Flame FirstCut 2024 ()


04 Oct 2023
Call for entries

15 Jan 2024
Festival closed

01 Mar 2024
Notification date

08 Mar 2024
10 Mar 2024


Gat No. 1270, Lavale, Off Pune-Bangalore Highway Pune,  412115, Pune, Maharashtra , 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
 January 2022
 Production countries: Any
 Shooting countries: Any
 Director nationalities: Any
 Debut Films 
 School projects 
 Short Films  20'<
 Any language
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Photo of Flame FirstCut 2024

Photo of Flame FirstCut 2024
Photo of Flame FirstCut 2024


Festival start: 08 March 2024      Festival end: 10 March 2024

Welcome to FirstCut, one of India’s biggest international festivals of student films organized by FLAME University, Pune! Set up to provide an active platform for young filmmakers all over the world, FirstCut encourages them to explore the medium of film as a potential agent of change.

In its 2023 edition, Firstcut received 380+ short films from students from over 40+ countries.

As part of the final event of FirstCut on 8th, 9th and 10th March, shortlisted works will be screened for a live audience and an eminent panel from the film industry. Screenings will be followed by a panel discussion with renowned film personalities as well as interesting talks.

We believe that freedom is essential for any creative work, and provide our participants with the complete freedom to choose their own themes and styles of work. While offering opportunities in fiction, animation and documentary filmmaking, FirstCut also has a unique “Nano” film a category that aims to challenge the students’ creativity to make super short films.

Winners from each category shall be awarded a certificate and a cash prize.

Submissions to FirstCut are FREE and do not
require a processing fee. Attending the event is FREE and open to all interested individuals.

Ten films from each category will be shortlisted by a panel of film organizations and screened during the film festival. The jury will select the winning film from each category during the days of the event.

Each awardee will get a certificate and a cash prize*.
*Transaction charges will be deducted from the cash prizes to International winning films.


A student is allowed to submit only one film in one category and/or one film each in each category. Submitting a copy of STUDENT IDENTITY CARDS IS MANDATORY and a necessary requirement at the time of submission.

All individuals involved in film creation (directors, cinematographers, editors, scriptwriters, sound designers) who
are pursuing their undergraduate or masters degree or graduated in the past year are eligible to submit their films to the festival.

Actors and other crew members involved in the film may be non - students. There is no restriction on the number of students participating from an institution.


FirstCut believes that the contents of a film, originality, and innovation are dimensions of a young person’s film which matter. Therefore, Students may use any camera/technology available to them.


Projection-worthy picture/sound quality is preferred.

Films once submitted to FirstCut in the previous years are not eligible for re-submission.

All films, even in English, MUST be subtitled in English. Submissions without subtitling will not be considered.

While students have complete freedom in selecting a film’s theme, story, approach, and style, all laws of the land need to be respected (including those relating to obscenity, defamation, copyright, and inciting communal disharmony). The final call regarding the content shall be taken by the jury members.

In the categories of Fiction, Non-fiction, and Nano, all films completed on or after 30th January 2022 shall be accepted for competition. For the Animation Category, all films completed on or after 30th January 2021 (two-year acceptance window) may be submitted.

S U B M I S S I O N G U I D E L I N E S .

All participants must follow the procedure as provided on FirstCut’s Festhome page. Indian participants can also choose to submit their films using the Google form available on the FirstCut website. It is mandatory for the films to be submitted as downloadable links, either on google drive, youtube or vimeo.



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