Ooty Short Film Festival (4)


08 Oct 2021
Call for entries

19 Oct 2021
Standard deadline

11 Nov 2021
Festival closed

25 Nov 2021
Notification date

03 Dec 2021
05 Dec 2021


Near Botanical Garden,  643004, Ooty, The Nilgiris, India

Festival description
Short film festival >1' 30'<

Festival requirements
 Film festival
 Music Video
 Any Genre
 Any Theme
 Has submission fees
 International Festival
 Physical Location
 Production date: Any
 Production countries: Any
 Shooting countries: Any
 Director nationalities: Any
 Debut Films 
 School projects 
 Short Films  >1' 30'<
 Any language
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Festival start: 03 December 2021      Festival end: 05 December 2021

Ooty Short Film Festival is produced and executed by Nilgiris Film Club (nfc) a pioneering film club in the mountains of Western Ghats. NFC promises film buffs a rich fare of meaningful and entertaining films from across the world, Masterclasses and interactive sessions with Directors, Producers, Actors, Retrospectives and much more thougn our weekly screening and film festivals (Ooty Short Film Festival and John Abraham International Short Film Festival).

‘Ooty Short Film Festival’ is a platform for high-quality short films made by talented Short-film Film-makers from around the world.

This Short film festival is being instituted with a larger aim to:

# Recognize excellence in contemporary short film-making and production in the world.

# Provide opportunities to connect the short film-making community, through networking and collaborative projects.

# Provide an opportunity for Indians to experience the best work of International, Indian & local film-making talent.

# To build an audience for the work of short filmmakers.

# Increase opportunities for filmmakers and provide a place to meet and share ideas and resources.

The selection will happen in 2 rounds.

Shortlisting round: In this round, the received entries will be shortlisted by a jury panel, and the entries that have been shortlisted will be notified by phone or email of their selection for the final round.

The shortlisted films would be screened in front of the Curator, Jury, and chosen audiences in the final round, and the winner would be determined.

All of the selected films will be screened at the festival, which is set to take place on December 3, 4, and 5, 2021.

The Festival has instituted Golden Elephant Awards:
The Best Film, The Best Director and the Best Performer would get Golden Elephant awards.

This short film contest is open to everyone around the world

• The Call for entries is open to short films of all production techniques, including animation, drama, experimental or artist film and hybrid work from low to high budgets.

• ONLY ONE application per applicant. So if you’ve already submitted an application as the director, we won’t consider any subsequent ones.

• Films must have a running time of less than 30 minutes, including credits

• Films must have been completed after October 1st, 2019.

• Festival does accept works-in-progress.

• The participant is responsible for the costs of sending the screening copy to the festival.

• The festival covers the costs of returning or forwarding screening copies.

• Students must submit a photocopy of their current student ID to receive discounts.


Is open to filmmakers all over the world


• Arrival of submissions and preview copies cannot be confirmed.

• An independent selection committee is appointed by the festival to view all submissions for programming consideration.

• All entries are first considered for the competition program, but will also be regarded for other programs where appropriate. Decisions made by the selection committee are final.

• The final selection will be informed through our website on November 23, 2021.

• Only the submitters of the selected films will be contacted personally.

• Participants are not entitled to claim rental or other fees for the screenings of their films at the festival.


• Max. running time: 30 minutes [including credits]

• The Deadline for submissions will be 11th November 2021.

• Final exhibition copies of the film MUST be received by Wednesday 28th November 2021.

• If selected for exhibition, please send high-quality files Mov/avi/mpg/h264/pro res or dvd’s, Blu-ray / DVD, DCP

• Films must have been completed after October 1st, 2019.


• ‘Ooty Short Film Festival' occasionally provides short film programmes for other film festivals, by submitting your film the entrant agrees to the inclusion of their film in any such future programme.

• Excerpts from selected films, trailers and stills may also be screened or published online to assist in promoting the festival.

• The submitter must have the legal authority to submit the film and to have the work screened publicly including any necessary permissions. By submitting, the submitter confirms they have all the necessary rights for the screening of the film submitted, to be exhibited at the festival.

• By submitting their film all entrants are deemed to have read and agreed on the rules and regulations governing the festival. In the event of any disagreement, the interpretation of the festival will take precedence.

• These rules and regulations are subject to change without prior notice.

• The Festival reserves the right to withdraw or include selected shorts from the programme as necessary.

• It is the responsibility of the submitter to ensure the correct contact email address is supplied to the festival.


• The sender of the submitted film is responsible for all copyrights. He or she is legally authorized to enter his short film in the festival and, if selected for the festival, authorized to give screening permission.

• The applicant has secured all necessary rights for both picture and sound, and the exhibition will not violate or infringe upon any rights, including but not limited to music, images, and content.

• If selected for the festival the applicant acknowledges and agrees that an exhibition quality digital screening file must be made available for screening by 28th November 2021.

• The film, including all copyrights, remains the property of the author.

• The films will be handled with the utmost care. However, the contest management will assume no liability for damages or loss.

• The applicant has to read and accept the regulations and guidelines for participation.

• Failure to comply with these terms and conditions may result in the submission being disqualified.

• In the event of disagreement concerning the interpretation of the terms and conditions, the interpretation of the contest will take precedence.

• Ooty Short Film Festival is obliged not to use or dispose of any films for commercial purposes. Any further use of a film will be inquired about if relevant.

• The non-profit nature of the Ooty Short Film Festival activities guarantees that the works submitted will be used only to advance the cultural objectives of the Ooty Film Festival.

• These regulations are subject to change without prior notice.



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