Shades International Short Film Festival (5)


09 Oct 2023
Call for entries

24 Oct 2023
Early deadline

14 Nov 2023
Standard deadline

31 Dec 2023
Late deadline

31 Dec 2023
Festival closed

30 Jan 2024
Notification date

31 Jan 2024
31 Jan 2024


Shades International Shortfilm Festival, Naniyoor Nambram, PO Mullakodi, Kannur,  670602, Kannur, Kerala, India

Festival description
Short film festival >1' 45'<

Festival requirements
 Film festival
 Music Video
 Any Genre
 Any Theme
 Has submission fees
 International Festival
 Physical Location
 January 2022
 Production countries: Any
 Shooting countries: Any
 Director nationalities: Any
 Debut Films 
 School projects 
 Short Films  >1' 45'<
 Any language
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Festival start: 31 January 2024      Festival end: 31 January 2024

We are extremely honored to welcome you to the fifth edition of Shades Festival. The impetus for the festival came from a need to find out and showcase the best of shorts each year.

The last edition concluded on the third week of March 2023 screening 20 short films which got selected from the films sent around the globe.

As in the previous editions we are providing a great platform to showcase your creative works with a great panel of jurors. In this edition we have introduced new category, Documentary

We will continue to raise the bar in standards and we hope you will have an exciting festival this year.

Write to for your concerns.

Asha Achy Joseph
Festival Director

*Best Short Film - 50,000 INR
*Best Documentary - 50,000 INR
*Best Director(Short Film) - 20,000 INR
*Best Director(Documentarty) - 20,000 INR
*Best Actor - 15,000 INR


1. All films/documentaries shot on film or Video (Analog / Digital format) produced after January 2022 are eligible for the festival.

2. Publicly Published Content is not accepted.

3. Entries of all films/documentaries shall be accepted only in DVD/Blue Ray format OR Online screener OR through

4. All DVD/Blue Ray entries should take a print out of the entry form, duly sign the form and seal, if applicable, and send along with 2 copies of DVD/Blue Ray and the transaction receipt or cheque/DD of the fee in favor of Shades International Shortfilm Festival.

5. Final checklist for post/courier entries include:

 Complete entry form with signature on all pages.
 2 DVD’s of the film/documentary.
 Entry fee Receipt or a cheque/DD in favor of SHADES INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM FESTIVAL.
 A customs invoice (mostly for those film makers/documentary makers who are sending the film/s/documentary/s from out of India)

6. The categories of the festival are short film, mobile shots and documentaries.

7. If language of the film/documentary is other than English, it must be dubbed or sub-titled in English.

8. Films/documentaries may be entered by any organization, agency, individual producer or director.

9. Selection of films/documentaries for the festival will be done by a committee whose decision will be final. However, Festival Authorities reserve the right to accept or reject any film/documentary that is likely to promote racism or ill will in the society.

10. The Best Actor award will be selected irrespective of gender.

11. A complete screening schedule of selected films/documentaries shall be put up on the festival website.

12. Transportation and insurance costs of DVDs//DCP’s related documents, photographs and publicity materials from the country of origin to the Festival Office shall be borne by the applicant.

13. SHADES International Short film Festival would be allowed to use all photographs and publicity materials received along with the Entry and the same will not be returned to the entrants.

14. Censorship will not be applicable to any films/documentaries entered in the festival.

15. The Festival Authorities will have the right to screen in different cities of India on non-commercial basis.

16. For promotional / publicity purposes, excerpts from any film/documentary entered in the festival may be shown on any Television network / Internet or related media during the festival period.

17. Entry Forms with incorrect / inadequate / illegible / ambiguous particulars will not be considered.

18. DVDs or Online links submitted for selection will be considered as final and no changes will be entertained after submission. It is the sole responsibility of the applicant to submit the film/documentary through online/offline methods without any physical/quality defects.

19. Prize and certificate will be awarded to the director (s) or producer(s) of the film. For any duties, fees and charges accrued from the transporting of the trophy will be covered by the recipient, not the Festival organizers.

20. All shortlisted entries will receive a certificate.

21. A person/organization can submit more than one film/documentary. Separate application forms will need to be filled out for each individual film. There is no limit for submissions.

22. Films/documentaries once selected and submitted for the final screening will not be allowed to be withdrawn under any circumstances, until the Festival is over.

23. Participation in the Festival implies acceptance of these Regulations.

24. Decisions of the Festival Authorities regarding all matters not expressly provided for in these regulations or which require interpretation of the clauses mentioned above shall be final and binding on all parties.



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