NIFFFI 2021

NIFFFI 2021 will offer an international selection of films that showcases our collective, often shared, ways of life. We are a platform for filmmakers who want to tell tales that connect our past to our time.

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NIFFFI '21 FESTIVAL INFO

The 2nd edition of the Nila International Folklore Film Festival of India (NIFFFI) will take place on October 29, 30, 31 and November 5, 6, 7. NIFFFI is an annual festival that showcases films based on or emerging from indigenous cultures and folklore from around the world.

We endeavour to bring to you slices of tradition, tales, arts and likeness from communities all across the world and to offer a platform to converse about the past, the present and the future. We look forward to having your participation and support.

NIFFFI '21 will offer an international selection of films that showcases our collective, often shared, ways of life. We are a platform for filmmakers who want to tell tales that connect our past to our time. Entries will compete for the flagship NIFFFI Black Fire Award for Best Long Film (30 mins and up) and a new Award for Best Short Film (under 30 mins).

IMPORTANT DATES

AUG 15 - Call for entry begins

SEP 30 - Submission window closes

OCT 05 - Official selection announced

OCT 10 - Panorama selection published
OCT 13 - Meet the maker (Panorama), Day 1

OCT 22 - Meet the maker (Panorama), Day 10

OCT 24 - In Focus - Selected films published

OCT 27 - In Focus - Conversation with filmmaker

OCT 29 - Day 1, Festival inauguration ceremony

NOV 07 - Day 6, Awards and Closing ceremony

 
 
FESTIVAL RULES
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Entry

  • All films related to the themes of folklore or river are eligible for the Festival, subject to the conditions below.

  • A submission can be in any language, and of any duration and category (fiction/non-fiction). All non-English films must have English subtitles.

  • Films can be produced by individuals or teams. There is no limit on the number of films that any participant(s) can submit.

  • Any film that is (or was) available for public viewing prior to its submission, or that was screened in NIFFFI 2020 is not eligible. 

  • A film must be an original work, the authorship or title of which vests in the participant(s). Adaptations or inclusion of any third-party content must be with the permission of the copyright owner. 

  • Please click the Register button below to access the entry form.

  • All entries must be submitted before September 30th. Requests for extension, if any, will be considered at the discretion of the Organisers.

 

Fee

  • An entry fee of Rs. 400 shall apply to each film.

  • Students (of any recognised academic institution in India or abroad), including those who graduated last academic year, will be provided a 75% fee waiver. The entry fee for eligible participants shall be Rs. 100 per form. 

  • Those applying for the waiver are required to upload a copy of their ID card issued by the academic institution to be eligible for the waiver. The decision of the Organisers shall be final in the event of any question regarding the eligibility of any participant(s) for the waiver.

  • Entry fee is to be paid to Vayali Folklore Group, Kerala using one of the payment options below.

Name: M/s. Vayali Folklore Group, Arangottukara

A/c.No.: 4267000100066273

IFSC Code: PUNB0426700

Bank name: Punjab National Bank

 

Google Pay: 7994191591

Name: Unnikrishnan

 

  • Proof of payment, that includes the bank account number used for transaction, must be uploaded as part of the entry form. Submission of an entry will not be deemed complete in its absence. 

  • Entry fee once paid will not be refunded if the film is not submitted or is recalled by the participant(s). Requests for refund, if any, will be considered at the discretion of the Organisers.

 

Awards

  • All films will compete in two categories: Short format films (under 30 mins) and Long format films (30 mins or longer). 

  • Best film in each category will be awarded. 

  • Jury panel will be announced along with the Festival selection on October 1st.

The Nila International Film Folklore Festival of India is organised by the Vayali Folklore Group, Kerala and associated persons (the “Organisers”). These rules may be changed for any reason, at any time at the discretion of the Organisers of NIFFFI 2021.

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TALKS & EVENTS

All activities of NIFFFI '21 including its 'Competition section', 'Panorama section' and 'In Focus section' is recorded and available for free public consumption whether it be film screenings or interactions with filmmakers, artists or other subject-matter-experts. Such events are recorded and regularly updated in this section along with a brief description of the event. It is NIFFFI's aim to demystify and democratise cultures around the world and to maximise public participation and to stimulate meaningful discourse live online events such as webinars and forums had been organised in the weeks leading up to the Festival. All of that work may be accessed via this gallery.