Kolhapur National Short Film Festival (1)


25 Mar 2020
Call for entries

25 Mar 2020
Early deadline

30 Apr 2020
Standard deadline

25 May 2020
Late deadline

22 Jun 2020
Festival closed

07 Jul 2020
Notification date

11 Jul 2020
15 Jul 2020


Pulachi Shiroli, Kolhapur Station Rd, Shahu Market Yard Shiroli,  416116, Kolhapur, Maharashtra, India

Festival description
Short film festival 60'<

Festival requirements
 Film festival
 Music Video
 Any Genre
 Any Theme
 Has submission fees
 National Festival
 Physical Location
 Production date: Any
 Production countries: Any
 Shooting countries: Any
 Director nationalities: Any
 Debut Films 
 School projects 
 Short Films  60'<
 Any language
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Festival start: 11 July 2020      Festival end: 15 July 2020

Kolhapur National Short Film Festival is a mission is to engage and inspire the community by screening films without discrimination, creating new films, teaching the art of filmmaking, and networking with fellow filmmakers.

We provide an International platform that showcases all kinds of work from filmmakers, visual artists and musicians while providing educational opportunities during the festival.

The Kolhapur National Short Film Festival (KNSFF) is for filmmakers and film lovers alike to be entertained, educated and inspired. KNSFF celebrates independent film and recognizes and pays tribute to accomplished artists on both sides of the camera in the international, national and regional film community. We provide filmmakers, producers, directors, writers and actors an environment to collaborate, present their work, and interact with each other and with film audiences. Our priorities are to showcase the most challenging and topically relevant documentaries each year and provide a platform for Others filmmakers.

Awards Category:


1. Best FEATURE Short Film: INR 50,000 (Above 40 minutes)
2. Best SHORT Short Film: INR 40,000 (Below 30 minutes)
3. Best STUDENT Short Film: INR 25,000
5. Best EDITING: INR 10,000
6. Kolhapuri FREEDOM Award: INR 10,000


1. Best FEATURE Documentary: INR 40,000 (Above 30 minutes)
2. Best SHORT Documentary: INR 30,000 (Below 30 minutes)
3. Best STUDENT Documentary: INR 20,000
5. Best EDITING: INR 10,000
6. Kolhapuri FREEDOM Award: INR 5,000


1. Best FEATURE : INR 30,000 (Above 20 minutes)
2. Best STUDENT : INR 10,000
4. Best EDITING: INR 5,000
5. Kolhapuri FREEDOM Award: INR 5,000

Best Female Director – 5000 / – Trophy
Best Social Subject – 5000 / – and Trophy
Best Health Topic – 5000 / – and Trophy
Best Documentary Topic – 5000 / – and Trophy
Best Web Series Topic – 5000 / – and Trophy
Best Educational Inspiration Topic – 5000 / – and Trophy
Best Handicapped Topic – 5000 / – and Trophy

The following personal rewards will be selected from all the short films.
The prize cash is Rs. 3000 / – and Trophy

1) Best Director
2) Best Acting (Female, Male)
3) Best Childlike (Boy, Girl)
4) Best storytelling
5) Best Screenplay
6) Best communication
7) Best collection
8) Best cameraman
9) Best color
10) Best Negative Role (Male, Female)
11) Most Humorous Actress (Male, Female)
12) Best comedian (boy, girl)

* Also for Indian films only – Best Indian Film Award *
First Prize – 30,000 + Trophy
Second Prize – 20,000 ₹ + Trophy
Third Prize – 15,000 ₹ + Trophy

Please read these Rules & Terms carefully before you submit your film.​

By submitting your film into competition in the Kolhapur National Short Film Festival (KNSFF), you expressly acknowledge and agree that you shall be bound by the terms of these Rules & Terms.

KNSFF is open to any film completed after May 1 , 2000, regardless of content, subject, or origin. Submitting your film to the KNSFF is not a guarantee of selection.

All the official selection, nominees and the winners will be listed on our website permanently.

All the winning films will receive a trophy, award or certificate. Please note that we do not offer application fee waivers. We treat every filmmaker equally.

Films made in languages other than English must have English subtitles otherwise they will be summarily rejected.

The film submitted to the KNSFF for a particular month can be re-submitted at any time for a second chance, considering that we have different judges’ panels for each season.

A director / producer may submit more than one film in a category and more than one category at a time.

The KNSFF is hereby granted the rights to utilize an excerpt from any film submitted for promotional purposes of the festival within India only.

The individual or corporation submitting the film hereby warrants that it is authorized to commit the film for screening, and understands and accepts these requirements, rules and regulations.

The KNSFF will not refund any fees if the filmmaker fails to submit the film in the correct category. Films submitted without the correct fees or proper submission media may be deemed ineligible at the discretion of the KNSFF programming director or executive director. The festival does not cover any of the expenses incurred by the filmmaker.

After a film has been an official selection, the filmmaker will be notified, and eventually the film will be listed on the festival website under Official Selections. The Official Selection status doesn’t mean that your film will be screened at the festival. It means that your film has been appreciated by our judges of panel and you can use the festival logo on your poster.

A nominee will be privately screened for the KNSFF judging panel, and will not be screened initially to the public.

“Best” films of each category will receive a laurel & certificate.

A filmmaker’s submission fee will not be reimbursed if they decide to withdraw their submission.

Entry fees is non-refundable.

We require an official trailer or poster, synopsis and a link to your film. Please select the correct category while submitting to avoid disqualification. We reserve right to re-assign films to the appropriate category.

It is your responsibility to periodically check for updates of these Rules & Terms.



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