OCT 30,31 and NOV 01, 2020

Nila International Folklore Film Festival of India 2020 This edition goes virtual with an all-immersive global experience. NIFFFI is an annual festival that aims at showcasing films based or emerging from indigenous cultures and folklore from around the world.




NIFFFI is an annual festival that aims at showcasing films based or emerging from indigenous cultures and folklore from around the world.Given the global pandemic and its fallout, the first edition of NIFFFI will be a three day online virtual experience held from October 30th to November 1st 2020.


We invite you to participate in this unique and interactive experience centred around folklore, and told through music, spoken word, and motion pictures. 

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Entrants must ensure elements of folklore such as tales, myths, legends, superstitions and fairytales or aspects of indigenous heritage such as arts, crafts, knowledge, traditions and ways of life, form a central part of their submissions. These narratives may pertain to any indigenous society or region. 

Since the river Nila has been the basis for much of our work, we would also like to offer a special invitation for filmmakers whose narratives are based around rivers.

Meet The Team


Dr. Jisha  C K

Subject-Matter Expert

HOD, Assistant professor
School of Folklore Studies
University of Calicut


Rayson K Alex

Subject-Matter Expert

Founder and co-Director
tiNai Ecofilm Festival


Sineesh velikuni

Subject-Matter Expert

Assistant Professor

School of Folklore studies

University of Calicut


Jayaraj Nair

Film Festival Chairman

Founder "Birds Club International"


Rolf Killius

Film Festival Advisor



Ram Prasad Kadel

Film Festival Advisor

Founder "Music Museum Nepal"


Vayali Folklore Group

Vayali is a folklore group with its roots in the banks of the river Nila in Kerala, India.

Our mission is to promote, safeguard and nurture the tangible and intangible culture that flourish in the Nila (Bharathapuzha) river basin through the involvement of volunteers and youth.


Vayali promotes local arts, crafts and eco-friendly handmade products by supporting artisans secure livelihood by bringing them together and providing a platform to showcase their work globally.


Nila International Folklore Film Festival of India (NIFFFI) is our latest undertaking to reach out to the world and promote folklore and heritage.

Films Schedules

Day 1 / OCT 30 06:00PM IST

Born in nepal - traditions in nepalese music

Oru thudakathinte kadha


Gavari - rajasthan's mystical tribal dance drama

The bugun and the liocichlia

Unity in conservation

Jhini ini chadariya


Day 2 / OCT 31 06:00PM IST

Eer- a kyrgyz saddle


Thung thung karmo black necked crane


Gauri and the ghat

Eternal bond

Sankasur : a folk art from konkan  


Day 3 / NOV 01 06:00PM IST

Old chickens & big fish: reviving stories


Log drum of pessao

Idu mishmi handlooms

Of love & artistry

Wangala festival

Aabua paika kabu bageya


We'd love to hear from you

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