Rules & Regulations

 Berar International Short Film Festival

 Rules and Regulations:


1.       The short film must have been completed after 1st January 2012.

2.       The film can be Experimental, Narrative, Fiction, Non - fiction. The original film may be produced on any media (film or digital). But only online entries will be accepted. No physical submission accepted.

3.       Total running time must be less than 30 minutes in length, including opening and end credits. There is no minimum running time limitation.

4.       The short film can be in any language or any genre. All non- English films must have English sub- titles for festival presentation.

5.       Only short films will be accepted. Music videos, ad films, corporate films, animation, documentaries will not be accepted.

6.       Censor Certificate is not mandatory for the film screening.

7.       Multiple entries can be submitted.

8.       Organisers has right to use the part of submitted films for Festival promotional purposes.

9.       Films once selected & submitted for final screening will not be allowed to be withdrawn under any circumstances until festival is over.

10.   The publicity material (Brochure, Stills, Poster, etc.) and a synopsis of the short film should accompany with the entry.

11.   Film should be submitted before deadline.

12.   Entry Forms with incorrect / inadequate / illegible / ambiguous / incomplete particulars will not be considered. The festival committee reserves the right to accept or refuse any film without assigning any reason whatsoever.

13.   Once film submitted for selection will be considered as final and no changes will be entertained after submission.

14.   Fees once paid will not be refunded in any case.

15.   Screening of selected films will be made in online/ offline/ hybrid mode.

16.   The decision of selection committee is final and no correspondence will be entertained into. Finalists will be notified by email. The Berar International Short Film Festival will use its best efforts to announce the selected films, winners at the designated time, but will not be held liable for any unforeseen delays.

17.   By entering the Berar International Short Film Festival, contestants and/ or their parents or legal guardian (if such entrant is a minor) agree to accept and be bound by the decisions of the Festival and its judges which are final and binding in all matters.

18.   Selection of films for Berar International Short Film Festival will be done by a committee whose decision will be final. However, Festival Authorities reserve the right to accept or reject any film that is likely to offend sentiments, feelings or sensibilities of any caste, community, religion and sector is likely to promote racism or ill will in the society. Films with depiction of extreme disturbing physical violence & gore, distasteful and /or explicit sex will not be accepted.

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

20.   Entrant agrees to be bound by all terms of these official Festival rules and regulations as established herein. Berar International Short Film Festival reserves the right to extend the Festival deadline for any unforeseen reasons if needed. Entry constitutes permission to use winner's name, likeness, and voice for future advertising and publicity purposes without additional compensation.



a.       Short films that are submitted must be the entrants’ original work and shall not infringe on any copyrights or any other rights of any third parties.

b.       Contestants agree that they have obtained all required permissions regarding music, sound and/ or images presented in your short film. By entering the Festival, the entrant agrees that the Berar International Short Film Festival will not be held liable for any copyright infringements perpetrated by you or your short film.

c.       The Berar International Short Film Festival reserves the right to not screen any film(s) for any reason it deems valid.

d.       Racial, religious and regional discrimination shall not be portrayed in any part of the film being submitted.

e.       Berar International Short Film Festival organizing, selection committee members, juries are not allowed to participate in respective festival as a contestant

f.        Entrants will retain all ownership rights to their films submitted.

g.       Any filmmaker, institution or organisation is strictly not allowed to use the name 'Berar International Short Film Festival' and festival logo and Official selection laurel for any commercial, non commercial, cultural or personal use without the permission of the organising committee. If any person or organisation will find to do so strict legal action will be taken.

22.   Awards


1.       Best Film

2.       Second Best Film

3.       Best International Film

4.       Best Student Film

5.       Best Marathi Short Film

6.       Best Director

7.       Second Best Director

8.       Best International Director

9.       Best Student Director

10.     Best Screenplay

11.     Best Camera Work

12.     Best Editing

13.     Best Sound

14.     Best Production Design