Chhayanat ()


29 Feb 2024
Call for entries

12 Mar 2024
Festival closed

16 Mar 2024
Notification date

14 Mar 2024
20 Mar 2024


Jadavpur University, 188, Raja Subodh Chandra Mallick Rd, Jadavpur,  700032, Kolkata, West Bengal, India

Festival description
Short film festival 20'<

Festival requirements
 Film festival
 Music Video
 Any Genre
 Any Theme
 Does NOT have submission fees
 International Festival
 Physical Location
 Production date: Any
 Production countries: Any
 Shooting countries: Any
 Director nationalities: Any
 Debut Films 
 School projects 
 Short Films  20'<
 Any language
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Festival start: 14 March 2024      Festival end: 20 March 2024

Chhayanat is not just another film festival!
Since its inception, the Chhayanat Film and Theatre Festival at Jadavpur University has stood as a bastion of alternative cultural expression. Rooted in a profound commitment to challenge dominant narratives and advocating for social change, this festival has evolved into a vital platform for cinematic and theatrical exploration. Drawing inspiration from cinematic movements such as poetic realism, Italian neorealism, French New Wave, Surrealism and Iranian and world cinema, as well as the rich tradition of socially conscious theater, Chhayanat has become an abode for film lovers. It embraces an anti-fascist and anti-imperialist perspective. The influence of Italian Neorealism on Chhayanat is evident in the festival's selection of films that prioritize raw emotions, personal storytelling and stark portrayals of social injustice.

The impetus behind the formation of the Chhayanat Film Festival stems from a deep-seated desire to showcase films that not only entertain but also challenge and provoke thought. It is a celebration of cinema that transcends mere entertainment, delving into the realms of political and social commentary. From the works of directors who embody the spirit of resistance, such as Mrinal Sen and Ritwik Ghatak, to contemporary filmmakers like Jafar Panahi and Jean-Luc Godard, pushing the boundaries of storytelling, Chhayanat provides a platform for voices that often go unheard in mainstream cinema.

Moreover, the festival extends its embrace to theater, recognizing the inherent connection between the two art forms. Drawing from the revolutionary works of playwrights such as Bertolt Brecht, Federico García Lorca and Augusto Boal, Chhayanat underscores the importance of freedom of expression in theater. It pays homage to the legacy of figures like Shambhu Mitra, Utpal Dutt and Badal Sircar, who used theater as a tool for social change.

Winners, Runner-Ups and Honorable Mentions will receive Laurels and Prizes.

Short Film Competition to be held in Chhayanat (14-20 March, 2024).


• The Short Film can be of any genre and any language.

• The Film must be a MP4 or MOV file given through a screener link (Screener, Google Drive, Vimeo or any other downloadable link).

• The Film must be subtitled, even if it is English. The subtitles should be preferably embedded into the film or given as a separate SRT file.

• The duration should not be more than 20 minutes.

• The director of the film should be a student of any College or University or Institute or Film School.

• The film should not be publicly available in any streaming platform, internet or have a theatrical release before 21 March, 2024. It doesn't have to be a premiere and can be submitted to other film festivals.

• There can be multiple entries from the same Institute/College/University.

• The teams, which will be selected, will be notified before 16th March and those films will be screened on 19th March 10:00 AM onwards at K.P. Basu Memorial Hall. You will receive laurels and prizes.

• The decision taken by the organizing committee will be considered final.



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