Free Spirit Film Festival (17)


25 Aug 2021
Call for entries

30 Sep 2021
Festival closed

10 Oct 2021
Notification date

25 Oct 2021
31 Oct 2021


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 2020
 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 2021      Festival end: 31 October 2021

Hello there,

Experts in India are predicting a third wave of coronavirus (Covid-19) disease hitting the country sometime in September and October. So there's no scope for organising a film festival at any physical venue here.

We kept postponing acceptance of any films for this year, thinking that the pandemic would subside and we could host a normal festival. But now we have decided to host the festival online yet again.

As usual we will hold the Free Spirit Film Festival in the last week of October. So submissions are open now for a second online edition of the festival. Please make sure to provide all the information as required in the application for a better chance of getting selected.

With the festival going online, this smallest of film festivals will have a global outreach. We will announce the platform we will be using to host the festival when we have made a final decision.

Looking forward to receiving some amazing films like we usually do, and to present an exciting festival yet again.

Please follow coronavirus-appropriate behaviours, maintain physical distance, wear mask, wash your hands often, to be safe yourself and others.

Sincerely yours,

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 completed only after 30 June 2020 will be accepted.

2. Non-English language films must have subtitles in English.

3. No entry fee waiver or reduction requests please.

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 2021.

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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