival will be held from December 14 - 15, 2019 in Pune. It is organized by Arogya Sena, to know more about Arogya Sena please visit
DURATION: up to 40 Minutes
FORMAT: Documentary or Short Film could be shot on any camera but English subtitles are compulsory for languages other than English.
A submission will be considered complete only after the DOWNLOAD IS ENABLED for the film's preview screener.

PRE-SELECTION COMMITTEE: All the Documentaries or Short Films will be confidentially screened by a pre-selection committee appointed by Arogya Sena. This committee reserves every right to exclude submissions which are not in conformity with the objectives of the competition or which offend national feelings or likely to promote discrimination based on gender, caste, creed, religion or language.
The Documentaries or Short Films lacking sufficient technical qualities will also be rejected. The entries shall be judged on the basis of originality, craft, entertainment, and artistic quality, without regard to the cost of production or subject matter.

FINAL SCREENING: Documentaries or Short Films selected by the pre-selection committee will only be eligible for final screening at the competition venue.

PUBLICATION AUTHORIZATION: All entered films grant the SPIFF a non-exclusive limited use agreement to use selected portions of submitted films to use the following:
The Film’s title, the Film’s synopsis, photographs, trailers and other Publicity Deliverables, and any of the principal cast members’, director(s)’s, writer(s)’s, producer(s)’s, crew members’ names, voice, biographical information, and/or likeness, in the following media: SPIFF’s website, Social Media (including Twitter, Instagram, facebook, youtube), the printed festival film guide, the festival mobile app, radio, television and press releases throughout the universe, in perpetuity, without compensation, permission, or notification, solely for the purpose of advertising, publicizing, and promoting the Film Festival and the Film’s screening. for which the entrants are solely responsible.
Filmmakers fully retain all rights, title, and interest in their films and all Intellectual Property. Also, the organizers will be able to share the information with its publicity partners.
The films selected for final screening grants the festival right of up to five (non-commercial) screenings of the film across India and would be able to recommend the film(s) to the other festival(s) for consideration and/or competition or special screening. The sole purpose of these screenings is to promote filmmakers and their work.
We will never show or screen your film without Informing you.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF AWARDS: Entrants must agree to acknowledge the award on the film itself if wins the award.

RETURN OF COPIES: Copies for the festival will be retained by the organizers' film archive for cultural, non-commercial, nonprofit festivals and archival screening in the future.

CANCELLATION/REJECTION: The core committee of Smita Patil Documentary and Short Film Festival appointed by Arogya Sena reserves the right to cancel any submission or take any action against any breach of regulations or any misbehaviour disturbing the course of the festival and reserves all the rights to refuse or reject any registration/entry of any Documentary or Short Film or persons or institutions.

For consideration as STUDENT SHORT FILM, The director of the Student Short Film must be a current or recently graduated full-time student and made as part of their course at the institute.

If the film is submitted under student category You have to upload your student photo ID proof. The submission will be considered only after receiving the submitting student’s valid ID proof by email to

If the film has more than one director, the team should nominate one of the directors as a key person for all communication.

Submission will only be considered valid after receiving all the required documents and the final screening copy of the Documentary or Short Film on or before the extended submission deadline and will be considered as the final entry.

The original submitter of the selected film will be notified by email by November 12, 2019. Please ensure that you have provided us with your correct/valid email.
After notification of selection, the film may not be withdrawn from the festival under any circumstance.

Due to the large number of entries we receive, we will not be able to offer any feedback to those films not accepted. The film submission fee is non-refundable.
Results declared by the pre-selection committee and final juries will be treated as final and all the participants will abide by them. International winners will receive the award amount via online transfer which might take 30 days.

If the submitter is not the filmmaker/producer it is submitter's responsibility to convey the details to the filmmaker/producer/right holder within fifteen days of the email sent by the festival regarding the remittance process.

Failing to communicate might delay the remittance process and after 30 days festival reserves the right to cancel the remittance.

The communication will only happen on the email id provided at the time of submission unless requested to update the email id.

The winners will be informed regarding the additional documents required if any for award remittance, only after receiving the documents the remittance process will start.

International remittance WILL ONLY HAPPEN VIA PAYPAL.

For the collection of trophies and certificate, the submitter will have to make the arrangements festival may not necessarily make the arrangements.

