The last date for Submission of Films for Competition is January 2022

REGULATIONS for Films in Competition Section

These regulations are applicable to the films invited to participate in the competition sections of the 13th edition of Bengaluru International Film Festival (BIFFes).

The 13th edition of BIFFes invites narrative fiction feature films for the competition sections. The Competitions will be held under the Asian, Indian and Kannada Cinema categories. Expert committees will shortlist about 10/12 feature films under each category for the final competition. The Chairman, Karnataka Chalanachitra Academy (KCA) and the Artistic Director, BIFFes will have additional discretionary powers to augment the selection process. Asian Cinema Competition, The Indian and Kannada cinema competition sections will have National and International Juries.

The Juries of the respective sections will make the final adjudication for all the competition sections.

Cash prizes, mementos and certificates shall be issued to the winners of the competition in each category.

Competition Entry Norms:

1. Competition Categories:


Feature fiction Films produced between January 1st, 2021 & 31st December 2021, in any of the Asian Countries, of a minimum of 70 minutes duration are eligible to enter into the Asian competition section.

B. CHITRABHARATHI BIFFes forum for Indian Cinema

Feature fiction Films produced between January 1st, 2021 & 31st December 2021, in any of the Indian Languages including English and dialects, of a minimum of 70 minutes duration are eligible to enter into the competition section. Date of issue of Certificate from the Central Board of Film Certification, Government of India, will be the date for the purpose of ascertaining the date of production.


Feature fiction Films produced between January 1st, 2021 & 31st December 2021, in Kannada and any of the dialects of the Karnataka state, of a minimum of 70 minutes duration are eligible to enter into the competition section. Date of issue of Certificate from the Central Board of Film Certification, will be the date for the purpose of ascertaining the date of production.

2. Films, which have been already submitted / considered for any competition section or exhibition at the earlier editions of BIFFes, will not be eligible for reconsideration.

3. The Chairman, KCA / Artistic Director of BIFFes will take the final decision, in all matters connected with the selection and adjudication process.

4. Entry deadlines and selection of films

Submission of film: Application and online screener link with English Subtitles must be submitted before December 2021. Films should be submitted online at – www.biffes.org with email intimation to biffesblr@gmail.com & fcbiffes@gmail.com with the following requirements.

Duly completed Entry Form (available on our website)

For Indian and Kannada Cinema Competition, a NOTARIZED AFFIDAVIT must be submitted by certifying the date of completion of the film and agreeing to the rules and regulations of the festival.

  • Synopsis in English & In Kannada (For Kannada Cinema Competition)
  • Press Kit or Publicity Brochure (Soft copy only)
  • A brief Note on the Director
  • Stills & Posters of the film and Director's photograph (Soft copies, only) Name,
    address, telephone / mobile number and email ID of the person submitting the film

A non-refundable fee of Rs. 3000/- per entry for Indian and Kannada cinema competition
sections is applicable. The fee should be paid online through the payment gateway Instamojo,
while submitting the film. There is no Submission Fee for Asian cinema competition section.

The applicant agrees his/her film screener be kept by the festival for its archives

A list of films selected shall be announced on the BIFFes website well in advance of the commencement of the festival. All the applicants who applied for biffes will be informed about selection through an official email.

The film festival catalogue/book, Festival schedule, the festival venues, seating capacities of each Screen and details of the films invited will be available during the event.

5. Rules governing the selection

BIFFes will appoint the Selection Committee comprising of filmmakers, experts on cinema and eminent persons from other fields.

The Selection Committee / Chairman, KCA / Artistic Director, BIFFes could suggest to the filmmaker to apply to another section of the competition or for screening in another section, if found more suitable.

There is no provision for screening of Kannada films not selected in the competition section of the Festival. However, at the discretion of the Chairman, KCA / Artistic Director, BIFFes, they can be considered for screening under thematic content, subject to qualification to the theme.

General Rules for the films in the Festival

6. Insurance & Shipping BIFFes will incur shipping cost of the prints (and other approved formats) of the selected films.

All films will be imported using the BIFFes freight agent. The film festival will not be responsible for films imported by any other means.

Films will be sent back to the participants only to the address indicated in the entry form, or as instructed in writing, within three weeks of the festival closing date.

BIFFes will pay storage and insurance costs for selected films throughout the period in which the cinematographic materials are in the custody of BIFFes. In case of print loss or damage, the liability of the festival authority will not exceed the value indicated in the official entry forms.

In the event of damage to a print, any claims lodged by the lender of the copy must be communicated to the festival, at the very latest, within two weeks of return of the print to the lender. The festival shields itself against liability for the oldness of a print, by informing the lender by letter or email about any deterioration of the print, after receiving the same.

Reimbursement for any eventual damage will be sent to the lender of the print in the lending place/country upon presentation of the invoice.

If the film prints selected for competition sections are in Encrypted DCP format, then the applicant should bear the costs of the KDM charges, for all the Film Festival screenings.

If the insurance company is obliged to reimburse damages only to the film festival authority, upon receipt of this reimbursement, it shall immediately remit the sum to the lender of the copy.

7. The final print of each selected film must reach the sole shipping agent accredited by the festival authority, 3 weeks before the film festival dates. If we do not receive the film prints on time, the screening may be cancelled.

The import, distribution and commercial exhibition of all films to be presented in any section of the festival will be exempted from Customs' duty.

8. Copies for archives

The applicant agrees to deposit a copy of the award-winning film for use by BIFFes for non-commercial, academic and archival purposes:

9. Trailers and Promotions

Trailers and excerpts (not exceeding three minutes) may be sent for purposes of publicity on TV and online media. If excerpts are not available, the filmmaker is requested to authorize BIFFes to produce such excerpts. BIFFes has the authority to give maximum publicity to films being screened at the film festival using electronic, print and online media.

10. No cuts or changes will be made in the films by the festival management for any reason. The Festival shall abide by International Regulations on film screenings.

11. Films will be presented within the official section of the festival only if they have been produced following professional cinematographic rules in the country of production and if their priority purpose is for normal and continued theatrical exhibition.

12. The film festival will not present any film to any person or organization (other than the selection committee and jury panels) before the official public screening or, eventually, before the general screening for journalists, unless specifically asked by the producer.

13. Participation in the film festival implies acceptance of all aforementioned regulations
and selection conditions.

14. The Chairman, KCA / Artistic Director of the film festival has the authority to settle all cases not covered by the present rules.

All the materials may be sent to the following address

Artistic Director,
Bengaluru International Film Festival
Karnataka Chalanachitra Academy,
Amrutha Mahotsava Bhavana, #20/A, Circular Road,
Nandini FHS Layout, Near Nandini Layout Police Station,
Next to Presidency School, Bengaluru-560 096.

Email: fcbiffes@gmail.com | biffesblr@gmail.com
Website: www.biffes.org | 9180-23494255

Special Note:

  • Feature Films content has to be in one of the following formats, for screening at the festival:
    Physical DCP or digital delivery of DCP through Aspera, Qubewire, Dropbox platforms or Bluray (Preferably DCP)
  • One representative from each film invited in the competition section will be offered travel & hospitality at the festival to & fro economy class air ticket and 3 days of accommodation.
  • An invitation letter is sent to the producer or his/her representative to inform him/her about the selection of his/her film
  • The producer or his/her representative has to confirm the invitation
  • Once the invitation has been accepted, the producer or his/her representative cannot withdraw the film from the program
  • The above regulations take effect with the submission of a completed entry form signed by the producer, director, agent or domestic distributor of the film.
  • The films that were selected under the various competition sections in 2021, will also be adjudicated in this edition of the festival separately, for the respective awards.