Free Spirit Film Festival (16)


01 Aug 2020
Call for entries

15 Sep 2020
Festival closed

30 Sep 2020
Notification date

25 Oct 2020
31 Oct 2020


410 TIPA Road, McLeod Ganj,  176219, Dharamshala, HP, India

Festival description
Short film festival 30'<
Feature film festival >31' 120'<

Festival requirements
 Film festival
 Music Video
 Any Genre
 Any Theme
 Has submission fees
 International Festival
 Online and Physical Location
 June 2019
 Production countries: Any
 Shooting countries: Any
 Director nationalities: Any
 Debut Films 
 School projects 
 Short Films  30'<
 Feature Films  >31' 120'<
 Any language
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Festival start: 25 October 2020      Festival end: 31 October 2020

Hello there,

I hope you are keeping well and safe in these unpredictable times.

Due to the emergency situation caused by the Coronavirus pandemic, we were not able to decide and plan on this year's festival sooner. The ongoing pandemic has roiled every layer of society, and with no end in sight in the foreseeable future, any public event has become infeasible.

We now have come to final decision, that we will be holding this year's festival online. We are currently working on finding an online platform to be able to hold the festival in the last week of October like every year. We are talking with two parties, and hoping to get the best suitable platform for us soon.

Submissions are now open, and hope you will join us in experiencing an innovative and exciting festival. Please provide all the information as required in the application for better review and chances of selection.

Please stay tuned, and stay safe, and let me know if you have any questions.


Lobsang Wangyal
Festival Director

Winners of the film awards are decided by a jury from the pool of films which are part of the festival. The Audience Award will be decided by festival-goers' ballots.

Awards are presented in the following categories:

Best Picture
Best Director
Best Screenplay
Best Cinematography
Best Documentary
Best Short Film
Best Editing
Best Music
Best Art Direction
Best Original Concept
Audience Award
Special Mention
Special Jury Prize

1. Films must have been completed after 30 June 2019.
2. Non-English language films must have subtitles in English.
3. Free Spirit Film Festival will not entertain entry fee waiver or reduction requests.
4. Once an entry payment has been made, no refund request will be accepted.
5. Films must be available for screening at the festival from 25 to 31 October 2020.
6. Winners chosen by the judges will be final and binding.
7. FSFF has no obligation to disclose judges, selection process, and other information related to the Festival that are not already made public.



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