Welcome to 7th Woodpecker International Film Festival (WIFF) 2019 - India's biggest film festival on Issue-Based Cinema. Launched in 2013 the festival is counted among the highly respected film festivals in India.

WIFF provides a highly credible platform to Indie films in New Delhi. Widely appreciated for its great programming and creating excellent networking opportunities, the festival keeps the filmmakers at the center of the festival. We believe in establishing a strong relationship with filmmakers and as result the festival has gained a great reputation, with filmmakers returning again and again to showcase their wonderful films every year.

WIFF showcases the rich mélange of visual creativity worldwide and also promote films, documentaries and advertisements focusing on socially pertinent themes like Environment, Forest & Wildlife, Refugees & Migrants, Gender, Livelihoods, Public Health, Disability, Children, Social Challenges etc.

The Festival will be organised from November 29 - December 01, 2019 at the prestigious Siri Fort Auditorium, New Delhi.

Categories (INTERNATIONAL FILMMAKERS): Environmental Challenges, Forest & Wildlife, Refugees & Migrants, Terrorism Crime & Violence, Gender, LGBTQ, Livelihoods, Children Films, Art & Culture, Social Challenges, Human Rights, Water, Science & Technology, Films on Disability , Religion & Spirituality, Public Health Issues, Student Films.

Categories (INDIAN FILMMAKERS): Art & Culture, Forest & Wildlife, Livelihoods, Environmental Challenges, Films on Disability, Films on Corporate Social Responsibility, Religion & Spirituality, Social Challenges, Gender, Children Films, Films on North East, Social Advertising, LGBTQ, Public Health Issues, Human Rights, Water, Science & Technology, Terrorism Crime & Violence, Student Films.

1. Via FilmFreeway
2. On Festival Website:- www.woodpeckerfilmfestival.in


a) Entrants can pay the fee via PayPal (PayPal Id: narender.yadav3@gmail.com).

b) Indian Entrants can also pay the fee as per the payment mode given in the Entry Form available on festival website.

For any query, please feel free to call at +91-96432 81661 or email us at woodpeckerfilmfestival@gmail.com

Woodpecker Awards: Awards are given in several categories across several genres.

a) Indian Filmmakers: Winner receives the Prestigious Woodpecker Trophy and Citation.

b) International Filmmakers: Winner receives the Prestigious Woodpecker Trophy and Citation.

a) Genres: Documentary, Features, Short Film, Animation, Community Videos on any of the competition categories.

b) Duration: Films upto the length of 120 min only (including credits).

c) Cut off Year: Films produced after January 1, 2018 are eligible for the festival.

d) Entries are invited in all languages. Non-English and Non-Hindi language productions must include English subtitles.

e) Entrant may submit more than 1 film in the festival. Each film must be accompanied by a separate Entry Form and Entry Fee. Entry Fee is mandatory and non-refundable

f) NO SCREENING FEE will be paid to filmmaker/Production House for the festival screening.

g) Winners residing outside India will have to bear the applicable shipping charges for shipping the awards from Delhi

h) Films submitted in WIFF will be included in other non-commercial public screenings, around the world in other film festivals, as well as in travelling film festivals and other educational activities.

I) Films once entered cannot be withdrawn

J) All matters NOT mentioned in these rules will be decided by the Festival Director. The discretion to make an exception to any rules and regulations of the festival will rest with the Festival Director.

Early Bird Deadline: March 15, 2019
Regular Deadline: July 31, 2019
Late Deadline: August 20, 2019
Extended Deadline: September 10, 2019.

Overall Rating
  • Anandana Kapur

    The WIFF experience is unique because great content is the driving force behind the selections. Its international outlook and inclusive conversations make it an important venue for conversations on cinema. The event is well organised which shows that both heart and passion go into its curation.

    December 2019
    Response from festival:

    Thank You Anandana Kapur.

  • Snehasis Das

    It was a wonderful experience attending 2019 Woodpeacker International Film Festival of India, which came into place in an effort to provide a window of opportunities for filmmakers across the globe. Festival director Rao Narender Yadav shared nuggets of information about the outline of the festival. “It is going to be a spectacle of sorts in terms of cinema-viewing experience.

    December 2019
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Snehasis Das.

  • Sunit Sinha

    I look forward to the 'Woodpecker International Film Festival (WIFF)' every year, whether my film is a part of it or not. It's such a unique film festival in the South-east Asia region, bringing us a top-class line-up of national and international issue-based cinema, year after year. Their selection of films is truly unbiased and uncompromised. I congratulate Rao Narender Yadav- the Festival Director, Avijit Dutt- the chairman of the Festival Board, Dr. Ashish Chopra- the Principal Advisor, and the team of high-spirited WIFF volunteers who work relentlessly, round-the-clock to make this festival such a huge success, since 2013.

    December 2019
    Response from festival:

    Thank You so much Sunit Sinha.

  • Eilidh Munro

    We were absolutely thrilled to have our film, Voices on the Road, screened at WIFF and sad we could not be there in person to watch it and the many other fantastic selections! Thank you for making us feel part of the experience and for your good communication.

    December 2019
    Response from festival:

    Thank You Eilidh Munro. We loved screening your film here in India.

  • Anjan Bose

    Woodpecker International Film Festival is a wonderful film festival and rendezvous in India that is exclusively meant for poignant, sensitive and issue-based cinema from across the globe and the filmmakers and their teams who have worked for the cause! Every independent filmmaker and producer must come here and experience the essence of cinema beyond the hullabaloo of glamour and glitz. #TrueCinemaLove #KudosWIFF May you explore much more in the years to come. Truly honored and obliged to become a part of the WIFF family and sincere gratitude for the recognition.

    Much love and Regards,
    Team Kayantar
    (Anjan Bose, Sarmistha Maiti, Rajdeep Paul and others)

    December 2019
    Response from festival:

    Thank you so much Team Kayantar for your lovely words.