Gandhara Independent Film Festival ()


24 Nov 2023
Call for entries

20 Feb 2024
Festival closed

20 Feb 2024
Notification date

01 Mar 2024
03 Mar 2024


Karachi, Pakistan,  75500, Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan

Festival description
Short film festival 45'<

Festival requirements
 Film festival
 Music Video
 Any Genre
 Does NOT have submission fees
 International Festival
 Online Festival
 January 2022
 Production countries: Any
 Shooting countries: Any
 Director nationalities: Any
 Debut Films 
 School projects 
 Short Films  45'<
 Any language
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Festival start: 01 March 2024      Festival end: 03 March 2024

GIFF Thematic Virtual Program Empowered WOMXN 2024

Celebrating the unique vision of female filmmakers and their lived experiences.

After 2 successful screenings to commemorate International Women’s Day 2022 and 2023, GIFF is back with EMPOWERING WOMXN 2024. This is GIFF’s endeavour to celebrate the lives, experience, courage, and triumphs of women on International Women’s Day.

Gandhara Independent Film Festival Empowered WOMXN 2024 will curate and exhibit films made by female filmmakers in the capacity of writer and/or director. The films will focus on the female gaze and how it adds to our communal perspective.

In addition to film screenings GIFF will also host panel discussions with female filmmakers to highlight their contributions to the art and craft of storytelling and filmmaking. These discussions are designed to provide insight on the filmmaker's vision and shine a spotlight on the joy and trials that go into the process of making a film from a female lens. Films made by all-female ATL crews are especially encouraged to submit.

Narrative Shorts
Documentary Shorts

*there is no submission fee to submit a film

Certificates & Official Laurel

Criteria & Categories

The festival theme is open in the category of Shorts films only.

The duration of the films (up to 45 mins) including credits with English subtitles.

The participating films of the festival program Empowered Womxn year 2024 will be selected by the festival programmers. All selections will be posted on our website & social media pages.


Content Guidelines

Content of the submitted film(s) should be creative and completely original and should not infringe on any copyrights or any other rights of any third parties.

Under no circumstances should the content of the films contain any offensive language, violence, religious content or hate speech, defamatory content, politically sensitive topics, material or comment, and sexual innuendos or nudity.

Any film containing one or more of the above-mentioned will be disqualified.


Submission Rules

All films must have been made from 2018 onwards.

All submissions must be sent to our submission platform via Festhome.

Please include a press kit (short trailer, stills, logline, synopsis, cast, and crew bios) where possible, to help speed up the process and ensure that you read all the Terms & Conditions at the bottom of the page before making your submission.


Promotional Material

The festival may use up to 10 percent of the entry’s running time for promotional purposes.


Terms and Conditions

By entering Gandhara Independent Film Festival Empowered Womxn 2024 program, you agree to follow its rules and guidelines.

1 - The festival theme is open.

2 - There is no entry fee to submit a film.

3 - All films must have been made from 2018 onwards.

4 - The film should contain subtitles in English.

5 - There is no restriction on the number of films that can be submitted by an individual or an entity. However, each submitted film requires a separate submission form.

6 - By sending your submission to participate in our festival, you agree that your trailer & posters will be uploaded on our website and our social networks pages.

7 - The festival has the right to screen these films on any collaboration festival or media.

8 - All copyrights and intellectual properties belong to their authors and will be properly quoted.

9 - The festival will not bear any expenses for participants nor provide any screening fees.

10 - Submitting your film to the GIFF is not a guarantee of selection.

11 - GIFF will communicate all details through emails only, please provide an authorized email and respond to emails ASAP. No phone call inquiries.

12 - All filmmakers will be notified via email of acceptance.

13 - The decision of the festival programmers is final and not questionable.

14 - The festival organizers reserve the right to suspend and/or modify the festival if necessary.



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