Arogya Sena and juries will not have any bindings to give any clarification or justification regarding the results to anyone.

IMPORTANT NOTE: The core committee of Smita Patil Documentary and Short Film Festival appointed by Arogya Sena reserves the rights to make any changes in the rules and regulations or in the schedule of the competition. Dates and guidelines subject to change without prior notice.

By submitting your film to SPIFF you accept the terms and conditions mentioned.
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Overall Rating
  • Syed Muhammad Hammad Wasti

    Was a pleasure to be a part of the festival. Unfortunately I wasnt able to attend the festival.
    It would have been great if the festival would have uploaded few pictures and videos from the festival.

    December 2018
  • Biswanath Rath

    International Film Festivals are not just about winning or losing an award. Its much more than that. In my view, the ‘best award’ we can receive in any film festival is the ‘opportunity to watch wonderful films from all over the globe, the opportunity to connect with fellow filmmakers, film lovers and festival organisers and discuss about cinema’. I was fortunate to attend one such great film festival (‘Smita Patil International Film Festival – Documentaries & Shorts’) where our award-winning documentary ‘Kotpad Weaving: The Story of a Race Against Time’ was screened (among 56 other international films).

    For me and our Team ‘Kotpad Weaving’, it was an absolute honour to be part of this prestigious film festival. Even at 8.30 in the morning, that too on a Sunday, we had a sizable audience who not only watched our documentary with whole lot of enthusiasm and curiousity, but also thoroughly appreciated it. Tons of thanks to all the audience.

    Additionally, there was an excellent line-up of documentaries and shorts which enthralled us all through the day. The audience and filmmakers were impressed by the selection of films. Three cheers to the ‘selection team’ and the Jury members! We had the pleasure of interacting with festival organizer Yogesh Sir, Arogya Sena chief Dr. Abhijit Sir, active/dynamic members of Arogya Sena.

    Last but not the least, each and every aspect of the festival was well-organised. ‘Greatness lies in simplicity’; and that’s what this festival team proved once again. I would strongly suggest all film lovers in Pune NOT TO MISS the next edition of this film festival (December 2019).

    December 2018
    Response from festival:

    Dear Biswanath,
    Thank you so much for such a wonderful review it means a lot to us.

    We are a team of volunteers who strive hard throughout the year to make this festival happen and appreciation like yours encourages us to keep going year by year.

    We are really glad to have filmmakers like you who shows trust and submit wonderful films to our festival.

    Once again thank you for the kind words and look forward to seeing more of your films in future.

    Happy Storytelling

  • I attended SPIFF this past weekend. It offered a wide range of films from around the world and many of the filmmakers were present for post-screening discussions. Conversations were free flowing, and the participants as well as the organizers were very accessible. I was honored to receive two awards for my film along with generous cash prizes. It was a great experience and I would love to be back next year.

    December 2018
    Response from festival:

    Dear Surbhi,

    Thank you so much for such a wonderful review and appreciation.

    Daughter of Nepal was indeed a wonderful documentary, it also made us think that sometimes for a story to come out to the public it could take years. We are glad to have filmmakers like you who show trust and submit films to the festival help us working towards our mission and vision.

    We would like to thank you and all the filmmakers for sharing your wonderful films with us and giving us a chance to connect storytellers and cinema lovers.

    We look forward to seeing more of your films in the future.
    Wishing you luck in all your endeavors.

    Happy Storytelling.

  • Darpan Bajaj

    Couldn't attend but communication was perfect and the winners were well deserving.

    December 2017
    Response from festival:

    Dear Darpan,

    Thank you for your review this means a lot to us.
    We missed you at the festival hope to see you and more of your films in future.

    Happy storytelling

  • Nikhil Singh Rajputt

    This is a great festival and had an amazing time receiving an award for my film. The organizers were prompt with cash awards and were always available and forthcoming.

    December 2017
    Response from festival:

    Dear Nikhil Singh Rajputt,

    Thank you for your appriciation.
    It's filmmakers like you who show trust and submit films to the festival helps us working towards our mission and vision.
    We would like to thank you and all the filmmakes for sharing your wonderful films with us and giving us a chance to connect storytellers and cinema lovers.
    We look forward to see more of your films in future.

    Happy Storytelling.