Smita Patil International Film Festival, committed to showcasing the original voices in cinema.

The aim of the festival is to showcase films from across the globe and promote underrepresented filmmakers.

Started in 2012 by Arogya Sena, the upcoming festival marks the ninth year of the event.
The covid pandemic is an incredibly challenging time for the global filmmaking community. Filmmakers around the world are facing financial crises and increasing difficulties to showcase their work in the theatrical format. Committed to our mission to help, support and promote independent and underrepresented filmmakers in India and abroad, SPIFF sponsored by ‘Arogya Sena’ is announcing, that the entries to the 9th edition of SPIFF will be FREE OF COST.

Digital Downloadable Certificates

COVID-19 and FILM FESTIVAL SCREENING.
We are committed to making Festival screenings COVID-19 safe and we adhere to the policies of the medical authorities about COVID-19 protocols. We are aiming for the festival to happen on the physical venue.
SPIFF RESERVES THE RIGHT to CHANGE, POSTPONE, or in unavoidable circumstances CANCEL the festival. In such a situation Arogya Sena or the Festival Committee won’t be answerable to anyone. There wouldn’t be any online screenings.
We will publish the updates on our website if any changes regarding the dates, schedule and venue of the festival.

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9th Smita International Film Festival will be held from December 18 - 19, 2021 in Pune. It is organized by Arogya Sena, to know more about Arogya Sena please visit www.arogyasena.org

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PLEASE READ ALL THE RULES & TERMS CAREFULLY.

DURATION: Fiction up to30 Minutes Non-Fiction 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.

SUBMISSION: Films to be submitted online only, no physical submission to be accepted.

Submission will be considered complete only after the DOWNLOAD IS ENABLED for the film's preview screener.

FESTIVAL MAY NOT ASK FOR DOWNLOAD individually and if it is not enabled THE ENTRY MIGHT BE REJECTED.

SELECTION PROCESS: Submission to the festival doesn’t guarantee the screening. All the Documentaries or Short Films submitted to SPIFF will be confidentially screened by a programming team appointed by Arogya Sena. Films to be screened in the final selection of the film festival will be exclusively judged on the artistic merit of the film without regard to the cost of production or the subject. As SPIFF receives submissions from across the globe, the final selection is becoming incredibly competitive. The programming team reserves the right to reject any film that doesn’t fit the artistic excellence that SPIFF seeks. There wouldn’t be any refund if the film is rejected. It’s not possible for us to provide any feedback.

FINAL SCREENING: Only films shortlisted by the programming team will be eligible for final screenings and awards.

Adhering to COVID-19 protocols festival may decide to have an invitation-only screening.

PUBLICATION AUTHORIZATION: All entered films grant the festival 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.

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 in archive of the festival for cultural purposes.

CANCELLATION/REJECTION: The core committee of Smita International 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 submission(s) or persons or institutions.

Submission will only be considered valid after receiving all the required documents and the final screening copy of the film(s)

After notification of selection, the film may not be withdrawn from the festival under any circumstance.

Results declared by the programming team and juries will be treated as final and all the participants will abide by them.

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 the Smita Patil International Film Festival appointed by Arogya Sena reserves the right to change the rules and regulations or in the competition's schedule. Dates and guidelines are subject to change without prior notice.

AWARDS: This year there will be no cash award. all participating and winning filmmakers will receive a digital downloadable certificate.

By submitting your film to the festival, you accept the terms and conditions mentioned.